Was a Rick Berman a bad choice to run the Star Trek Franchise after Gene Roddenberry died?

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  1. JLBTucker

    JLBTucker Commander Red Shirt

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    we can agree to disagree I'm not going to get into a discussion bout modern trek that's well worn. Just not my thing. I just wanted to make clear my non like for him has nothing to do with being gay or not, because oddly I've seen some idiots not like him on that front or discovery in general for being "SJW Trash" I just think the show is bad
     
  2. dupersuper

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    Ah, my life of watching too much TV comes in handy.

    In addition to the aforementioned Soap, Brothers, All in the Family, Northern Exposure, Buffy, Ellen and Will and Grace, there were gay and/or trans guest/recurring characters in Barney Miller, Golden Girls, MASH, Night Court, WKRP, West Wing, Ally MacBeal, Boston Legal, LA Law, Picket Fences, Twin Peaks, Newsradio, Simpsons, Friends, Cheers, Frasier...

    As shown in your avatar.
     
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  3. FormerLurker

    FormerLurker Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Your response isn't the opposite of what I said, but rather the explanation for it. The homophobes are bothered BECAUSE the simple affection and ordinary lives stuff is so familiar, and so commonplace. They don't want to humanize homosexuals in this way, as it undermines their argument that "the Gay sex" is all that is important to gay people, and they know it.
     
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  4. Omegaphallic

    Omegaphallic Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Enterprise is extremely successful now on streaming apps.
     
  5. Oddish

    Oddish Rear Admiral Commodore

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    It depends on which people we're talking about. Some enemies, after all, can be turned into friends. But you're right; the true, incorrigible enemies of gay people (regardless of motivation) will see humanizing them as the ultimate threat. That's why Lynn Johnson received death threats when she featured a gay teen in "For Better or For Worse".


    Because it was, for the most part, a good show. It suffered from a slow start and franchise fatigue, and a few bad episodes. But had it gotten its fifth season, it would probably have gone the full seven, like its three predecessors.
     
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  6. dupersuper

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    My friends stepmother got his father to cancel their newspaper subscription over that. We mocked her (not to her face: we were kids).
     
  7. Oddish

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    Then your set was more tolerant than ours. Among the teens I grew up amidst, homophobia was almost expected of you.
     
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  8. Oddish

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    I was watching some interviews on YouTube featuring Mr. Berman... they were kind of interesting. To his great credit, he was majorly involved in getting Patrick Stewart cast as Picard, a decision that not only made that series what it was but likely influenced the casting of TNG's contemporaries (casting a lesser known but extremely proficient actor in the main role). And, he was sadly right about the original person chosen to play Janeway (had she lasted longer, the series would have up a serious creek). But, there were some boneheaded decisions as well (that universally derided "someone gotta be the ensign" business reportedly came from him).
     
  9. Phily B

    Phily B Commodore Commodore

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    No.

    But he was a good choice to take over in the aftermath, but he never should have lasted so long. He was very conservative and wanted Trek to feel the same. Nothing shows this more than Voyager and Enterprise. He just tried to make them TNG lite, which is all he knew how to do. It's criminal he never handed the reigns over to someone younger with fresh ideas, several of the Trek writers went onto create some fantastic television they never could have done on Trek.
     
  10. The Wormhole

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    He actually wanted Enterprise to be something completely different, it was the Studio Suits above him who said No and forced him to make it TNG-Lite.
     
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  11. BigDaveX

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    True enough, UPN's role in Enterprise's (and Voyager's) flaws shouldn't be overlooked. The problem was that Berman's decisions seemed to exacerbate the problems that Paramount created, rather than mitigating them - having Enterprise follow the formula of TNG and Voyager so closely might not have been a problem had there not also been things like the Vulcans acting completely out of character, a truckload of continuity flubs, and an apparent main story arc that seemed like an afterthought.

    Over a decade later, on a form of media that hadn't really yet gotten off the drawing board when Enterprise was cancelled. And really, who's to say how much of that success is down to Berman (and Braga), and how much of it is due to Coto and the latter writers?
     
  12. Paul755

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    wasn’t the entire first season just supposed to be about building the Enterprise? I thought I read that somewhere.
     
  13. Oddish

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    And the 5th season would have been about building the Federation.
     
  14. cooleddie74

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    Or the beginning of the Earth-Romulan War in 2156.
     
  15. Oddish

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    Either way, it would supposedly have had Shran as a member of the crew, a living Elizabeth, and something other than TATV as a finale.
     
  16. The Wormhole

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    Assuming you're referring to the Temporal Cold War, it was an afterthought and was only there again at the behest of the Studio Suits who had no faith in the prequel concept and wanted some sort of future element there.
    Indeed it was.
    TATV was always going to be the finale, and indeed had been written originally for the third season to be used in the event the show was cancelled then. Berman and Braga really thought that was the perfect way to end the show.
     
  17. BigDaveX

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    Yeah, I seem to remember reading that it was something Braga thought up for Voyager, never got around to implementing, and then dusted off when UPN demanded some kind of time travel element.

    Given that the Temporal Cold War was only mentioned in about a half-dozen episodes of the first season (and only very cursorily in most of those cases), it makes you wonder if Berman and/or Braga approached it with the same mentality that TNG did with the Q story arc - something they put heavy emphasis on in the pilot, but then only revisited once or twice per season.
     
  18. Takeru

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    They didn't act out of character though, they just didn't act like Spock. And why would anyone expect that some vulcans out of billions in one series act like some other vulcans out of billions in another series.

    Has anyone ever accused Picard of not acting like a human because he's not like anyone on TOS?
     
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  19. BigDaveX

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    If it were just T'Pol who acted that way, then you could maybe just chalk it down to youthful arrogance that comes across badly thanks to cultural differences - in fact, that was the concept for Xon on Phase II. Heck, I could even accept Soval acting that way, since we've seen our fair share of crazy Starfleet ambassadors over the years, and the Vulcans doubtless have one or two as well.

    But damn near every Vulcan we see in the first two seasons of Enterprise is incredibly arrogant, condescending, and full of themselves - it's even treated as a plot twist in "Fallen Hero" when V'Lar doesn't behave like this - seemingly for the sole purpose of making the human characters look better by contrast. And let's be honest, even if it hadn't involved the Vulcans, "humans teach arrogant aliens the error of their ways" getting to be a pretty tired trope even by the time Enterprise started airing.

    That was at least inferred to be the result of cultural changes that occurred between the TOS movie era and the start of TNG - just the less militaristic appearance of the Enterprise-D compared to Kirk's ship, and Worf's being an officer on the ship were inference enough of that.

    If there had been some explanation or inference from the start of why the Vulcans were behaving so differently in the 22nd century, instead of Season 4's obvious (and yet still very good) fix-fic in the form of the Kir'Shara trilogy, it'd have been a lot less of an issue.
     
  20. JirinPanthosa

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    Berman was right for TNG but should have been replaced in the Voyager/Ent era.
     
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