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Writer's Block: Universal Trek

Star Trek has been a cultural phenomenon for decades, from TOS Kirk chewing up the scenery to reboot Kirk sky-diving from orbit. Why do you think this show has captivated so many viewers, both young and old? Do you wish the Trek vision of the human race's future would come true?


First of all, the day they start beta-testing transporters, I'll be first in line. Scatter my molecules to the wind, so long as I can sleep later before getting to work. :D

Second, although the shows have their faults to be sure, I can't disagree with the romanticized version of the universe - diversity, equality, education, the elimination of poverty and other human ills, etc., not to mention the inherent scientific achievement. I'll take that kind of boring universe over this one any day, thanks.

Third, and I think this has been part of the reason of why some shows did better than others, the characters have substance and are well-created. Star Trek is science-fiction, yes, but also drama, and with good drama, you can lure in more viewers that wouldn't necessarily watch an SF show. This is also why other SF shows like Battlestar Galactica and did well when other "genre" shows might not have.

So, yeah, sign me up. :D


( 9 comments — Comment )
May. 30th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I wanna go with yuuuuuz!! :) In space that iz.. on a ship.. now about that transporter? you go first, eh? :p lol!

Happy HUMP Day! ♥
May. 30th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Let's go! :D
Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
I don't know; I like the various iterations of Star Trek just fine, but it can get a little too sanitized for me. Plus everyone wears those jumpsuits and almost no one has pockets, which kind of freaks me out.

I'll go for the Doctor Who universe instead, thanks. The universe always rights itself and everything's always fine, the rules are quite loose (three Atlantis stories, people) and that universe is obviously very much in love with quirkiness. My kind of place.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, ha, forgot that was my avatar. Guess I didn't really have to explain all that, did I?
Jun. 4th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I think at their core - that good people should go about doing the right thing as best they can - they are similar in that regard. (as do many SF shows I like - Farscape, Babylon 5, and others to greater and lesser degrees). How "dirty" they get along the way is the core of their dramatic storytelling (they tried to get "grittier" with DS9, and it was, more or less, thanks in a large part to the character of Sisko). I love 'em both, of course (see my own icon!). ;)
Jun. 9th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you didn't like BSG?
Jun. 10th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Just because I didn't get into it doesn't mean it wasn't a good show. :)
Jun. 18th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
fan boy alert
Did you see the dr who/star trek crossover comic yet?
Jun. 18th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: fan boy alert
Ha! EPIC! ;)
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