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Old May 23rd, 2020, 04:00 PM   #31
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Default Re: Best SF Series that Almost Were

As I recall, there was an idea to do a series of 2-hour TV movies revolving around Captain Sulu and the Excelsior (ironically, the original idea for Battlesar Galactiica was for a series of 2-hour movies, then ABC changed their minds and wanted a weekly).

I've heard it never got off the ground because the character(s) would be owned by the Gene Roddenberry estate, leaving those responsible for Star Trek; the Next Generation, Deep Space 9, V'ger, etc without a cash cow.

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Old October 20th, 2020, 12:01 AM   #32
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Logan's Run wanttobe. I HATED IT for the same exact structural reasons I hated ST:TNG.

"Genesis II" at least had the pleasant diversion of Mariette Hartley and her two navels, and an initial set-up that was interesting before falling apart in its final half. "Planet Earth" though was insipidly bad and insulting on all others (after suffering through it, I then laughed out loud at the end how the closing narration ripped off the old New York cop show "Naked City" completely!).

Both films just got a Blu-Ray release.
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Old October 20th, 2020, 04:22 PM   #33
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Damocles -

You don't like much do you? This thread is about "Best SciFi Series That Almost Were", which implies that some feel that there was some potential for success. We've got plenty of "why I hate" or "why I don't like" threads going. Let's keep this one on a positive vein - it's a welcome change.


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