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Old June 8 2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

The opening sequence to Star Trek series can be important.

I honestly believe that the way different opening sequence to Enterprise was a major problem for that series and hurt it in the ratings.

I also think the rather lackluster opening sequence that DS9 started out with hurt it.

What kind of opening sequence should a new Trek series have?

If a future Trek series features the Enterprise, I would like something like a fade in, fade out, montage of all the previous Star Trek Enterprises making an appearance.

Something to connect a new series to past shows.
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Old June 8 2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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I would like something like a fade in, fade out, montage of all the previous Star Trek Enterprises making an appearance.
No. A new trek show needs to be able to stand on its own. Embrace the legacy, sure, but don't cling onto it for dear life.
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Old June 9 2008, 05:05 AM   #3
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

I'd go with quick cuts from scene to scene...smiling faces, exploding bridge consoles, exterior shots of the ship jumping to warp & dropping from warp, the launch of the ship's Captain's yacht, a subtle reference to someone goofing-off during a day-off spent in the holodeck, a love scene, someone visiting a loved one's grave, a shuttle launching from the aft shuttle bay. A Borg armored cube tractoring the ship inside its' queen's-sphere hatch.

An up-tempo version of opening credits... think "Star Trek:TNG" meets "McGyver" and/or "Magnum, P.I.".
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Old June 9 2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

A new series shouldn't have an opening sequence, the shows are getting shorter, because they show more commercials every year. I don't want them to waste another minute with the opening sequence, a title card that is shown for 3 or 4 seconds is more than enough.
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Old June 9 2008, 01:32 PM   #5
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

Sadly, Takeru is right; most TOS episodes originally ran close to 50 minutes without commercials. By the time of TNG, it was only down to 48 minutes, but by the time ENT was cancelled, they were down to 42. Even the syndicated reruns get butchered so they can add more commercials. Unless a show is on PBS or HBO or Showtime and can go without commercials, the title sequence has sadly become a bit of a luxury.

But perhaps more importantly, I think the producers and writers of this theoretical new show should concentrate on the show itself not sucking, before worrying about what type of opening credits sequence they use.
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Old June 9 2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

Opening sequences are on their way out. If there's a new Star Trek series it'll probably have an opening sequence similar to Lost which is basically a logo and a brief bit of music. I'd rather have more story time than a nice opening sequence.
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Old June 9 2008, 09:34 PM   #7
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I'd like to see something traditional, like TNG or Voyager. Definitely orchestral music, not a pop song like Enterprise did!
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Old June 9 2008, 09:49 PM   #8
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The opening of a Star Trek series needs to be exciting and inspiring (see TOS and TNG), not an orchestral sleep-aid (see everything else).
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Old June 10 2008, 03:07 AM   #9
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

While I don't think the openings had any effect in the show ratings, I do think that if Trek should return to TV, they should just do the quick title and brief bit of music, much like how shows like Lost and Heroes currently do it.
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Old June 10 2008, 05:03 AM   #10
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I like the original Battlestar: Galactica opening music.

It practically reaches out and grabs your attention.
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Old June 10 2008, 05:16 AM   #11
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Time for some electronica. Give me Crystal Method, Prodigy, Jens Buchert or Guardner. A nice down beat score with a futuristic/space feel to it.
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Old June 10 2008, 06:00 PM   #12
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My idea opening... Teaser, Title Card, Commercial, Title Card, Show, end credits will consist of a little montage of the ship and the crew as they grow.
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Old June 10 2008, 06:14 PM   #13
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Babes. Babes in bikinis with guns.
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Old June 10 2008, 06:42 PM   #14
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Old June 10 2008, 09:01 PM   #15
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Re: What Kind Of Opening Sequence Should There Be On New Series?

I may be in the minority here, but I always like Enterprise's opening montage and song. The montage set the theme of Earth's history of exploration and I found the lyrics of the song very fitting.
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