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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 16 September 2017 at 9:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I look at those episodes more as opportunistic ratings stunt casting on the part of the producers rather than as TOS nostalgia.  Much was made of Nimoy's appearance in "Unification" and Roddenberry had passed away the week before the first episode aired yet the resulting story was a load of talky dross padded out to two nearly two hours of dull television.
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I have a feeling part of it was cross-promotion with the then-upcoming STAR TREK VI, as well.
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Well they originally wanted Nimoy to be the show-runner on TNG and direct the pilot. According to 50Year mission. I think they were looking for a new twist so they used romulans. Things did begin to loosen somewhat in the Post Roddenberry era. Tho Rick Berman felt it was his duty to maintain Roddenerry's edicts about what life in the 24th century was all about. To preserve that future. 

Still waiting to watch Naked Now. 
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I still remember seeing Nimoy at a Boston TREK convention in the spring or summer of 1991, as the hype-machine was building for STAR TREK VI... at the very end, he then announced that he would indeed be making a guest appearance on TNG for the upcoming (fifth) season.

If ever I thought the roof was going to collapse on our heads...!!



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[quote=Greg Kirkman]It's a fine line to tread. Kirk and his crew shouldn't have been the ONLY ones to do anything of note in Starfleet history, but they also d id save the Earth more than once, and were involved in several major political events (such as the accords with the Klingon Empire).[/quote]

The Earth-saving happened in the movies, where the stakes have to be bigger. So maybe the five year mission was more in line with the other Constitution Class ships (at least those that weren't get destroyed onscreen in TOS), but then in the movie era Kirk distinguished himself by saving the earth a few times.


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I have a feeling part of it was cross-promotion with the then-upcoming STAR TREK VI, as well.

Definitely for "Unification" as it aired one month before ST:VI was in theatres.  Michael Dorn also appeared in ST:VI which was another cross-promotion.

It's a shame later films never cross-pollinated with the existing TV shows other than the occasional references to things like ketracel white in INSURRECTION and of course Michael Dorn happening to be away from DS9 and in the neighborhood *just in time* for some big event.  Twice. 

(or was it three times?)
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Dorn's contract for DS9 required that it not detract from his participation in TNG movies.  I don't think they offered any explanation at all for why he was on the Enterprise in Insurrection.
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Posted: 17 September 2017 at 9:16pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

"The Last Outpost".

...aka "Ferengi Arena".


So, it takes Picard, like, an act-and-a-half to figure out that some unknown force on the planet is holding both the Enterprise-D and the Ferengi ship immobile. Pretty sure Kirk would have had that checked off the list of possibilities in about a minute or so.

On the positive side, we do get to see La Forge hanging out in Engineering, for the first time. It's a very natural fit, but it'll be another season 'till he gets reassigned there.

Ah, the Ferengi. They'd been touted as the new Klingons, but...noooooo. Nope. They're lousy villains. It's been said that Armin Shimmerman felt a measure of personal responsibility for how things turned out, and so resolved to rehabilitate the species when he was cast as Quark on DS9, and did a fine job in doing so.


Not a lot else to say about this one, because so little of consequence happens. The two ships are immobilized, there's some back and forth, the combined Starfleet/Ferengi force beams down, then Portal spares them because Riker is brave in the face of death. That's pretty much it. 

I continue to be amazed at just how surface-level everything is, in these early episodes. There are attempts at fleshing out the characters, and lip-service paid to the philosophy and moral dilemmas that TREK is so beloved for, but there's just not a whole lot going on, besides those surface plot beats. Again, I'm glad to remember that will change for the better, eventually.


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Your assement of Naked now was spot on, they guys get Drunk and the Girls get horny. I can't help but think. Fontana said the re-writes that she got back from Gene always added sex and lust and little esle to the script. 

Watching code of Honor. Regretting it. 

This would be around the time that Roddenberry's Lawyer was doing re-write,yes? 
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Posted: 18 September 2017 at 12:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Yep.
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I've heard... erm... stories about Gene and his swinger lifestyle.  Maybe it was his lawyer all along!

Perhaps it doesn't really matter in the end who wrote it.   Writing STAR TREK that bad takes talent!
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"Where No One Has Gone Before".

I actual like this one quite a bit, despite its being rather slight and straightforward. I have a distinct memory of seeing it at a young age, possibly even in first-run, as opposed to a rerun. 

I've read that the original script, by Diane Duane and Michael Reeves, was basically a repurposing of Duane's novel, THE WOUNDED SKY, which I haven't read. The episode comes across as sort of a riff on "The Ultimate Computer", with a dash of "Is There In Truth No Beauty".

So, in addition to Wesley being a Supergenius, the implication is that he's some kind of mutant with a knack for exploiting the contention between time, space, and thought.  Huh.

I'm also reminded of what Zaki Hasan likes to refer to as TNG's "competence porn", in that the TNG crew conducts itself in a very calm and competent manner, working problems (no matter how serious) from all the angles until they find a solution. In this one episode, the Enterprise-D is propelled literally billions of light years from home, and the crew is nonplussed by potentially being stranded beyond any conceivable human frame of reference. Of course, Voyager ended up stranded much closer to home, which became the premise of an entire series, and was treated as a Big Deal. Here, the crew calmly discusses the opportunity to kick back and explore...er...where none have gone before, then decide to get back to work on getting home. And then they do. No biggie!
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Posted: 19 September 2017 at 11:29pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

"Lonely Among Us".


A rather weak and slight episode, bolstered by some fun character interplay and moments. This episode introduces Data's Sherlock Holmes fandom, and is also the first to really feature Brent Spiner's flair for humor. Some interesting acting from Patrick Stewart as the possessed Picard.

Some pretty wonky stuff at the end of this one. So...Picard is beamed into space as an energy pattern, without being reintegrated. Then, when Data attempts to use the transporter to bring him back, he uses the pattern from Picard's previous dematerialization to reintegrate him. Um, what?

Setting aside the transporter's potential as a cloning device (which Riker alludes to--as well as the apparent Vegetarianism of the future--when describing how humans no longer use livestock for meat, instead favoring replicated tissue), I find myself asking how Data distinguished the particular energy pattern which had been Picard, in order to use the record of Picard's pattern to reintegrate him. Did Picard's sentient energy
pattern make its way into the pattern buffer, and just wait to be reintegrated into its original form? This makes my head hurt.



Bonus points for the appearance of a model of a TOS-era shuttlecraft as a set decoration, though.
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