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Favorite Star Trek storylines/species?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Edward Appleby, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

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    The fav series poll had me thinking about what I liked in each one. At the risk of being obvious, I always found episodes with the Q entertaining and philosophically interesting.

    I also loved the Romulan "Romans in space" idea. The El Aurians were also interesting, though only vaguely explored in the series. I always enjoyed it when ST nudged up against demigodlike, or at least supernatural characters like Guinan, Q, The Caretaker, and various other non-corporeal beings.
     
  2. skalogre

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    Good thread. I am a fan of the Klingons (fine, I am shallow, lol). I just find the aesthetics and idea of a whole species that is geared towards war and conquest like that very intriguing - sort of like the Lacaedemonians. The Caretaker was also great, I agree.
    I think it was an excellent touch having the Cardassians and Bajorans on an uneasy peace after the long occupation of Bajor, even mirroring the reality of terrorist versus freedom fighter. I am sure these dark themes kept people away from DS9. I actually want to go back and see more of the episodes putting in context the Changelings' role in the subjugation of the species they had partially created (Vorta and Jem'Hadar).
     
  3. Edward Appleby

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    Yeah, the Dominion storyline was brilliant. I never watched DS9 all that frequently, so I got only parts of it, but I'd still say that it's deeper than any other sociopolitical exploration in scifi, except Babylon 5.
     
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    I always had a soft spot for those lovable unmitigated capitalists: The Ferengi.

    koji
     
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    Klingon and Borg here. I kinda quit watching ST after TNG. I mainly watched Star Trek though because I liked the characters a lot, in the origional cast and TNG, but couldn't get into the other ones. As far as the plots and stories go, well there are only so many variations of doomsday weapon pointed towards Earth, I didn't care about that as much as the quirky crew.

    PS I also always hated the time travel crap in any series, am I the only one who thinks that is always the stupidest thing when it comes up in a show?
     
  6. Edward Appleby

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    I always had a soft spot for those lovable unmitigated capitalists: The Ferengi.

    koji

    They were interesting.
     
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    Ashley Judd was damn cute in her couple appearances. Actually most of Wesley's "love interests" were. Same with Riker. I always loved playing a porno background bum-chk-ca-chk-ca in my mind when he would flash a grin with a tilted head at the woman of the episode.
     
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    My favorites are all from the original series. The original Mirror Universe episode is still the best one any of the STs have done featuring that conceit. And best of all is the one where Kirk, Spock and McCoy go back into the 1930s, where Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins.
     
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    My favorites are all from the original series. The original Mirror Universe episode is still the best one any of the STs have done featuring that conceit. And best of all is the one where Kirk, Spock and McCoy go back into the 1930s, where Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins.

    You are talking about City On The Edge of Forever, original story written by Harlan Ellison. IMMSMC, it won the Hugo Award that year.
     
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    You are talking about City On The Edge of Forever, original story written by Harlan Ellison. IMMSMC, it won the Hugo Award that year.

    I secretly knew that, but hated to admit it. If I recall, Roddenberry rewrote Ellison's script, but it was the original script that won the Hugo. That sound right?
     
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    I secretly knew that, but hated to admit it. If I recall, Roddenberry rewrote Ellison's script, but it was the original script that won the Hugo. That sound right?
    Something like that... The only reason I know this is because I read about it once in a scriptwriting class I took. It sort of stuck with me because I remember watching that episode on reruns when I was little. Plus I've recently been reading about Harlan Ellison. I honestly haven't watched an episode of Star Trek since I was like 13.
     
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    I was really into ST back when I was 13 or 14. It's amazing what stays with you.
     
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    I always had a soft spot for those lovable unmitigated capitalists: The Ferengi.

    koji


    yup, love ol' quark. there's a book called the ferengi rules of acquisition which i devoured back in middle school. gotta horde those latinum.
     
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    yup, love ol' quark. there's a book called the ferengi rules of acquisition which i devoured back in middle school. gotta horde those latinum.

    The Quark/Odo love affair was one of the best aspects of Ds9 for me.

    koji
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the original series, and the Next Generation. It took me a while to warm up to Voyager, but I ended up hooked on that one too. Never quite got into Enterprise.


    I liked the TNG Klingons. Warf was probably my favorite character. You have to respect a guy like him.

    My two favorite episodes for TNG were probably the one where they rescued the old Federation starship and got thrown into an alternate time stream where the Federation was still at war with the Klingon Empire. (Riker: "The Klingons are calling for our surrender." Picard: "That will be the day!")

    I also really liked the one where Picard encountered the vessel from the long-destroyed planet and ended up living an entire vitual life on a dying world (and got the flute at the end.)

    I've got the various series on DVD and am watching them all over again with my kids.
     
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    Something like that... The only reason I know this is because I read about it once in a scriptwriting class I took. It sort of stuck with me because I remember watching that episode on reruns when I was little. Plus I've recently been reading about Harlan Ellison.

    I honestly haven't watched an episode of Star Trek since I was like 13.


    You are both correct. It was Ellisons script that won.

    I encourage anyone to pick up some of Ellisons stuff. The Essential Ellison is great. And if you ever get a chance to meet Ellison in person, jump at it.

    The Deathbird and Neither Your Jenny Nor Mine deserve special consideration.

    As far as Star Trek, I always had a weakspot for Arena and Dagger of the Mind.
     
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    You are both correct. It was Ellisons script that won.

    I encourage anyone to pick up some of Ellisons stuff. The Essential Ellison is great. And if you ever get a chance to meet Ellison in person, jump at it.

    The Deathbird and Neither Your Jenny Nor Mine deserve special consideration.

    As far as Star Trek, I always had a weakspot for Arena and Dagger of the Mind.


    Ellisson wrote some good stuff, even though I am/was an Asimov fan myself. Did anyone else feel that The Matrix was largely a rip-off of "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream?"
     
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    I've been reading a lot of Harlan Ellison's stuff from OMNI magazine.
     
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    Ellisson wrote some good stuff, even though I am/was an Asimov fan myself. Did anyone else feel that The Matrix was largely a rip-off of "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream?"

    Actually, my crowd always liked the choice between being comfortable in fantasy land and seeing reality. I thought of the movie as a ripoff of Plato's allegory of the cave - i.e. choice of reality, only the golden souled neo has escaped the cave and can see in the sunlight, etc.
     

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