Discussion in 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' started by NCC-73515, Jul 23, 2020.
13 is the right age to get hooked on Trek. Most of us became fans as kids or teens, right?
8 years old, and creating scenes with the Mego figures I had at the time, while watching it on VHS. The Scotty figure looked nothing like Scotty so I created my own security chief character.
I was 7-8 as well, TNG Conspiracy!
I was four (1975), an abused kid escaping into the future.
I've been growing ever more optimistic for LD since it was announced, though I actually didn't love this clip. But, as a longtime fan of adult animation, I tend to hate the first episode of all the shows that go on to become my absolute favorites. I think it's almost a sitcom thing, it's a form that just needs a minute to gel, it doesn't start clicking for me until I'm thru the setup and I have some familiarity with the specific cast/character dynamics in the show.
Really the moral is I should just restrain myself from watching preview scenes, since they never really satisfy. But I'm an addict! I can't resist grabbing the fix as soon as they offer it!
I discovered Trek at the tender age of seven. Saw a monster with suckers on their fingertips kill some people.
Not totally sold on the show just yet. Insufficient data. But one of my favorite shows from the last year was Harley Quinn on DC Universe. I don't think this show will reach that level of mayhem, violence and profanity, though.
I got into star trek during 3rd grade. For some reason, my teacher put the trouble with tribbles on the school projector(this was 1986 or so) I fell in love from that point on.
This so much. I like you @fireproof78. We agree on so much.
An old Klingon with an eye patch. Nice.
September of 1966, a month before turning 8 years old ...
Been hanging around here since 2000 ... despite what the "Joined" date says.
Guess, I'm an old Trek Fart.
11. So right in-between.
One of the things I liked about Star Trek was that I thought of it as one of the first "adult" things I was into. Not including ALF, it was the first live-action series I was a fan of. But go easy on me. To me, "adult" meant "not a cartoon". Obviously not what I think now, but it's what I thought at the time. The Simpsons was a novelty, being a cartoon that was for adults. It was a huge deal. But we're getting off track... the point is I never thought of Star Trek as "kiddie" and what I liked about it was I thought it was the opposite. This was "grown-up". This was stuff that adults liked. And argued about. I felt like I'd joined a different league and stepped up.
When I got online in 1996 in high school, and stood up to middle-aged posters twice or three times my age on bulletin boards like this (but not this one yet), once again, it felt like a big deal to me. Later on, I was a moderator here with posters in their 40s and 50s in a lot of cases, and here I was, I was 22. It felt awkward sometimes. But eventually that awkwardness wore off.
So, "Don't you want to watch Star Trek with little kids?" Some people might want to do that, but that's not my mindset. So I think that pre-teens or teens is about the right range. Sure, you can get something out of it when you're younger than that, but there's probably a lot you're going to miss. But I guess that's part of watching it again to find out what went over your head before. I know one size doesn't fit all.
My brother started showing my niece TOS at age six. But before that, he used to tell her "Captain Kirk Stories" sometimes before bedtime.
I also noticed that I'm watching something that's not meant for my age because I didn't understand the high-concept philosophical, cultural, or scientific background in many scenes. As a kid, I enjoyed the action, suspense, and visual effects. When I didn't understand something, I figured I can watch it again when I'm older. And that's what happened XD
I liked the opening, felt like Trek with the music and space dock scenes. Can’t wait.
As a kid I was drawn to Star Trek because of the cool spaceships. As an adult, that's still why I'm drawn to Star Trek.
Another link: http://blog.trekcore.com/2020/07/watch-the-opening-scene-from-star-trek-lower-decks/
That was... warped... but I loved it! The feel of the series and characters within is perfect.
It starts out serious but quickly spins it around and with some clever writing. Both leads are clearly imperfect and, as with a lot of the audience, the actors are having fun doing this.
TNG had moments of showing imperfect cadets - the diamond slot formation being one of the biggies - but the way the series presented allows any number of takes (as well as putting in modern day human archetypes but this show isn't taking itself as seriously and that adds to the spirit of things, no pun intended.) The drunk scene was not exactly expected, but was quickly engaging and the vibe I get from the characters sells it wonderfully. This one I might keep my subscription for and be out there for the blu-ray on day one.
The corridor doors look like those from "V". But that's part of the fun and the background set quality and pans did look good throughout.
And is Romulan Whiskey the same shade of blue as Romulan Ale? Do they have no beverages that are any other hue?! We need 50 shades of blue!
I loved Freakazoid (the cartoon and the song with music video) but loathed R&S, Beavis, Dora the Explorer That Treats Its Audience Like Total Dumbasses, et al...
The combination used for this animated series, at least based on teaser and video clip, feel more than the sum of their parts and that's how it should be.
People are going to like the tone or they won't. I rather enjoyed it. And the notion of "official franchise umbrella with a self-titled parody" hasn't been done before either, which makes this all the more interesting. I hope the episodes are as good but so far it's been rather great.
Out of curiosity what was clever about the writing in the latter half of that scene?
I think they are talking about the transition between the bridge crew and the lower decks folks. But I like the writing in the latter half of the scene as well.
Or rather, I liked it. Whether or not it's clever does depend on the individual audience member. I liked how it started as being serious and then took a sharp left turn. How it was done felt clever. Maybe said tonal shift has been done before and I've not seen it? Even if I had, the scene feels solid enough.
But there is a partial Family Guy vibe to this. Those hating that show probably will dislike this one too. But not necessarily.
It was more the switch from starting from serious to being comedic. I enjoyed the whole thing despite knowing it's a comedy/parody. The only way this series could work would be if it were lower decks folks. I don't want to use the most obvious comparison, "Red Dwarf", as LD feels like its own beast despite its influences (which is no easy task in of itself) - and how no character shown reminds me of any character from RD. If anything, the guy (I don't recall he said his name) is nothing like Rimmer and if anything has some shades of Philip J Fry but I'd spent more time enjoying the scene than counting references and influences, which means it's already doing something I found agreeable.
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