Another geek confession – I don’t really like Star Trek: The Original Series. Okay, so I love Spock and Scotty and maybe even Bones a little, but that show has just never been my thing.
Still, I recognize that without that first episode that aired on September 8, 1966 none of the rest of it would have ever happened, and some of the rest of it I love…
Like Captain Picard – I mean come on, who wouldn’t want him to be in charge? And Riker’s beard, which had the magical ability to improve the whole show (really, it’s like the signal for when the episodes started to improve)? And Worf, most cuddly-grumpy Klingon in the universe.
And then there’s Voyager – which happened to coincide with the height of my fangirlishness. Even though it’s terribly uneven, and at times downright sucked, I still love it – and some episodes like “The Chute,” “Worse Case Scenario,” and “Barge of the Dead” are really fabulous story-telling.
And then there’s the cinematic reboot, which finally gave me a Kirk I could like and proved that yet another generation could join the adventures of Starfleet.
So congrats on fifty years Star Trek, thanks for taking us to the galaxy and back again.