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  • Even the later series carry on the elevated speech. I like to fall asleep to DS9 because I can close my eyes and still follow the plot.

  • From a lengthy 1991 *Los Angeles Times* article on the lasting legacy of *Star Trek* and its successor shows and films:
    >Talk remains central to “Trek,” says Meyer, who once told a film class that the classic series was at heart a radio play, not a TV show. Meyer demonstrated this by running an episode of “Star Trek” without the picture. The class was able to follow “Trek” merely by listening to it.

    I think the first season episode “[Balance of Terror](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZNPkyXJ8KA)” is a good example of the show’s ability to establish action from dialogue alone.

  • the biggest difference between TOS and the TNG era shows vs Enterprise and the JJ movies was the abandonment of “Shakespearian-esque” dialogue.

  • I don’t know about everyone else but in the 70’s if we watched TV our family would gather around the 9″ black & white Sony. It was more like radio than television.

  • I have a strong feeling ST:Discovery is not going to fit this mold.

  • A ton of old sci-fi is like that. I used to listen to late-night radio plays of old ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes.

    There’s like 100 missing episodes of the early years of Doctor Who, yet we have all of the audio, because people would dub the episodes on audio to listen to them again and again.

  • Apropos of nothing, something I found interesting that I noticed during a recent rewatch: how animated or exaggerated in their motions a lot of the cast as well as extras and such are in comparison to television today. You can really see the influence theater had as television tried to find its own stylistic conventions. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the exact episode, but I remember a scene where Kirk got knocked down and the away team all gathered around him in a manner that really reminded me of something you’d see on stage.

  • I also believe this is why William Shatner had his infamous… almost… stutter like speech with the… typical… long pauses.

    The man is trying to remember the whole line and not fuck up a 2 minute long shot where 4 other characters have already said their long lines. Most shows nowadays have 10-30 seconds between shots. Star Trek had 2-3 minutes between each shot.

  • Hmm.
    I’m guessing a lot of that has to do with the dynamics of the show, that is, a military-esc crew aboard a science vessel following rules of communication. Officers calling out what’s happening to the captain so the audience can hear.

  • Back in the 70s, I would record the shows off the tv onto cassette tapes and listen to them on long car trips.

  • This is really interesting.

  • I listen to the West wing at work sometimes. It’s is very easy to follow.

  • So… doesn’t that mean the visuals are wasted as a channel for storytelling? It doesn’t seem great that you can close you eyes and still follow a story that’s ostensibly being told in words AND pictures.

  • This can be said about almost any TV show.

  • That kind of thing worked in the 60s, but today?

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