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Why not a made for TV movie?

drellan

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Report this Nov. 02 2009, 3:38 pm

I would love to see Paramount put together a new made for TV movie in the 24th century (old timeline). Perhaps not any one entire crew.
Perhaps mix it up a little. Focus on Riker and his command, throw in Troi, and a couple others from another series.

Maybe even take it a step further and do a six episode mini-series. ¿There are plenty of fans that would love to see how a handful of these characters have developed over time.
It would be a great way for paramount to test the market of these prior series'. If the TV move/mini-series does well then perhaps Paramount will find that it still have options beyond Abrams.

drellan

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Report this Nov. 02 2009, 4:20 pm

Here's a rundown of a vision I have for a "mini-series":

Opening scene: a boy is playing in the dirt in a beautiful forest. In the distance, across a creek, is a blurred vision of an adult female doing some sort of activity. Then a closeup of the women as she looks up from a picnic area and yells "Will, the picnic is ready!". The women yelling is Deanna Troi and you realize that the boy must be her and Captain Riker's son. The boy gets up and runs barefoot through the creek in excitement as Deanna Troi glows with happiness. The camera does a closeup of the boy and deana troi and you see arms go around the boy from behind with a hug - by a third person. Simultaneously you hear Captain Riker's voice say "computer, freeze program". Obviously they are in the ship's holodeck and everything has gone still and silent. But then...you realize...Deanna Troi has also gone completely still - something's not right. The camera zooms back and you see that the boy looks up at his dad, Captain Riker. The captain tells the boy "I told you I did not want you running this program. This isn't healthy". The boy's eyes water intensely as he replies "I miss her so much Dad." Captain Riker responds - with his own eyes reddened at this point "I do too son. And we must hold onto our memories, but we can't try to keep her alive.  Computer, end program". Father and son now sit in an empty holodeck. The boy wraps his arms around his father and buries his face in Captain Riker's chest. The screen then continues to zoom out and the image gradually darkens while all you hear at this point is quiet, muffled crying.

After this comes the title of the mini-series - in the background of space.

I have more ideas with this.  To do a quick rundown, shortly afterwards Riker's ship comes under intense fire from three unknown spacecraft. During the firefight three individuals beam into Riker's quarters and kidnap his son.  Once they have Will Jr. the three ships depart leaving Riker's ship so crippled that it drifts seemingly lifelessly through space (inside, life support barely functions). Days later two federation starships arrive to retrieve the survivors.

Riker returns to earth, believing his son to be dead. He's not even aware of the kidnap because the ship was so badly damaged there was no intruder alert. Exhausted and in a state of disbelief the scene opens with Riker sitting in an inquiry panel of high ranking starfleet officials trying to determine the events that unfolded and who the attackers were. Giving Riker counsel is Ambassador Picard (this will only be a cameo appearance). After the inquiry Picard and Riker discuss the hardships and then Picard must leave.

Shortly after Picard's departure, as Riker sits at a table in Starfleet headquarters, a secretary comes to Riker and informs him of a communique requesting Riker and directs him to a private room. When Riker answers the "call" the screen and sound is distorted. The individual on the other end informs Riker that they have his son.  The individual directs Riker to copy a crypted file kept at Starfleet headquarters then to head to Deep Space Nine for futher directions. Riker does so, with the aid of Chief O'brien, who also agrees to meet back up with Riker at DS9 (although taking separate transport ships).  This will also be a neat opportunity to see how dramatically things have changed on DS9 (as obviously they would have - with a near entire new crew by this point).

As the story unfolds, Riker will be led through two or three different locations.  Further, as the story unfolds the audience learns that Deana Troi's death (a year earlier) was no accident...as Riker had been led to believe. The same people were behind her death. These people, who have carefully and patiently crafted her death, then his son's kidnapping are willing to do whatever it takes to complete their agenda.

I know that my "rundown" was not necessarily well written...but what do you think?

Commander_Zelkar

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 10:54 am

I like it, however I would think a fresh audience today may not be all that familiar with TNG, or what happened in NEM. You might need to add a little additional background to the series, like how Deanna got killed and stuff.

drellan

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 11:06 am

Thanks, backflashes may be in need to deepen background knowledge. I just want to see people demand something from the tng/ds9/voy era. Who knows...with a good story Paramount may profit more than they think.

Vice_Adm_Baxter

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 11:20 am

It sounds like a good idea, yet the one thing most forget is that the actors may not even want to reprise their roles(Frakes claims he and Sirtis are willing to reprise their role).  The cost of rebuilding sets is enormous and probably wouldn't fly with Paramount/CBS in terms of cost. If  they were to revisit TNG  it would be in a style similar to JJ's not B&B's production style.

The only way I see something like this happening is IF CBS sells the rights to TNG to another company, with that said it probably will never happen since CBS/Paramount holds all thing TREK under a very close eye of scrutiny.

IF one had enough time and money it could be done as a fan film.

drellan

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 11:58 am

Probably true...but if enough fans demanded a return to this version of star trek...who knows...we do live in a free enterprise economic system - give the people what they want!

Of course I hoping that enough people want a return to this the old star trek story arc!

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 12:32 pm

Quote (drellan @ Nov. 03 2009, 8:58 am)

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Of course I hoping that enough people want a return to this the old star trek story arc!


Sure people want it. Is an existing fan base enough to keep a new series of any kind on the air at this point? Simple answer: no

drellan

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Report this Nov. 03 2009, 12:45 pm

Good points. I'm a firm believer that what went wrong was the story (and in some cases acting quality and directing). If a good story was made, Paramount could capitalize.

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