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  •  Thanks Meteor Blades (8+ / 0-)

    for news of George Takei...I have fond memories of the wonderful original Star Trek series...terrific stories that amazingly have stood the test of time, for me anyways.
    And George Takei as Lt. Sulu was great.
    I'm glad the court has given people in California some happiness...how difficult should that be? not really difficult at all!

    •  I Found Original Series Incredibly Lame (3+ / 0-)

      at the time

      --but, it's never gotten any more lame, whereas the majority of mainstream entertainment has become nauseating since then.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed May 21, 2008 at 01:17:40 AM PDT

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      •  It's very... 1960s (3+ / 0-)

        The worst episodes are painful to watch.  However, some of the best episodes are on par with the "high concept" science fiction of people like Clark and Asimov, stuff that you generally only find in written form.

        I just wish more episodes had been written better, with better dialouge.  I watched the episode Court Martial the other day, for example.  

        Even though the show often suffered from the sexism of the 1960s, Court Martial had a female JAG lawyer who did her best to prosecute Kirk, despite the fact that she was a former lover who still had some feelings for him.   The episode also featured Samuel T. Cogley, a wonderfully unique (in terms of the Star Trek universe) defense lawyer, who had so much potential as a character that it almost seemed like he could have been suited for a spin off series (think Perry Mason in space).

        Unfortunately, the episode just kinda fell apart.  It wasn't any one thing, more like just a bunch of little things caused by (what I feel) was sub-par writing.  The courtroom dialouge seemed weak, as did the efforts of Cogley, who was built up as some sort of "great lawyer."  None of the new characters were explored well enough, especially Cogley, who, as I mentioned, had a lot of potential.

        With some more work and editing, the episode could have been great.  Instead, it was merely average.  Which, sadly, I think happened to a lot of those episodes.

        One more reason I think the show should be given the BattleStar treatment and remade.  I really think that some of the "average" episodes from TOS, with a little more work, could be quite good.

      •  Problem is that it is now compared to the (1+ / 0-)
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        Killer of Sacred Cows

        Dr Who of the same period. The Brits always did the future stuff better it seems, even when it is cardboard rocks and cheesy special effects.

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