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Favorite Trek MovieFirst Contact
Favorite Trek CaptainKathryn Janeway
Favorite Trek SeriesDeep Space Nine
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I could never make a list like that, let alone remember them all. Suffice of to say, I've read dozens like you lot. I remember reading 25 TNG numbered paperbacks in my freshmen year of HS alone - I had two study-halls, lol.
IMHO, the numbered books where a roll of the dice. Very few where bad, but inaccuracy was more common. The post-2000 era novels have been far more accurate, but they've also gone so far out on the "creative liberties" tree by not being beholden to the "toy-box" principle (IE, everything has to go back as it was when the book is done) that honestly it's been turning me off for many moons now.
When they blew up DS9 and replaced it with a new design... that just... ugh. Just, no. You don't get to do that. It's bad enough to kill a character off (Janeway; though they brought her back 4 years later) but to blow up DS9? Unacceptable.
Pre-2000 was a mixed bag in accuracy and writing skill. Post 2000 is superior accuracy and writing, but they've gone mad with power. It's a no win scenario.
I will say my favorite books are the Shatner ones. Especially his first "trilogy" - Ashes/Return/Avenger. I've re-read them a handful of times each. In truth it's Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens who write them, Shatner just guides things. But they're great stories and I just love them.
The early DS9 relaunch - Avatar through Unity - where also perfection IMHO. Flawless. An 8th season of the show.
Let it go, NX-ers. It's been 10 years. I'm sorry your series finale stunk and you didn't get the full 7 years you expected, but enough is enough.
If Star Trek is going to return to TV, it needs to do so from a whole new and fresh place.
I love the 24th century, but I know there is no more to be done in it either.
Trek needs to go forward again. 25th century or further. We can't wallow in what was.
The only way to unite everybody and have people from TOS purists in their retired years to 24th century fans ranging 30s to mid-life and NXers and Abrams folks in theirs teens and 20s is to start from new. New crew, new ship, new premise, new time.
21st century Trek has made the mistake of looking backwards for 15 years, and though Abrams trek helped bring in young blood, it hasn't done much else.
Time to boldly go where no one has gone before again. Not where we've been once or twice already.
I can say that with the celebrity scenario... if it's a one-off "they're dead and this is how I felt about them" thing... I can't see issue with that.
Maurice Hurley, producer for TNG, recently died. Everyone was speaking well of him. I couldn't understand quite why, because knowing behind the scenes info and rumor I do, Hurley wasn't well liked. Rick Berman himself just yesterday confirmed on twitter - perhaps the first confirmation anyone ever had of such - that Hurley was the reason Gates McFadden was fired from TNG for season 2. And anyway, knowing he caused grief in the early TNG days, when he died, I did personally post in the thread of such how I didn't quite understand why everyone was speaking well of him when they didn't think so. Granted, I had no personal opinion. I never met the man or worked with him, obviously, lol.
Best advice I can give here, Kirok: don't go anticipating problems that may never happen.
I imagine that the order, when issued, was based out of fear and a lack of understanding. And any laws passed or orders issued with such as their basis are fundamentally flawed.
I can't recall the order being rescinded at the end of the episode, but it would make sense. It was likely thought that their reach was limited based upon distance as a basis for its creation, and the events of "Menagerie" proved otherwise. Proved they could overcome even such vast distances.
They did a novel not too many years ago dealing with a follow up to this. Spock and Sulu in the 2310s or 2320s, I can't quite recall. Spock went there and Sulu was tasked with tracking him down or some such. It was a good book, and ended with a good and surprising way. I can't recall of the order was still in place in it though.
Anyway... did it make sense? No. But neither does the US patriot act, or a whole number of other laws issued over time out of fear. Wasn't a law out of fear how Rome got stuck with the Caesars? That in times of crisis, one man would be appointed ruler and then one of those times, said man refused to give it up and so began a reign of such? Ancient history isn't a strong suit so I may be wrong...
I think, if anything, the reason for GO4 was to scare people from even trying. I don't think Starfleet would ever actually execute someone. But they sure wanted people to believe they would in that case. Truthfully though I see that backfiring. I can't imagine a free society like the UFP seeing GO4 as anything but a curiosity to be solved, and thus attracting people to do exactly as the government didn't want them to do. Look at Area 51 and numerous other classified things in modern day. We can't resist a mystery or a cover-up or knowledge being denied us; it's human nature.
I certainly have more respect for Quinto in the role now that Nimoy is no longer with us, due to the fact that Nimoy was such a mentor to him and was close to him. The two got together every few months in just the past year according to notes on Nimoy's twitter. And while I was aware of this before, now with Nimoy departed, it means that much more in my opinion.
Nimoy is Spock though. Nimoy will always be him. He is definitive. No one can replace him. But I will hold a bit more respect and gravitas for Quinto going forward what with Nimoy's mentor-ship and approval of him.
Whether or not Quinto remains as Spock for a longer term? No one can say. It isn't up to him completely. If he does fight for the role though, fights to maintain it in Nimoy's honor or some such... that would be interesting to see.
Knowing behind the scenes gossip as I do, it's awkward at times like these, because Maurice Hurley was rumored to not be a terribly popular man during his time on TNG. So to see people from TNG speaking well of him now that he's passed, it rings a little hollow - even if it's meant just to be graceful and not speak ill of the dead and such.
From what I recall hearing over the years, Hurley was a bit of a firebrand who ruffled a lot of feathers and was difficult to work with. He's also the chief reason for Gates McFadden being fired during season 2, and her return in season 3 a significant part of the reason he left TNG. His creation of the Borg is also apparently much more lauded in fan folklore than in fact, apparently; but I can't say to what end.
Oh well though. I've no first hand knowledge, certainly; just rumor and gossip.