Would a series set after voyager have been more of a success

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  1. Shaka Zulu

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    Are we going to go through this again?:rolleyes:

    Star Trek has always been an action adventure franchise since the 1960s and also one that made money (did you think that the IDIC was made for the highfalutin things that you keep attributing to Star Trek? It was created to make money!) Ditto with all of the other merchandise too.

    One more time for those that didn't get it (or never saw it the first time) :

    Care to repeat the same bullshit about Star Trek again?

    As for Sherlock Holmes; you didn't mind all of those movies that were set in the 1940s where Basil Rathbone as Holmes fights Nazis, so why should you mind a set of Holmes movies where Holmes has a bit of an action thing going on? Something had to be done to make the Holmes character stand out more than it used to in movies, and this was it.
     
  2. Bad Thoughts

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    Are you talking about Baywatch, which failed to produce a spin-off in the contracting market and, in a final gasp, relocated to Hawaii (because the state threw tons of money at them) only to fail? Please do the research.

    I'm not trying to give a monocausal explanation for DS9's performance. Market contraction was , nonetheless, a force that all syndicated shows contended with, one which TNG would have had to deal with had it remained on the air beyond season 7 (which is why I originally brought it up).

    Which is why Kirk gave so many action-packed speeches.
     
  3. King Daniel Beyond

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    It depends how you look at Kirk. Some see the "true" Kirk as being the "stack of books with legs" which Gary Mitchell described, while others see the Kirk that was, to quote Carol Marcus, "never a boy scout". It's all about which bits count and which don't in your mind. Remember 34 year old Kirk seducing a 19 year old girl in "Conscience of the King", or smiling at Scotty's starting a bar fight over the Enterprise being called a "garbage scow" in "Trouble with Tribbles"? Do you really think Kirk taking the Enterprise from Decker in TMP was entirely non-selfish? Or flying through space on wild adventures while Carol raised David alone? I suspect you dismiss all of that when you think of him.
     
  4. CorporalCaptain

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    You mean it failed to yield a spin-off after a successful ten year run in syndication? Big deal. By that time, it was played out. That still doesn't make it a failure.

    So, discovering that, at its peak, Baywatch had a weekly audience of over 1.1 billion people, making it the most watched TV show in the world at the turn of the millennium [another link, besides the one I already gave], that doesn't count as research? I did the research, thanks.
     
  5. Push The Button

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    You presume quite a bit for someone that doesn't know anything about me. Perhaps you should lighten up a little.

    As for the TOS and TNG movies, I can see the validity of the one-liners that you posted, for the most part. I've never seen any of the Rathbone-as-Holmes serials, so I can't offer an opinion about those, one way or the other.
     
  6. Bad Thoughts

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    Incredible! You found two articles about Baywatch!

    Now look for information relevant to the era after the relaxation of Fin-Syn. Anything else is just being taken out of context or only relevant to a different period of time.
     
  7. Greg Cox

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    The nitpicking editor in me feels obliged to mention that the Rathbone movies were features, not serials, but that's neither here or there.

    It's funny, though. Just a few weeks ago, I saw an on-line article that referred to the Johnny Weismuller TARZAN movies as "serials," even though they were features as well.

    For the record, folks, not all old black-and-white adventure movies were serials (he says, channeling his inner curmudgeon). :)
     
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  8. CorporalCaptain

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    Nah, I've said enough in this thread for the time being. Why don't you post some links to back up what you're saying?

    I'd be interesting to know why, and by what metric, Baywatch didn't do very well in syndication, for starters.

    I'd also be interested to see what can support and, more importantly, prove the claim that Star Trek's decline in ratings wasn't its own fault in terms of not delivering a product that people wanted to watch, but rather that its decline can be blamed solely on market-wide trends in cable viewing habits, starting with trends in the viewership of syndicated programming. That issue seems to me to be one of the main ones that sparked our little back and forth here.
     
  9. JirinPanthosa

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    Yes, it has always been an action adventure franchise. But it's been a smart one with a focus on writing. Kirk beat superior opponents by tricking them, outsmarting them and outwilling them. Not by beaming in and shooting everyone.

    And for the 15 millionth time across all hobbyist message boards ever, the fact that companies are interested in making money, while true, is NOT an effective rebuttal to complaints about quality.

    That kind of ratings-begging gets you ratings next week, but loses them in the long term. If Star Trek is ever going to be a TV hit again it needs to focus on it's fundamentals. Exploration, smart adventure and writing.

    A modernized TNG clone would be one way to do that, but as I expressed before, I'd rather them take the Breaking Bad/Game Of Thrones route of nurturing a viewer loyalty and gradually building up an audience through word of mouth by focusing on quality.
     
  10. Bad Thoughts

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    Let me help you out on this one. I wrote:
    Nowhere did I posit a monocausal explanation for the decline of DS9's ratings. I merely made note of the changing environment in which many syndicated shows of the late 1990s dealt with. So, no, I don't need to prove such a claim because I did not make it.

    Another claim I did not make. Baywatch did quite well in the first half of its syndicated run. It was only in the last half of the 1990s that it ran into trouble.

    The information that is required is not readily available on the internet. It requires a university library. Since you are the one disputing my assertion, it's up to you to put forward evidence.
     
  11. Push The Button

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    Haha, thanks for the info Greg. To be fair, those were a little before my time, but my parents loved them.
     
  12. CorporalCaptain

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    Well, honestly, it sounded to me as if you made that claim. What you said was this:


    I took that to mean that you claimed that Baywatch steadily declined just like DS9. It didn't (remember, DS9 steadily declined over its whole run), and here's a third link to prove it. And now you're saying otherwise, too. That's fine. I misspoke in this thread, and I believe I have corrected myself.

    Actually, the burden of proof is on the one making the assertion in the first place. A university will teach you that. If it's indeed so that the Internet doesn't have such evidence, except behind a paywall, then so be it.

    On the other hand, I believe I have at least supported my assertion that the causes of Star Trek's TV demise can't be blamed on issues with respect to syndication, which, by the way, is all I said on this matter in the first place. To be honest, I'm sort of losing track of what it is we're arguing about. What I'd said was this:

    For the record, I never denied that the general market trends mattered.

    This isn't the first time this conversation has come up on the board. Rather than let Star Trek itself take responsibility for its share of the blame in its own demise on TV, the response has generally been, "Oh, it wasn't its fault; the market was just contracting," or some similar excuse.

    I'm saying that the larger problem was Trek itself. TNG was a hit in its day, and a lot of people gave DS9 a chance, at least at first when the iron was still hot. Once TNG went off the air, there were 11 years of Star Trek, totalling in combination over 16 seasons, representing chance after chance to get it right. With so many chances at bat, how can it not be mainly Star Trek's own fault that it declined so far in ratings, and steadily, year after year, season after season?!?

    So far, I haven't ventured an opinion on what the ratings of TNG season 8 would have looked like. I think that they would have gone down; there are indications in the chart I posted at the beginning of the thread that they were already starting to do just that in season 7. However, again, I think that that was because TNG had given all it had to offer, and not primarily because of "the market." By the end, it had already become quite formulaic (in the true sense of the term).
     
  13. Shaka Zulu

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    That's a TV show, these are movies. And Kirk in the movies was in the midst of people who were being violent, so he used violence. How the frack was he going to trick Nero into lowering his defenses on the Narada anyway? By staging a hack of the ship, then shutting off all weapons? That's now one of the oldest clich├ęs in movies since it's use in Independence Day. Also, how was he going to apprehend Nero and Co. other than by violence? By beaming the whole crew of the Narada into the cargo holds?

    *BTW, the word is 'out-witting.'

    It's a good rebuttal to people who keep insisting that Roddenberry had a grand plan for Star Trek when he truly didn't (and had brought into said mythology drummed up by fans and by [most likely] himself.) Star Trek is an action-adventure franchise and was pitched as such to NBC back in the 60s, like it or not. Anything else said makes one look like the people in the famous satirical news report by The Onion.

    And I'm sorry to bust your bubble, but at least the now movie truly had the Enterprise start an 'Insurrection' by fighting a part of Starfleet that does questionable things, and engaging a Starfleet ship in combat with consequences for them and for Earth. That's better than Picard & Co. engaging a Alien Race Du Jour who are bad simply because they're all ugly.
     

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