I've noticed with many series the underlying theme is overplayed by the producers/writers. While the fans mainly like to sit down and enjoy each episode, as a separate piece of entertainment, the writers/producers often become obsessed with the theme they are weaving. They then keep returning to the theme, for far to many episodes, making the series become very predicatble and slow moving. In a good scifi series one gets steady and developing characters, but their "adventures" should be as diverse as possible. So each week one tunes in for the unexpected scenarios. Enterprise could easily have run for more years, IMHO, if the producers had just "wised up" and removed their overplayed and stale theme.
Shows such as Babylon 5, Andromeda and SG1 managed this so much better. Again IMHO.
It is easier to gain viewers too when a show can be watched at any point.
for example I never got into lost so never watched it from the start. one night when channel surfing I put it on and had no idea WTF was happening. Yet with Star Trek TNG I could watch any point in all 7 season and get a full enjoyable and understandable TV episode of good scifi. -- [65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports
The original Star Trek was great for three reasons. It had a great theme (Hiratio Hornblower in space), a great set of sci-fi writers on staff (many of whom went on to become novelists), and a great set of characters. The sequels really haven't measured up to the original because they've been lacking in those departments. Next generation brought some decent characters in but they never seemed to have a consistent theme to build around. Much of the time they just rehashed themes from TOS. The others never got the quality of characters quite right.
What Star Trek needs is to fast forward into the future and essentially start over. New ship designs, new federation members, new aliens (both menacing and friendly), a new spirit of exploration and adventure, and (most importantly) a solid cast of characters that play off each other well and could be entertaining in any venue. By having a show about exploring the universe, you essentially have a show that can be about anything you want to write. Each episode can happen in a different area of space where just about anything can be taking place. Instead of worrying about trying to shoehorn in some stuff in the established canon, go off in a new direction (which would really be like the original direction) and forge your own stories. -- Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty - Ronald Reagan
It is easier to gain viewers too when a show can be watched at any point. ...
I agree with it being easier, but I've also found that a series that doesn't have some overall "big picture" story arc doesn't hold my attention for more than a few episodes. If every episode of a series is a stand-alone story, with no connection to the rest of the season, I don't feel the need to keep watching unless the writing makes each episode very entertaining. Not many shows have that. I pretty much need a continuing storyline. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
I've also found that a series that doesn't have some overall "big picture" story arc doesn't hold my attention for more than a few episodes.
I totally agree with this. That's why shows like Haven and Grimm were hard for me to get through the first half season or so -- they were too much "weirdness of the week" and "monster of the week" at the beginning. As the overall story arc developed, they got MUCH more interesting to me.
BSG was probably one of the the best SciFi shows on TV and I doubt very much you could just drop in on a random episode and truly appreciate how good it was or even enjoy it. -- ♬ Music is life ♬
It is easier to gain viewers too when a show can be watched at any point.
for example I never got into lost so never watched it from the start. one night when channel surfing I put it on and had no idea WTF was happening. Yet with Star Trek TNG I could watch any point in all 7 season and get a full enjoyable and understandable TV episode of good scifi.
It goes both ways. Yes it is easier to start watching a show if each episode is 'stand alone' but having a story arc or shows that build upon each other allows people to see the development and tune in to see what happens next.
That is why I loved B5. Even though it had a story arc, there were many episodes (esp S1 and S2) that were essentially stand alone but might contain a small glimpse of the main story---tantilizing clues to the future. The stories built on each other. Made me want to make sure I watched it the following week. ST:TNG didn't compel me to watch every week. (I would still watch but if I missed one then no big deal). -- Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war
Did you watch the first new Star Trek? There's nothing to screw up or follow as they made a clear explanation about it.
Khan left earth before the events of the first movie... that part of the timeline would not change... now what will change, is who will find him and awaken him (if anyone) -- "The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
By the looks of the trailer, I say it is Gary Mitchell ... the blonde with the Bob haircut is like the blonde in the TOS episode which Gary Mitchell was in -- "The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning." ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
The Temporal Cold war indeed ruined Enterprise. And since that's how they started the series, it had one foot in the grave on day 1. Had Enterprise had stories similar to those in the 4th season I believe it would have had a much better following and may have survived longer than it's 3.8 seasons.
Back on topic, I'm interested to see if this movie can build on the success of the previous one.
Of course, I watched it on YouTube at 720p. And I never said installing QT was a problem. It's having it installed that's a problem.
Touché. Having it installed and using QuickTime has not been a problem. QuickTime is not something I use all that often, other than Apple Trailers and the occasional video clips. It appears to work and function as expected. I'm not sure what specific issues one may have with it but, I'm sure they exist. I use it on Windows 7 and XP. I'm not sure if the experience would be the same on an Apple. -- Remember that cool hidden "Graffiti Wall" here on BBR? After the name change I became the "owner", so to speak as it became: Dustyn's Wall »[Serious] RIP
Looks like it could be a great movie, I'll probably check it out. Even though I've only seen Benedict Cumberbatch in the awesome Sherlock I'd say he was a great actor and would probably do a good job.
OT: The only reason I'd install QuickTime is to watch movie trailers in HD, and nowadays that's not reason enough for me when IMDb and YouTube have trailers. A couple of years ago I had it installed and had problems with it (something to do with updates, I think) and decided to never install it again. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
Anybody notice the nacelles on the starship that crashes into San Fransisco Bay? The look like the nacelles on the Enterprise-E. There is also a fight scene and in the background it looks like the internal framing of a saucer section that is on fire. -- A fire burns today Of blasphemy and genocide The sirens of decay Will infiltrate the faith fanatics
I dunno, I'm a TOS purist so I'm biased, but other than having familiar characters, JJ's take on it is looking more like just another action/adventure and less and less like Star Trek. I did see the first movie, and while it was OK as a stand-alone story, I cringed so many times it was painful.
I'll eventually see the new one too, I'm sure, although it may be a dollar rental from RedBox.