The “Star Trek” franchise at the moment contains 10 tv collection, with two extra in manufacturing. Those 10 collection add as much as nearly 800 episodes of television. Though the franchise has turned out some extremely progressive and distinctive episodes, concepts are sure to be reused when there are such a lot of episodes in complete.
Sometimes when the Trek writers recycled concepts, they constructed upon the unique idea and made a very distinctive episode. However, this wasn’t at all times the case. Some of these reused concepts had been become episodes that had been close to copies of the unique.
Here are a couple of “Star Trek” episodes that primarily copied different Trek-isodes.
‘The Naked Now’ Copied ‘The Naked Time’
Even diehard “Star Trek” fans will admit that the primary season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was tough. According to “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years,” there was quite a lot of turnover within the writers’ room and quite a lot of drama behind the scenes. TNG’s first season additionally suffered as a result of it was making an attempt to recreate “The Original Series” slightly than be its personal show.
This was by no means extra evident than within the episode “The Naked Now,” which was primarily a carbon copy of the TOS episode “The Naked Time.” According to “Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Continuing Mission,” the episode was intentionally primarily based on “The Naked Time,” even utilizing the episode title as a reference.
Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, thought the thought of an intoxicating an infection was an effective way to disclose the characters to the viewers. It had labored so effectively with TOS, that he determined to do it once more in TNG, even on the danger of being accused of copying his personal work.
‘Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy’ Copied ‘Hollow Pursuits’
Trek’s showrunners made a deliberate try and return to the profitable format of TNG with “Star Trek: Voyager.” The showrunners on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” had dedicated to a serial format slightly than episodic, a departure from all earlier “Star Trek” exhibits. “Voyager” returned to an episodic format and the general really feel of TNG.
As a end result, a few of “Voyager’s” episodes felt eerily acquainted to episodes of TNG. One of those was the sixth season episode “Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy.”
The episode centered on The Doctor’s holographic dream world, the place he was the commander of Voyager and the valiant hero. The program featured all his crewmates, who fawned over him and regarded as much as him.
Though the execution was distinctive, the idea was precisely the identical because the TNG episode, “Hollow Pursuits.” In that episode, Reggie Barclay created a holographic world during which he was the hero. All of his male crewmates had been the enemies he vanquished and all his feminine crewmates had been his lovers.
The crew found the holographic fantasy world in each episodes and watched its creator work together with this system. The creator was mortified that their fantasy had been revealed and promised to spend extra time in the actual world.
‘Author, Author’ Copied ‘Measure of a Man’
The seventh season episode “Author, Author” was additionally similar to a TNG episode — “The Measure of a Man.” Both episodes handled the authorized definition of personhood and whether or not or not synthetic lifeforms can meet that definition. They each featured a trial during which the substitute lifeform needed to defend their very own personhood. Both episodes ended with the identical ruling — that synthetic lifeforms do, in actual fact, meet the authorized definition of personhood.
“Author, Author” and “The Measure of Man” each challenged the viewers to reframe their concepts about humanity. They each requested followers to grapple with the query of who deserves human rights.
The setup for the authorized proceedings was totally different in every episode, however the core concept, and even the authorized proceedings themselves, had been nearly equivalent.
‘Doctor’s Orders’ Copied ‘One’
The final of the traditional “Star Trek” exhibits, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” was very totally different from its predecessors. It confirmed the universe earlier than the Prime Directive, even earlier than the Federation. For probably the most half, it solely vaguely resembled the “Star Trek” exhibits that got here earlier than.
In each episodes, one member of the crew was left awake whereas the remainder of the crew was put in medical stasis. That crew member — Doctor Phlox in “Enterprise” and Seven of Nine in “Voyager” — needed to run the ship alone and cope with the psychological repercussions of being remoted for an prolonged time period.
Both Seven and Dr. Phlox started to hallucinate throughout their time alone on the ship. Their hallucinations had been primarily based on their fears of an exterior menace being aboard the ship in addition to their very own fears about their place within the crew.
Though the crises confronted by Dr. Phlox and Seven in these episodes had been barely totally different, the core idea of the episode, and lots of the occasions, had been almost equivalent.
Though these episodes had been copies of earlier “Star Trek” episodes, the writers managed to make them simply totally different sufficient that they had been nonetheless entertaining.
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