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Old Jan 28, 2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Question STAR TREK style "Smallville". Could it work?

I don't & have never watched "Smallville". I'm utterly neutral towards it. It's Smallville, Iowa yes? I know some basics about "Smallville".

Anyway, could a Trek version of Smallville work? Sub Clark Kent with Jim Kirk, Lana with Ruth & Lex Luthor with Harry Mudd.

Keep in mind, I'm not sold on this idea & I came up with it.
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Old Jan 28, 2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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Re: STAR TREK style "Smallville". Could it work?

You're insane. And no, that is the most ridiculous idea I've ever heard you come up with. Some of your crossover ideas make a little more sense than this one.

Smallville is also in Kansas, not Iowa. Harry Mudd was born on Antares Pi Four and was born in 2219. Whereas, James Kirk was born in 2233. And Ruth was just another of Kirk's trysts while at the Academy.

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Old Jan 29, 2010, 05:41 AM   #3
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Re: STAR TREK style "Smallville". Could it work?

The problem here, as Fellow Pilot Prime pointed out, is that Kirk's adventures didn't really begin until he got to Starfleet Academy, whereas there is plenty of terrible campy comic book material about superman's boyhood in Smallville. This is largely because of DC's drive to appeal to ever younger readers in the 1950's and 60's.

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The very idea that Lex Luther and Clark Kent knew each other in high school may be absurd, but **** me if it ain't cannon. Smallville used some of this material as a framework and turned some of the sillier bits of the Superman mythos into a palatable prime time soap opera. At least they didn't include a young Bruce Wayne as the comics did, right? A Young-Kirk-In-His-Hometown show would inevitably go in the opposite direction and make the Trek continuity infinitely cheesier by adding that sort of nonsense to it. And while the adventures of a super-powered teenager might be interesting, there isn't anything inherently thrilling about the Earthbound life of a kid who will one day be a starship captain. The fact that Gene Roddenberry's future Earth is a cashless high tech socialistic super utopia with no hunger or war doesn't help either. While it might be very nice to live in such a world, a more imperfect social order makes for more interesting stories.

A Starfleet Academy series might actually work though. I've always enjoyed the little glimpses of planet-side life offered in the various Trek shows, and I'd most certainly like to see more of them in a future series. As stated previously though, the utopic nature of Trek Earth society requires that any dirtside show have an interesting angle to it. And for all of the aforementioned reasons, the Smallville formula is highly inappropriate to fill this role.

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