Boldly Going…


We’ve been watching Star Trek here.  Ian’s been on a roll. The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. He won’t watch The Original Series—because he is a total dork. We’ve also watched the four Next Generation films; Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis. I made him watch the new Star Trek movie as well (in hopes that it would take him back to The Original Series, it hasn’t).

He likes Next-Gen best. Because everyone does. Or at least I think they do. Let me rephrase, I like Next-Gen best. He has opinions about all of them and he’s vocal. Critical and vocal, I like this about him.

We started Enterprise two nights ago. I’m ambivalent. It’s Star Trek, and Scott Bakula (I loved Quantum Leap)—what could go wrong? Apparently, a lot. The show is a prequel to The Original Series, so it’s not referential. That made me sad. The series lasted four seasons, that surprises the hell out of me. I’ll probably watch all of them with Ian, because he’s like that. He likes to finish things he starts; this can be both a good and bad quality.

Bakula and his crew man the first USS Enterprise in their search to split infinitives. But they don’t have the Star Trek music or into. Fine. He plays a cocky Star Fleet captain, like that hasn’t been done.

And the women—oh my god—the women! The Vulcan is a bitch, well I guess I’m ok with that. But the human woman, is such a girl! She whines, she screams, she’s almost weepy. Really? In Star Trek? I wanted—still want T’Pol (the Vulcan woman) to slap her silly! But she didn’t and I began multitasking.

Ian’s comment about the rest of the male cast was, “They’re all from the South! What the fuck? They all drawl! It’s Redneck Star Trek.”

Apparently, in the beginning, Star Fleet was an American venture, rather than an Earthly, kinda blows away that whole notion of one planet united.

But I’ll watch it with Ian anyway, because he’s fun to watch things with. He got a kick out of the computer with its keyboard. And he pointed out that crew members had to push buttons to open doors. No one has shields, transporters are iffy and rarely used, warp four is top speed in episode one, by episode four they’re at warp five—and none of them seems bright enough to have improved the technology that quickly. The devil is in the details, and Ian boldly seeks that out. So while the show might not be up to the standard of others in the franchise…the commentary will be priceless!

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3 thoughts on “Boldly Going…

  1. My favorite of the franchise is Deep Space Nine, mainly because it’s so decidedly military and noir.Never did get to see the Star Fleet Marines, though and that made me sad. And the end was W-E-A-K!! More Defiant, less prophets.

  2. It gets better toward the end, but it could have been a lot better from the beginning. For me it will always be The Original Series. I did, however, enjoy J.J. Abrams reboot and am looking forward to that sequal.

  3. I loved Enterprise. As an Original Series fan first an foremost, I wanted to see how we went from 20th century humanity to Original Series humanity, so the bar was set low. If the episodes were well-written, that was just bonus points. Also, while ultimately failing, Enterprise came closer than any other series to capturing the magic of the Kirk-Spock-McCoy relationship and interplay. You can’t properly develop your main characters if you’re wasting time developing the side characters. Consider this: all we knew about Sulu, a member of the bridge crew, was his first name and that he liked fencing. In contrast, we know the year that minor character Chief O’Brien’s mother-in-law was born. WTF?! Despite its faults, Enterprise was a good series that played an important role for the Star Trek universe. I do wish that the first three seasons were written by the season 4 writer (Cotto?). It could have been better.

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