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January Topic of the Month: Why is Star Trek so popular?

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Postby Zania Jaarda » Mon Jan 05, 2004 1:49 pm

Personally, I think that there is some deep down fascination with science fiction and fantasy because it offers an escape from the real world. It can provide a vision of what one believes the future may be like.

Considering the troubles within our everyday world, that can hold appeal to some people who are looking for something to provide them with hope - especially if it means the end of poverty, disease, discrimination, etc.

Star Trek was first aired during a time of social upheaval, so it's message was lost within the time, only to be rediscovered later by those who watched it through syndication. Some found the deeper meaning behind the episodes and took them to heart, becoming true fans. They even showed their support by creating conventions and pushing to have a movie made.

Which brings us to where we are today!

As for threats to the popularity, there are several that need to be considered:

1) The day of the week the show airs on - Fridays are often known as the "death slot," killing some programs!

2) The other shows a Star Trek series is up against. The higher the ratings the other show gets, the fewer people may watch Star Trek. Currently, Enterprise is squaring off against Smallville.

3) Network execs - yes, those in charge can also have an impact! Remember, the execs axed the original series after a couple of seasons, plus they've made other mistakes before, leading to the untimely demise of very good shows. They seem content to focus on the so-called "reality" shows instead of listening to what viewers really want.

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Postby Zania Jaarda » Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:45 pm

I think you make an excellent point there! Indeed, I believe part of the appeal of the series is the fact that it is set in the far future, where poverty, disease, and discrimination have been eliminated. With the exception of outside threats, everyone lives in peace, co-existing and striving to make continued technological and scientific discoveries.

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Postby pSyCo » Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:19 am

The most important thing about series is: Don't make the audition feel dumb. If you do this, the ppl won't like the show, it's that simple. Sometimes I don't like the very 'american' feeling in the shows - don't ask what exactly it is, maybe the everyone happy at the end thing.
Another thing I miss in Star Trek is the lack of 'real' aliens. Most aliens are so... well, humanoid. Oh well ^_^
The show is popular because of the science fiction, Jean Luc Picard, the 'happy ends' and, last but definitely not least, Q! (don't you all just love him? ^_^)
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Postby Zania Jaarda » Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:25 pm

Just as with the last time, I am removing the sticky on this thread since the month of January has passed, and we are going to put up a new Topic of the Month shortly. This thread will remain unlocked, just in case if anyone finds some inspiration and wants to add their opinions. ;-)
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