I've some ideas about what should be used. This is for a standard Star Trek weekly series, with the very rare two parter.
|Posted: 04 July 2017 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 3
ITEM: The cast must be interesting. Their interactions must be interesting. Any conflicts should be minor at most, a la McCoy and Spock. They should be a team, not just a collection of individuals. I need chemistry.
ITEM: There MUST be a ship as the main setting. I personally have a fondness for the Enterprise, but the Voyager and the Defiant seemed perfectly suitable. But "Star Trek" implies travel. Note that there is no current equivalent of this in any environment, except maybe under seas - I'm not an expert. But we don't have anyone boldly going where no man has gone before right now. I rather miss that.
ITEM: For the most part, the cast must support the stories, and not vice versa. Yes, we have to be interested in the cast, and learn about them - but I don't want a weekly soap opera of "Hey, let's learn a secret about this character this episode!" I want this to be about the adventures that occur on the voyage, not constantly about the characters.
ITEM: No supermen, please. I know that both Spock and Data are beloved characters, and the "alien" characters are always interesting... but it gets tired when the ship is saved every other episode by someone with powers and abilities far beyond... oh, you get what I mean.
That does NOT mean that I object to super human achievements by the crew... but not the same crewman every week.
ITEM: While I objected a little bit to the overall concept, the U.S.S. Weekly has to be part of a larger group. Starfleet wasn't mainly military, but they did have military purposes. Again, I don't want it every week... but it's part of the framework, I feel. And on the same token, exploration and discovery should be a very big part of the mission.
ITEM: Let the stories range from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic. From Khan to Apollo. And even some stories that aren't about adversaries as much as situations. Drama is moved by conflict, but it needn't be conflict between individuals or "humans" all the time.
ITEM: On a similar theme, I don't mind an opposing race/force/what will you... but again, I don't want the Borg every other week.
ITEM: The Evil Overlord rule has to apply. A ten year old has to read each script, and if he says "that's ridiculous!", then it's out. Unless you LIKE the idea of Spock's brainectormy or fighting a phantom planet with ghosts of gunfighters, or teeny-boppers... oh, hell, you know what I mean. :)