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Old July 6 2014, 05:44 AM   #16
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Re: Soon-To-Be GF wants to watch Trek with me...Where to start?

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The Original Series is absolutely much sexier. I never felt any of the spinoffs had the sex appeal or even gravure tones of TOS.
Just my two bits... if you want to set a mood.
It's the Skirts. ALthough the Next Gen episode "Justice" was very sexy... so many barely clothed women...
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Old July 6 2014, 07:30 PM   #17
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Re: Soon-To-Be GF wants to watch Trek with me...Where to start?

Here's what you do:

Show her the episode of Star Trek that got you into the whole thing. This will prompt discussion and further potential viewing. Let her see what got you so interested in the first place.
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Old July 6 2014, 07:52 PM   #18
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Show her "The Visitor." She'll want you to hold her.
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Old July 6 2014, 07:57 PM   #19
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If she likes horror movies, you could try some of the more "monster"-oriented episodes of TOS: "Mantrap," "Devil in the Dark," "Arena," "What are Little Girls Made Of?"

If you think TOS's age will turn her off, try TNG, but--for God's sake--skip the first season or so and go straight to one of the good episodes, like "Measure of a Man." Neither TOS or TNG are all that serialized, so she won't really be missing anything.

Or you could start her off with some of the more popular movies: "Wrath of Khan" or "The Voyage Home" maybe. Or "First Contact" since that one feels the most like a horror movie, what with the Borg being space zombies and all. Just tell her it's Star Trek meets The Walking Dead . . . .
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Old July 6 2014, 08:35 PM   #20
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Not sure if this is helpful, but here are some "don't"s for you:

1. Don't overthink it. Just find an episode that you think best exemplifies what Trek has to offer and start there. If it's a little out of context, just use that as an opportunity to spur discussion and further viewing.

2. Don't be surprised/upset/concerned if the first episode you show her girlfriend doesn't wow her. If she's interested enough to let you know she wants to watch, she may be willing to put up with a so-so episode or two at first.

3. Don't force her to like it. Give her the chance to enjoy it on her terms. If you force it, you'll just make her not want to watch any more Trek.

I don't mean for this post to be so negative, but I think you can avoid some major pitfalls if you put these things into consideration.
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Old July 6 2014, 08:48 PM   #21
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And don't be discouraged. My girlfriend was hardly a Trekkie when we met, and we've been together for decades now . . . .
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Old July 6 2014, 08:53 PM   #22
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My wife has little to no interest in Star Trek/Sci-Fi. She comes to each new movie - once , and quite likes the odd "Data" TNG. We love each other to bits. Similarly, none of my previous girlfriends have been particularly into it either - never stopped me having some great relationships.

If she doesn't get it, no big deal, there's much, much more common ground to be trodden! I must admit, it would have been interesting to go out with a "Sci-Fi chick" just once though!
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Old July 6 2014, 09:40 PM   #23
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If she doesn't get it, no big deal, there's much, much more common ground to be trodden! I must admit, it would have been interesting to go out with a "Sci-Fi chick" just once though!
Yeah, but suppose she likes DS9 and you prefer Voyager? That could be a lot more complicated!
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Old July 6 2014, 10:18 PM   #24
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In my experience, non-geeks take more easily to TNG than other Trek series.
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Old July 6 2014, 10:36 PM   #25
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If she's asking to watch Trek with you because you like it, she's already your girlfriend.

Just sayin'.
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Old July 6 2014, 11:52 PM   #26
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If she doesn't get it, no big deal, there's much, much more common ground to be trodden! I must admit, it would have been interesting to go out with a "Sci-Fi chick" just once though!
Yeah, but suppose she likes DS9 and you prefer Voyager? That could be a lot more complicated!
You're right, sparks might fly. She could end up brooding in the Gamma Quadrant, while I'd be sulking in the Delta!!!
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Old July 6 2014, 11:53 PM   #27
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If she doesn't get it, no big deal, there's much, much more common ground to be trodden! I must admit, it would have been interesting to go out with a "Sci-Fi chick" just once though!
Yeah, but suppose she likes DS9 and you prefer Voyager? That could be a lot more complicated!
You're right, sparks might fly. She could end up brooding in the Gamma Quadrant, while I'd be sulking in the Delta!!!
And then the touchy subject of Babylon-5 comes up . . . and you end up sleeping on the couch!
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Old July 7 2014, 12:16 AM   #28
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If going the TOS route, "The Devil in the Dark" could be perfect...it's a "monster" story with a twist that exemplifies what Trek is all about.
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Old July 7 2014, 01:14 AM   #29
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If going the TOS route, "The Devil in the Dark" could be perfect...it's a "monster" story with a twist that exemplifies what Trek is all about.
And it doesn't require a whole lot of Star Trek knowledge to comprehend. There's a "monster" on the loose, killing miners, and Captain Kirk and Mister Spock have to deal with the crisis. It's a very straightforward situation--with, as noted, a neat twist at the end.

The only question is how forgiving your girlfriend is of 1960's effects.
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Old July 7 2014, 03:59 AM   #30
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It definitely helps to know her well enough to know which Trek she'd likely enjoy. My wife is not a scifi or geeky type, but I knew she would like DS9 because of the (eventual) serial elements, the romances, the great storylines and the way it all ends. I had to keep assuring her it was going to get good, but by sometime in season 2 or 3 she was hooked. I told her even the early episodes were important because of character and relationship development, which is true. She watched all 7 seasons and really liked it!

I know she won't like TNG or VOY, and probably not ENT either. Definitely not TOS just because she doesn't really get into classic TV. But I did "make her" watch the original Trek films starting with TWOK, and she enjoyed them. She was mad that Spock died though, but all was forgiven with TSFS. LOL!
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