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Check out below to see what I think of Trek and how I first got into it.
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How I Rank TrekEdit
Ranking the SeriesEdit
- The Original Series
- I rank this one at the top because it portrays the vision of the series that started it all. The stories were fantastic and held your attention despite the shoestring FX budget. Okay so Shatner could be a little over the top at times, but that's just his stage and Shakespearean background and it actually proved to bring you in and overlook the cheesey special effects. Overall it ranks tops for three basic reasons: It was the first; the storytelling was tops; and the acting was great—and that's not even mentioning the excellent chemistry they found in the Kirk-Spock-Bones trio—one that will never be beaten anywhere.
- Top Five TOS Episodes:
- Deep Space Nine
- This series comes in next because once they got over the first season hump, the outstanding writing really started to settle in. The cast bore the perfect combination of players and gave the show the feeling of a true space western; which, incidentally, is the terminalogy Roddenberry used to sell Star Trek to the networks in the first place. I also liked how they had used story arcs to spread stories out that really had a lot going on in them. In that same vein, I also really liked how they carried certain story threads right through the series, expanding on each of them several times throughout any given season.
- Top Five DS9 Episodes:
- The Next Generation
- This series comes in third on my list because as excellent as it is, it lacks a certain dimension that DS9 had. It pretty much was just a new adventure each week as they travelled around already known areas of the galaxy. That said, rather than explore new life forms, TNG chose instead to focus on exploring new forms of thought and ideas. It was in the episodes that tackled these concepts head on that the show truly shone.
- Top Five TNG Episodes:
- This series comes in fourth on my list mostly because the writing simply did not seem to be on par with any of the preceeding series. Often they would start threads and then leave them hanging, never to return to them again. Other times they would simply be inconsistent with facts either established in earlier Trek series or even earlier Voyager episodes. That being said, the acting was certainly on par with the preceeding series and there were several exceptionally well-written episodes as well. And while I was sad to see Kes's departure (due simply to the fact that the writers apparently did not know what to do with her character—I'm sure they could have figured it out), Seven of Nine was certainly a welcome addition to the show and many of the good stories featured her prominently.
- Top Five VOY Episodes:
- Okay this one come in fifth and last on my list mostly because I haven't seen even half of the episodes from this series yet. While I hope to buy the DVDs when I can afford to, what I have seen of the series seems to have fairly good writing; whether or not that writing is on par with the show's predecessors is difficult to say—it does seem at least on par with Voyager. But more than the writing the acting and directing, to me, also seems a little less than par with other Trek series. That's not to say that there aren't exceptions, as I am certain there are. As I have not yet seen the entire Enterprise series, please take my top five with a grain of salt for now:
- Top Five ENT Episodes:
Ranking the PilotsEdit
Ranking the FinalesEdit
- DS9: "What You Leave Behind"
- TNG: "All Good Things..."
- VOY: "Endgame"
- ENT: "These Are the Voyages..."
- TOS: "Turnabout Intruder"
Ranking the TV Music ThemesEdit
- TOS by Alexander Courage
- DS9 by Dennis McCarthy
- VOY by Jerry Goldsmith
- ENT by Diane Warren (performed by Russell Watson)
- TNG by Jerry Goldsmith
Ranking the MoviesEdit
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Star Trek
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Star Trek: First Contact
- Star Trek: Insurrection
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek Generations
- Star Trek Nemesis
How I Got into TrekEdit
Growing up, pre-TNG era, I saw the odd episode of Star Trek here and there, usually late at night; but I never thought much about it. Then one day in the 7th grade, I had my hand, palm-down, in the form of the Vulcan salute without even knowing what it was. But it set off other members of my class who did: they all started shouting "Spock" and "Star Trek" at me. Intrigued, I wanted to learn more, so I started watching it more consistently and fell in love with Kirk, Spock, Bones and the rest of the show. Not long after, I was able to see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on our local pay-movie channel, and then I got my parents to rent and watch the first three Trek films with me.
As far as Next Gen goes, I saw the odd first and second season episodes on TV but never really got into the show regularly until the third season, which is also when a local TV station started airing reruns of the first two seasons.
Both DS9 and Voyager I started watching right from the beginning. Enterprise I did start watching at the beginning, but was not quite as intrigued by it as I was the other series, and I also found myself busier in my life and unable to commit myself to watching it each week.
How I Expect to Contribute to Memory AlphaEdit
I have already made some edits regarding some actor info for a few guest stars on TNG. While I will continue to do this for all series where I can, I also look for some more obscure Trek references I can add. For example, I would like to add a page that focuses just on the Kirk-Spock-Bones trio and the concept of Star Trek as a space western. I will also look through the Wanted Pages List from time to time to see where I can contribute to the site; already I expect to start working on a page for fear.
Iotia: DEEP SPACE NINEty-3 is a website I started back in 1998 on my local FreeNet and shortly after moved to GeoCities and eventually to a paid server with domain name. There you can see my own synopses and ratings for most episodes as well as have the chance to cast your own votes for each episode. I have also posted music videos I edited together (simply using the old linear 2-VCR method) using clips from various Star Trek episodes.