In the five decades of its existence, the ‘Star Trek’ franchise has spawned six television series, thirteen feature films, and plethora of tie-ins from other media (books, comics, games and more). Generations of viewers have grown up following the adventures of several different crews of characters. Which incarnation of ‘Trek’ is your favorite?
Although I was born half a decade after NBC canceled the show, I spent a lot of time during my youth watching reruns of ‘The Original Series’ (before it was known as such) in television syndication. At one time, I could recite the title and plot summary of every episode from memory. A collection of comic books that provided biographies for every character to ever appear on the show (even bit parts) were among my prized possessions.
‘The Next Generation’ premiered just as I turned a teenager and felt like it was made specifically for me. I adored that show as well, even though I recognized that the first couple seasons had a pretty rough start. I was an obsessive fan of the middle chunk, from seasons 3-5. However, the last couple of seasons coincided with me leaving home for college. I didn’t have much time for television at that moment and wasn’t able to follow the show religiously anymore, aside from making a point to watch the series finale.
I never much got into ‘Deep Space Nine’ or ‘Voyager’. I gave up on the prequel series ‘Enterprise’ less than halfway through its first season. (I’m told it got better, but I had no patience for it when it aired.)
I love and can endlessly rewatch all of the ‘Trek’ movies, even the bad ones. (And some of the bad ones are really, really bad.)
If faced with a decision to pull something off the shelf to watch again right now, I’d probably go for one of the original crew movies, likely either ‘The Wrath of Khan’ or ‘The Undiscovered Country’.
Nonetheless, when asked which era of ‘Star Trek’ is my favorite, ‘The Original Series’ will always have my heart.