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5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 8:16:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm wanting to get into Star Trek.
I just need an idiots guide to each series and the general fan opinion of each series and the 12 films.
I already know the viewing order.
Please keep the thread spoiler free.
Please and thank you.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 9:45:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm by no means an expert but I think TOS, TNG and DS9 are pretty much universally loved by the fanbase and the other two divide opinion a fair bit more. So I'd start with one of those core three and go from there. TNG is a pretty good start point for most people.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 9:59:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
You'd probably get better advice if you called for trekkers...
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 10:35:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not really a fan, but general opinion:

The Original Series: Fun for what it is
The Motion Picture: I think it almost looks more dated than the series tbh. Story was a bit meh.
The Wrath of Kahn: Most peoples' favourite, and not unreasonably so
The Search for Spock: Not sure about the story, but watchable enough
The Voyage Home: More lighthearted, but my favourite of the ToS cast films
The Final Frontier: Interesting story idea, and I think good characterisation from the main three guys, but has a bad rep with most
The Undiscovered Country: Good villain, but otherwise I don't think it was that interesting.

The Next Generation Series: Probably what a lot of youngish adults remember/judge it by. Probably has the most high points of any of the series.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 10:37:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
Generations: Some people hated it, I thought it was watchable enough. Some odd motivations/plot holes though.
First Contact: One of the better films
Insurrection: Never saw it, general impression was that it was more of a long episode than a film.
Nemesis: Not particularly bad, but not really a high note for the TNG guys to go out on.

Deep Space 9: Darker/grittier tone than previous ones, so was interesting in that sense, but the restriction in settings didn't hold my attention as much. Didn't watch all of them.

Voyager: Didn't watch a lot of them. What I saw wasn't all bad, but there were some pretty silly episodes.

Enterprise: Didn't watch any of them.

I liked the two reboot films, but I assume they're not factored in to this. I also saw the animated series way back when, which was alright for what it was.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 11:22:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
i decided to watch all the shows in order a few years back and it was awesome
i started with the original series which was 10/10 good times
then watched all the original series movies, which are pretty f*cking variable
then all of the next generation which was rad
then all the next generation movies which mostly sucked
then deep space nine that RULED
then voyager which was pretty sh*tty and by this point i was getting pretty fatigued
then enterprise which was actually a LOT OF FUN and i don't know why people disliked it, however i just kinda stopped after two seasons for some reason and never finished it

then the two latest movies, the first of which was fun, and the most recent was boring and stupid and sucked

tl;dr just watch everything in order, why not
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 11:23:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
also undiscovered country was probably my favourite of the movies, along with the whale one
nemesis was the most bad
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 11:52:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 3/14/14 - 11:22:28 AM skyfish wrote:
just watch everything in order, why not

I intend to. I hate seeing posts on facebook where someone asks whether a show is any good and the replies all say "yeah, it's great! Start with season three!" GRR! ARGH! NO! Start with ONE and if you like it, move onto TWO but then they start with the third season and they get confused and stop watching and brand the show as sh*t. It makes me so pissed. Of course you didn't get it, cos you started halfway through. When you read a book, do you start at chapter nine?
So yeah. Think i'll start with Kirk and Spock.
I honestly thought there would be more Trekkies/Trekkers here. I'm surprised at the lack of them.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 12:47:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
chiming in with starting at the original and working your way through. totally love Star Trek. and while you're at it check out Leonard Nimoy' and the legend of Bilbo Baggins
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 12:54:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Star Trek is a bit different though because the different series have some crossover episodes and references but otherwise have nothing at all to do with each other. So it's perfectly fine to start wherever you want. You're not necessarily going to get Voyager more because you watched TOS, as an example.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 1:40:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I understand that. I was just having a little rant and needed to put it down in text.
If someone wanted to start with TNG or Voyager then fine. I could never do that though. I feel compelled to start at the start and watch how the franchise evolves.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 1:46:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
i will say that apart from the original series and enterprise, the other series usually take a couple of seasons to really hit their stride
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 3/14/14 - 2:16:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
The voyage home is one of the funniest movie i have seen. For the right reasons.

I need to watch TNG and DS9.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 1:45:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 5:25:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I still find TNG to be my favorite, once I got through the first two seasons.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 7:51:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every odd numbered Star Trek movie is s**t.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 6:36:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
ive never seen TOS, (im only 20 and now cable network airs 'em)
seen all the movies and Next Gen.
couldnt get into DS9 or Voyager, only watched Enterprise because Bakula made a pretty damn good captain and T'Pol was smoooooookin.
Next Gen is by far the best out of all.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:32:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've been watching the TV shows on Netflix. I'm a little torn. On one hand, the first episode that Netflix shows is probably the worst episode and is later summarized. Then again, when it's summarized, you benefit from having watched that episode.

As for the movies, the first is underrated. Sure, it's slow, but slow doesn't necessarily imply bad. Everything TOS is at least worth watching, aside from Generations.

TNG is very good as well. Also, you don't get the feeling that Patrick Stewart had a clause in his contract that he either punch or make out with an alien in every episode (unlike other Enterprise captains).

However, every TNG movie sucks.

Also, I'm on TNG S05E24 and I'm disappointed that they didn't make a Huckleberry Finn reference.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:38:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
Though, if you like Star Trek IV, where the Enterprise travels back in time to (then) modern day San Francisco, then I recommend Time After Time, where H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper travel forward through time to (then) modern day San Francisco. Both were written by the same person.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:48:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
DS9 was my favorite.

For the movies, Nemesis was the worst. Voyage to Home is a classic.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:57:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Watching Mr. Plinkett's First Contact review:

#9. A Tale of Two Picards

"The problem with the TNG movies, and this one in particular, is that there are two Picards. There's the TV show Picard who's this enlightened intellectual. He only uses violence as a last resort, and he always follows his conscience and a strict code of ethics. But then in the movies, Picard's a crazed, violent psychopath."
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 6:26:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't like the idea of there being no story arcs. If everything and everyone is back to normal by the end and nobody changes then what was the point of the show? Unless i have it all wrong and there are arcs. I know before going in that Data wants to be more human and that Picard has messy business with the Borg. Maybe something interesting is done with that . . .
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 9:49:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 3/19/14 - 6:26:28 AM marvelheroes wrote:
I don't like the idea of there being no story arcs. If everything and everyone is back to normal by the end and nobody changes then what was the point of the show? Unless i have it all wrong and there are arcs. I know before going in that Data wants to be more human and that Picard has messy business with the Borg. Maybe something interesting is done with that . . .

the show might bother you in general then, it suffers a lot from the reset button and most episodes are standalone stories rather than things that drive the plot forward.

ds9 has a great overarching plot though
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:23:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'll watch the original series, the next generation and the films but i think i'll stop there.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/19/14 - 3:25:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
that's a shame, DS9 is really good and seems to be the one that'd appeal to you the most

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