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4th Nov '17 1:25:09 PM CyberTiger88
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the among the more divisive installments and has the dishonor of [[FranchiseKiller putting the franchise on ice for several years]]. While [[GrowTheBeard it found its rhythm in later seasons]], one of the biggest criticisms of the first two seasons was that the political climate resulting from the then recent 9/11 has hijacked the idealistic and social-commentating core of the franchise, leading to a tone that [[WereStillRelevantDammit came across as patronizing]] and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy needlessly bleak]]. Whether or not you like this show, DO NOT let IssueDrift become a problem in your work.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the among the more divisive installments and has the dishonor of [[FranchiseKiller putting the franchise on ice for several years]]. While [[GrowTheBeard it found its rhythm in later seasons]], one of the biggest criticisms of the first two seasons was that the political climate resulting from the then recent 9/11 attacks and TheWarOnTerror has hijacked the idealistic and social-commentating core of the franchise, leading to a tone that [[WereStillRelevantDammit came across as patronizing]] and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy needlessly bleak]]. Whether or not you like this show, DO NOT let IssueDrift become a problem in your work.work when writing analogues for current events.
3rd Nov '17 4:36:04 PM CyberTiger88
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the among the more divisive installments and has the dishonor of [[FranchiseKiller putting the franchise on ice for several years]]. While [[GrowTheBeard it found its rhythm in later seasons]], one of the biggest criticisms of the first two seasons was that the political climate resulting from the then recent 9/11 has hijacked the idealistic and social-commentating core of the franchise, leading to a tone that [[WereStillRelevantDammit came across as patronizing]] and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy needlessly bleak]]. Whether or not you like this show, DO NOT let IssueDrift become a problem in your work.
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17th Oct '17 8:37:40 AM SkidTroper
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Gene Roddenberry being the idealist that he was, Franchise/StarTrek started off with the idea that mankind had outgrown a lot of its past sins. Various episodes put forth the ideas that [[PatrickStewartSpeech man was meant for great things]]... hrm...... more later.

Do note the quote at the top of the page: Not ''every'' Trek episode had AnAesop, but quite a few did. Many were unsubtle "this is the way any sane and moral man would think" jibes, AuthorTract or not. Others offered a topic, got the players hashing it out from different points of view, and left us to mull it over. Some of the harsher topics included "What is just punishment?" and "Is the Death Penalty acceptable?" - not to mention "To what extent should we be willing to force our ethics onto other cultures?" AnAesop was just about the ''only'' thing that the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 pre-boot]] was missing, but it got flak for that all the same.

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Gene Roddenberry being the idealist humanist that he was, Franchise/StarTrek started off with the idea that mankind had outgrown a lot of its past sins. Various episodes put forth the ideas that [[PatrickStewartSpeech man was meant for great things]]... hrm...... more later.

Do note the quote at the top of the page: Not ''every'' Trek episode had AnAesop, but quite a few did. Many were unsubtle "this is the way any sane and moral man would and should think" jibes, some were AuthorTract or and others were not. Others offered a topic, got the players hashing it out from different points of view, and left us to mull it over. Some of the harsher topics included "What is just punishment?" and "Is the Death Penalty acceptable?" - not to mention "To what extent should we be willing to force our ethics onto other cultures?" AnAesop was just about the ''only'' thing that the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 pre-boot]] was missing, but it got flak for that all the same.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Almost the SpiritualAntithesis to Trek in that it posits the Federation (here, the Alliance) is a giant bureaucracy that tries to control everything, while the rebels that were stepped on only try to eke out a living. Notable for having [[AbsentAliens no aliens]], [[SpaceIsNoisy silent space]], and being on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical side of things]].

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Almost the SpiritualAntithesis to Trek in that it posits the Federation (here, the Alliance) is a giant bureaucracy that tries to control everything, while the rebels that were stepped on only try to eke out a living. Notable for having [[AbsentAliens no aliens]], [[SpaceIsNoisy silent space]], and being on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical side of things]].
9th Jun '17 9:32:29 PM nombretomado
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So how do you pull off a franchise that good when your special effects department is [[StarTrekShake hokey]], your costuming department [[RubberForeheadAliens primitive at best]], your offworld sets all look like [[KirksRock the same small chunk of real estate]], and your [[WilliamShatner leading man]] puts [[LargeHam so much "drama"]] into his lines?

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So how do you pull off a franchise that good when your special effects department is [[StarTrekShake hokey]], your costuming department [[RubberForeheadAliens primitive at best]], your offworld sets all look like [[KirksRock the same small chunk of real estate]], and your [[WilliamShatner [[Creator/WilliamShatner leading man]] puts [[LargeHam so much "drama"]] into his lines?
14th May '17 5:18:50 PM nombretomado
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* {{Traveller}} : An RPG setting whose chief strength is it's WorldBuilding. Roughly midway between hard and soft. Well designed cultures and political systems.

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* {{Traveller}} : ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': An RPG setting whose chief strength is it's WorldBuilding. Roughly midway between hard and soft. Well designed cultures and political systems.
18th Dec '15 10:11:02 PM nombretomado
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-->--'''SFDebris''' review of the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Jetrel")''

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-->--'''SFDebris''' -->--'''WebSite/SFDebris''' review of the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Jetrel")''
19th Sep '15 4:09:44 PM nombretomado
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Many people have tried to guess at what made Star Trek such a success, so we'll throw in two cents: a PowerTrio, plus ''[[ElfQuest Passion]]'' [[ElfQuest and]] ''[[ElfQuest Compassion]]''. Make your characters care about what they're doing, and about each other, and make the audience care about ''them''.

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Many people have tried to guess at what made Star Trek such a success, so we'll throw in two cents: a PowerTrio, plus ''[[ElfQuest ''[[ComicBook/ElfQuest Passion]]'' [[ElfQuest [[ComicBook/ElfQuest and]] ''[[ElfQuest ''[[ComicBook/ElfQuest Compassion]]''. Make your characters care about what they're doing, and about each other, and make the audience care about ''them''.



* '''[[HumanAliens Humans]]'''. You can go the ''Series/StargateSG1'' route and say they all started on one planet but branched out a few millenia ago, or work in more recent moves (alien kidnappings, messing with alien teleportation artifacts, etc.) or even [[ElfQuest time-travel]].

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* '''[[HumanAliens Humans]]'''. You can go the ''Series/StargateSG1'' route and say they all started on one planet but branched out a few millenia ago, or work in more recent moves (alien kidnappings, messing with alien teleportation artifacts, etc.) or even [[ElfQuest [[ComicBook/ElfQuest time-travel]].



* ''The Rebels'', a futuristic spin-off of ''ElfQuest''. Mostly humans, but some elves, a genetically engineered human-sized fairy (roughly), a robot, and an alien species that communicates by scent and speaks in plenty of scent metaphors ("May the odor of my service be pleasing to you" and such).

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* ''The Rebels'', a futuristic spin-off of ''ElfQuest''.''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Mostly humans, but some elves, a genetically engineered human-sized fairy (roughly), a robot, and an alien species that communicates by scent and speaks in plenty of scent metaphors ("May the odor of my service be pleasing to you" and such).
26th Aug '15 7:29:46 PM nombretomado
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* '''[[Creator/JimHenson Muppets]]'''. Depending on how much money you're willing to sink into their creation, they can range from [[TheMuppetShow children's-program]] to [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} willing suspension of disbelief]] to [[Series/{{Farscape}} professional-grade alien races]].

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* '''[[Creator/JimHenson Muppets]]'''. Depending on how much money you're willing to sink into their creation, they can range from [[TheMuppetShow [[Series/TheMuppetShow children's-program]] to [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} willing suspension of disbelief]] to [[Series/{{Farscape}} professional-grade alien races]].
2nd Jul '15 4:37:04 PM nombretomado
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* '''RidiculouslyHumanRobots'''. ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' had lots of talking toasters. A step up from RubberForeheadAliens, you get a wide range of robots, androids, cyborgs, simulants, etc.

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* '''RidiculouslyHumanRobots'''. ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' had lots of talking toasters. A step up from RubberForeheadAliens, you get a wide range of robots, androids, cyborgs, simulants, etc.



* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'': Almost a subversion of everything Franchise/StarTrek, though Adama is excellent as TheCaptain. However, while in Franchise/StarTrek, humans have moved past their mistakes to try and make a utopia, in BSG everyone's still stuck with their flaws and foibles.

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* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'': ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': Almost a subversion of everything Franchise/StarTrek, though Adama is excellent as TheCaptain. However, while in Franchise/StarTrek, humans have moved past their mistakes to try and make a utopia, in BSG everyone's still stuck with their flaws and foibles.
11th Apr '15 6:46:07 PM nombretomado
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** Possibly cheaper and/or more practical now due to the mocap rigs Creator/JamesCameron developed for ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. It's an InkSuitActor wearing a digital costume. (It also helped with the doubling; nobody ever noticed that [[DevilMayCry Dante]] played Jake Sully in the stunt scenes.)

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** Possibly cheaper and/or more practical now due to the mocap rigs Creator/JamesCameron developed for ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. It's an InkSuitActor wearing a digital costume. (It also helped with the doubling; nobody ever noticed that [[DevilMayCry [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] played Jake Sully in the stunt scenes.)
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