I've always been a Star Trek fan.
Well, not always. Star Trek didn't come on the air until 1966, so I wasn't a fan before then. But I have been since that time.
I've always enjoyed the original series. The one with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scott, Sulu, & Checkov.
Yeah, today the show looks a little cheesy. Heck, it looked cheesy then, too. But it was fun. And I liked the show.
After it went off the air, I missed it. But life went on.
Then, they came up with that blasted animated series. In fairness, some of those were pretty good. Some were lame. Either way, it wasn't the same.
When Star Trek - The Motion Picture came out, I went. Was a little disappointed. But still, mediocre Star Trek was better than no Star Trek.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was fantastic. Sure, Spock died. But still, it was good Star Trek.
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock was good. And I really enjoyed Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home. I didn't care for Star Trek V - The Final Frontier, but it does get better every time I see it. And I don't see it often. But I did enjoy Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country. A lot.
But, as much as I liked the movies ... most of them anyway ... it's not the same. Star Trek is a TV show. And should be seen on TV.
Star Trek: The Next Generation was fine. Some episodes were fantastic. Some sucked. I hated the "Data goes crazy again this week" episodes. And I didn't like the Wesley Crusher character, though I thought Wil Wheaton did an admirable job. The problem wasn't the actor, it was the character. Wesley the Wonderdog was no fun. For me, anyway.
Oh, and Jean-Luc Picard is a little too preachy for me. When I listen to somebody preach, it'll be a Baptist preacher in church on Sunday morning, not some French starship captain who won't be born for another 298 ½ years.
Still, some episodes, particularly "The Inner Light," were great.
I liked Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I wasn't too keen on the whole Bajoran religion thing. And Sisko was a little preachy. But give me a baseball-playing space station Commander (later, Captain) than a cheese-eating starship Captain any day. One of my favorite characters was Garak. Andrew Robinson's a good actor. And the Garak character was great.
I was not a big fan of Star Trek: Voyager. I didn't care for Captain Janeway at all. And I didn't like Kes. Not the first season Kes, anyway. Her later episodes were fine, but the character wasn't that great. But I really liked the Doctor.
And Star Trek: Enterprise was fun. Mostly. I liked most of the characters. The only one that grated on me was T'Pol. Not the character. Or the actor. Both were fine. But I never liked the Catsuit-women on the Star Trek shows.
Deanna Troi (TNG) really turned into a great character around the same time Captain Jellico made her start wearing a uniform instead of that silly outfit they had her in at first. And Seven of Nine (Voyager) would have been a better character in a Starfleet uniform. The Maquis got to wear Starfleet uniforms; why not a Borg? Plus, the hot chick from Deep Space Nine, Jadzia (later, Ezri) Dax, wore a uniform.
A hot chick in uniform is, well, a hot chick. The catsuits detracted from the character. To me, anyway.
Still, despite all the little things I liked or didn't like, I watched Star Trek, in whatever incarnation there was.
Remember I said I wasn't a big fan of Voyager? Well, I watched it if I happened across it. But if I missed it, I didn't really care.
But a year and a half ago, Star Trek went off the air. Enterprise was canceled.
I've really missed Star Trek.
Spike TV is carrying Voyager.
And I'm TiVo-ing it.