I have my mixed feelings about the Star Trek franchise as a whole, but in general I’m really glad the series has existed. The original made a lot of “firsts,” and it got me through several years of my childhood. We only got one channel on the TV, and my mother let me watch very little other than Little House on the Prairie and Sesame Street… except for Star Trek reruns on Saturday afternoons, because she was an old fan.
NextGen I wasn’t as fond of. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had its share of good actors and episodes. But it really felt like the emergence of ST as a “franchise” and all the negative connotations that go with that. So, mixed feelings. After that I kind of lost track of the various iterations of the universe. I think I still prefer to largely think of ST as the original show, something that today might look silly, but that when I was seven years old and living in the backwoods of Vermont was positively luminous. I don’t have many treasured childhood nostalgias, so I’ll hang onto that one, thanks.
Anyway, regardless, it’s really neat to read Wil Wheaton’s musings on Trek’s 40th, in particular the pieces of his review of NG’s “Naked Now” episode. As usual his writing is both hilarious and thought-provoking. Enjoy!