S is for Star Trek! I’ve been watching Star Trek since it first came out, although granted, I was a bit young to understand them at the time. It was actually my grandmother who recommended the show. I distinctly remember when Mom had won a tiny color television, and we all gathered around it to watch The Trouble With Tribbles. It looked amazing! The show went into syndication, and if I rushed home from school, I could see two episodes each weekday – heaven for a kid like me.
Being a true, hardcore Star Trek fan, while I was somewhat trepidatious about The Next Generation, I watched it anyway. The first season wasn’t so great, but… Patrick Stewart – there was no way I was going to give up on it. TNG eventually became my favorite show for a while.
I’m also a fan of Deep Space Nine, even though some considered it a rip-off of Babylon 5. Sure, there were some similarities – they were both space stations, and there was political intrigue, with the captains both developing a religious icon status. But beyond that? I really didn’t care, I watched both shows without complaints. Well, I did have one complaint – every time a sci-fi show came on, our local cable network kicked down the signal power, and we had moving diagonal stripes through entire shows. It was particularly bad during DS9.
I loved many of the characters in DS9 – especially Garak. That character really grew, and he was the only Kardassian that I was drawn to. I also liked Jadzia Dax, and was thrilled when Worf joined the show. My family actually met Michael Dorn (Worf) at a sci-fi convention, and played Artemis (a Star Trek and other spaceship simulation game) with him. He’s very nice. I also enjoyed Avery Brooks as Commander Sisko. He was entirely different from Captain Picard, and while I loved Picard, watching Sisko slug Q was incredibly satisfying!
Voyager will be the focus of a future post, so I’ll just leave that one alone for now.
In my opinion, Star Trek Enterprise was an excellent prequil series. I know a lot of people didn’t like it – it was too much about people and not enough about battles, but that was one of the reasons that I liked it so much.
I have not seen anything beyond the first episode of Discovery, because I refuse to pay extra money for another channel. I already pay extra for broadcast channels, and our internet connection sucks too much to rely on it for television. That’s the price we have to pay for living in the middle of nowhere, I guess.
I have also, of course, watched all the movies even the odd numbered ones… as they say, “Even numbered Star Trek movies don’t suck”. And while some people do not like the new, alternative reality Star Trek movies, I love then, especially the first two. It will be sad in the future though, to see new movies without Anton Yelchin, I loved him as Chekov.
How Star Trek shaped my life
Throughout all that I can remember of my life, Star Trek has been there to show me how to live. Spock taught me that “The good of the many outweighs the good of the few”, which is a guiding principal of my life. Uhura and the rest of the cast taught me that it doesn’t matter what people look or sound like, we are all pretty much the same in most ways that really count.
Funny story, I was truly very young when I started watching Star Trek, and while I didn’t know where Swahil was (Uhura said she was swahili), she sure was pretty, and smart, and embodied much of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I at least did understand that I couldn’t’ grow up to be Vulcan. I was surprised, in my 20’s, when someone pointed out, due to a trivia question, that Uhura was black. What with all the green, blue, pale green, gray, and even split colored characters, Star Trek taught me to look beyond that kind of thing, and I like to think that it helped others to do so as well.
I would not be the person I am today, if it hadn’t been for Star Trek, so if by chance anyone who was involved with the show ever sees this post, I thank you.