Re: If TNG/DS9/VOY were never made, would you have watched TOS?
I don't think Melies' A Trip to the Moon
was ever intended to be taken seriously, as it's full of obvious sight gags. But it's important because Melies was one of the first to recognize how film could produce illusions impossible to perform on a stage.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For Duty and Humanity!
--Men in Black, 1934.