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Old May 13 2013, 08:45 PM   #16
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Re: How to begin?

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. . . So far TOS series has impressed me. I'm only 18, but movies from the 60's (The Planet of the Apes, Night of the Living Dead, Goldfinger and Psycho) are some of my favorites.
My young friend, you have excellent taste.

(Coming from someone old enough to be your grandfather.)
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Old May 13 2013, 09:07 PM   #17
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. . . So far TOS series has impressed me. I'm only 18, but movies from the 60's (The Planet of the Apes, Night of the Living Dead, Goldfinger and Psycho) are some of my favorites.
My young friend, you have excellent taste.

(Coming from someone old enough to be your grandfather.)
I love media that breaks new ground and the 60's are full of that. TV shows, movies and novels that boldly go where no entertainment has gone before. A lot of popular stuff today is just repeating what has already been done and the majority of it isn't quite as impressive; despite the fancy special effects and great action scenes. Finding something made today that is truly ground breaking and unique is a rare thing.

Bioshock Infinite is in my opinion one of the rare (and latest) examples of new media really pushing a genre forward. It's the Citizen Kane of video games.

We're definitely going off-topic here and I'm not sure how strict the topic enforcing is on this forum. I'll try to get back on topic in the next post!
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Old May 14 2013, 12:59 AM   #18
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I'm guessing everyone here will take an instant dislike to me when I admit that I've only seen "The Man Trap" and the two Abrams movies.
Nah, the fact that you show an interest in seeing more, actually lends credence to the fact that even though not everyone likes the new movies, we all have to accept that they are likely to bring new people to the fanbase

I'm a TNG fan myself, but you'd very likely want to check out the original series since you're already familiar with the characters, & you'll definitely want to view the cinematic films of the original cast, from back in the 80's. I can't say whether it's worth it to you to invest in the dvds or blurays, as it would be quite a large dollar amount. Certainly if it's available where you are, Netflix is the way to go.
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Old May 14 2013, 05:17 PM   #19
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This series is really capturing my imagination and making me wish I lived in a time where space travel of that kind was possible.
My teenage years in a nutshell. Welcome to the fandom!

By the way, since you're coming to this from the Abrams movies the next series I'd recommend checking out after TOS and the original TOS movies would be Enterprise. In my opinion, the Abrams movies are influenced by the look and feel of that show and there are some references to it in both films. It's set about 100 years before Kirk's time and is thus the only Trek series that exists in both timelines.
It has received a mixed reception in fandom but I've always been a fan and some of the criticism can be boiled down to perceived canon violations (i.e. contradictions to other, usually later shows) which wouldn't be a problem for you since you haven't seen the other Trek shows. Enterprise also follows up on quite a lot of stuff from TOS. It's relatively short (just 4 seasons) and the box-sets are cheap.
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Old May 15 2013, 10:43 PM   #20
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Heh. I just realized every post of mine in this thread reads more like a blog post than a discussion about Star Trek. Too much detail about my life. Only the most bored forum members could find this interesting. Even now I'm not stopping and continuing to type pointless text that some unlucky person will spend their valuable time reading. Oh well. Maybe I should actually start a blog about watching Star Trek for the first time and how it holds up to someone who doesn't look at it through the eyes of nostalgia.

It'd also give me the chance to improve my writing. Starting a blog might be worth it just for that. Even if nobody reads it. If you've gotten this far you seem to be willing to read my thoughts for an extended period of time. Get ready for more of this boring list of inane details about my life with the occasional mention of Star Trek for good measure. For some reason I have no intention of stopping.
You could start a First-Time watcher thread in the appropriate sections of this very BBS! There's been several, sure, but every person brings a unique perspective, and the old hands love them, as long as you don't write like you're texting (you're doing great so far).
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Old May 16 2013, 01:27 AM   #21
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I would say, pick the ten best episodes of TOS by fan consensus and watch them. Then watch a lot of TNG and DS9. If that doesn't make you a Trek fan nothing will.
Why? Why should someone bypass TOS for TNG/DS9 when they were seemingly drawn in by the big-screen action-adventures of Kirk and Spock. That would be like me telling someone who liked First Contact and an episode or two of TNG to go watch TOS instead.
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Old May 16 2013, 02:27 AM   #22
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I would say, pick the ten best episodes of TOS by fan consensus and watch them. Then watch a lot of TNG and DS9. If that doesn't make you a Trek fan nothing will.
Why? Why should someone bypass TOS for TNG/DS9 when they were seemingly drawn in by the big-screen action-adventures of Kirk and Spock. That would be like me telling someone who liked First Contact and an episode or two of TNG to go watch TOS instead.
Possibly because people drawn in by the NuTrek may be turned off by the comparatively slow pace of TOS.
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Old May 16 2013, 02:29 AM   #23
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I would say, pick the ten best episodes of TOS by fan consensus and watch them. Then watch a lot of TNG and DS9. If that doesn't make you a Trek fan nothing will.
Why? Why should someone bypass TOS for TNG/DS9 when they were seemingly drawn in by the big-screen action-adventures of Kirk and Spock. That would be like me telling someone who liked First Contact and an episode or two of TNG to go watch TOS instead.
Possibly because people drawn in by the NuTrek may be turned off by the comparatively slow pace of TOS.
I love TNG and like DS9, but they are both slow as molasses when compared to TOS.
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Old May 16 2013, 02:37 AM   #24
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Why? Why should someone bypass TOS for TNG/DS9 when they were seemingly drawn in by the big-screen action-adventures of Kirk and Spock. That would be like me telling someone who liked First Contact and an episode or two of TNG to go watch TOS instead.
Possibly because people drawn in by the NuTrek may be turned off by the comparatively slow pace of TOS.
I love TNG and like DS9, but they are both slow as molasses when compared to TOS.
I like TOS but they are both as slow as molasses when compared to TNG and especially DS9.

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Old May 16 2013, 03:05 AM   #25
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...the next series I'd recommend checking out after TOS and the original TOS movies would be Enterprise...
Like the logic there. Really curious to read how TOS=>ENT, or ENT=>TOS works for a first-time viewer.
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