I took the boys to see the latest Star Trek movie yesterday and it was AWESOME. Star Trek Beyond has really tapped into the heart of the original TV show, giving us a story that would have fit perfectly in the first series, but is completely fresh. Chris Pine has nailed James T. Kirk–at one point I totally forgot I wasn’t watching a young Shatner. Plus, Zoe Saldana’s Uhura is an epic improvement, no offensive to Nichelle Nichols. But let’s face it, 60’s Hollywood decided Uhura was some kind of “space secretary” not a kick butt Star Fleet officer. Watching Uhura do her best to save the crew while her captain was wrestling aliens was exactly what you’d expect an officer to do.
As we’re driving home and reliving our favorite parts of the movie it hit me that my 9 year-old has no clue what his big brother and I are talking about. Mitch has just discovered Star Trek, where as I grew up with it, and Ryan has spent several summers watching the TV series from disks and reruns.
Please note, I’m not actually THAT old. Ok, I’m pretty old, but even I watched the original 60’s TV series as summer reruns. I didn’t really catch the bug until 1987 when Next Generation aired my junior year of high school. I’ve watched every show and movie since then.
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It’s a Mixed Up Star Trek Universe
Have you ever tried to explain the Star Trek reboot to someone who’s never seen any of the TV shows? Or even the first movie? Mitch was only two when Chris Pine first tackled the role of James T. Kirk. The twisted time traveling plot line, Kirk morphing from Boy Scout to rebel, old Spock, new Spock, an eye popping special effects upgrade….wow, you just can’t grasp the cleverness of the reboot without having watched 1968 Kirk and his Christmas light powered command deck.
Lucky for us, I found all the TV shows on Netflix. We’re not going to binge watch all 79 original episodes…but we could! Since Star Trek’s first series didn’t follow a season long story line, you can jump in anywhere. So I think we’ll start with The Trouble with Tribbles. It’s probably the best episode ever, with lots of humor, evil Klingons and diplomatic disputes. And tribbles…loads of tribbles.
Then I’m going to follow that one up with Trials and Tribble-ations from Deep Space Nine–a time travel episode that takes the DSN9 crew back 100 years to save Captain Kirk from a killer tribble. I’ll have to explain why Klingons look different now…after I figure that one out myself.
And now that we’ve met Worf, we might have to circle back to The Next Generation. I’m thinking we’ll fire up Relics from the 6th season of Next Generation. This one continues the Star Trek tradition of messing with time and pulls Mr. Scotty out hibernation in time to visit the Enterprise D.
Speaking of feeling out of place, now it’s time to catch up with Voyager. I really enjoyed this show, so it’s hard to pick a good episode to represent it. The pilot is excellent and explains the whole “lost in space” story line, so we’ll start there.
And last but not least, we should watch a little Enterprise. It’s the most recent of the TV shows, running from 2001 to 2005, but sadly the most unappreciated. I wasn’t able to watch this one properly as it aired on the UPN network, which was what? Channel 47? I remember trying to tune in through all the fuzzy static to watch Captain Archer explore space for the first time. The nice thing is now I can rewatch the whole thing in HD on Netflix.