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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.)
31st Dec '14 5:17:50 PM nombretomado
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* '''[[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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* '''[[JimHenson '''[[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]].
5th Dec '14 1:31:04 AM theAdeptRogue
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Watch out for TheRoddenberryLine. Simply put: Make the AppliedPhlebotinum serve your story, and not the other way around.

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Watch out for TheRoddenberryLine. Simply put: Make the AppliedPhlebotinum serve your story, and not the other way around.
8th Oct '14 4:02:55 AM Saieras
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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}} : 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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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': A good example of this framework in a video game. The player dictates much of TheCaptain's personality and decisions, creating a flexible narrative. Strong focus on action and characterization. An in-game codex supplies extra info about the setting, but it's not needed to understand the story.
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