I am 31 years old and a life-long Star Trek fan. I work in media in Canada. My husband is a deep fan too. He has a PhD in English and Linguistics and will eventually write a paper on the worlds.
I grew-up watching the Original Series on re-runs on weekend mornings. My Dad explained it all to me, as he had first watched them while they were actually airing.... and I'm sure he was the only one in his social group doing so.
My Mom loves it too. My sisters watched with us, but I'm not sure how much they still think about it.... I am obsessive by nature and have always hung on to it.
the Original Series, especially the Big Three. I deeply admired Mr. Spock, as I have always had a deep sense of logic and reason.... even as a small child.
I respected Dr. McCoy's passion for life and, as most of my family was involved in Health Care.
I was in LOVE with Captain Kirk. He was my ideal man, along side of Christopher Reeve as Superman. He might have been quick with the phaser sometimes, but I valued his deep sense of justice.... AND, I thought he was actually quite the chivalrous and romantic man, unlike the shallow "skirt chaser" label that seems to have been stuck to him by people who didn't actually watch the show... sorry, that was almost slipping into rant territory.
Some of my earliest memories are of the OS episodes and the lessons some of them taught. I was really touched by the story of Horta and many other forms of life encountered by the crew.
The premiere of The Next Generation
was an event in our home. We marked the date on the calendar, turned the lights off on our den and popped popcorn. I was nine years old.
We were mixed in our response. I was unsure of this new, bald captain. Why did the Klingon look like that and what the heck was he doing on the Bridge instead of the Brig? Where was my VULCAN?! But, my friend from Reading Rainbow was there.... and the Android seemed curious and cool enough... so I was hopeful.
BUT, the ship was just.... wow. I remember how I felt when I saw it sssssssssstretch into warp during the opening credits. I felt as if I had been truly transported into another galaxy. When the Saucer section separated? Seriously? That was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and the way the Drive Section spun around and zipped off was just mind blowing.
We stuck with it and watched every episode.... and my life is richer for it.
Captain Picard became my gold standard, I could write essays about him. He is perfect because he is imperfect. So just and passionate and thoughtful and measured and subtle and earnest.....
I have deep affection for Data, as my handle suggests, and his wide-eyed search for humanity... all the while possessing such a moral and admirable soul. Yes, I think Data Lives. Geordi will get that hardware in B4 upgraded, using his old head, the memories will upload and wash over his systems then Data
will sit-up, blink at him and ask if the rest of the crew is alright.
If the book writers don't start it, I will write it myself.
I love the rest of the crew too. I could go on and on for days.
I was never popular in school, but I was never timid. I think STNG played some part in that, knowing that if the future can be this just and right and inclusive and curious, then, the highschool turmoil and torture must be the anomaly and I should pay it little mind. I quoted something by Picard in grade 12, and my (future) husband overheard me. He watched the show all by himself and was very shy at school.... I think that my quotation helped him speak to me.
We own the series and the films and our young daughter is already dancing to the music.
My husband hadn't seen the Original Series, and just recently realised how great it is.... neither of us had had time to watch DS9 when it came out and we saved it for later emergencies. That time is now. I have the OS and DS9 locked in my office desk with a Christmas Morning course plotted.
We tried Voyager time and again.... but it didn't happen.
We tried Enterprise and thought that the writers had lost it. However, we do own Season three, and will get Season Four, eventually.
We watched the most recent movie and were totally depressed..... so we are turning to DS9 and the OS.
I am moved by what some other fans are writing here... it is an honour to know how Star Trek has touched your lives, and to know, in a way, we all share something.
Others on this thread have said it so well.... there is something precious and beautiful about Star Trek, and The Next Generation
is the very best of the best.