The Star Trek Question

Friday 12 April 2013, 10:36

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I've just been to interview J J Abrams about his new film Star Trek Into Darkness. This got me thinking about why the old Star Trek TV series has endured in the way it has and which other Sci-Fi series have stood the test of time.

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    I know this is going to be a really obvious answer, I know, but the one sci-fi series that has stayed with me throughout my childhood is Doctor Who, both old and new. Apart from the memorable characters and iconic monsters, like UFO, Doctor Who usually deals with personal themes and emotions, like isolation, but also loss, friendship, hatred, and very rarely, love as well. As the series now approaches its 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who has now become a worldwide phenomenon in the likes of Star Trek and Lost in Space.

    Also, wouldn't anyone want to be on the TARDIS?

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    I remember one called Space Precinct which was basically a science fiction cop show and for being a British it was suprisingly good, but it only ran for 1 series. It was fantastic, but now is extremely hard to find.

    I never watched the old Doctor Who (the new one I stopped after the 3rd series because it was getting a bit too cheesey in places) and I was never a Trekkie (my parents where and they would always have it on).

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    blakes 7 - and i'm surprised you didn't mention it again - i also hear it's getting a reboot

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    @ 4 ed

    They've been saying that for years, I doubt it'll happen.

 

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