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Old 09-22-2013, 03:33 AM
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I agree that ordinary people doing ordinary things is enjoyable on a soap opera level yet can also easily become problematic. I guess that's why DS9 featured not so ordinary people (and worked because of that?) and why Lower Decks ended with a not so ordinary, heroic sacrifice.

Talking about ordinary people, I think it was McCoy bringing common sense and the voice of an ordinary guy into the discussion which made TOS work so well character-wise.
TNG either presented an ideal, technocrats who, unlike real-world technocrats, are competent and make difficult decisions, or a more TOS-ish situation in which ironically the robot asks naive questions or acts in the most human way (Pen Pals) and thus makes us question the technocratic consensus.

It is a complicated issue and I think my initial point was wrong, good stories can very well flow out of well-written and -played characters.

About the number of episodes, I agree that more than 20 40-45 min episodes per year is too much and that around 10-15 would be better for the "supply side" reasons you mentioned but also to avoid "demand side" problems like oversaturation.
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