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What's your favorite Star Trek?



I'm old enough to remember Captain James T. Kirk (and his predecessor, Christopher Pike) when they were black & white - at least, that's how they appeared on my family's TV.

Years later, Senior Management and I became big fans of the appropriately titled, Star Trek:The Next Generation. I loved the darker aspect of its spinoff,Star Trek:Deep Space Nine. For me, the franchise waned after that. Star Trek:Voyager and Star Trek:Enterprise had their moments, but they didn't quite have the magic of the first three series.

Why do I bring this up? Because yesterday, as I browsed through the 'Watch now' menu on Netflix, I discovered to my delight that all the Star Trek TV shows (except DS9, which must surely follow soon), are now available on Netflix streaming.

It's a tough choice, but much as I loved the original series (and the 2010 re-launch), If pushed, I'd have to choose Star Trek:The Next Generation as my favorite.




I know what I'll be watching over the weekend.

How about you?

What's your favorite Star Trek?

Poll #1758192 Star Trek

What's your favorite Star Trek series

The original series
14(24.6%)
The Next Generation
20(35.1%)
Deep Space Nine
13(22.8%)
Voyager
3(5.3%)
Enterprise
0(0.0%)
I 'Khaaaaaaaaan't decide :)
6(10.5%)
Star Trek, Shmar Trek - I don't like any of them
1(1.8%)



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petersblackno1
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
The only space tv show I liked was Babylon 5!
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
I used to quite enjoy that, but I watched the first episode a couple of months back (also on Netflix streaming), and for me, it hasn't stood the test of time.
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jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
There's a sequel to Star Trek out next year. It'll be hard to top the last one, but now they've got a new timeline to play with, I have high hopes :)
darkspires
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I never got into Startrek: Enterprise. It is probably directly related to the factoid that the lead actor was formally star of that Quantum Leaps thingy. I couldn't get the picture of him cross dressing for that role out of my mind. I guess I might have watched two episodes before I gave up.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
I liked Quantum Leap. Scott Bakula also voiced (and sang songs as) the lead character, Danny, in Cats Don't Dance. Great movie, but n the same way, makes his Jonathan Archer harder to take seriously :)
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jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I had high hopes for Enterprise, but as you say, that long story arc did it no favors.
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ladysaotome
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
The original series is classic. It's not as much fun to watch as the other series since it's pretty dated now but if I include the movies and books available to each series, it wins hands down. ^_^ Especially the books - the original series has my favorite characters and some really fun books. Plus, I get annoyed when the later shows do things that contradict time-lines established in the first series...
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I loved the way Carl Urban played Leonard McCoy in the last movie. He really had his voice down off pat :)
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dferguson
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
The Original Series is up on the top shelf by itself. Hate it, love it, whatever. But without it we wouldn't have the rest.

Funny thing about THE NEXT GENERATION: when it first aired, I loved it. But as time goes on, I like it less and less. And it has the most useless doctor in Starfleet history. I can't count how many episodes there were when the crew was stricken with some deadly illness and the only thing Beverley Crusher could say over and over was: "I need more time, Jean-Luc!" It did have some outstanding episodes but on the whole, I put it behind DS9.

DEEP SPACE NINE is without a doubt my favorite after TOS. Terrific characaters and consistently amazing stories. And the relationships between the characters were so fascinating. I love how we got to see Miles O'Brian actively disliking Dr. Bashir at the start of the series but by the end they were the best of friends. And Benjamin Sisko is without a doubt The Man. Starfleet captain, diplomat, soldier, engineer, gormet cook and single father. And he's the only captain to throw a scare into Q.

Funny thing about VOYAGER: when it first aired, I hated it. But as time goes on, I like it more and more. Without a doubt VOYAGER has the best opening credits and theme song.

Can't stand ENTERPRISE. Bland characters and dull stories. And what was up with the hootchie Vulcan? My theory about the internal inconsistencies and confused continuity of the series I explained away when I saw the final episode with Jonathan Frakes: The entire run of ENTERPRISE was a holodeck simulation of Riker's. That was the only way I could reconcile the show's errors in my mind.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Both TNG and DS9 had some wonderful, stand alone episodes. I'm trying to think of a particularly excellent one from Voyager, but I can only come up with the bug one - where the crew get infected with bugs which use their bodies as incubators. Creepy :)

As for Enterprise, I think it could have been great, but I always felt the show was rushed somehow.
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jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they didn't do themselves any favors with the whole 'I'm from the future and this is the disaster you must avert' thing either.

To me, it spoiled the whole idea of setting the series in the past.
greenwillow27
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I grew up with the Original. It's like Mom's home cookin' (we had TV trays at least once a week, all our vegetables came out of cans and mashed potatoes out of a box....)so actually just like Mom's home cookin'!

SyFy channel used to run marathons now and then but how awesome that Netflix has them now! Beam me down memory lane...
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping they add DS9 soon :)
mongrelheart
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Original series all the way, babybee! It was groundbreaking for its time, much more so than any of the others. And not to dog on anybody else, but the trio of Kirk/Spock/McCoy was just so awesome. Also, hottest Star Trek babe, definitely Uhura! (IMHO)

And I'm probably alone in this, but I really liked Enterprise (with the exception of the romantic subplot b.s. and the sucky ending). I <3'd Scott Bakula as the captain, once I got over seeing him as the Quantum Leap guy. I really dug all the nods to the old series, and the temporal cold war thing was just super cool. It was also great to watch a series that did not rely every other episode on the stupid holodeck.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I loved the way they ended every episode of Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula in a new body saying, "Oh boy." :)
lyonesse
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
actually i only ever *watched* the original series -- the rest came out after i'd mostly given up teevee!

i quite liked the recent reboot movie, though.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping the sequel maintains the new standard :)
madshutterbug
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Original Series & DS9
DS9, for me, represents Star Fleet Meets the Real World. The original series pretty much did the same thing, real people in situations unusual because of where they are and what they do. Next Gen was far too much of the Flagship Mentality... we're the best because we're the flagship. Despite it being the longest running of the group, for me it is the spot episode that I enjoyed, not the entirety. And in fact, there are a lot of them I've not seen, for that reason.

Edited at 2011-07-02 06:06 pm (UTC)
dferguson
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Original Series & DS9
Yeah, until they met up with The Borg and got their asses handed to them, The Next Generation crew seemed to me to be awfully full of themselves. Once they got slapped down they seemed to be less admiring of themselves, stopped thinking they were so cool and remembered what they were supposed to be doing out there.
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dotificus
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
TOS! It deeply imprinted on my young brain --esp. those fabulous characters-- and then I read a bunch of Alan Dean Foster's novels and that was that.

Plus, I didn't have a TV when TNG first aired. And then . . . I just never tried the others.

LOVED the new movie.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about all those Trek novels. Some of them were pretty good as I recall :)
melissajm
Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Tossup between TNG and Voyager.
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Whatever your favorite, it's tough to choose just the one, isn't it? :)
lizziebelle
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
It's very hard for me to choose, but all things considered, I'd say the original because that's what I grew up with, and the characters are so great. Sure, it's cheesy and dated, but they were the first to handle touchy subjects like racism and sexism, and they did it with style. TNG was great, but when I watch it now, it feels a bit stodgy. Parts of Voyager were good, but on the whole it wasn't a great show. Enterprise, for me, was nearly unwatchable (and I hated the theme song). I gave up on it long before it ended.

I </i>loved</i> the reboot film, and eagerly look forward to the next one. :)
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
Me too :)
knittingknots
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
DS9, except they didn't do their story arcs as well as they needed to. Babylon 5 spoiled me on what story arcs could be...If it had been tighter on that it would have been a spectacular series. And the last two years disappointed. Ah well.

But I've been watching ST since it first debuted when I was a tween. All but Enterprise have a spot in my heart, but I never watched any of that (had basically stopped watching TV when it came out.)
jongibbs
Jul. 2nd, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I remember I used to like Babylon 5, but when i tried watching it again earlier this year, I couldn't get into it.
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