adeyke wrote:I much prefer the earlier parts of the series. SQ1-4 were just comedic games in a sci-fi universe, with references to various sci-fi stories. With SQ5-6, however, it switched to being specifically a Star Trek parody. I didn't care for that change in direction.
adeyke wrote:Well, SQ6 continued the use of StarCon, which is clearly just a Starfleet. In addition, it had (just to start; not intended to be an exhaustive list):
- A transporter
- A holodeck
- A replicator
- The subtitle, "The
- A security officer named
- A recreation lounge named
- A bottle of
VulcanVulgar Nerve Pinch
There are are also handful of literal references to Star Trek, such as a Star Trek movie appearing on the cinema sign, an actual Enterprise-D shuttle in the shuttle bay, and a "Sarek Lies" graffito in the brig.
I'm fine with references, easter eggs, and cameos. For example, SQ5 sometimes has a lightsabre fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the academy. This is just a visual gag; it's not intended to be canon. A lot of the things SQ5-6 borrowed from Star Trek, however, are absolutely canon and important to the plot. And in a lot of cases, they aren't even making any sort of commentary; they're just using it seriously as it would be used in Star Trek. So in some senses, it's less a parody and more just an unlicensed Star Trek game.
adeyke wrote:And if they wanted to really make a Star Trek parody, the whole thing should poke fun at Star Trek. I like Star Trek, but I readily acknowledge that it provides many valid targets of parody. Just including Star Trek elements isn't the same as parodying them.
And if it just wanted the Star Trek setting and technology to tell their own story, they should have gotten a license for that so they could do it without feeling like a cheap off-brand imitation.
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