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originally posted by: Bluntone22
I love star trek and Patrick Stewart was great, but do we really want an 80 yr old stumbling around the galaxy?
originally posted by: infolurker
a reply to: JBurns
If they put this on CBS all access / behind a pay wall, I will have to wait because I am not paying for a single show.
I have no problem waiting a few seasons, sign-up for one month or wait for freebie and binge watching everything in a few days and canceling right after.
originally posted by: Nyiah
People bitched he was too old when TNG first aired. My older brother loves to point out nobody thought an older bald captain was going to last long -- who was going to relate to wrinkled and hairless? Now he's part of the foundation of the franchise.
FWIW, people said a black guy (Sisko) and a woman (Janeway) would be the death of the franchise, too. Didn't happen.
originally posted by: JBurns
Apparently Patrick Stewart made an announcement at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas that his character would be returning.
Looks like we will get more Star Trek when we need it most.
Stewart's surprise announcement was met with cheers and a standing ovation at the convention
I remember when William Shatner was on Star Trek in 1965, will be interesting to see this pick up again
EDIT: This appears to be a new Star Trek series, so nothing to do with Capt. Kirk or the Enterprise yet it still has come at a time those ideals are needed most
originally posted by: BrianFlanders
Well, it's also worth pointing out that many (maybe most) of the episodes of the first season of TNG did not give him much to work with. Regardless of how solid an actor he was, most of those stories were just not connecting with people like me. The worry was valid. That someone who was so very different from Kirk would not connect with the same audience.
On top of the extreme contrast between TOS and TNG, TNG REALLY struggled in the first two seasons. To this day I have a hard time watching them. Especially the first season. They FINALLY started connecting with episodes like Q Who. That was the first time I ever remember thinking TNG was going to get better. There were a few other OKish episodes in the first couple of seasons but for the most part, you could completely erase a lot of them from Trek history and most of the people who love TNG would not miss them.
I don't remember it that way. I didn't have a problem with Sisko being black. I had a problem with Avery Brooks as Sisko. As good as DS9 was, Avery Brooks brought the whole thing down every single time he was onscreen. It wasn't because he was black. It was because he sucked as an actor. He was horribly overwrought. The man just couldn't act.
Janeway was excellent from day one. Absolutely no problem with a woman as a Trek captain. Makes perfect sense. The Trek audience was never that narrow minded, IMO. In fact, I didn't like Chakotay. Still don't. Nothing to do with any prejudice. I just didn't find him to be an interesting character.
Anyway, Voyager and DS9 weakened Trek in a different way. They were going in too many different directions at the same time. Voyager was closer to TNG than DS9 was but it was still a relatively weak series. Characters like Neelix made it harder to take it seriously than characters like Janeway.
I'm rewatching Voyager right now and every time I see Neelix it just makes my eyes bleed.
originally posted by: Nyiah
I completely disagree, he's a very good actor and I don't think anybody else would have been able to put as much soul into Sisko as he did.
What they did wrong in DS9 was making the Space Jesus arc
I liked Neelix better than Kes, lol. But he was definitely one of the characters in TV that nobody would have missed if he suddenly vanished from the series.