Originally Posted by NetworkTV
.The fact that the original Star Trek (which broke new ground in terms of cast diversity, predicted many technologies we take for granted and told stories that reflected our culture) was listed on there is proof of that.
I would agree with those points to a large extent, but - and I know I'm probably opening a can of worms here - as someone who was not particularly a fan of Star Trek, but also did not necessarily dislike the show, I think everything he said was pretty true - except I never really felt that way about the special effects - they were no better or worse than anyone else's at the time.
I always found the show to be somewhat hokey, blatantly emotionally manipulative and maudlin much of the time. And sort of "Hollywood unhip" - similar to something like "Dragnet", although not nearly as bad or so unintentionally camp, where they were trying to be smart and hip, but very often succeeded in the opposite.
I remember when the show first came out, and I think that was the public's initial, general impression, and why it took awhile to build a following. I can remember literally laughing at Kirk/Shatner's portrayal and manner of delivering his lines many times. And just the general writing of them, and the other actor's lines, too. I don't think the general public knew exactly what to make of the show back then. I mean, if Shatner wasn't the way the reviewer says he was back then, then why is the guy (Shatner) so successful now just mocking himself in the manner that he exhibited on that show? He was never quite that hammy on any other show 'till recently. Why do stand-up comedians (like Kevin Pollak) and their audiences find that schtick so funny? There must've been some truth to it I would say, eh?
And just the idea that so many terrestial life forms could be so human-like and/or Earth-like was kind of a cheesy notion in itself, I would say. But I won't really knock that, because they wouldn't have had a show without it. (Plus, I'm a big Doctor Who fan, at least of the "Jon Pertwee/TomBaker eras, and they did that plenty enough, too.)
I'm not saying it was a "bad" show by any means. But, I don't think calling it "cheesy", at least some of the time, was far off at all. That's just my take, anyway.
In fact, the first time I can ever remember something being genuinely smart & hip, was when they went to modern day Earth, in the 4th movie.
And, as far as predicting future technologies - hell, even the Jetson's did a pretty good job of that before, and Sci-Fi movies in general had done it to some extent already, so it's not like they had any exclusive rights to it. They were not so much "groundbreaking" that way, so much as just adding to the pot, really.