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Old October 30 2007, 01:52 AM   #1
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"Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek tribute?

Yes, I know, I did something similar to this earlier this year, but I wanted to refine this a little to be more fair. Both of these episodes are EXCELLENT Four Star out of Four Star episodes, and yet are spectacularly different in as a Trek tribute. One's a drama; one's a comedy. One's about the Trekkian philosophy; the other's a loving nostalgia-fest.

And I think comparing these two episodes *really* shows where the Trek franchise's future is going (of course I could be wrong).

(Note: Let's try not to make this a TNG vs DS9 pissing contest).
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Old October 30 2007, 01:54 AM   #2
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek tribute?

I always thought "Darmok" was overrated. "T&T," otoh, was a hoot--I actually like it more than the original, which is damn near sacrilege for an old TOser like me. I also really like the original series...
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Old October 30 2007, 01:57 AM   #3
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek tribute?

I vote Trials and Tribs.
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Old October 30 2007, 02:02 AM   #4
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

Love "Darmok" but there isn't much that can beat "Trials And Tribble-ations" ...
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Old October 30 2007, 02:06 AM   #5
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

TAT for me
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Old October 30 2007, 02:12 AM   #6
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

Wow, not a single voice (besides me) for "Darmok"?
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Old October 30 2007, 02:14 AM   #7
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

Well, I'll break the mold and vote "Darmok" as the better ep. Don't get me wrong, TAT is okay but I've never found it to be a particularly great ep. The story is only average and it seems like the producers were more interested in finding a way to recycle/merge TOS footage to celebrate the 30th anniversary. It's a nice idea, but I would have preferred a different approach.
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Old October 30 2007, 02:51 AM   #8
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

I don't get the comparison. Trials really was a tribute to original trek, but Darmok had nothing to do with original trek. It's like comparing apples to orenges.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:08 AM   #9
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

The OP doesn't mean "Tribute to Trek" in that it's a tribute to TOS, he means a tribute to the spirit of Trek.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:10 AM   #10
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

au contraire, I meant to Trek, not just to TOS.

I guess what I'm trying to get at in this comparison is to see what we value more as Trek fans: nostalgia for things past or exploration of human questions in a dramatic format.

Star Trek XI seems to have answered my question, though.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:11 AM   #11
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

The monster in Darmok ripped Picard's shirt in a very similar fashion to the way Spock ripped Kirk's shirt in Amok Time, I'm pretty sure that was meant to be a tribute to TOS.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:28 AM   #12
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Darmok was the deeper episode, that's for sure.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:37 AM   #13
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Darmok all the way. T&T was just a gimmick ep, albeit a well executed one.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:41 AM   #14
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek tribute?

I think Relics would have been a better choice as far as trek tributes go. I've always felt Darmok was an overated episode. Trials and Tribleations by a mile.
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Old October 30 2007, 03:41 AM   #15
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Re: "Darmok" vs "Trials and Tribble-ations" better Trek trib

"Darmok" seemed more of a tribute to the Predator movies than TOS. The alien monster was certainly similar to them. "T&T" much more qualifies as the better tribute to TOS. With Kirk's crew and the Enterprise, it's no contest.
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