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on: September 03, 2020, 09:59:58 PM

Satiric Star Trek cartoon on CBS All Access.

We watched a few. I don't think it knows what its lane is in a world that has Galaxy Quest and The Orville in it and John Scalzi's Redshirts in it.

Showrunner is a Rick and Morty alum and it shows also.

It really kind of has to decide what the fuck it is. I don't think there's any need for something that presents as canonical Trek but that is completely Rick-and-Morty, Galaxy-Questing it up. The existing satires have that covered. But I think if you're canonical Trek you gotta come inside the envelope just ever so slightly more.

Honestly, I'd go with something closer to Quark (the old NBC show, not the ST character) which no one but me remembers--not "comedic reprise of the premise of the episode 'Lower Decks'" but actually completely shifting off of Starfleet completely. Maybe not a garbage scow but something more like the Marvel comic series Damage Control--a non-Starfleet ship of diplomats, merchants, emigrants, miners, crazy scientists, ex-Admirals who go around in the wake of Starfleet. Like all the people who cause trouble for Starfleet with their dumb ideas and weird personalities and obsessions, etc.
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Reply #1 on: September 06, 2020, 01:41:14 AM

Having watched through episode five, I feel like they're starting to find their feet, but we shall see, I suppose.

I really don't mind a sillier slice of star trek to balance the season-long-arc-to-save-the-universe stakes of stuff like Discovery.

Lot of hate for this out there on the intarwebs, apparently by people who have a strong dislike for fun.
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Reply #2 on: September 06, 2020, 09:26:08 AM

It's funny and I'm all for fun in Trek--I just think it's a super-crowded space and so far they haven't really figured out how to carve out a niche.

I really think if they cut loose Starfleet, take the good characters, and go off and do something else in the Trek universe that's funny they'll have a better chance to really find a niche.
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Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 01:41:25 PM

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Reply #4 on: September 23, 2020, 03:01:29 PM

Also weird that they're all ensigns, which are technically officers.  Starfleet does have crewmen, does it not?

This show is not aimed at people who know that much about Star Trek, you fucking NERD.   awesome, for real

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