Ellie Garratt's Star Trek As We Know It Blogfest. (Hey, it's Monday somewhere). I'm supposed to talk about five of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Now keep in mind, I became a fan, when Star Trek was being broadcast live, back in the day when you got summer reruns, and then the shows were never seen again. Yes. Back before syndication or cable.
I discovered Classic Star Trek when I was 13, and we were living on the Navy base at Sangley Point, in the Philippines. We never got newly run shows, so we were a season behind. You know what they say: There's nothing too good for our troops overseas. And that's just what they get, nothin' too good. I was so excited to get back to the States and watch the new season. Unfortunately, it was last (half) season. The network had tried to kill the show after season 2 but there'd been such an outcry from fans that they brought it back and put it in a time slot guaranteed to kill it.
It was several years before syndication came around, and we were finally able to see some of those old shows again. And I can't even tell you the thrill to see a Star Trek movie! Sadly, it was abysmal. If the fans hadn't been so rabid and dying for something new, I think the franchise might have died there. But then they did Wrath of Kahn, which for me, captured everything that had made Star Trek so fun.
Well, enough ancient history.
My five favorite episodes
|City on the Edge of Forever|
|The Trouble With Tribbles|
Star Trek, The Next GenerationI was excited yet resistant when this new series began. I wanted it to be good but felt a bit like a betrayer if I liked it too much. Well. It's my favorite of all the Star Trek variations.
Dr. Pulaski: Dah-ta, look at this.
Dr. Pulaski: What?
Data: My name. It is pronounced 'Day-ta'.
Dr. Pulaski: Oh?
Data: You called me "Dah-ta".
Dr. Pulaski: What's the difference?
Lt. Commander Data: One is my name. The other is not.
The bolding is mine. I love Data, which probably explains why the next is also one of my favorite episodes.
|The Measure of a Man|
|The Best of Both Worlds|
Resistance is futile.
|Seven of Nine (my Leaky Lounge Name, btw) with Captain Janeway from Voyager|
|Seven of Nine (Dobby is freeeee!)|
The Borg made such a delicious nemesis. So much better than the pathetic Ferengi.
|Quark from Deep Space Nine|
|I thought Q was hilarious, especially as he evolved in the series.|
Star Trek (2009)
|And the newest Star Trek film was freaktastic! I saw it in the theaters six times and sat there with a stupid grin on my face all the way through all six viewings.Seriously! Who would have thought Sylar could be Spock? Or Eomer could be Bones?|
The Wrath of Kahn.
|I cried. It felt like my favorite uncle had died.|
Star Trek IV, The Journey Home
|This movie was hilarious! It showed all the fun interactions between the characters that made us fall in love with the series in the first place.|
Star Trek Generations
|I loved this film that brought Classic ST Kirk and TNG Picard together on the same screen (even though episodes of TNG had both Spock and Sarek, Spock's father). It was a passing of torch. The King is dead. Long live the King.|
Star Trek First Contact
Who couldn't love Data kicking the Borg Queen's arse or our unlikely hero in Zefram Cochran?
Star Trek Insurrection
I'll always remember a comment Nichelle Nichols made on a TV show many years ago. She said, "I'd rather be star trekkin' than star warin'." I'm a big Star Wars fan, too, but she raises a good point.
So what are your favorite Star Trek memories?