Good episode for introducing Star Trek to children?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Jefferies, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. indranee

    indranee Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2003
    Yeah, I think the new movie has the right touch of action and repose for kids these days. I'd start with that, except you need to really hammer home the fact that it is set in the alternate universe. Once my niece got that (and she loved the new movie), she was really curious about the older shows and movies. I should mention that she *has* seen quite a few of the older series episodes as well as First Contact, Generations, and all of the TOS movies -- so she's pretty much a Trek veteran for a 10-year old.

    But I agree that the new movie is a good intro in terms of generating interest in the younger kids.
  2. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    For kids that age i might go with something like "The Trouble with Tribbles"
  3. TOSalltheway

    TOSalltheway Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 27, 2011
    Something from TOS. It's bright, colorful and has a far greater sense of fun and adventure than the later shows. Try Journey To Babel or maybe The Galileo Seven if Arena isn't your thing.

    I would think Babel would be too complicated for a young child. I would have to go with my all time favorite episode of "The Corbomite Maneuver". On the surface it is a very simple show, the gad guy is after us. At the end it has the pure Trek message of friednsip and logic over violence, plus the alien is played by a 5 year old that they would enjoy.
  4. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA

    Depends on the kids, I suppose, but it's hard to imagine that the average seven-year-old would be disturbed by this. It's pretty tame by modern standards.

    Plus, as I recall, I loved scary stuff when I was that age. I grew up on THE OUTER LIMITS, TOS, DARK SHADOWS, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. My favorite TOS episodes at that age were the ones with the monsters in them: the Gorn, the Horta, the Salt Vampire, etc.

    Granted, that was a long time ago, but I doubt that kids have changed all that much. My six-year-old niece can't get enough of zombies and dinosaurs and zombie dinosaurs. I just got her a pop-up version of FRANKENSTEIN for her birthday.

    I suspect it's adults who don't want to expose kids to anything scary. Kids eat that stuff up . . . .