I have a confession to make. I’m a 40-year-old, self-confessed geek and until very recently I had never seen a single episode of any Star Trek television show. As a matter of fact, until the 2009 version cinematic version of Star Trek, falling asleep at the drive-in while the rest of my family watched The Wrath of Khan was the extent of my viewing history.
I’m not entirely sure how it happened. Part of it is that I was that such a loyal Star Wars fan when I was a kid. The original Star Trek tv show seemed so boring in comparison…way too much yappin’ and not close to enough zappin’.
Maybe it was simply the bad guys. The original series of Star Trek had villains like this:
While Star Wars had this guy:
I know that film budgets were way higher and that Star Wars came a decade later but back then I didn’t care about these things; I just wanted to be awed and scared at the same time. Vader did that perfectly.