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JMS does Trek 
16th-Feb-2005 07:32 am
beastboy
Snagged from Slashdot:

J. Michael Straczynski offers to captain new Trek series:

http://www.fsl.cs.sunysb.edu/pipermail/b5jms/2005-February/005495.html

Ooooo, can you say "geekgasm"?

Now, JMS had originally tried to push B5 to Paramount and was rejected, then threw a hissy when Paramount came out with DS9, a show with arguable similarities to B5. For one, they both were set on large space stations with a number in their names. OK, maybe not a lot of similarities, but there you have it.

In the mean time, some over-the-top fans are banding together to resurrect Enterprise by paying for a season themselves. Oy.
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16th-Feb-2005 04:45 pm (UTC) - Oh sweet merciful crap
I'm all for loyalty to a brand.. emphasis on brand. "Enterprise" as a series could almost be considered abusive to those who watched it out of principle, waiting for it to get better. The show was really really bad.

I don't get geeks sometimes.

I'm surprised they're not all rallying and pitching that money for a new franchise with all new people.. get something *good* on there.

>> Allen
16th-Feb-2005 05:03 pm (UTC) - Re: Oh sweet merciful crap
The first 80% of the series was crap, with the occasional exception of Trip stripping down or Phlox showing the rest of the crew what acting is supposed to look like. Lately it's started to get good though, with the 3-episode mini-arcs and the regular appearances by Jeffery Combs as the Andorian Shran.

What I'd really like to see is a Trek series with an alien commanding a ship that is not part of the Federation, but moves in and out of Federation space. The ship would be a mixed crew, part human and part other species. And Jeffery Combs would play the captain, cause that man can really act even with all that latex all over his face.

By the way, good recent interview with him here (mild spoilers for Enterprise):
http://www.treknation.com/interviews/jeffrey_combs.shtml
16th-Feb-2005 05:37 pm (UTC) - Re: Oh sweet merciful crap
See, Enterprise was pretty much fluff (even I admit it) until the latter half of season 3. There were some unusually bright spots before that, but on the whole, it was just pointless and dull.

However, when I sat down to think about it, it's a very tight rope these producers and writers walk, pretty unique to Trek: they have to again and again write stories and connect 40 years of history/future and make it different and engaging and interesting, but totally the same and accessible to everything that came before it. There have been so many iterations of Trek now that the fanbase has splintered five times now, but everyone pretty much agrees that "We want it different, but not!"

That's not to say there are not creative talents up to the challenge, but I just do not think Rick Berman and his man minion Brannon Braga are those people.

And yes, with the exception of that horrible transporter episode, I've loved this season through and through.
16th-Feb-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
I know i'd be interested in a new trek series. Enterprise seemed rather lame to me. . .
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