Each season feels like a separate show

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  1. Commishsleer

    Commishsleer Commodore Commodore

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    In his autobiography Doohan said he did his own hair. Spent 5 minutes in the makeup chair while Nimoy was stuck there for hours.
    I thought Doohan's hair was awful when he slicked it back and Takei had some weird hair in Season 3 "That Which Survives"
    I'd say 90% of Chapel's hair was unflattering but I suppose it gradually got worse in Season 3. I'd say 20% of Uhura's wigs were unflattering but that wasn't season dependent.
    I didn't notice anyone getting fatter until the movies. I though Shatner's weight went up and down a bit but I'd never have called him fat.
     
  2. gottacook

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    I think the comedies in season 2 were themselves intended as a "breath of fresh air" after the sheer murderousness of the episodes earlier in the season. Here's the production order:
    "Catspaw"
    "Metamorphosis"
    "Friday's Child"
    "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
    "Amok Time"
    "The Doomsday Machine"
    "Wolf in the Fold"
    "The Changeling"
    "The Apple"
    "Mirror, Mirror"
    "The Deadly Years"
    All of these feature deaths, if you include Commissioner Hedford in "Metamorphosis," Apollo spreading himself on the wind in "Adonais," and the fake death in "Amok Time". (Not to mention the last several episodes of the previous season.) In light of these, the next episodes - "I, Mudd" and "The Trouble with Tribbles" - must have seemed a relief.
     
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    I certainly don’t disagree and I’m sure I’m not nearly in the majority, but most of those episodes you list had humorous moments to alleviate the tension (only "The Doomsday Machine" was pretty much totally straight). The rest had character moments and bits where people could smile or chuckle. And that’s what I prefer. I don’t like all out comedy in my straightforward adventure shows. Star Trek worked best – for me – with a serious story punctuated by humor at the right times. So, “A Piece of the Action,” “I, Mudd,” and “Tribbles” almost never get return visits from me. The Voyage Home is my least favorite of the classic films. In other shows, I don’t enjoy most of Lost in Space’s color episodes, not because the plots are cheesy but because of the over reliance on laughs. Meanwhile, other the Irwin Allen shows, which didn’t have any less ridiculous plots, were barren of humor. I love those.

    Humor is fine but when Star Trek “tries” to be funny or deviates an entire episode to The Planet Sitcom, I’m not that interested.
     
  4. Methuselah Flint

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    The comedy was certainly 'out of character' for the regulars, and in some places 'forced'.

    I think Tribbles is probably the better of the three, primarily because of the klingons, and the tension between our crew and theirs, in a shore-leave setting. The 'love to hate' and mutual military respect kinda follows through with Koloth from Kor and then later continues with Kang.

    As someone above said, the 'planet sitcom' two episodes really had no driving plot going through them as much. At least we had Sherman's planet etc in Tribbles, and most of Shatner's (arguably) silly moments and gestures were limited to K7, and not in the character's regular professional environment.
     
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    Season 1 looked more 50s IMHO with that boot polish hair gel glopped in. Okay, the same can be said for some officers in "The Way to Eden", but otherwise...

    Freiberger did seem to try to adhere to "Gene's vision" and more serious tone, which was great- the humor of season 2, right down to Chekov's comedy being more a backhanded compliment (thank you "TV Sins" for pointing that out), was so hit or miss... which is impressive given the struggles in the making of the show but by season 3 it was already given the Friday night slot...

    If nobody got a haircut between season 3 TOS and season 1 TAS, they could have used their own hair as jump ropes... :D

    But jokiness aside, that's a good point in bringing up both points re: TOS/TAS for direct continuity or otherwise.

    Forget barbers. 1968 hairdos need to make a comeback. :nyah: :devil:
     
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  6. ssosmcin

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    Tribbles is my favorite of the comedies as well mainly because everyone stays in character. While some of it is a little over the top, it works for the most part.

    I, Mudd and APOTA use the characters being OUT of character for their humor which doesn’t work for me.
     
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  7. Methuselah Flint

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    I fully concur! I love me side parting and pointy side burns! :D
     
  8. BillJ

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    Honestly, I liked the comedy episodes. We got three out of 79 episodes.
     
  9. ssosmcin

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    Most people do. And I'm glad it was just three and not a few dozen, like on Lost in Space. Fewer episodes to leave off my rotation. :)
     
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  10. WildManWizard

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    I think doohan was full of soup!

    I read a poster on here lived on shatners street back in 73 and would see him washing his car sans toupee and he described him as having hair but badly recessed at the corners.

    Edit: found the source of my info https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/the-neverending-toupic-uh-topic.156982/page-2#post-5600482
     
  11. WildManWizard

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    I feel like the poster spocks barber should be in this thread!
     
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    Yes where is that old rusty nail in the tooth good guy these days? :vulcan:
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    Doohan in The World of Star Trek:

    “You know when I changed my hair, the fans noticed it immediately. I just wasn’t happy with it, but I didn’t like it combed back either. I thought it looked like hell. But, when I went to put it back the old way, Gene didn’t like it. He decided I’d have to have a new hairdo, so he sent me to Sebring’s. After that it was better, I was able to make it match more easily. It hasn’t changed much since then, now [1973] it’s just a little longer.”[/COLOR][/SIZE][/LEFT]
     
  14. johnnybear

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    Yes, Scotty's hair was okay in seasons one and two but his greased back job for three did not suit him, that is until he got his flat grey look half way but the episodes were screened in such a haphazard order that it looked like he was going to a stylist on a weekly basis!!!
    JB
     
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    S1 - birth
    S2 - maturity (immaturity in some episodes)
    S3 - death
     
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    I’ve been attending Starfleet barber school trying to master those Vulcan, Andorian and Tellerite hairdos. :hugegrin:
     
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    Millenium is another show that changed every year.
     
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    Like everyone else, I don't think it feels like three separate series. The characters are the same, the ship is the same, the format is the same. It's the same show. The stories varied, the tone shifted, showrunners came and went, but it was still the same show.
     
  20. ssosmcin

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    If it matters at all, the OP is apparently gone.... :shrug: