Is Star Trek (the original series) aging really badly?

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  1. Mr_Homn

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    Who besides Patrick Stewart and Colm Meaney have had great acting careers beyond Star Trek? Alexander Siddig has done okay... I might be forgetting one or two, but I think William Shatner is definitely in the top 5 as far as success outside of Trek. How many Trek actors have won emmy's for non trek roles? Or has enjoyed starring roles in multiple popular tv shows? Shatner has.

    I think Nimoy gave a better performance as Spock than 99% of trek actors, including shatner. Of course this is a matter of opinion.
     
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  2. Melakon

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    And unlike some actors, who have brief success, struggle, and retire, Shatner keeps at it. I don't think he's going to quit until he stops breathing.
     
  3. Third Nacelle

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    There are plenty of Trek actors with great careers before and after Trek.

    Louise Fletcher, LeVar Burton, Kate Mulgrew, René Auberjonois, Avery Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg...
     
  4. Mr_Homn

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    Certainly true.

    I should have clarified I was really talking about careers of regular cast members after star trek. There have been plenty of enormously successful actors in Star Trek. But the list gets far shorter when you star talking about regulars.

    Whoopi Goldberg and Louise Fletcher were recurring guest stars. Both had huge success prior to joining star trek.

    Levar burton definitely had success outside of trek (mostly before), although not as much as the others I mentioned.

    I wouldn't describe any of the others as having success on the same level of William Shatner or Patrick Stewart. What the hell has Kate Mulgrew or Avery Brooks done since Star Trek? A small part in a television series or movie from time to time? Some off-off broadway work? Voice overs? Getting work now and then, while very difficult and no doubt commendable for an actor or actress, is not what I would describe as wildly successful. Certainly not on the level of the aforementioned.
     
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  5. Phily B

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    Watching TNG S3 on blu ray and really thought it held up well, DS9 also still looks great I thought. I've never been huge on TOS admittedly apart from the main episodes.
     
  6. Haggis and tatties

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    I love my BR TOS remastered collection, i love the fact i can watch the remastered of go for the original stuff when feeling nostalgic.

    Although i have to admit the remastered simply adds a cherry to the top of the big cake of joy that is the original series in high def.
     
  7. horatio83

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    I am not much of a TOS fan but the show hasn't aged badly. I think it is a general feature of the time period, many 60s / early 70s movies are very watchable today.
     
  8. bbailey861

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    Exceedingly well put.
     
  9. xvicente

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    see First Contact for an example.
     
  10. Jonas Grumby

    Jonas Grumby Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Is TOS "aging badly"? Well, since it's the only Trek series I still rewatch episodes of, I'd have to say no.
     
  11. JirinPanthosa

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    The thing about William Shatner is that he has the monopoly on being William Shatner, and he can get work for the rest of his life, doing nothing but playing William Shatner.

    I've seen a lot of Trek actors become character actors who appear as guest stars or recurring characters on network dramas.

    Who else could get people to buy music albums they expect to be bad, solely on the virtue of having been performed by William Shatner?
     
  12. marksound

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    I think it was casting Shatner as the captain in the 2nd pilot that sold Trek as a viable property. No real evidence, just my gut.

    He has that smirk and twinkle in the eye that pulls people in. No other Trek actor was as successful before, and none since. Not even Nimoy. Heck, he was cast as the lead in a series at 70+ years old. Twice. Not to mention the multi-decade ad campaign for Priceline.

    Who does that? Shatner, that's who.
     
  13. Ancient Mariner

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    TOS, like TNG, DS9, and every other show ever made is, simply, aging. None of them were perfect when they were on air. Why anyone expects them to be anything other than imperfect now, particularly after watching various Trek episodes and movies for decades, makes no sense to me. They are all products of their time, and yet they all have episodes that continue to resonate for audiences today.

    As to the specific criticism of TOS pacing, there's one tangible reason why modern audiences may pick up on it: Because there was less commercial time during the airing of TOS, the individual episodes are longer. Five minutes or so may not seem like much, but modern audiences are conditioned for shorter run times.
     
  14. J.T.B.

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    Good point. On Mad Men a couple of weeks ago there was a line about six minutes of commercials per hour. Wow. Now it's like eight minutes per half hour. You can get a lot into a couple of extra minutes. Maybe why TOS has more play-like, dialogue-heavy scenes. Which I like, but is obviously not for everyone.
     
  15. Gojira

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    I just went through the entire series of TOS, the remastered version and i still enjoy it and think it is holding up real well.
     
  16. GameOn

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    Even as a kid in the 80's I though TOS was pretty dated. I've come to appreciate it as I've got older and there are certainly some great episodes but I still have that feeling.
     
  17. Gojira

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    I think a distinction needs to be made between aged and dating. TOS has aged and it looks like a series filmed in the 60s. But I don't think it looks dated. Then again I grew up in the 60s and 70s.

    However, I feel the first 2 seasons of TNG look dated but the rest of the series still looks fine.
     
  18. GameOn

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    I can look past cheap sets and effect and things that were products of their times like fashions and hair styles. Most of my problems with TOS come from the acting and writing. Poor acting or over acting combined with poor dialogue could often make things unintentionally silly. I usually find Shatner to be the most off putting especially when he's trying to be the big leading man of the series. I always found the difference between Kirk in TOS and the movies to be pretty striking, either Shatner became a much better actor or he decided to play the character with more maturity. Other things that bothered me were clumsy looking action scenes and overly dramatic music and sound cues. I'd actually like to see modern editors and sound mixers take a pass at TOS because I think most of these are things that could be fixed.

    The first 2 seasons of TNG were pretty dated even back when they were new because the writing was poor. Sure the costumes, lighting and direction all got better but the biggest change was the writing. Season 1 and 2 were trying too hard to be TOS which just didn't work with its large ensemble cast of undeveloped characters.
     
  19. Gojira

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    The acting in TOS was very melodramatic a type of acting that has gone out of style. I think there are some good episodes that will last with TOS and some that are very dated. Since I grew up with them they are guilty pleasures.

    I mean you won't see episodes like "Plato's Stepchildren" "Spock's Brain" or "The Gamesters of Triskelion" made into a feature film. They are a bit silly.
     
  20. GameOn

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    Those are episodes I've usually find entertaining because they're so silly you can't take them seriously. Also the ones that use things that have now become sci-fi clichés like defeating computers with a logical paradox and defeating enemies by seducing them or teaching them about love. Even in the best episodes though there are often moments that just make be laugh out loud with unintentional silliness.