Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

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Is Star Trek better as a TV series or a film series?

  1. TV Series

    58 vote(s)
    95.1%
  2. Film Series

    3 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. anh165

    anh165 Commander Red Shirt

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    TOS = TV series and Movies
    TNG = TV series
    DS9 = The bin
    Voy = The bin
    Ent = The bin
     
  2. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    STAR TREK is better whilst on television and in the cinema ... simultaneously!
     
  3. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

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    The TV series episodes .. but seen on a giant theater screen.

    With popcorn.


    :)
     
  4. dub

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  6. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    All of those things are the reasons why he isn't the best suited to lead a new Trek series. Honestly, I want someone who has worked in action/sci-fi but has no connections to Star Trek at all.
     
  7. Wereghost

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    TV, easily. It was Trek's natural home.

    The movies, in terms of resources used, are each more like a season of TV (or several seasons) than an episode. I've enjoyed both of the NuTrek movies, but a TV version could no doubt have been much more satisfying.
     
  8. bbjeg

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    TV. It's easier to hit more bases in the long run with a series.
     
  9. dub

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  10. I am not Spock

    I am not Spock Commodore Commodore

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    Honestly , I can think of no one I'd rather welcome back to the Star Trek TV fold with open arms, than Ronald D Moore. He'd do an excellent job
     
  11. T'Girl

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    Maybe a creative production team made up of Joss Whedon and Ron Moore?


    :)
     
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  12. bbjeg

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    ^Good pair in my opinion if they were making a new series.
     
  13. milojthatch

    milojthatch Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I like the original 10 films, but Trek is always better as a tv show.
     
  14. Lucky

    Lucky Commander Red Shirt

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    Definitely TV series. But I love both.
     
  15. Roddenberry

    Roddenberry Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Didn't think it'd be close, surprised how far apart the votes are.
     
  16. bbjeg

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    Story wise, a lot more goes into a season of episodes than a 2 hour (if you're lucky) movie. People like more.
     
  17. Sci Fi Fan

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    Much prefer TV, as it is more geared toward trek fans than to the general public and can develop stories in much greater depth.
     
  18. HaventGotALife

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    The key for me is "revenge." Before we see the Batman villian, we know what he wants. The two movies to not do this are The Motion Picture and The Voyage Home. There are PLENTY of episodes where there are other motivations. The Borg weren't looking for revenge, they weren't even searching for revenge in First Contact. BUT, we still had Picard "breaking his little ships" because of revenge. It's been done and is very stale.

    Some different motivations: trying to get home, feeling guilt over destroying your enemy, trying to help the other side to avoid a potential war, wanting to protect the puny humans, wanting to entertain yourself, preserving your race, fighting for your cause, getting psychological needs met, "fish out of water," getting to the bottom of a crime, trying to build relationships with the Federation (but we can't communicate), trying to make peace, wanting to gain power, trying to explore, etc.

    Seriously? Those are the only kind of episodes? Revenge requires phasers. It requires killing your enemy. The ship that is to explore, ALWAYS is at EARTH. Star Trek, stories that make Star Trek unique, become window trapping for a science fiction action film. So, no, I don't enjoy the movies as much as the series.
     
  19. Warped9

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    Television, no question.

    You can simply cover more ground and offer greater diversity with television because it adds up to simply more screen time and more opportunity.

    TOS accomplished pretty much everything the series was meant to. Occasionally it stumbled in execution, but usually it was good and more then often excellent. The only advantage film offered was better f/x and more elaborate presentation, but often suffer from the pressure to be block buster epic. When I think of the best of a Trek it is scenes from the series that come to mind and very little of the films. The films offer a chance to make the setting look more detailed, but I don't think the stories are as rich.
     
  20. sonak

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    TMP and TVH BOTH involve Earth in peril, so you'd have to exclude them as well. Again, your formula was little to no action, little to no peril, and no bad guy wanting revenge. If you're going to rule those things out, you don't have a hook for a movie because you have nothing at stake. You can have episodes of exploring unusual phenomena with no peril, or just character-building, but you can't do that for a movie.