Will an old school Trek episode be accepted by modern audiences?

Discussion in 'Future of Trek' started by Swarm Emperor, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Swarm Emperor

    Swarm Emperor Ensign Red Shirt

    Oct 4, 2016
    As we all know, large numbers of ST episodes across all five series' have often been very cerebral and moralistic, focusing on teaching a lesson or exploring the many facets of humanity. Some of Star Trek's greatest stories have come out of these episodes, but I'm wondering, would they be acceptable to modern audiences in the new show? I'm asking this because I think it's germane to the possible survival of Discovery. We live in the age of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and the multitudinous Marvel shows, where many of the episodes are like mini action films. Do you think modern viewers would accept a show with a large complement of episodes like The Child and many others, or will they demand a more action-based series? I'm worried that while too much action could dilute the Trek uniqueness, a show that plays things too conservatively could bore audiences and sink the show.
  2. VulcanMindBlown

    VulcanMindBlown Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 28, 2015
    United States of America
    I don't think that the movies should be about hard thinking, because movies are about thrills.

    I'm not sure how the new TV show(s) will go over, if they are more (or have to be) philosophical.
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  3. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 20, 2016
    Modern audiences accept old school Trek reruns on tv so I see no difference whether the same moral story is told in 1965 or 2016.
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  4. STR

    STR Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 27, 2009
    Out there. Thatta way.
    There's roughly 2 action episodes a season in both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The rest of the episodes each season tell a variety of stories. Though, being GOT and TWD, they're usually cynical as all hell. They might start out as a parable, only to invert it, proving in the end that Shakespeare was right and no good deed goes unpunished. TWD is particularly guilty of this. GOT much less so. Its lesson is usually "don't be so naive" more than "don't try being a good person".
  5. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Morals and other things won't matter if the show isn't entertaining and holding an audience. Even Roddenberry knew this back in 1966.

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  6. Serveaux

    Serveaux The Wind Premium Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    I don't think CBS is going to produce "old school Trek" again, so the point's probably moot.
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  7. gamer1

    gamer1 Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Dec 12, 2016
    Depends. Star Trek atit's adventure, and story best, without a doubt. Star Trek pushing down moralistic viewpoints down the audiences throat.. No. Too much else to watch these days.