So, I looked all over the forums, and we don't have a thread for general Star Trek talk. Seeing as Star Trek is old now, I'm not going to use spoiler tabs. If I spoil something for you, then you should watch the episode to see what happened anyway.
Just gonna post some thoughts on each series to get some discussion going. This all started tonight when I got onto Reach and joined Jazzy, One Viz, and Apathy, and we ended up playing pregame lobby for about an hour and a half talking about Star Trek, and then Star Wars (One Viz felt left out).
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Here we go!The Original Series:
It isn't my favorite for sure, but I think that's because I was born at the start of the 90s and got to see all the cool effects with TNG, DS9, and VOY when I was a kid. However, I love the groundwork you see laid in TOS. Despite the atrocious acting of William Shatner, Captain Kirk is a very fun captain to watch. Also, unlike PIcard, he doesn't have to hold a meeting every time he has to make a decision. If shit happened, Kirk's meeting would be "Scotty, can we do it? No? Make it happen anyway?" and then "Spock, how many people are we going to piss off? A lot? Good!" and finally "Uhura, inform Starfleet that shit is going down."
Also, Undiscovered Country is the best of the TOS movies. The Next Generation:
Like TOS, most of the episodes are stand-alone. You can watch one episode, then jump in anywhere and just figure out what's going on based on the episode. However, Picard is probably my least favorite captain. I don't like how it seemed that Deanna Troi had the key to his balls. He always had to check on her for a feelings update before he could do anything badass. That's even more annoying in that Riker is obviously such a badass. Also, sometimes the plotlines were just silly.
Picard: "Let's see...how intergalactic issues can I solve in just an hour of TV? Let's find out!"
Data. I will miss you forever. Deep Space 9:
By far my favorite. Only problem with it is that it's got a continuous plot that is confusing to jump into sometimes, even though I've watched the whole series at least 7 times. Sisko is by far my favorite captain. He had great presence and made decisions when they were needed. His meetings were to inform people about what was going down, and for them to get their stuff together. Yeah, some people say Sisko got too religious, but I think Sisko handled it well. He did a good job trying to keep the religion thing low-key, and only dealt with it when people forced it. Also, a black captain, what can I say?
The Defiant is the most badass ship of all time. Enterprise-E may be sleek, but nothing packs a punch the way the Defiant does.
Miles O'Brien is an underrated character with an excellent actor. Definitely one of my favorite characters of Star Trek.
I loved Nog's entire story. He was my favorite Trek child to watch grow up (inb4 the Wesley fans freak out)Voyager:
It took me a while to get into VOY. Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway for the nublets) just has such a weird voice, and it can be very annoying. However, I loved the way the writers managed to make Janeway into such a mentally strong captain, while also maintaining her femininity. She was very much the captain of her ship, but she also managed to come off as motherly at times, and she did not lose all the aspects about her that made her a woman IMO. I think Star Trek has always done a great job with its female characters in making them strong characters that don't seem unrealistic.
Overall, I loved Voyager. I was surprised at how well the show managed to be after all the Kazon drama. I just hated them as enemies. Also, Janeway's fights with the Borg were much more believable than any of the other ones done in Trek history.
Tuvok is hilarious. He and Nelix together give tons of comic relief.Enterprise:
I personally enjoyed Enterprise. My dad hates it because he didn't manage to watch it straight through. A lot of people accuse Enterprise of destroying the Trek timeline, but I'd like to remind everyone that Enterprise predates the formation of Starfleet and the Federation, and with all the drama of the temporal cold war, it's not surprising every conflict isn't mentioned in every other Trek canon.
That aside, I liked the way Archer worked as captain. He seemed to form bonds with his crew on a different level than every other captain. Trip is my favorite engineer. Malcolm is an awesome security guard. However, I'm glad Hoshi stopped being so whiny. T'Pol is also quite fun to watch evolve over time.
I just loved the way the ENT crew seemed more human than all the other Trek crews. Since they grew up on an Earth that wasn't the center of the Federation, they seem to have a lot more of the qualities that make humans who they are. I know that's vague, but the accents, mannerisms, and references seem much more Earth-like. I also like how they didn't have a book to follow at every turn and had to make things up as they went. It was a fun series, even if parts of it are a bit weird (including the temporal cold war, the Xindi, and the WWII arc)
So, there should be enough opinions there to get a good Trek thread going. Have fun!