Star Trek: The Animated Series

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  1. DoctorZ

    DoctorZ Ensign Red Shirt

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    Just out of curiosity, how come this forum doesn't have a dedicated sub-forum to Star Trek The Animated Series?
     
  2. Maurice

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    It's been asked a number of times. It would be a very dead forum for the most part, as it's not broadly watched, and it also fits pretty neatly under the umbrella of the original series.
     
  3. DoctorZ

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    I've never watched it aside from a couple of episodes as a kid. However, I just bought the entire series on DVD, so I plan on finally getting it watched.
     
  4. Mario de Monti

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    I guess you´re right on both points there.

    I only know the Tribbles epsiode (from the TOS blu-ray) and am still hesitant to purchase the DVD set. But as a (quasi) continuation of TOS I probably won´t get around it forever ;)
     
  5. Warped9

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    I don't feel it has the re-watchability of the live-action episodes. There are some genuinely good stories in TAS, and some interesting ideas and elements, but it just doesn't have the depth and layers of the live-action episodes. I think the limited animation also hurts the series in some measure.
     
  6. BillJ

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    Pretty much agree with everything in this post. Fun to watch, but not something I revisit very often.
     
  7. Mysterion

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    IMO, TAS is just an extension of sorts to TOS and doesn't need a seperate area.
     
  8. Galileo7

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    Agree.:vulcan: TAS is basically the final years of TOS five year mission that was cut short by the NBC cancellation.:klingon:
     
  9. Melakon

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    They really did seem to try and present good stories, but with perhaps 22 minutes to work with, there wasn't a lot they could do for characterization.
     
  10. Indysolo

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    They're in HD on Netflix, if you subscribe.
     
  11. Christopher

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    Depends on the character. I daresay Uhura was given more to do in TAS than she was in TOS. Sulu also got to be pretty prominent.
     
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    I have been watching it on Netflix - still really good story wise- I heard someone wanted to redo the animation using cgi
     
  13. Warped9

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    Ugh! I'd rather see good quality 2D animation than faux puppets running around.
     
  14. CaptPapa

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    I've always enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

    Happy watching!
     
  15. Lance

    Lance Commodore Commodore

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    Agreed, Christopher. By necessity they had to have a greater focus on the narrative of the episodes because they had much less screen time to tell their stories than they did in TOS, but I do think there are some sections of fandom which tend to downplay just how well TAS serviced the main characters, particularly the ones outside the 'big three'. It did a great deal more with the characters than some would have us believe. :)
     
  16. Commishsleer

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    I don't think there would be enough interest to justify a TAS only board. I think a lot less people have seen them than the other series. I don't think they've been seen here at the End of the Universe on TV much past there original run decades ago. TOS has been barely seen here in the past decade.
    I bought the boxset for $88 and I think they're now $20. My child likes them and at $20 for 20 odd TOS/TAS stories thats pretty good value for money. Cheaper than buying the novelisations.
     
  17. jpv2000

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    Same here. I have the boxed set and still watch them all every year or so.
     
  18. BoredShipCapt'n

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    Yeah, I just rewatched "The Slaver Weapon" last night and had forgotten that the entire episode was done with only Spock, Sulu, Uhura, and the Kzinti.
     
  19. Christopher

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    Which is because it was a very faithful adaptation of Larry Niven's Known Space novella "The Soft Weapon," whose main characters were Nessus the Pierson's Puppeteer and the human couple Jason and Anne Marie Papandreou.
     
  20. Lucky

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    I recently watched the series for the first time on Netflix and was pretty impressed with it. A lot of the episodes were really entertaining, and I wasn't really put off by the animation at all. Some of the episodes I really loved were "Yesteryear," "The Magicks of Megas-tu," "The Time Trap," "The Slaver Weapon," and "The Counter-Clock Incident."