Introducting my Kids to Star Trek

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Komack, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Komack

    Komack Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Apr 11, 2009
    This summer, my children and I are starting to watch episodes of the original series. To date, we have watched Amok Time and the Doomsday Machine. Getting ready to pick another one for tonight. If you could only watch ten episodes of the original series, which ones would they be and why?
  2. NCC-1701-B

    NCC-1701-B Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 4, 2009
    The trouble with tribbles! They'll love that one

    Assignment: Earth. One of my favourites, really fun story.

    A Piece of the Action is another of my favourites!

    That's 3 anyway :P
  3. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

    Jun 9, 2013
    The Captain's Table
    "Balance of Terror" and "Mirror, Mirror" are good choices.

  4. Gov Karnstein

    Gov Karnstein Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    Arena, great fight, great message. A talking space Dinosaur and a homemade bazooka, what more could you want?
  5. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Only ten? Hmm...

    1. "Arena"
    2. "The City on the Edge of Forever"
    3. "The Corbomite Maneuver"
    4. "Day of the Dove"
    5. "Journey to Babel"
    6. "Mirror, Mirror"
    7. "The Naked Time"
    8. "Spectre of the Gun"
    9. "The Tholian Web"
    10. "The Trouble with Tribbles"

    There's a good spread between the three seasons there, and a decent mix of comedy and drama.
  6. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 19, 2010
    east coast United States
    "Man Trap"
    "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
    "Balance Of Terror"
    "Galileo Seven"
    "Space Seed" [for your future viewing of WOK together]
    "Mirror, Mirror"
    "Doomsday Machine"[for your future viewing of TMP together]
    "Ultimate Computer"
    "Enterprise Incident"
    "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
  7. SpHeRe31459

    SpHeRe31459 Captain Captain

    Apr 9, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    So great you're introducing them to Trek. Love to know what the think of it as you show them more :)

    I certainly plan to show Trek to my future children.
  8. Ensign Ricky

    Ensign Ricky Ensign Red Shirt

    Oct 8, 2012
    Are you watching the Masters or the Remasters?
  9. Mario de Monti

    Mario de Monti Captain Captain

    Jun 10, 2013
    Heidelberg, Germany
    "The Trouble with Tribbles" was also the first one I showed my kids. Just great comedy, a decent brawl and all those cute furry things :)

    After that, it really depends on how old your children are. Episodes like "Where no Man has Gone Before", "City on the Edge of Forever" or "Spectre of the Gun" may bo a bit hard to comprehend (or too boring) for younger children. And especially since you want to get them hooked to Star Trek show them some real space adventures first. "Doomsday Machine", "Enterprise Incident" or "The Tholian Web" come to mind.

    Sadly however, it didn´t work with my kids: My son´s more into Clone Wars, and my daughter has other interests by now :cool:
  10. Ovation

    Ovation Vice Admiral Admiral

    Recently began the same thing. Started with Tribbles. Probably go with Doomsday next. Then Arena. (Younger one is seven, so Balance of Terror and City--two of my favourites--are likely to bore him)
  11. Noname Given

    Noname Given Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 22, 2001
    None Given
    My favorite still is: The Corbomite Maneuver (I first saw it at the age of 11 and loved it); that said, depending on the age of your kids, they may find it 'too talky' in spots.

    I'd also recommend:

    Balance of Terror (Might also be considered 'too talky' in spots but still :).)
    The Trouble With Tribbles
    The Ultimate Computer
    Elan of Troyius
  12. SpHeRe31459

    SpHeRe31459 Captain Captain

    Apr 9, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    I too have always had a soft spot for The Corbomite Maneuver. It's one of the first ST episodes I bought on VHS.
  13. TOSalltheway

    TOSalltheway Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 27, 2011
    I hope your kids aren't too young, Amok Time is fairly mature.

    I would again claim the best episode is my all time favourite "Corbomite Maneuver". It has all the action and a great message at the end.
  14. Lt. Cheka Wey

    Lt. Cheka Wey Commander

    Mar 14, 2013
  15. T'Boo

    T'Boo Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

    Apr 1, 2000
    T'Bonz - Across the Neutral Zone
    I started watching Trek when I was 13. At that time, Miri really was an appealing episode to me.

    Don't like it quite as well as I did back then, but it is something that would interest a kid.
  16. Gov Karnstein

    Gov Karnstein Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    Bonk, bonk!