20 February, 2012

What I Thought Of Star Trek: A Review

But first, Happy Presidents Day! (Also known as Washington's Birthday, which is actually the official name of it.)

For those of you who may not know much about this American federal holiday, it was founded to celebrate the first president of the United States, George Washington, and it falls on the third Monday in February, despite the fact George Washington's real birthday is February 22. It was celebrated the 22nd up until 1971, when holidays were switched to Mondays thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

(An aside: For some reason, all of my posts on Science Fiction in 2012 have fallen on holidays. Ah well.)

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As you may know, I started out 2012 by watching Star Wars: The Original Trilogy; you can read my posts on it HERE. Having done that, I thought about watching the Prequel Trilogy but decided I wasn't really desperate to do so.

Instead, I decided to try Star Trek. Reasons:

1. I knew very little about it, having only watched a documentary on Science Fiction TV shows, probably around a year or so earlier. They interviewed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and other people I don't remember. Oh, and I do vaguely recall watching Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) back when I was around seven or something, where they showed off the set. But that was a while ago.

2. As with Star Wars, I wanted to find out what everyone (well, almost everyone) seemed to be a big fan of.

So I took out the first DVD in The Original Series: Season One from my library and watched it the weekend before last. The first disc had The Man Trap, Charlie X, and Where No Man Has Gone Before, and I played all of them with some interest.

To generalize:

The first thing I noticed is that the episodes are all predictable. They basically follow the formula:

Strange people/aliens/what-have-you arrive --> the USS Enterprise runs into trouble --> one of the characters teleports ("beams") up or down to try and fix the problem --> some unimportant and occasionally nameless crewmembers meet a terrible fate and the situation reaches crisis point --> the problem is resolved by some plot twist and the Enterprise moves off to the next planet.

You can't really call the plot(s) spectacular, though they aren't as guessable as they could be since all the details of the enemy are withheld until that final twist. It's not a particularly bad formula, and I expected it.

I didn't know what to expect of the characters. I knew of Captain Kirk, of course, and Spock stuck in my mind before because I think he looks like an elf. The others were new to me; namely McCoy, Sulu, Uhura, and Scott.

First, I have to say, for a television series produced back in the 1960s the fact that there are Asian and African-American characters--female African-American characters--right up there with white male protagonists is impressive. I'm further glad that they have women in significant roles; even these days female characters in SF are often secondary, tertiary, or just background noise (which never fails to irritate me). And while I can't say I absolutely love any of those said Star Trek characters, the crew dynamics are interesting, as is seeing how the characters respond to different situations.

With the setting, the technology was klunky, the special effects were fairly unspectacular, and the aliens/reasons for the Enterprise's troubles were either humanoid or a bit implausible. And all the "new worlds" (how can you call them "new worlds" if the Enterprise goes around visiting planets already inhabited by people?) were Earth-like.

But my overall opinion of Star Trek? I liked it. Quite a lot. I went and watched another three episodes last weekend (The Naked Time, The Enemy Within, and Mudd's Women) and I still was happy to see them, though I could no longer call the series something new. I plan on continuing to watch through the rest of TOS: Season One, and then on to Two and Three.

I think Star Trek: The Original Series is fun. No, you can't take all the elements seriously, yes the plot is predictable, no it's not up to today's standards or culture, and heck there are repeating elements just in the six episodes I've seen, but I'd recommend it (so far).

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Have you seen any of the Star Trek series/movies? If so, what did you think of them?


And if you haven't, do you want to watch Star Trek? (In that case, I commend you for not watching it. I know I just jumped onto a rather sizeable bandwagon.)


-----The Golden Eagle

59 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

You have to consider the age. These are what, 50 years old? For the time period they were pretty cutting edge. I think they're fun, and sure they're cheesy but hey. What show wouldn't be cheesy after that long.

I grew up watching these so it's fun to get someone's opinion who's never seen them before. Thanks.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Have never been a fan of this stuff, but having an idea for a children's book in outer space, about to change my mind. :0)

Chris Fries said...

Oh yeah -- I'm old enough to have watched ST:TOS when it was first on in the 60s and have been a fan ever since I was that little kid in front of our old black and white (!?!?) TV.

Almost fiddy years ago, compared to the contemporary 60's TV Sci-Fi that was on at the time ("Batman", "Lost in Space", "Land of the Giants", etc) Star Trek was ground-breaking at the time. Looking back now, it did get cheesy and goofy in some episodes, especially by the third season, but it laid the foundation for a long, long run of series and movies.

I think ST:TNG is probably the best of the series, and for the original cast movies, the even ones are much better than the odd ones (and I'm partial to "The Wrath of Khan").

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I grew up watching Star Trek. (Not 50 years ago when it first aired, but in reruns.) And all the subsequent series. Loved them all. It was a Saturday night feature at our house to watch first run episodes of various Star Trek shows. We rarely missed. I also married a guy who loves Star Trek. (We even have Star Trek: SceneIt. That's how nerdy we are. BTW, super hard. Rarely play.) I've always been a sci-fi nut and have watched more tv in that vein than I care to think about.

Morgan said...

I grew up watching Star Trek the Next Generation. I haven't seen much of the original series--only enough to know that the fist fights are so comical! Loved next generation though... Picard is a hotty! :D

Emily R. King said...

My parents watched Star Trek all the time. Some would call them "Trekkies." When I grew older I watched Star Trek The Next Generation with them. Every single episode. To this day, I adore Riker. : )

Carolyn Abiad said...

I've watched some of each sort of Star Trek - old, new, movies. I don't seek sci-fi out, it just sort of finds it's way into my house. ;)

Mary said...

I grew up watching the Next Generation series, while my husband (only 4 years older) grew up with the original series. I like both (however and more partial to NextGen.)

The movies are also really good. When/if you watch the movies, I recommend watching the Space Seed episode from TOS before watching The Wrath of Khan (movie 2).

Oh, and I agree with what most say about the movies-- the even ones are better!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been a die hard Star Trek fan for years. Roddenberry had quite a vision for the future. Just wait until you get to Next Generation - be warned the first two years were a bit cheesy - and Deep Space Nine. Then you'll see a lot more originality and character development.

Sofia said...

I've never seen Star Trek, but recently my parents and I watched Galaxy Quest, which is sort of making fun of/a parody of Star Trek. It was hilarious, and I loved it. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan (I'm wearing a Doctor Who t-shirt at the moment :P ) and I've noticed in that (at least in the seasons since 2005, when it started again) that the women are secondary to the Doctor. While they're important, they aren't as important as he is. Apparently though, they're more important now than they were in the original Doctor Who, but they are still companions, and leave after a few seasons. Sorry. That got ramble-y, and I said 'important' three or four times.

-Sofie

-Sofie

Old Kitty said...

Gorgeous Golden Eagle! As a Trekker who wears her Lt Uhura uniform with pride - I say YAYAYYAYAYAYYAAYY!!for watching the series!! Amazing to see what fresh eyes think of it now. Glad you like it a lot! I LOVE IT!!

Take care
x

Pat Hatt said...

Never watched Star Trek at all. More of a stargate person.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've seen only a few of the original Star Trek episodes and the J.J. Abrams movie which I loved.

Jack said...

Star Trek Next Generation was one of the first series I taped on VCR to watch on the weekend. I loved the series. It was such a refreshing take on the future of humanity, instead of the dark, morose future of Blade Runner or Demolition Man. I loved the series and sometimes I wish life were that way...but then we do have iPads and voice-activated devices already, so we're not to far off of Star Trek's future! Man, I miss those days.

Connie Keller said...

I watched Star Trek as a kid and I've even watched a few of the old episodes with my kids. They are fun though a bit predictable, especially the if-the-guy-is-wearing-a-red-shirt-he's-going-to-die thing that happens so often.

mshatch said...

my dad and I used to watch it, and while many of the shows were silly - Mudd's Women bing a good example - others were quite good. I watched some of the movies, liked some better than others, enjoyed NextGen, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the new movie (directed by JJ Abrams)which was fun because it set s up a whole new time stream to explore. Clever.

Brian said...

My Dad remembers when it first came out LOL! Live long and foster!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

What I remember is that each episode made a (not-so-subtle) point about life on earth. "The Trouble with Tribbles" related to the balance of ecosystems, for example. There was another episode in which they realized that to change the past was to change the present. There were episodes that looked at the reasons for war and violence. If you concentrate on the story ideas and ignore the primitive sets (like rocks that look like papier-mache), you'll continue to enjoy it.

The other nice thing was the relationships between the characters, especially when Spock got involved, because he was always so rational.

Rob-bear said...

I grew up watching the original series. It only ran for a couple of year, but had a huge impact. Among other things, the first inter-racial kiss on television — Kirk and Uhura.

The plots were pretty simple, but often raised interesting ethical questions.

Live long and prosper.
Peace and long life.

Now there's a new series on television — Kirk et al. when they were younger. I just discovered it this weekend, when I was looking after our daughter's house and dogs. "Fascinating," as Mr. Spock would say.

Heather said...

I have seen Star Trek, both the movies and the many series. I enjoyed them, they were fun for what they were.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden.
I know a bit about Star Trek. I was 15 when it came out and we all gathered around the T.V. to watch. Looking back, the series is everything you say. My sister had a major crush on Spock, I could never figure out why. An interesting note, the actress who played Lt. O'Hara planed to quit over some misunderstanding that I don't remember. Dr. Martin Luther King had a meeting with her and convinced her to do otherwise stating that her character had a major impact on young female black girls.

My mother never discriminated against anyone. So for me, the roles of so many minorities along with white actors never troubled me. It felt natural and right.
Nancy

Gail said...

I shall have to agree and disagree. I agree the effects were low budget, but when I found out the door was opened by hand, I was amazed. If it were so flat and predictable, why, as a child, could I not wait 'til 6:30 on Friday to view each and every one of them...in black and white?

Have you watched The Menagerie, one of my favorites or the fun episode that introduced the Enterprise to tribbles? Like a book cannot be judged by the first chapter, Star Trek must be taken as a whole.

I have tried to follow each branch, and each extention of the story.

Very interesting, well written piece...and sadly, I have never joined the world of Star Wars lovers, the first nor the new and improved one...but I guess I qualify as a Trekkie.

Beth said...

This was a fun post. I'm not really a fan, but I've never avoided the TV show or movies either.

Lynda R Young said...

That's exactly why I like the original series too.

Clarissa Draper said...

I used to be more into it than I am now. I haven't even seen the new Star Trek movie. I don't know, it doesn't interest me like it used to.

Christine Rains said...

That's exactly how you have to take the original series. It's just for fun. I know it was ground-breaking and created an amazing legacy, but it was still in the sixties and they're more than a bit campy!

Trisha said...

I haven't seen any of this early stuff. Saw a bit of more recent Star Trek shows, but was a bit "meh" about it.

Rusty Webb said...

My absolute earliest memory, ever, is of Star Trek. Well, at least I think it is. I wasn't alive when it first came on the air, but I watched it every day in syndication when I was a kid. I loved the show then.

It's really, really hard to watch something like that show without having a pretty good idea of the historical context it was in while it aired. I'm impressed that you've decided to watch it. Well, I've always been impressed at how you've gone out of your way to try to appreciate things other people enjoy. Quite commendable.

I hope you watch all the episodes. I've tried to watch some of TNG with my son, but that video game addled mind of his can't hang in their with the more deliberate pacing the show had. Oh well.

L.G.Smith said...

It's kind of campy but fun, right? I used to watch reruns of the show with my dad when I was a kid. Good memories. :)

Belle said...

What I believe draws people into Star Trek is the relationships between the crew. You find they all care about each other; it is like a family on board the Enterprise. A good family.

I discovered Star Trek when I was nineteen and home looking after my baby. They were re-runs. I loved it right away and have seen all the movies and all the spin-off shows. I'm a real Trekkie!

Lydia Kang said...

You know, I never really thought about it but the diversity was a great thing. Maybe the producers figured, eh, we have all these aliens, so hopefully the audience won't care?

Or...maybe they were just very forward thinking. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Seen every episode of the original and the next generation, mostly multiple times. Seen all the movies. Star trek is the one TV show that can come close to defining me. Of course, I started watching it early on, when the special effects were actually pretty good and so many of the plot ideas were new.

tfwalsh said...

I'm a huge trekkie fan - watched all the movies, all the series... but I never got into Star Wars...

Paul Tobin said...

I saw it in the 60's as well. If I am honest I think it's Wagon train in space-as I read it described some time ago. (Wagon Train-as its name suggests was a tv series of the early 60's about a never a group of settlers travelling west). What I do like is the rock group Spirit's lp Future Games which features dialogue from Star trek and other movies/tv programmes and melds it into a seamless whole. That is worth listening to. I was interested in president's day-I'd not heard of that holiday.

JeffO said...

I am a big fan of the original series from back when I was a kid. It's cheesy, the acting is frequently less than stellar, and the show is sometimes laughable, but it's got something special, and I can still watch it today (and admit it) without being embarrassed.

Rachel Morgan said...

I've watched the latest movie, and I think that's about it. I enjoyed the movie, but since I'm not a big sci-fi fan I haven't felt the need to watch the series. Thanks for your thoughts on it, though!

Traci Kenworth said...

I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation but remember seeing the originals in the one where they go back in time to save the whales. I did watch the newer Star Trek movie too. I think it was the relationships that kept everyone watching. Plus the Borg vs. Picard was riveting.

Susan Fields said...

I remember watching it when I was a kid, but it never was one of my favorites. My sister was a huge fan, though.

Ciara said...

I used to race home from school so I could watch the old episodes each afternoon. I didn't love the movies, though. BUT, I DO LOVE the new one. You HAVE to watch the newest Star Trek movie. LOVED IT!!!

Stuart Nager said...

Guess I'm one of the oldest here. When Star Trek appeared in 1966, we had nothing like it on TV. yeah, there was Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds...but, this was MUST WATCH TV for us scifi geeky kids. For 1966, nothing came close. I'm still much more of a fan of Star Trek overall. Glad you're enjoying it for what it was: ground breaking for the time in a number of ways.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

There was nothing like Star Trek at the time it was released. You hit the nail on the head with the interracial casting. Other points to look for:

1) Star Trek featured the first on-screen interracial kiss.

2) It represented a galaxy where all races no matter what their background could accomplish great things.

3) It tackled the issues of racism. In one episode, a guy that is painted two colors chases another simply because the colors are reversed on the skin. It's a blatant punch in the face to all bigots.

Star Trek was meant to be an allegory of our times and to reflect a much better future.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Hooray! Another convert! lol

As one who watched TOS way back when, I know it was cheesy, but hey! That's half the fun of it. Next Gen was ok, wasn't a big fan of Deep Space Nine (personally, I prefer Babylon 5, if you must know the truth, and that might tee-off a lot of die-hard Star Trek fans), Voyager wasn't bad and, despite some bad reviews, I liked Enterprise. As someone pointed out, the even-numbered ST movies are generally the best in my opinion with The Journey Home being my all-time favourite.

Hope you continue to enjoy these series. Live long and prosper! lol

DWei said...

I never watched the series but my girlfriend loved it so she'd have a better opinion of this than me.

Krispy said...

Loved hearing your impressions of this! I've never watched any of the Star Trek shows. Sci-fi is generally a hard sell for me, which is why it took me so long to get into Star Wars and finally watch Battlestar Galactica, even though everyone was telling me it was REALLY GOOD. So the only Star Trek I've seen is the semi-recent JJ Abrams reboot, the Star Trek movie, and I quite enjoyed that! You might want to check that out since the characters that appear in the movie are the Original Series characters.

I hope you check out Battlestar Galactica (which is a lot more serious than both Star Wars and Star Trek) soon, and may I also suggest Doctor Who? It's time-travel Sci-fi, and I just got into it last year and think it's fun and clever.

Josh Hoyt said...

I have seen a few and find them fun to watch by no means am I a treky but I enjoyed them when I saw them. I have not watched them for some time and probably will not. I did like the latest movie that came out a couple of years ago and would recommend that one.

D.G. Hudson said...

I liked Dr. Spock of Star Trek, and Bones. Shatner, Capt'n Kirk, got funnier as he got older. But I never watched the later versions, I started reading science fiction instead.

I liked the Wrath of Khan, which I saw on a flight home one time, and we saw the current Star Trek movie.

Star Wars is my preference, but we do have a Trekkie in the family.

Joshua said...

I think people don't appreciate the original series as much as they should, especially for its ingenuity for the time. That said, I prefer The Next Generation.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I would choose Star Trek over Star Wars any day. Much better message. Most astronauts credit Star Trek as their inspiration and desire to go into space, and it's influenced all science fiction since its debut.

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home will always be my favorite - very funny and it had whales.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I watched Star Trek when I grew up, and then the rest of all the series, although I think I missed some of Next Generation's first year because I just couldn't get into it. The plots are repetitive and a bit out of date, but the characters make the show . . . even when, or especially when, they are super corny.
My kids strongly dislike all the old shows, but I have got them interested in Voyager . . . one of my favorite spin off on the original.

Southpaw said...

The series was great - goofy, predictable, but great. When they first came out, it was like the only sci fi out there.

The movies are just okay, IMO.

Deniz Bevan said...

It's really neat reading this, since Star Trek is so iconic, it's hard to find someone who hasn't seen it. I gotta say, I still prefer the original Doctor Who...

Jen Chandler said...

Oh my, I grew up watching Star Trek with my dad! I didn't get hooked though until Next Generation. To me, that's the BEST Star Trek ever!

Glad you're enjoying them. The originals are always fun to go back and revisit if, for nothing else, the really terrible special effects!

Cheers,
Jen

The Golden Eagle said...

S.P.: Almost fifty. (There will probably be some kind of huge Star Trek convention when it is fifty, right?)

I'm sure they were quite on the edge for the 1960s!

And true. I wonder what part of today's culture will be called cheesy in the future . . . LOL.

You're welcome. :)

Carole: It sounds like it would be a great story!

Chris: Technology certainly takes leaps and bounds; now it's all 3D. :P

I'm looking forward to TNG and the movies; though I think I'm going to wait to watch them until I've finished TOS.

Kayeleen: It sounds like it was a fun tradition. :)

I've never heard of Scenelt; but I the more nerdy the better, in my book!

I'm more a reader of the genre. I haven't watched much SF TV--or movies, for that matter.

Morgan: LOL. The part that makes me laugh a bit is the fact a lot of the scenes have a strong Western feel; crew members crawling along the ground with a gun in their hands, ready to shoot the "enemy". They just need cowboy hats.

Emily: Do you think you're a Trekkie, then? ;)

Haven't heard of Riker before.

Carolyn: LOL. Some stuff just seems to do that, doesn't it?

Mary: A lot of readers here seem to like TNG better than TOS. I'm looking forward to watching it. :)

I'm planning to go through all of TOS before trying any other part of the ST franchise.

Hmm. I wonder why that is?

Alex: Cool. Those are definitely good attributes!

Sofia: I've never seen Doctor Who, since we don't get BBC America. It sounds like a great series; I run into all over the internet, particularly amongst nerdfighters. It's too bad about the female characters--though I suppose with a male doctor/MC, it would be harder to create a female character to equal him.

Old Kitty: Thank you! :)

I really like Lt. Uhura; she's a standout for being one of the few female characters, but I also enjoy her personality.

Pat: Well, Star Trek is by no means the one and only SF series out there. :)

M.J.: Glad to hear the movie is good.

Jack: I did notice the technology while I was watching Star Trek; those handheld communicators look quite a bit like today's cell phones, only the contemporary ones are a lot slimmer and less boxy. :P

Connie: I haven't noticed the red shirt pattern yet . . . there have been yellow, blue, and red uniformed people so far.

Mshatch: Yeah, I kinda cringed when I read the title "Mudd's Women". Or I at least knew it wouldn't be my favorite (though Spock is amusing to watch; mostly because he's more oblivious than the rest of the crew :P).

Time stream? Okay, that sounds interesting!

Brian: You too. :)

Jennifer: I haven't noticed the trend yet, except in the case of "The Naked Time". There was a direct reference to the eventual destruction of Earth in that episode.

He's so precise, often while the rest of the crew is running around with no clue what's going on. :P

Rob-bear: I remember them mentioning the kiss in the TV documentary I watched. :) I'm interested to see that episode (though I have no idea which one it is).

I don't think I've heard of that one. But it does sound interesting!

Heather: Many series indeed--I was rather surprised to find there were seasons in each series, as well as the two individual ones (I don't know why--it makes sense for a TV show.)

The Golden Eagle said...

Nancy: LOL. I can kind of understand have a crush on Spock; he's not exactly ugly, even with the strange eyebrows and ears. :P

Now that you mention it, they talked about that in the documentary I saw. I forget the reason, too; but I'm sure her role must have had an impact on viewers.

Which is the best feeling to have when it comes to different appearances.

Gail: Good point. There is something attractive about the special effects, despite their lack of pizzazz compared to today's technology.

Nope, I haven't seen "The Menagerie". But it's on the next disc I'm planning to take out of the library, so I'll be watching it this weekend. :)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked reading this post.

Beth: Thanks!

Lynda: They're fun, aren't they? :)

Clarissa: I think we all grow out of things. I used to be crazy about stuff I don't give a second glance at these days. :P

Christine: That they are.

Trisha: I'd recommend watching TOS. At least, so far; I've only seen six episodes at this point.

Rusty: It's interesting to read about all the memories people have of watching the various SF shows I've posted about. It's all new to me, but they've clearly had a big role.

Thank you!

I figure it can't hurt to try different things, even it isn't the stuff I normally gravitate toward. After all, I like a lot of it. :)

I'm planning to watch bot TOS and TNG, then see the movies.

L.G.: Yup!

Sometimes it's the memories more than the material, isn't it?

Belle: I've gotten that impression from what few episodes I've watched. They seem close-knit; and I suppose that makes sense, since they're all stuck on the Enterprise.

Lydia: Either way, it's definitely a bonus. :)

Charles: The plots are still interesting. It's a bit like Star Wars that way--they've been recycled in more recent stories, which takes away some of the apparent originality. Even if they were the first ones.

Tfwalsh: At the moment, I think I'm going to be at least somewhat similar. :) I've only seen six episodes . . . but I can't really say I enjoyed Star Wars more.

The Golden Eagle said...

Paul: It was sold to NBC as "Wagon Train to the stars", actually (according to Wikipedia). I read that before but wasn't sure what Wagon Train was, exactly; thanks for the clarification. :)

It sounds like a cool adaptation of Star Trek; I'll have to check that out once I've watched the rest of the episodes!

I'm glad you found it interesting.

JeffO: I don't think there's anything to be embarrassed about in watch TOS. It's good, if not up to today's standards.

Rachel: You're very welcome! :)

Traci: Save the whales . . . ? Okay, I can't wait to watch that one now!

I don't know much about Picard, actually; since that's from TNG, it will be a while until I catch up on it. I'm moving through the TOS episodes by threes. :P

Susan: It's certainly not the ideal series. But I do think it has its good points.

Ciara: I'm definitely going to be seeing it; a lot of commenters seem to recommend it!

Stuart: I don't think it's changed as a Must Watch for geeky kids, at any rate. :) And nerdy ones as well.

Michael: That's one element that surprised me about Star Trek. It seems positive about issues, as opposed to the Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic feel of a lot of fiction these days.

Humpty Dumpty: Yeah, Star Trek has another convert here. ;)

Thanks for the run-down. I'm planning to watch all of them; I guess that means I'll be running into the not-so-good as well.

Same to you!

DWei: It's a good series--TOS at least--though that's just my opinion.

Krispy: Glad you enjoyed it!

I'm looking forward to the movie for that reason in particular; I like the current cast.

I'm using the library system to watch ST right now (huzzah for free materials) and they don't seem to have Battlestar Galactica--drat. It sounds really good.

I'd watch Doctor Who, but we don't get BBC America, either. Sigh.

Josh: Thanks for the recommendation. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

D.G.: I'm the opposite; I'm a big fan of SF books, yet I have seen relatively little SF TV shows/movies.

I find the difference between ST and SW quite interesting. There seem to be different camps when it comes to the two.

Joshua: That's next on my list. Can't wait to see it, too . . .

L. Diane: I can see why it would inspire them! :)

Tyrean: Characters can hold a story together when the rest is a mess. :P Though it's nice when all elements are given a chance to shine.

I like the old ones, actually. Though I can't compare them to TNG or the movies, since I haven't watched those yet.

Southpaw: I plan to watch them. Assuming I'm not sick of the series by the end of TOS--and possibly TNG as well. :P

Deniz: Well, I'm glad you find it interesting!

Jen: The comments here have made me very eager to see TNG. It sounds awesome.

Thank you!

LOL. I can see why they were considered ground-breaking for the times, though.

Christina Farley said...

I never was a fan of the series but then I watched the one movie that came out a few years ago and really liked it.

laughingwolf said...

i was there at the beginning of the original, and [mostly] enjoyed them [the crew, esp... how could you leave out chekov? and the blonde nurse chappel - MRS. gene roddenberry [majel barrett]- who went on to become various characters in the other tv series, including troi's mother, on tng... then exec producer of the whole series after gene died?]

my fave series was ds9... best characters/writing [not all]... though some characters from other series were great, too

The Golden Eagle said...

Christina: There seem to be a lot of fans of that movie!

Laughingwolf: I got the impression you liked Star Trek, based on the number of posters you have on your blog. :)

Wow. She must have had a big impact on the series.

I really don't know much about the characters from the different series; I'm still learning about the first ones. They're interesting so far.