TheDrifter73 wrote on Feb 3, 2010, 00:28:
Star Trek's vision of the future isn't one full of ion cannons going off everywhere, people having all-out ground war and constant combat.
While this might be true, I have seen every episode of the original series, possibly all of TNG also, and you have to admit that there were a lot of fights in them. From TOS phaser battles, fist fights, and space ship battles to TNG's several space fights.
Heck, the last 2 or 3 seasons of DS9 seemed like nothing much more than constant fighting. At least what I watched of them.
Not defending the game, just saying that people seem to look back on ST with rose tinted lenses.
I agree, all of the Treks were pretty fight heavy. All of the series had varying percentages attributed to political and moral dilemmas, with the older Treks having more diplomacy than fighting. That's not to say they were always "running and gunning" like a Star Wars scene, but there was fighting.
I think the Original series
had the least space battles, mostly because of the cost and crude effects, but as you mention that had a lot of hand-to-hand combat and phaser shoot-outs, usually planet-side involving some native inhabitants or Energy/Cloud monsters. However there were still a fair number of political/moral issues that would be solved by some simple statement by Kirk and the gang about how to behave.
The Next Generation
had the 2nd highest percentage of episodes focused on political/moral isses, and probably the 2nd lower number of fight-based episodes. In fact, perhaps the fewest Space fight scenes period. This made sense as the Enterprise D was the flagship of the Federation and was sent to the big political meetings.Deep Space
9 was very combat-heavy, especially once they got the starship Defiant
to combat the Dominion threat. But even before then, there was a fair number of skirmishes. The show was focused on a space station near a recently war-ravaged planet and near an opening to a dangerous quadrant of space. Threats included the planets recent occupiers, beings from the other quadrant, and the occasional mercenary-of-the-week.Voyager
was fairly fight-heavy, Captain Janeway would try for the peaceful solution but without the weight of the Federation behind them it often degenerated into a shoot-out. Borg battles were common as they were near Borg-occupied space. It was about a ship flung to the far reaches of space into a Quadrant that had never heard of the Federation and lacked any large/expansive organizations.Enterprise
was alright, I think it was better than some of the fans give it credit for. My biggest gripe was the show began focused around a time travelling/communicating villain trying to putz with the timeline. The moral issues were decent, as unlike the other shows this was their first time dealing with certain things and didn't have rules/history to guide them like the Prime Directive. Do I save billions of people or allow a new (oppressed) civilization to grow in their ashes? However the show was also quite fight-heavy. It was about the beginning of Starfleet and the road to making the Federation. Things were quite chaotic out there.This comment was edited on Feb 3, 2010, 09:08.
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."