Do you think Star Trek needed a reboot?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies XI+' started by The Overlord, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. DalekJim

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    I see zero difference between "rebooting the franchise", "changing history" and re-writing continuity but as this is possibly the most tired debate topic ever I think we should agree to disagree ;).

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  2. BillJ

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    You were the one to bring it up. :shrug:
     
  3. Awesome Possum

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    Well in case you missed the last 20 years. They tried that with DS9, VOY and ENT. Each one lost audiences to the point where it wasn't worth it to keep it on the air. So no, that doesn't work. Audiences only seemed to connect with Kirk and co. They did to a lesser degree with TNG, but they burned out after five movies and they're were going downhill as they made them.

    As I said before Paramount isn't in the business of making a minority of Trek fans happy, they want to make money. Star Trek 2009 was both an appeal to new audiences to watch and it tried to not piss off the built-in fan base. Most fans seem to enjoy it, a minority aren't. But they're never happy so it doesn't matter. Most of them paid to see it just to complain. You seemed to enjoy it based on your posts from when it was released.
     
  4. DalekJim

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    Yes, but as an aside. I'm not gonna get in to a debate about the difference between "rebooting" and "re-writing" continuity as it would be tedious.
     
  5. Awesome Possum

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    Nemesis and fun should never be associated with each other.
     
  6. M.A.C.O.

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    James Bond received a reboot and it's doing phenominal. Already made more money than several of the previous James Bond films. Just like Star Trek 2009 made more money than any of the previous films and more than the most recent TNG films.
     
  7. BillJ

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    Don't bring things into a discussion if you're not prepared to defend them. You thought you could drop a snarky comment and people would simply ignore it?
     
  8. Greg Cox

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    What about "retconning"? :)
     
  9. DalekJim

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    What?

    I mean... what?

    The modern Star Trek that started with the Kirk and Spock-less TNG pilot and ended with ENT finale ran for well over a decade. It is by any measure, hugely successful to have gained 25 seasons. Sure, the ratings were terrible by the end but... so? No show is going to be successful forever. Same thing happened with Doctor Who.

    No show that ran for 25 seasons had a lack of audience in my book. To say there's not been an appetite for non-Kirk and Spock Trek is entirely untrue and flies in the face of my generation, who almost all prefer Picard to Kirk.

    Huh....I don't even...
     
  10. BillJ

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    Then why did the 2009 film make nearly as much money as all four Next Gen films combined?
     
  11. Greg Cox

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    I confess I barely remember Nemesis. I saw it once when it opened, and maybe a few snippets on cable now and then, but that's about it.

    Whereas I've already seen the new movie three or four times, and am tempted to pop the DVD back into the machine now.

    But, yes, TNG definitely had a substantial audience during its prime. And Picard was a fine captain, although I personally find Kirk more fun to write.

    (On the other hand, my bestselling Trek book was a Picard novel, so go figure!)
     
  12. DalekJim

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    1) Marketing. JJ-Trek was advertised everywhere whereas Nemesis came and went with only us noticing.

    2) Over-saturation of Star Trek. Dunno about USA but here in Britain TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT were constantly on television. BBC2 was flooded with Trek and Sky One may as well have been renamed "The Star Trek Channel". The audience needed to miss Star Trek until they'd pay for it.

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  13. Awesome Possum

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    TNG was successful, DS9 never got close to the same ratings as it. VOY remained on the air mainly because it was successful by UPN standards and it was the only constant that channel had, ENT then got cancelled because it couldn't do that. It didn't end it's run, it was cancelled after four seasons of bland stories. I was here when the Save Enterprise campaign was going. I didn't bother, it was a mercy killing. The franchise was run completely into the ground and the only solution was to start from scratch years later. That isn't a success, it was the rise, fall and rebirth of Star Trek. No one denies the success of TNG, but DS9, VOY and ENT didn't come close to it and are the reason it isn't on the air now. If they had all been successful, Star Trek would still be on television now.
     
  14. Dale Sams

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    Maybe, I'd have to go over the Finnegan dialouge in Shore Leave. That's the only one of the top of my head that might.
     
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    Lowest common denominator.
     
  16. Greg Cox

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    Hmm. That would be the right place to look . . .
     
  17. BillJ

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    Your reasoning simply does not work... First Contact premiered while both DS9 and Voyager were on the air and TNG was in reruns here in the States and it had no issue selling tickets. It was a success because it took something that was popular in the mainstream, zombies, and put a Trek coat of paint on it.

    It's like saying The Final Frontier failed because Next Gen was on the air, which is what Shatner said. The quote was something along the lines of "who looks forward to turkey when they're having turkey sandwiches everyday", which was horseshit then and is horseshit now.

    Modern Trek simply couldn't sustain itself in the long run. It wasn't that it was terrible but it never changed.
     
  18. DalekJim

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    VOY and DS9 have over double the amount of seasons that TOS has.

    There's just no way anybody will be able to convince me that 25 seasons is the sign of failure. It's a bloody miracle in television for a sci-fi show to get this much. Look how long Firefly lasted! And I never see people saying that show got cancelled because it was crap either.
     
  19. Awesome Possum

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    So what we need is androids swearing, bald action stars as well as ignoring everything he ever did, planet of the immortal hippies and mind rape?

    That's some high brow material.
     
  20. Greg Cox

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    Not to mention the fact that FIRST CONTACT is the only really first-rate NextGen movie . . . .

    If you had to be marooned on a desert island with only one of the last five Trek movies, would anyone really choose Insurrection or Nemesis? :)

    And remember, prior to the new movie, the most successful Trek movie was the one was the whales . . . which was funny and breezy and accessible to fans and non-fans like. Probably something to be learned there.

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