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Which Star Trek Series had the best Writers?

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:10 pm

This is a very difficult choice because I really enjoy all of the Star Trek series, and there's something I absolutely love about each and every one of them.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:14 pm

That's a hard one, so I'm not going to make my decision just yet. I loved the TOS script writers for their character interactions the most, but the DS9 writers did a better job of suspense and plot. However, DS9 was a different kind of show--it had a plot arc, and TOS wasn't supposed to.

I wish I could vote for two. I'll try to decide.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:17 pm

I voted for DS9. But ultimately, I feel like every Trek series has good writing. It's a hard choice to make.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:19 pm

The Original Series far-and-away had the best writers. There were so many classic science fiction writers who contributed to the success of that show.

Robert Bloch
Harlan Ellison
George Clayton Johnson
Theodore Sturgeon
Jerome Bixby
...just to name a few
Even Roddenberry wrote 4 episodes himself (Cage, WNMHGB, Mudd's Women, Omega Glory)

I'd say DS9 is a close second. That writing team was phenomenal, but they were purely television writers...not science fiction writers by trade.

So, taking the question LITERALLY (ie: who had the best writers, NOT "which show was best written)...I think it's far-and-away TOS.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:31 pm

Very good points made Vger23 fair enough

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 2:34 pm

It was really hard to choose between TOS and DS9, but I think the writing in TOS was a little better. Well...most of the time. I mean, as V'Ger said, the DS9 writers were top-notch at the craft of writing for television, but TOS had Theodore Sturgeon, one of the most challenging, provocative, and intellectual science fiction writers who has ever lived.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 4:15 pm

I think TOS also gets points for being written in the 60's, when televison was VERY formula-driven and basic. Some of TOS holds up AMAZINGLY well today, and when I rewatch them I always find myself fascinated that the writing was THAT intelligent almost half-a-century ago.

DS9 had the advantage of having a more seriealized concept, and a format that lended more toward character development, drama, and consequences. They were also excellent at balancing seriousness with fun.

Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, Michael Piller, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe were amongst the best writers to contribute to Trek in the decade of the 90's.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 5:31 pm

Well Vger I do again have to agree with you on TOS, that it really does hold up well today, special effects not with standing, but the remastered versions look great. But the stories really do look great today. I was born in 89, and even now I still find TOS to be enjoyable. May I ask one thing though, why is Season 3 of TOS so hated? I've found Season 3 to be the most enjoyable.

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 9:29 pm

I'm going with 'The Next Generation' because I love the family like plots that switch things around to allow all ages to enjoy! I also grew up watching that first and my sixth grade teacher had our class write reports on the metaphors and science the show has to offer. It also has the Sherlock Holmes episodes with many other exciting role play episodes that take place in the holodecks. And, it was the first series to film with new technology since the original series, and we cannot forget the famous magnificent actors presented in TNG!

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 7:16 am

Quote: Pvtcdt @ Jan. 25 2011, 9:29 pm

I'm going with 'The Next Generation' because I love the family like plots that switch things around to allow all ages to enjoy! I also grew up watching that first and my sixth grade teacher had our class write reports on the metaphors and science the show has to offer. It also has the Sherlock Holmes episodes with many other exciting role play episodes that take place in the holodecks. And, it was the first series to film with new technology since the original series, and we cannot forget the famous magnificent actors presented in TNG!


But, the question was specifically "What series had the best writers?"

Not "which series do you like the most" or "what series had stories that you liked the best?"

Based on that, do you really think TNG had the best writers of all the series? I like Ronald D. Moore, but guys like Maurice Hurley, Branon Braga and Tracy Torme are not what I would consider "good writers."

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 7:23 am

I really like Season 3 of TOS.

I think it gets a bad rap because Fred Frieberger had taken over from the Genes at that point, and he started to take the show in a different direction.

I think Season 3 gets heat because it had the most "stinkers" in it, even though it also had some classics.

TOS Season 3 Classics:
The Enterprise Incident
Spectre of the Gun
Day of the Dove
The Tholian Web
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays

TOS Season 3 Stinkers:
Spock's Brain
And the Children Shall Lead
Plato's Stepchildren
The Way to Eden
Turnabout Intruder

Even though there are some great episodes, neither S1 nor S2 had the number of clunkers that S3 had. So, I think it's more of a comparitive thing than anythign else.

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 7:49 am

Quote: Vger23 @ Jan. 26 2011, 7:23 am

>I really like Season 3 of TOS. I think it gets a bad rap because Fred Frieberger had taken over from the Genes at that point, and he started to take the show in a different direction. I think Season 3 gets heat because it had the most "stinkers" in it, even though it also had some classics. TOS Season 3 Classics: The Enterprise Incident Spectre of the Gun Day of the Dove The Tholian Web Let That Be Your Last Battlefield The Savage Curtain All Our Yesterdays TOS Season 3 Stinkers: Spock's Brain And the Children Shall Lead Plato's Stepchildren The Way to Eden Turnabout Intruder Even though there are some great episodes, neither S1 nor S2 had the number of clunkers that S3 had. So, I think it's more of a comparitive thing than anythign else.
That's a good critique of the episodes, V'Ger. The other reason Season 3 is criticized is that the budget was reduced from seasons 1 and 2. BTW, you forgot The Paradise Syndrome!


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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 8:06 am

RS, Did you expect "Paradise Syndrome" in "Classics" or "Stinkers?"

I used to HATE that episode, but there are character elements in it that I've grown to appreciate enough to elevate it to "middle ground" status.

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 11:05 am

I can't really vote on this since many of the writers crossed series.

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 1:48 pm


TOS had the best writers by a long shot. Harlan Ellision, Norman Spinrad, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, and Trek's own Gene L. Coon, probably the most underrated man in the franchise's history (maybe because he died in the 1970s and didn't get a chance to contribute anything more). There were talented writers working on the other shows, but each of the ones I mentioned is known not only for TV writing, but for novels and stories. How many TV shows can boast actual novelists as contributors?


 


TOS Season 3 Classics:


The Enterprise Incident


Spectre of the Gun


Day of the Dove


The Tholian Web


Let That Be Your Last Battlefield


The Savage Curtain


All Our Yesterdays


 


Really? The Savage Curtain was a classic? I can agree with you on the others, but The Savage Curtain felt like a script written by a small boy playing with his action figures.


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