Watching TNG on TNN

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  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Why, isn't TNN so helpful? Even if the network is showing my favorite episode of TNG ("The Inner Light"), I run the risk of forgetting what I am watching. But to ease my (and others') confusion, the network has thoughtfully installed that big black bar across the bottom of the screen with the title Star Trek: The Next Generation showing continuously (and, in the process, lobbing off the bottom portion of the frame). That way, when I get really confused and Brent Spiner's onscreen presence isn't enough to remind me that I'm viewing Next Gen, all I have to do is look at the title running across the screen.
    TNN is sooo helpful.
    After all, I often forget who Patrick Stewart is, and sometimes that big starship--what's its name? Enterprise? But isn't that the name of another television show?--confuses me. But TNN has stepped up to the plate, as it were, and now, if Star Trek: The Next Generation is ever on, and I forget what I'm watching, I can always refer back to that big black bar across the bottom.
    And, oh yes, the network has also been kind enough to include its logo as part of that black bar, and it helps me remember what channel I'm watching too!
    TNN is nice. TNN. What's TNN? What's TNG? Oh, I'm confused again.
    Bottom line: Bring on the DVDs!
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  2. Jason Seaver

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    You know, sometimes I think Jack gets some sort of perverse pleasure out of subjecting himself to things he knows will drive him nuts.
    I mean, right now, even as I type this, he's probably watching both Roger Corman adaptations of Isaac Asimov's Nightfall back-to-back followed by a "Voyager: Threshhold" chaser.
     
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    Ah, "The Inner Light" - the best Trek episode of all time.
    How dare they?
     
  4. Gary Kellerman

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    If THE INNER LIGHT is the episode where Picard plays a flute like instrument found in a spaceship at the end of the episode, this too is my favorite episode of TNG. When the TNG concluded a few years back, this episode was #4 in the top 5. I also think it is one of the best pieces of Sci-Fi that have appeared on TV during my watching of Sci-Fi programs over the years. Equal to the magnitude of this episode IMO:
    DS-9: THE VISITOR A Bravo performance by actor Tony Todd
    THE OUTHER LIMITS(lst season in l960's) THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER BORN. Two Bravo performances to Martin Landau and Shirley Knight
    THE TIME TUNNEL: I think the episode was THE WALLS OF JERICHO
    STAR TREK(1960's) THE EMPATH
    I also concur with Jack's complaints of TNN's presentation's cluttered by Logos, Bars, etc. I would compare this to my going into a museum where the painting of the MONA LISA was on display and with a knife, I cut out "the smile" off the Mona Lisa's face. This is called "desecration" of an art form. I would be in jail if I were caught doing this for it is a crime. I see no difference between this act and the "desecration" that Jack has described.
     
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    Well, we need to remember that we can't watch TNG on anything but TNN until next year and DVD ! ! !
    I liked it on the various stations it used to be on on my dish sat (KWGN @ 1 AM, WPIX @ 3 and 4 AM, couple of local stations).
    But now I will never forget what I am watching when I am watching 'TNG on TNN' (like they invented the franchise or something).
    At least Sci-Fi showed the complete uncut (and uncluttered) episodes of TOS when they got the rights.
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  7. John Schmiedt

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    I know this has been posted before, but I didn't really think I was going to buy the DVDs so I didn't pay that much attention. But after the terrible decisions by TNN I think I must. I simply cannot watch TNG this way & looks like TNN will not change no matter how much we bitch.
    Does anyone have info on the expected prices for the DVDs? I think I remember $99, but can't remember how many episodes that would be.
    Thanks,
    John
     

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