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Lack of Closing

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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 4:50 pm

I am new to the Star Trek universe. For christmas I received all three seasons of TOS. I just finished season three last night. I realize that the show was canceled but I just have NO closure with the characters. This is an old topic I am sure for most of you. I realize the Kirk eventually dies on the Generations movie but...I want more!!


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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 4:57 pm

You got the Animated Series plus the 6 feature films, and if you are interested you can read the many books and/or comics.


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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 5:07 pm

yeah, i didn't think the end was good, either. but hey, it was TOS. (no offense to TOS. It was (in my opinion) just a way to get the stone rolling.


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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 5:57 pm

When the final episode was filmed, they did not know it was going to be the final episode.


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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 6:10 pm

final episode of what? what are you gize talkin about?

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Report this Mar. 13 2012, 7:15 pm

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>final episode of what? what are you gize talkin about?

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The final episode of TOS.


I get the impression the the news that the show was being cancelled was sprung on them kind of at the last minute. They just didn't have time to do a "closer". The same thing kind of happened with Enterprise, the difference being that they had enough advance warning to be able to do a "closer" (These are the Voyages), albeit (according to popular opinion) a lousy one. That's not my opinion, just what other people have said. I haven't seen "These are the Voyages" yet.


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Report this Mar. 14 2012, 7:19 pm

Well, that leads us to ANOTHER question. 


IF, "Star Trek" benefitted from modern standards of allowing finales with proper closure. etc, HOW do you think Roddenberry and Co. would have given TOS an ending?!?


I personally believe it would have involved an "all too pointed" message of peace and love, with the Federation somehow making peace with both the Klingons AND the Romulans and the start of "Galactic Peace", with The Enterprise becoming the first multi-political entity exploratory vessel, with Klingons and Romulans joining the Federation and beaming aboard The Enterprise, beginning a "new" Five-Year Mission.  


Come on, it was the 60s! It DEFINITELY would have ended with some huge peace statement! 


"Star Trek" was, is, and will always be "Star Trek" (as in the original series). "The Next Generation" is a spectacular show that I more or less consider equal to the original, and DS9 is pretty good (albeit far overrated by many). The first 8 movies are fine by me too!

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Report this Mar. 14 2012, 7:57 pm

Star Trek will never end....  Why do we need an ending?

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Report this Mar. 16 2012, 8:42 am

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>One of the very few shows that had an actual finale back then was "The Fugitive" in 1967 where Dr. Kimble finally tracked down the One-Armed Man.

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i didn't know that! i'd love to see that episode...


 


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Report this Mar. 20 2012, 6:13 am

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>One of the very few shows that had an actual finale back then was "The Fugitive" in 1967 where Dr. Kimble finally tracked down the One-Armed Man.

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i didn't know that! i'd love to see that episode...

I've read that Quinn Martin Productions took some heat from syndicators that the series had an ending, and that for a long time they would never show the final episode in syndication because of that fact.


 


Interesting - were they afraid people would lose interest in reruns if they already knew the conclusion?


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Report this Mar. 24 2012, 1:29 pm

It was sort of an abrupt "ending" episode but you know.. as long as there's fans we can easily continue on in the television world and as long as there's fans to continue the great legacy


 


 


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Report this Mar. 25 2012, 7:57 am

 


It was likely the lack of closure that helped to fuel the level of fandom. Star Trek had an active fan base as early as the first season. Allowing these fans to speculate, and their imaginations to percolate, was just the right spark to engender long term interest.


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Report this Mar. 27 2012, 1:38 am

Quote: Beershark @ Mar. 13 2012, 5:57 pm

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>When the final episode was filmed, they did not know it was going to be the final episode.

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That is not true: they knew perfectly when it had been the last shot they had done. They were not aware that ten years later they would meet again making films, though.


I do not think anyone was bothering with any ending or closure since each and every episode is a history of its own and there is no continuity between them. Therefore no ending was needed.


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