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Is TAS any good???

lligevets

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Report this Apr. 05 2011, 1:19 pm

For me the TAS series is able to show the variety of other humanoids within the crew. Something TOS was not able to do at the time and you can hear the voice of George Takei  playing different aliens at least in a few episodes. The animation is simplistic 70’s style yet the writing seems to be in line with the original series.

Ghostmojo

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Report this Apr. 09 2011, 4:01 am

Yes, but poor old Mr. Eryx only gets very few lines - as does M'Ress!

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Report this Apr. 10 2011, 1:21 am

Given it's constraints, including 70s era cell animation and a half hour format, TAS is pretty good.  They had some really great scripts.  To get an idea how they could've been developed into a longer and better format, I recommend Alan Dean Foster's novelizations of them in the Star Trek Log series by Del Rey books. 

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Apr. 10 2011, 5:14 pm

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>http://www.youtube.com/user/dramaticsnitch  there's a bunch there, knock yourself out

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Actually, they've made them available on Startrek.com - http://startrek.com/videos/star-trek-the-animated-series


Enceladus

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Report this Apr. 15 2011, 1:29 pm

Love it, the animation is typical of the 70's but it is good.

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Report this Apr. 23 2011, 7:44 am

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>the only episode I think I watched was the tribble episode.  It was kinda stupid though. 

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No its not


As a wise man once wrote, : "Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever".

ColPeg

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Report this Apr. 24 2011, 7:53 am

And we call it very good.  It was a way to bring young people into Star Trek and to exercise the imagination.  Parents could watch as well - my Dad did.  It didn't drag at all for it had to finish a story in 30 minutes (less commercial time).  It needs to be picked up again, maybe based on some of the Star Trek books. 


I miss my Saturday morning cartoons.  The ones on today are not large enough in episodes - they repeat too soon - even VeggieTales.


 


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Ghostmojo

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Report this Apr. 29 2011, 8:40 am

Quote: rocketscientist @ Apr. 10 2011, 1:21 am

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>Given it's constraints, including 70s era cell animation and a half hour format, TAS is pretty good.  They had some really great scripts. 

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Yes indeed - pretty well word for word what I would have said.


I've just recently finished watching them and will probably embark upon a return journey very soon.


By modern standards the animation is comical. I particularly love the way when everybody starts running, they do so in Batman fashion with their arms raised in front of their chests. But the whole thing has incredible charm about it.


The key to it really is:


(A) the presence of the original voices. Had they opted for using other voices (let's say because the original cast had been unavailable/too expensive/disinterested etc.) it would have fallen rather flat ...


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(B) the quality and complexity of the plots which would have baffled any young children checking it out because 'hey it's a cartoon!'; which give it a gravitas and credibility which would also have been absent had they decided to dumb it down ...


To me, it merely reinforces the pulling power of the original characters especially the main three/four.


One odd thing though. When you think about it the reason Chekov (Koeing) was absent was due to finances not being available for the original seven key characters - so we only got six - and yet Majel Barratt features heavily throughout ... maybe she appeared for free?


Do not be put off by the format - just relish the stories


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Apr. 29 2011, 7:39 pm

Just watched the first episode and these are my initial impressions:



The theme music sounds more like the love boat theme than the star trek theme. I'm not too impressed with the music as a whole.



The animated Enterprise and interiors look great but I'm not a fan of the character animation. The delta insignas always look awkward. Plus, the characters are well rendered but you lose something in the lack of facial expressions.





Still, for a 70s animated show and with half the time of a live show, it does a good job continuing the adventure.




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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 3:26 am

Yeh - the music does sound a bit Love Boatish But if you listen to it you will discover it is actually quite a reasonable stab at playing an alternate version of TOS music. All the fanfares and melodies are there in correct order and position - it is just that they used slightly different melodies (variations on the same note patterns).

Matthias Russell

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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 5:40 am

Well, I don't have THAT MUCH of a musical ear.

Matthias Russell

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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 1:10 pm



Annoying how often the characters are only shown in shadow.  But it doesn’t really take away from the story and probably saved a lot in the show budget.


 


The ship’s deflector dish is undersized and doesn’t look right.


Matthias Russell

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Report this May. 01 2011, 4:12 pm


What is truly great about the animated series is its ability to have truly alien aliens because of not having to integrate them into the live shots.   For this reason most, I think the next series should be animated.


 


The more I watch, though, the more the oddly placed delta insignias bug me.


guillermo.mejía

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Report this May. 01 2011, 7:15 pm

In general, every fan of TOS should watch TAS.


There are of course one or two episodes that seem just too much like silly 1970's Justice League episodes, but in general it's a good deal.


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Matthias Russell

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Report this May. 01 2011, 7:49 pm

Even Trek fans who aren't big TOS fans should watch it as it introduces many elements that would return in later series.


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