Happy birthday, Star Trek

Thursday was the 45th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek on NBC.

Are you or have you ever been a Trekkie?  Have you gotten a life, and if so, do you still like Star Trek? What is it about this series that we still talk about it 45 years later?

Which series is your favorite?  Can we agree that the original series with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, et al. was by far the best?

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  • http://amandamarkel.com Amanda Markel

    My dad was a Trekkie, so I was raised to be one, too. As I also married a Trekkie, it’s pretty safe to say that I haven’t gotten a life–we’re actually attempting to watch through all of Star Trek in chronological order right now, (so far, we’ve made it to the last season of Enterprise). It’s going to be interesting when we get to the point where the shows start overlapping!

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Deep Space Nine was the best Star Trek series–I think it had the best characters, and told the best story. Actually, I’d go so far as to say it was one of the best TV shows ever! (Hey, I admitted to being a Trekkie, so I can say stuff like that!)

  • http://amandamarkel.com Amanda Markel

    My dad was a Trekkie, so I was raised to be one, too. As I also married a Trekkie, it’s pretty safe to say that I haven’t gotten a life–we’re actually attempting to watch through all of Star Trek in chronological order right now, (so far, we’ve made it to the last season of Enterprise). It’s going to be interesting when we get to the point where the shows start overlapping!

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Deep Space Nine was the best Star Trek series–I think it had the best characters, and told the best story. Actually, I’d go so far as to say it was one of the best TV shows ever! (Hey, I admitted to being a Trekkie, so I can say stuff like that!)

  • Martin Winter

    I would consider myself a medium Trekkie. My favorite has always been Next Generation, but that was mainly because it was all I could watch on TV during my teenage years. But the cast was really excellent too. Recently, I watched the Original Series for the first time and must say that I was very positively surprised. Interesting how it is an echo of a past cultural era. DS9 is great, as Amanda said, as it had to focus on the characters a lot due to the station being, well, stationary. I didn’t like all the wacky spirituality in it though. Voyager is better than most give it credit for. I recently started rewatching Enterprise and do think they should have waited a few years and changed the “recipe” a little.

  • Martin Winter

    I would consider myself a medium Trekkie. My favorite has always been Next Generation, but that was mainly because it was all I could watch on TV during my teenage years. But the cast was really excellent too. Recently, I watched the Original Series for the first time and must say that I was very positively surprised. Interesting how it is an echo of a past cultural era. DS9 is great, as Amanda said, as it had to focus on the characters a lot due to the station being, well, stationary. I didn’t like all the wacky spirituality in it though. Voyager is better than most give it credit for. I recently started rewatching Enterprise and do think they should have waited a few years and changed the “recipe” a little.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Just because I can’t help myself…

    I liked all the series except Voyager and that was mostly because I didn’t care for most of the characters. At the same time, I did find DS9 boring until they added my favorite next gen character, Worf.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Just because I can’t help myself…

    I liked all the series except Voyager and that was mostly because I didn’t care for most of the characters. At the same time, I did find DS9 boring until they added my favorite next gen character, Worf.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I was a huge Star Trek fan back when it was new. In the years since, I’ve cooled to it considerably, partly because I’m more aware of the subtext. I never liked any of the sequels–tried to watch most of them, but there were always PC moments that drove me away. I actually liked “Enterprise” best of all the sequels, but I might have felt differently if I’d followed the other series in the franchise.

    I remain of the unshakeable conviction, however, that the best Star Trek movie is “Galaxy Quest.”

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I was a huge Star Trek fan back when it was new. In the years since, I’ve cooled to it considerably, partly because I’m more aware of the subtext. I never liked any of the sequels–tried to watch most of them, but there were always PC moments that drove me away. I actually liked “Enterprise” best of all the sequels, but I might have felt differently if I’d followed the other series in the franchise.

    I remain of the unshakeable conviction, however, that the best Star Trek movie is “Galaxy Quest.”

  • Dennis Peskey

    My vote goes to the original and Leonard Nimoy as the best actor (Dr. McCoy was the least believable character – I wouldn’t take an aspirin prescription from this dude!)
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    My vote goes to the original and Leonard Nimoy as the best actor (Dr. McCoy was the least believable character – I wouldn’t take an aspirin prescription from this dude!)
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Richard

    Agree with Lars. “Galaxy Quest” had Star Trek pegged.

  • Richard

    Agree with Lars. “Galaxy Quest” had Star Trek pegged.

  • SKPeterson

    Star Trek needed more Gorn.

  • SKPeterson

    Star Trek needed more Gorn.

  • Michael Z.

    Next Generation fan hailing in here. Big, big fan of captain Picard. I think he is the best character and actor in the franchise. :-)Leonard Nimoy’s Spock is right up there in a close second.

  • Michael Z.

    Next Generation fan hailing in here. Big, big fan of captain Picard. I think he is the best character and actor in the franchise. :-)Leonard Nimoy’s Spock is right up there in a close second.

  • Martin Winter

    Michael Z.: I agree! It probably helped that Mr. Stewart also played Shakespeare’s works on stage.

    Dr. Luther: Agreement here as well. I wanted to mention Worf but had already submitted my comment.

  • Martin Winter

    Michael Z.: I agree! It probably helped that Mr. Stewart also played Shakespeare’s works on stage.

    Dr. Luther: Agreement here as well. I wanted to mention Worf but had already submitted my comment.

  • Tom Hering

    “Dammit, Jim. Star Trek is a long-dead concept. Let it rest.”

  • Tom Hering

    “Dammit, Jim. Star Trek is a long-dead concept. Let it rest.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    I liked the one where they landed on that icy planet — Moth? Goth? — the best. And then they discover a different planet is actually a giant space worm. But I think that was one of the movies.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Lieut. Picard would win in a fight against Capt. Kurt.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    I liked the one where they landed on that icy planet — Moth? Goth? — the best. And then they discover a different planet is actually a giant space worm. But I think that was one of the movies.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Lieut. Picard would win in a fight against Capt. Kurt.

  • Dan Kempin

    Best ever Star Trek riff–Sheldon gets a napkin on “Big Bang theory.”

  • Dan Kempin

    Best ever Star Trek riff–Sheldon gets a napkin on “Big Bang theory.”

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    I believe I have gotten a life since then, but maybe it is just an illusion form those menagerie keepers on Talos IV. One can never be quite sure.

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    I believe I have gotten a life since then, but maybe it is just an illusion form those menagerie keepers on Talos IV. One can never be quite sure.

  • Susan

    My first recollection of Star Trek was in my parents’ bedroom-we kids were sent there one evening to watch TV when Mom and Dad had company. I remember watching a Star Trek episode at that time, but don’t recall which one it was. I also remember that Mom had a poster of Dr Spock and a plastic model of the Enterprise. We watched it faithfully when I was growing up. ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ was my favorite episode and I have the DVD of it.

    I’ve never really been a Trekkie so to speak but I just LOVE those movies, well, at least #s 1,2,3 and 5 (is that the one about the whales?). Leonard Nimoy came to our town some years ago for an autograph session. I wish now I’d gone.

    It hurts, though, when news of one of the original cast members’ passing is broadcast.

  • Susan

    My first recollection of Star Trek was in my parents’ bedroom-we kids were sent there one evening to watch TV when Mom and Dad had company. I remember watching a Star Trek episode at that time, but don’t recall which one it was. I also remember that Mom had a poster of Dr Spock and a plastic model of the Enterprise. We watched it faithfully when I was growing up. ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ was my favorite episode and I have the DVD of it.

    I’ve never really been a Trekkie so to speak but I just LOVE those movies, well, at least #s 1,2,3 and 5 (is that the one about the whales?). Leonard Nimoy came to our town some years ago for an autograph session. I wish now I’d gone.

    It hurts, though, when news of one of the original cast members’ passing is broadcast.

  • Tom Hering

    Theologian @ 13, so you’re really a disfigured guy in a weird wheelchair?

  • Tom Hering

    Theologian @ 13, so you’re really a disfigured guy in a weird wheelchair?

  • Tom Hering

    Susan @ 14, the whales were in #4, The Voyage Home. “Nuclear wessels.”

  • Tom Hering

    Susan @ 14, the whales were in #4, The Voyage Home. “Nuclear wessels.”

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  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I have favorite episodes in both The Original Series (TOS) and The Next Generation (TNG). (That I know these acronyms doesn’t mean I’m totally into this. I just happened to read a book called “Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek” once. I have seen almost nothing of Deep Space Nine or Voyager.)

    In TOS, I liked “The City on the Edge of Forever,” where the crew goes back to the 1930′s, and have to allow someone to die so that Hitler doesn’t rise to power. In TNG, I like an episode called “Darmok,” where Captain Picard gets beamed down onto a planet with an alien whose culture speaks through metaphor.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I have favorite episodes in both The Original Series (TOS) and The Next Generation (TNG). (That I know these acronyms doesn’t mean I’m totally into this. I just happened to read a book called “Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek” once. I have seen almost nothing of Deep Space Nine or Voyager.)

    In TOS, I liked “The City on the Edge of Forever,” where the crew goes back to the 1930′s, and have to allow someone to die so that Hitler doesn’t rise to power. In TNG, I like an episode called “Darmok,” where Captain Picard gets beamed down onto a planet with an alien whose culture speaks through metaphor.

  • Wayne A

    I was a fan right from the start. It aired opposite “Mod Squad”. All my freinds watched Mod Squad and talked about it the next day at school. They couldn’t understand why I didn’t watch it. I’ve seen all the original episodes many times and have most of them on DVD or VHS bought at Half Price Books. I enjoyed next generation, but the original is still my favorite. I don’t watch them much any more but every once in a while I will pull one off the shelf and watch it.

  • Wayne A

    I was a fan right from the start. It aired opposite “Mod Squad”. All my freinds watched Mod Squad and talked about it the next day at school. They couldn’t understand why I didn’t watch it. I’ve seen all the original episodes many times and have most of them on DVD or VHS bought at Half Price Books. I enjoyed next generation, but the original is still my favorite. I don’t watch them much any more but every once in a while I will pull one off the shelf and watch it.

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