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Trek [Aug. 3rd, 2005|11:41 am]
Tony Grist
Star Trek just ended with the last ever episode of Enterprise. You'd think it would have been a major media event and it wasn't. All of us true Trekkers stopped caring a long time ago. Maybe the franchise will be revived and maybe it won't.

There was a shoot out with a bunch of ugly aliens, some character I was supposed to care about but didn't blew himself up in an act of heroic self sacrifice (like a suicide bomber) and Archer got to hug the sexy Vulcan. There was a bang, there was a whimper and now Berman and Bragga are going away to have a long, long think.

Enterprise has been crap. In fact all of Trek has been crap since the point, about three quarters of the way though DS9, when they switched from cool storylines about post-colonialism and theocracy to uncool story lines about explosions.

I had been hoping this last episode might pull out a few stops and contain glances backwards (forwards?) to the glory days. And it did. It shoehorned Riker and Troi into the action. I winced when Riker was made to say he was a big fan of Captain Archer's but- never mind- it was good to see them.

How well they're both looking!

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-08-03 05:25 am (UTC)
Please tell: what was the storyline about Riker and Troi? Were they still married? What were they up to?

I miss them. (But I do have their every episode on DVD.)

The end of Enterprise. Thud.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 05:53 am (UTC)
Erm, they seemed to be back on board the Enterprise under Picard (but mysteriously looking 15 years older) and they were viewing the story about Archer on the holodeck. It all seemed to relate somehow to Riker's trauma about the Pegasus.

To tell the truth it didn't make a whole lot of sense.

It was just nice to see them again.

Oh- and we heard Data speaking over the inter-com.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-08-03 06:00 am (UTC)
Good old Data.

They just had to go kill him off.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 06:07 am (UTC)
They killed him off?

I didn't know that. Did it happen in one of the movies?

How do you kill an android? Can't you just replicate the circuitry and programming and bring him back to life?

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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2005-08-03 07:10 am (UTC)
Remember, his creator was dead and they didn't actually have the ability to build him again. It was in the last movie and he was destroyed beyond repair; sacrificed himself. It was, actually, perfect, imo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 07:43 am (UTC)
O dear. How sad.

I guess I'm going to have to get hold of that movie....
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2005-08-03 09:28 am (UTC)
Nemesis is the name of it. I thought it was the perfect close to TNG, as a rabid TNG fan. I hope you like it. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-03 07:49 am (UTC)
Ah, I'm sorry, Tony.

Data was--exploded.

Of course, he got exploded saving Captain Picard.

His final words:


I'm sorry to be the one to tell you.

I think it was Spiner's own idea. And I really think the last movie was the last of the Next Generation.

I would love to watch the Next Generation go on and on, but it is a little disquieting to watch people age and still try to climb up rock faces and race after villains--and, saddest, trying to stuff themselves into their suits.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 08:06 am (UTC)
Yes. At least with TNG we were spared the jokes about corsets and toupees that dogged the later adventures of Kirk's crew.

I guess I need to see that final movie. The thing is I never liked the movies all that much. It seemed to me that Trek belonged on TV- and that the characters were diminished by big budgets and expensive effects.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2005-08-03 09:31 am (UTC)
Actually Brent Spiner had been wanting out for a while.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-08-03 09:26 am (UTC)
Hey, Riker and Troi never married. She married Worf - and then died of some strange disease, and Riker wouldn't speak to Troi after that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-03 10:01 am (UTC)
But, hold!

You're thinking of the final episode, during which Picard went back and forth through time and was given glimpses of possible futures.

In the final movie, Troi and Riker were married by Picard.

If you'll recall, in the final TV show, Picard said the timelines were only possibilities, and had probably been altered by their intervention.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 11:01 am (UTC)
Aren't you thinking of Dax?
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-08-03 11:18 am (UTC)
no I'm not thinking of Dax. I thought that was stupid, on DS9.

BTW, I watched DS 9 long after it was any good because I thought Julian (the doc) was very nice to look at.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-08-03 11:32 am (UTC)
Dax died in a very timely fashion- before the series became really, irremediably awful.
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