Exploring a Strange New World

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:


picture of a space hippie playing a type of guitar

Credit: TrekCore.com

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.

Encounter at Farpoint – Season 1 EPs 1&2

I have to admit that I was excited to be watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I’d been a long-time fan of Patrick Stewart (who isn’t, right?) and knew most of the major characters through cultural osmosis, but had no idea how they would interact with the universe they were in.  I also knew that this was likely the last time I could plead ignorance when someone made a Star Trek reference I’d rather ignore.