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Old March 31 2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Why do you watch Star Trek?

Having just finished a Trek TV series (DS9), I feel inspired to ask this question of other people: why do (or did) you watch Star Trek?

Simply put, my primary reason (besides entertainment) for watching Star Trek is to see a vision of the future. To see Roddenberry-style optimism and ideology, but also to challenge and question it (as was done in DS9) is very important, because (in my opinion) the purpose of television is not only entertain us but also to inspire us to search for ways to turn that which we hope for into reality.

As someone whose day job (as a scientist) directly contributes towards bringing into reality this more hopeful vision of the future, I'd say that Star Trek has been a pretty significant continuing inspiration for me, both personally and professionally. Trek's depiction of science (both the technobabble and its tendency to depict research as a largely individual effort, which is almost universally false these days) is deficient in many aspects, but in its ability to inspire people to take up research in the first place, it has been very successful in many cases. And that's not even considering the questions regarding morality and the human condition that are addressed to different extents (and sometimes very effectively) throughout each of the series.

But that's just me, and maybe I take television too seriously. So I was curious as to what you guys think - why do you watch Star Trek?
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Old March 31 2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

copy/pasted from a Facebook post I made a few months back:

"These are the voyages, that we take every day. To seek out new friendships and new challenges. To boldly go - because anything else just wouldn't be enough. Star Trek has been, and always shall be, the best in all of us. Friendship, Understanding, and the willingness to sacrifice anything in the face of those who would challenge it. Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Archer, and the rest may not be real, but that doesn't mean we don't all have a lot to learn from them. Live Long and Prosper, everyone."
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Old March 31 2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

Because I have nothing better to do and it's an easy way to kill an hour.
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Old March 31 2012, 02:52 PM   #4
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

Because I like it.

I love science fiction for all the possibilities, ideas and visions it offers. And Trek is one of its best examples, I think. I also appreciate the generally positive outlook it has.
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Old March 31 2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I love Star Trek's optimistic vision of the future, the moral/ethical issues that come up, and the characters.

And, no, Bobzhau525, I don't think you take television too seriously at all.
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Old March 31 2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I watched the original because it was fun, big action heroes who punched the bad guy, saved the day and got the girl (in most cases).
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Old March 31 2012, 03:42 PM   #7
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

Mainly because I like Starfleet and their starships. Great stories and characters make it even better.
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Old March 31 2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I love to see technology advancing and how it relates to solving problems.

and I love to see starships blasting away at other starships.
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Old March 31 2012, 04:45 PM   #9
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It's my mom's fault.
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Old March 31 2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I love the very idea of being in space, space ships, science fiction (the old 40's, 50's, and 60's stuff the best), like to see the hero win the day and get the girl (or boy whatever), the friendships between characters.

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Old March 31 2012, 08:03 PM   #11
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

bobzhou525 wrote: View Post
Having just finished a Trek TV series (DS9), I feel inspired to ask this question of other people: why do (or did) you watch Star Trek?
The same reason I watch any sci-fi, fantasy, comedy or even read a non-fiction book.

Escapisim. To be able to immerse yourself, and for a short time, loose yourself from all the woes of real-life!
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Old March 31 2012, 11:13 PM   #12
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I like a fantasy universe to immerse myself in. Star Trek is my universe of choice in part because there is so darn much of it, 700+ episodes, movies and a still alive fandom. If it had been Bab5 spanning decades that could have been my universe of choice but the fandom is not very active and there just isn't as much of it. Star Trek is everywhere so this makes it much more than just a dvd set sitting on a shelf.

Damn it Jim, it's a lifestyle not a hobby!

Now let me just put on my uniform, jury duty calls.
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Old March 31 2012, 11:54 PM   #13
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I watch Trek because:

- I like it

- The Federation, while certainly not perfect, is basically decent and benevolent

- Space battles

So as you can see, my tastes are not what you would call sophisticated. Whether or not any particular episode has a heavy-handed message and/or complex moral conundrum is really not my concern. Action helps; humor helps.
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Old April 1 2012, 12:36 AM   #14
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

I watch TOS occasionally when I have insomnia - I've seen every episode so many times that I can close my eyes and use the soundtrack as soothing noise, because I'm not curious about what's going on, onscreen. It's kind of like music videos in that respect.
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Old April 1 2012, 12:40 AM   #15
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Re: Why do you watch Star Trek?

Count Zero wrote: View Post
Because I like it.

I love science fiction for all the possibilities, ideas and visions it offers. And Trek is one of its best examples, I think. I also appreciate the generally positive outlook it has.
This!
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