What does Star Trek mean to you?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by albion432, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. albion432

    albion432 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Feb 17, 2014
    New Orleans, LA
    Star Trek is meaningful. It means many things to many people. What I want to know is what does it mean to you? Why do you love it? Is it the characters, the stories, the humor, the morals, or is it something else entirely?
  2. plynch

    plynch Commodore Commodore

    Apr 28, 2007
    Outer Graceland
    It really connected with me when I was a child in the 70s.
    I could give you some guesses, and have done so all over this board, mostly in this forum. But can we really know why we take to something so well?

    I liked all of TNG/DS9/VOY in their day; I'll willingly watch one if my child puts one on. But TOS is quantum-leap dearer to me than they.

    It is my childhood love, I guess that would be why the relative difference. But again, why the affinity originally?

    Edit: AND I really love Star Trek Continues. We are rationing them out to last months, they're so good. Trekkier than many real eps imho. I will hate to get to the finale, but I know it'll be great. I need to send Vic a thank you note, seriously.
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  3. Spock's Barber

    Spock's Barber Commodore Commodore

    Oct 9, 2014
    Standing Next To Kirk
    TOS inspired me with its' intriguing sci-fi stories, plus the action and adventure. The characters were also unique and interesting, including the aliens. No bug eyed monsters like in the Irwin Allen shows.
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  4. Kor

    Kor Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    Dahar Master final exams
    When I was a wee lad - colorful fun and adventure.

    Now that I'm a bigger lad - thoughtful storytelling and good characterization in a setting that immerses me in a magical time and place, and colorful fun and adventure.

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  5. ralfy

    ralfy Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 2, 2013
    The idea of a socialist utopia built on an abundance of resources coupled with the dangers of exploration.
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  6. Vger23

    Vger23 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 19, 2014
    New England
    Never bought any if the utopia / evolved humanity bullshit that seems to fire up so many. That all came later in a contrived fashion. Star Trek was hopeful because it showed humanity could work together and not destroy itself. That's very different from the utopian / evolved sensibility stuff that got heaped on later. It may have been a conceit of some of the characters...but I never ever bought it as reality. I always quote Lily Sloan from ST First Contact:
    Picard "We have a more evolved sensibility"
    Lilly: "Bullshit!"

    For me, it was TOS, which was a colorful action/adventure that had great characters solving various complex problems in a sci-fi format that lended itself to limitless imagination. It's that unique combination that makes Star Trek special.
  7. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    A type 13 planet in its final stage
    Fun characters on exciting adventures.
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  8. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Commodore Commodore

    Sep 19, 2010

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  9. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Rocky Racoon Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota
    Depends on my mood.
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  10. johnnybear

    johnnybear Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 7, 2014
    Great stories, excellent acting, phenomenal spaceships (when you saw them) good charisma, fantastic colour! Plus it was shown in the seventies which was a great time for television here!
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  11. DeepSpaceYorks

    DeepSpaceYorks Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 23, 2016
    Deep Space
    I think I'm psychologically predisposed to space. I don't really know how else to put it. Sci fi just feels right to me. I had TMP posters of the Enterprise and Ilia and Decker on my wall before I'd even seen Star Trek, I just knew they were for me (I was only 3 when TMP came out). I finally started seeing Star Trek due to BBC repeats in the 80's and loved it of course. It's not really something I can point to and say rationally "that's why I like it", it's just who I am on a base subconcious level. Same goes for Doctor Who for me, in fact even moreso.
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  12. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    The original means a lot to me. A positive outlet from a troubled childhood. Not sure I'd be the same person without it. Plus, it is just plain fun to watch.
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  13. 1001001

    1001001 Boorish Jackass Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    Russia Occupied America
    Hope that things will get better.
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  14. alensatemybuick1

    alensatemybuick1 Captain Captain

    Aug 10, 2016
    I saw an interview with Michael McDonald of Doobie Brothers fame last weekend in which he was asked "What is it that you've accumulated over the last four decades that is informing what you're doing now?" His answer was:

    "I think it's what everybody accumulates with that time, if they live long enough, about the things they love … a greater appreciation, a greater gratitude, and a greater understanding of why it makes them happy."
    I really liked that answer. In my case, whether it is Star Trek other interests I've had for many years (I am 51), there is a satisfaction in their constancy, while at the same time acknowledging that there is an "evolution" in effect as well.
  15. Orac

    Orac Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 22, 2007
    The TARDIS
    2 words: Secular Humanism.
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  16. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    Walking distance from Starfleet HQ
  17. gottacook

    gottacook Captain Captain

    Apr 27, 2005
    I think of Star Trek (the original) in, I assume, much the same way anyone does who ever watched it on NBC: memories of watching it with a like-minded parent who's long since departed, appreciation for what the writers and producers were able to achieve, and a sense of justice that NBC has suffered many deserved misfortunes since canceling the show - I still can't believe they replaced it with Bracken's World...

    The best thing about Trek (both the original and TNG) is the flexibility of the format; it can accommodate comedies, tragedies, allegories, mysteries, all with continuing characters.

    Also, the original series music really endures for me, and it's the main reason I have the TV on from 8 to 9 p.m. (H&I broadcast) while getting work done. As a kid I would sometimes record episodes on audio cassettes just for the music.
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  18. C57D

    C57D Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 3, 2015
    Scotland, UK
    For me TOS used to mean the hope that our species would eventually reach out far into space AND reach deep inside our natures.
    That all this superiority that we gift ourselves with might finally be justified at the same time as it is overuled.
    But now, at 56, TOS is just a (wonderful) tv show that bears no resemblance to reality.
    One half of the world is (still !!!) killing each other over creeds /beliefs /humanocentric "deities", or wealth and power.
    While the other half is obsessed with the possesions, fashion and selfish lifestyles of airhead, braindead, talentless (so called) "celebrities".
    Beam me up, there's no intelligent life on THIS planet!
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  19. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Rocky Racoon Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota
    Star Trek episodes are like Beatles songs, there is one for every moment, emotion and feeling.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2017
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  20. Ovation

    Ovation Vice Admiral Admiral

    When I first watched in the early 70s as a six year old, it was a fun, entertaining space adventure series. From 12-15, it was full of ideas and ideals I found appealing. At university, it was a touchstone for myself and a significant portion of other students in residence, gathering every weekend in the common room to watch it, as well as the annual CBC Montreal marathon 12 hours every Labour Day weekend. TNG came along, and I watched it because I was a fan of Trek and it was new. I've watched them all (some more than others--I have liked something in each of them, but not equally). Today, I'm re-watching it with my son (occasionally my daughter, but she's more interested in the latest movies than anything earlier--my son loves any and all sci-fi that he's seen so far). I do my best to watch it without irony or excessive criticality (in the presence of my son), and the effort is often (though not always) rewarded.

    I'll always give any Trek series or movie a chance (I do the same with Bond--with which I have a similar relationship of starting young and appreciating different things at each stage of life). But, so far, the best of TOS outshines the best of anything else, for me.
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