Best structure for a Star Trek series

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Salinga, Jul 29, 2014.

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How should a Star Trek season be structured for best story telling?

  1. Each story takes one 42 minute episode

    10 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Two parters

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Three parters

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  4. Different multi episode arcs

    17 vote(s)
    56.7%
  5. One multi epsiode arc per season

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nightdiamond

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    One of the flaws with the episode format is that it often requires the characters forgetting something important.

    A life changing event, a relationship, some game changing technology that should affect the story line for years afterwards.

    The crew forgot they know how to time travel, open trans-warp, increase shields 1000 % etc.


    My thinking is different than 'let's explore Will's music hobby for a few minutes'. That, I find artificial and pretty boring.

    I'm thinking something like after the original episode aired, there's more episodes later with Geordi still talking with married Leah over the com--

    Another one where they're talking and someone walks in and Geordi seems to end the transmission quickly as if not wanting anyone to know. Or is it coincidence?

    Later they meet and they actually have a one time affair--or they do nothing, but still end it when they're wondering if it's becoming an affair.

    Now, to me, that's interesting because you don't normally see that with TNG characters--spice it up!!! :lol:
     
  2. BillJ

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    The above is just something I literally care nothing about.
     
  3. JirinPanthosa

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    +1

    I like the multi-episode arcs we get in DS9 and late ENT but I also think Star Trek has done really well with episodic formats.

    Just, most shows that choose to be episodic fall into the patterns of repetitive stories and disposable character development that is completely forgotten the next episode.
     
  4. T'Girl

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    And I find it interesting and engaging. It expands Will Riker into a actually Human Being and not just a cardboard cutout delivering dialog, which is what all the charactes were in the first episode of their particular series.

    TPTB could have eliminated Riker's music, and the womanizing, and the love of cooking, and the way he walks through a doorway -turns left -but looks right, his relationship with Deanna from day one, things like this. And just had him be a Starfleet officer.

    But then Riker would be artificial and boring. Because he wouldn't be a person.

    :)
     
  5. MacLeod

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    There is nothing wrong with a little window dressing every now and then, it's just about finding the right balance do we need to know what book Kirk is reading perhaps not, but that doesn't mean you can't show Kirk reading in say his quarters before an alert goes off.

    As for episodic TV that tells a complete story witin an episode, sure nothing wrong with that. However that doesn't mean the characters should forget things from 8 episodes ago.
     
  6. CorporalCaptain

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    This problem isn't limited to the episodic format.
     
  7. MacLeod

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    True
     
  8. Drone

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    Absolutely. It would seem pretty obvious, but there's no categorical reason that one-offs, crafted properly, shouldn't be able to expertly maintain continuity, as well as add to it.
     
  9. wulfio

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    well that's pretty much the difference between good character development, and none whatsoever. Has nothing to do with episodic vs. arc.
     
  10. Drone

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    Yours is a very succinct and telling characterization that gets to the heart of the question. :bolian: While i voted for the multi arc option, I do think that the tradition of outstanding bottle episodes in all of the series is a venerable one that is so much a part of the Trek DNA, that it would be foolish to bypass it in any future iteration.