- Sep 6, 2015
The idea of a Star Trek series for Nickelodeon is quite interesting to say the least. I believe there was a 1973 Star Trek Animated Series that aired on Nickelodeon during the mid-1980s upon looking it up.
Never seen the animated series, so it's hard for me to comment on that remark. Wikipedia's article seems to imply that it was critically acclaimed. It has an okay looking 7.5 IMDB score, which is the same score as the controversial Enterprise. Is it really that bad?The 70's cartoon was dreadful and most people knew it. I'm pretty sure that the producer saying it's nothing like the 70's show is simply saying it won't suck.
I will say, I think TAS had a few interesting story ideas, (like the episode that explored Spock's childhood on Vulcan for the first time and the one where Kirk, Spock and a bunch of other aliens teamed up to stop a galactic war), but the whole show was held down by its production value, bad animation and a tiny voice cast (I like the TOS cast, but only James Doohan was a really talented voice actor, everyone else could do their own voice and that's it, having Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barret voice every female guest star got old quick), which undermined any sort of stories they were trying to tell.It's above Enterprise, but that's not saying much. The animation is not just dreadful. Considering the stories being told, the color palate feels especially mundane, although that is true for all cartoons made in the 1970's. And yes, it was the smartest cartoon in the 1970's. Which is again not saying much. The Original Series reputation as cerebral was overstated (and how) and this is nowhere near as smart as that.
Sure, it depends on the focus of the show, what they would want to go with, new aliens can be visually dynamic and add new blood to the series, while the old alien species are iconic and it can be easier to write for aliens who are well established.Couldn't they do both?...
To be honest, with the notable and welcome exception of Deep Space Nine, I don't find the sequel shows all that relevant for what's going on in the world today. The original series had television's first interracial kiss. The next four sequel series refused to even have a single character who was actually gay. The shows feel dated in their unfunny jokes and unlikable secondary characters too. I think Star Trek would do better to try and reach a new generation with material THEY can relate to, instead of believing they'd be willing to catch up with a bunch of shows that are outright corny by today's standards. We who grew up in the 80's and 90's had a fine run of Star Trek for ourselves. It's totally cool with me if the current generation gets the same privilege.Currently, the Star Trek shows are rerunning on BBC America, a channel not a lot of people get. All the Star Treks are on Netflix, but there's too many Stranger Things and Fuller Houses distracting kids from discovering Star Trek. The odds of kids discovering it on Neflix are quite frankly very low.
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