Senior HTF Member
- Apr 8, 1999
- Real Name
- David Scarpa
2 New eps 8-10pm.
In TOS, I remember an episode where Kirk and crew came across a civilization at war that hated fighting so much that the warring parties built a machine that would calculate how many people would die as a result of war and it would kill that many people.
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."
I agree with you Ikiru.
And what Desilu could get away with during the TOS run on NBC cannot be repeated today. I am sick and tired of humans who are "alien" in name only.
Look, I am the first to be critical of TOS--even of the "sacred cow" episodes. Why, for example, do we introduce a "duplicate Earth" concept in "Miri," only never to revisit this staggering and scientifically impossible concept after the teaser opening? We merely segue into the action with the kids on the planet (who, of course, all speak perfect English). The fact that Kirk and crew are on a "duplicate" of planet Earth (every continent possesses the same contours as our world) is never mentioned again.
Of course, this quagmire could have been avoided if the writers simply skipped the stupid dupe-Earth "idea," and instead had posited that the action is taking place on a former Earth colony gone awry. Simple as that.
Time, however, has endeared "Miri" to us; we are more accepting and forgiving of TOS's faults (that is, except for much of the third season).
Yet we should be able to do better now, to improve on the plausibility issues. And, damn it, the writers must stop with all the intelligence-insulting deus ex machina endings.
To return to my usual song-and-dance routine: B&B only wish to orbit very close to Planet Status-Quo, spewing out this cookie-cutter dreck that could just as easily work in the other spinoff series. Enterprise is a "prequel" in name only. The look and feel are already third-rate business-as-usual, standard-issue Star Trek baby formula.
It's hard to remain optimistic.
But I can tell you this: During TNG's first season, I grew warmer and warmer to the new series as that debut year progressed (I believe there are true gems from the 1987-88 chapter of the saga). Same with DS9.
Here, however, I grow more fearful I am witnessing Voyager Redux.
The cynicism being demonstrated by B&B is patently insulting. We are doing nothing more than boldly going where third-rate, throwaway Trek episodes have gone before many a year ago.