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Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by Ronald Held, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. trevanian

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    The 'on its own terms' reference was to view the show in the context of its time, rather than knock it because they didn't use DNA to solve it. I don't consider the voice record comparison a red herring, any more than I would expect some ordinary body shot with a phaser set on vaporize to keep walking around afterward -- as setup and defined, it should have provided the answer, and it should not have been set up as THE answer if it was not. It should have been set up as something with the potential to answer the question, which leaves its failure puzzling instead of stupid.

    For me, with CONSCIENCE -- an ep that I had been hyped for by a couple of friends, and one of the later eps I caught, probably after seeing ARENA and DOOMSDAY and METAMORPHOSIS a couple dozen times each -- it didn't deliver on the premise in an engaging way. It might be due to the lack of scene time between Shatner and Moss, or maybe I have too much flinch at the 'I am TIRED!' line. (I wonder if this one was finished before Coon came on. I know it has some Spock/McCoy, but I think they've still got Spock not sounding 'right' yet. I'm one of the guys who kinda like the first dozen, but don't really dig the show till Coon leaves his mark with the characterizations.)

    It would mean throwing away the whole theater angle, but I think this kind of story would have worked better if it were a Garth of Izar-type, some hero of Kirk's, who was the did-he/didn't-he figure of the story. That way it would be as much about Kirk stripping away his preconceptions of the man as it would be about the stock-mystery itself. It would also suggest a tag that could have resonated nicely, something to the effect that playing God as a starship captain has the potential to warp one's perspective, given the great stakes.

    I guess just by virtue of having spent awhile thinking how the show could have been bettered means it couldn't have been that much of a turkey; I certainly wouldn't invest any time in making AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD anything but shorter.
     
  2. Mr. Hengist

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  3. Mr. Hengist

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    Name any other tv show of the period that would attempt to take a rather trite plot about a murder mystery and elevate it to a Shakesperean-level tragedy. Especially a "Sci-Fi" series. Or movie. There are none that I can think of. [Well of course there's always Forbidden Planet/"The Tempest" but...]

    Maybe it didn't live up to your expectations and didn't acheive that goal but at least it tried and that's a very worthy effort.

    I don't think anything is accomplished by comparing dissimilar episodes other than to muddy the waters. What in common does "And the Children Shall Lead?" have with "Conscience," thematically, plot-wise, or in any other respect, other than the rather arbitrary coincidence that you don't happen to like either of them very much? There's no reason for the two episodes to be in the same discussion other than that.
     
  4. BillJ

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    I'm 42. I haven't been a kid in a very long time. :lol:
     
  5. RandyS

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    So, the short version of what you're saying is, "In 40 years, they'll get theirs!".

    Yeah, our parents and grandparents said THAT about us, too. I remember it well.:lol:
     
  6. Kinokima

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    But I enjoy the stuff my parents and grandparents liked. :)
     
  7. LOKAI of CHERON

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    At 44, I enjoyed the hell out of STID - I had FUN, LOVED the spectacle and left the theatre feeling enaged and, well, on a high. An entertainment property entertained me, that's it - end of. I don't give a rats ass whether it has layers of "meaning" and "substance", I don't care whether it's "nihilistic" or whatever, blah, blah. I don't care if other posters believe me to be intellectually deficient. Again, I only care about being entertained - STID did that in spades.
     
  8. BillJ

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    Same here. I expect entertainment to entertain me.
     
  9. Jeri

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    I really think we need a new series, because the world can use an updated exploration of the human future and the future of this planet, which is what makes Star Trek interesting to me.
     
  10. DCR

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    For what it's worth, my daughter enjoys TOS and refuses to watch JJTrek.

    She's 11.

    Age does not determine tastes.
     
  11. Sector 7

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    I like both JJTrek and TOSTrek. A few seem to think that is a mortal sin, but not me. I was introduced to Trek when TAS appeared on Saturday mornings in the 1970s, then fell in love with TOS in syndication.

    JJTrek is just another iteration of what I love. Certainly, there are parts of which I am no fan. However, the good far outweighs the bad, IMO.
     
  12. LOKAI of CHERON

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    Well said. :techman:
     
  13. GameOn

    GameOn Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    The new movies have got people interested in watching Trek but most jump into TOS expecting it to be like the movies only to be put off by how dated it appears. Even as a kid in the 80's I though TOS was pretty dated so I can understand where they're coming from. I got into Trek with the movies and TNG and I've found that's usually a good place for people to start.
     
  14. trevanian

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    Hearing that is almost enough to make me wish I'd had or adopted a kid.
     
  15. trevanian

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    The Prisoner. Shot at about the same too, and aired several months later if I'm not mistaken.

    Maybe not specifically a murder mystery, but HAMMER INTO ANVIL absolutely fits your notion of trite dramatics (baddie causes death of innocent, threatens hero, etc.), but does so with
    style and resonance I'd equate with good literature.

    The only reason I was bringing AND THE CHILDREN back in was because that was in context of my original post. I don't see anything unclear about that.
     
  16. RandyS

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    So do I. I don't need a TV show or movie to be less than a decade old to enjoy it. I was just pointing out the irony. Every generation goes through this.

    It DOES get annoying, but it can also be funny.
     
  17. Melakon

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    Geez, when I was around 13, I always wound up going to my room because my parents liked to watch Sing Along With Mitch and Lawrence Welk. Those are two shows I never look up on YouTube. They liked westerns too, which were okay, but I preferred sci-fi and adventure shows.
     
  18. Mr. Hengist

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    No doubt the Prisoner was classic, great, and unique. Unlike anything else, ever. It was Patrick McGoohan's pet project and deliberately intended to be "experimental."

    However--the same people who have no interest in watching TOS or black and white movies like "Casablanca" would obviously have zero patience for the Prisoner, even less than they would for TOS.
     
  19. Mr. Hengist

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    Let's all try to remember that summer "blockbuster" movies are created for a specific audience--adolescent children. Action/adventure is directed to 12 - 14 year old boys and things like Twilight towards adolescent girls.

    And it's easy enough for an adult to enjoy them on that level too. Sure I love to see spaceships crash into tall buildings--why not? Spaceship go BOOM.

    And the film makers may even try to sneak things into the script on a more mature or adult level, but if so, it's almost accidental and more of a strained mannerism on the part of the film maker so they don't have to acknowledge "Hey I'm making these movies for rather dull children so there has to be a lot of explosions to keep their attention."

    The interesting thing about TOS is that due to the practical limitations inherent in having limited budgets, sketchy special effects abilities, and very short time frames to produce episodes for weekly broadcast, it had the effect of forcing the makers to place more of an emphasis on story, thematic ideas, and "bigger ideas" then a summer movie blockbuster with an unlimited budget ever has to worry about.

    When you're constrained by budget to do a "bottle show," then you HAVE to try to come up with a good, interesting story, that is "about something," if you want to succeed. There were surely plenty of misfires along the way too.

    That's not to say that the JJ movies aren't entertaining or that they're lacking in any merit, and I never said that.

    They are simply completely derivative, they contribute no new ideas, and when the two hours or so of flashing images on the screen are over, there's really not much to talk about.
     
  20. trevanian

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    Ain't it the sad truth?