Across the universe
Always going forward
As we cannot find reverse…
I had my doubts two years later when Captain Picard and Mr. Data took to the screen. In fact, I did not watch the first two seasons of The Next Generation when it initially aired. One evening, with nothing to do I sat through a two part episode about Picard being taken by the Borg.
After that I declared myself Trekkor…or is it Trekkie? I can never remember.
Apparently I am bi as I also openly admit to being a fan of George Lucas’ Star Wars as well…and a quick aside, I love that George Takei (Sulu from the original Trek cres) is calling on all fans of Star Wars and Star Trek to come together to fight off the stupidity that is Twilight. With a little help froim LOTR, Battlestar Galactica and…just for some vampire flavour fans of Underworld…Twilight has little hope.
Not sure I have mentioned this in a while, but of the television shows, Deep Space Nine was my favourite. It was also the most different with Captain Sisko running his space station while fending off Cardassians and The Dominion. On that show, Quark was probably the first attempt at a Trek main character with questionable motives. The interplay of Security Chief Odo and Quark made the show superior.
There are also the films, of course. Eleven with a twelfth in production. Of the original crew six with Shatner and Nimoy still at the helm, their final film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was outstanding as they took on General Chang (Christopher Plummer) and a rogue Vulcan in a conspiracy riddled tale. Then the Next Gen crew took over again, hitting a high with Star Trek First Contact (the eighth film) where the Borg go back in time to Earth’s 22nd Century in order to assimilate humanity.
The most recent film, however, in 2009 beats them all. Just called Star Trek it is back to the original crew and shows how they came to work together, although with more time travel, nor on the same time line as the first set of Roddenberry stories. I saw the film nine times in the theatre…
I will admit, with how good the last film was, thoughts of a twelfth film scare me. Not certain they can live up to what they did there…then again, I was not expecting much from that 2009 film to begin with expectations it could not compete with the standard set by Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer…never mind Shatner, Stewart, Brooks, Mulgrew and Bakula.
To that list, Chris Pine has made a nice addition to the captains of the Star Trek Universe.