What was your frist star trek experience

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Tcsfan, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
    My earliest memories were trying to watch TOS and TAS through the non-cable, rabbit ear TV reception of the mid to late 70s. Also, two of the people in my household were not scifi fans so my older sis and I had to struggle to watch it till I got my own TV. She was the one that got me into scifi in general. I didn't become a full fledged Trekkie till 1983 though. I recorded episodes on analog audio tapes, I listened to STII and III on audiotapes from movie booklets before I saw the movies themselves. I watched the show on my little 13" b&w tv then a 13" color TV by about 1982-83.
  2. yousirname

    yousirname Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 30, 2013
    If Star Trekkin' counts, then that was my first experience of Trek. :D Otherwise it was watching TAS as part of my Saturday morning cartoon line-up. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't what made me a fan of the show. That didn't happen until I started watching TNG around '91 or '92. Then one summer Sky started running TOS when they ran out of TNG, so I watched that and was surprised to find it enjoyable, too.
  3. marksound

    marksound Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 19, 2008
    Planet Carcazed
    A Wednesday evening in 1967, the spring of my first grade year of school, running home from a friend's house 2 blocks away. I came in the door, ready for dinner, and Trek was on TV. I stopped, fascinated, to see what it was. After a few seconds my dad told me to change the channel and wash up.

    I tried to catch it when I could, but it wasn't until later in reruns that I could see what had caught my attention years before.
  4. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2013
    I was born in '65 and probably watched a few episodes in first run, but the show likely didn't sink in until I saw it in reruns. I do remember nightmares about "The Doomsday Machine." Most monsters one can run away from, at least for a little while. The DM could get you anywhere.

    Also, my dad was a high school English teacher and taught a special class using sci-fi literature. The class viewed a few TREK episodes, too, among which was "The Enemy Within." I remember playing with a reel-to-reel VTR from the school, crawling through the phaser shot frame-by-frame.
  5. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    I must have been 7 years old, because my first exposure was a prime-time showing of "The Lights of Zetar" on NBC. When the woman dies on Memory Alpha, it was pretty scary, even on a b&w TV. I didn't like it. But by a year or so later I was watching the syndicated reruns and eating it up.
  6. heavy lids

    heavy lids Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 29, 2013
    When I was five I met a my life-long best friend. Him and his brothers were really into Star Trek. The first episode I ever saw was TOS "Devil in the Dark". They had rented it from a local rental that carried dozens of tapes. I wasn't sold immediately, but maybe year later I watched a few rerun episodes of TNG in a hotel room I was staying in for a soccer tournament. I immediately got hooked and haven't stopped loving Trek.
  7. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    Best of Both Worlds, Pt 1, when it first aired.

    Back then I was too young to really get into it, but I latched onto it a few years later, in syndication between seasons 6 and 7, then I watched season 7 new.
  8. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
    My first experience was when I was pre-K in the early 1970's. One afternoon, I was switching between our three UHF network channels, and I tuned into Vanna tied to the pedestal, being tortured by the rays. Needless to say, that made quite an impression on me. I finished out the episode and picked up the basics of Kirk, transporters, phasers, and the ship. Haven't looked back.

    Funny, I was just thinking about that tonight before I saw this thread—how it all began for me.
  9. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    It's all my Trekkie Mum's fault. She sat me down to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation on it's UK debut in I think 1990. I'm sure she's regretted it ever since!
  10. CaptainMurdock

    CaptainMurdock Captain Captain

    Feb 5, 2013
    It was a Sunday in the summer of 2007. They were playing episodes of TOS-R and I had missed it but I caught the theme song and wanted to watch this "Old Scifi Series" and the next week I was hooked. :)
  11. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    It was probably on a Saturday afternoon watching a rerun of TOS as a kid in 1975 or 1976.
  12. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2011
    The Best of Both Worlds, Part I the morning that Part II premiered. I saw Star Trek episodes and movies before that, but that's the first one I really remember.
  13. Dal Rassak

    Dal Rassak Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 31, 2013
    Terok Nor
    When I was about ten and living over on the continent, I was watching TV and something weird called "Raumschiff Enterprise" (Spaceship Enterprise, i.e. the original Star Trek) came on. I was about to turn it off because I was decidedly not a sci-fi kid; anything with aliens and spaceships just wasn't my thing. Then at my parents' prompting I watched it anyway.
    All I remember is Spock with his funny ears arguing with the captain about logic - and that could have been any episode!
    (And I remember thinking: "why the hell is everyone going around wearing pyjamas in the future?")
  14. Sigokat

    Sigokat Commander Red Shirt

    I grew up on the re-runs of TOS in the 80s. My parents (mostly my dad, my mom was more of a Dr. Who fan) used to watch it. I can't remember the first episode I ever saw, but I do remember faking being sick so I wouldn't have to go to church so I could watch it one Sunday evening :)
  15. Chuck98x

    Chuck98x Cadet Newbie

    Feb 25, 2013
    As a matter of fact, about 3 weeks ago. I finally got around to watching the Star Trek movie (alternate reality) and loved it. So I began watching TOS about 2 weeks ago and I'm absolutely loving it. I'm a little mad at myself for not giving Star Trek a chance earlier though.
  16. Mr Pointy Ears

    Mr Pointy Ears Captain Captain

    Dec 21, 2008
    I was in primary school,when i first saw trek on tv.didnt know what it was back then.
  17. WillowsWelsh

    WillowsWelsh Ensign Newbie

    Mar 9, 2013
    I watched TOS when it first aired in the 60s. I can't recall if I saw the pilot then or if it was in syndication when I saw the pilot. Spock was my first crush. My kids were in elementary school when TNG came out. Star Trek is one of the strongest bonds that exist in our family. If there's ever a lull in any family gathering, we can always talk/debate Trek. My 13 year old granddaughter is third generation Trek, and she loves it as much as the rest of us.

    Enterprise became my favorite. Voyager for my daughter. TNG is the favorite of my son and granddaughter. So we have a lot to debate, not to mention all the movies. :)
  18. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    The Sunshine State
    I remember to this day the first time I ever saw Star Trek; it scared the crap out of me, lol. It was when the episode "Charlie X" first aired and when the girl with no face came around the corner; it scared me to death!! I had nightmares about that for years, lol, but it also hooked me and I have been a life-long Trek fan since then.

    During syndication in the early 1970's myself and my best friend would watch the episodes (which came on every day at 5:00 PM) and make detailed (or as detailed as we could) drawings of the sets, props, etc., I still have that notebook which is really interesting to browse through and I'm still doing detailed drawings to this day, lol. Some things never changes :)

    Check out my site and you will see what I mean, lol !!!
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013
  19. EnsignRedshirt

    EnsignRedshirt Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Mar 18, 2013
    As a little kid growing up in rural New York where we got three channels, I wasn't exposed to Trek until the age of eight at my grandparent's house when I saw some episodes of Next Gen during its initial run (I think it had hit syndication at the time, because their local Fox channel showed it every night). Once we moved to New Jersey and GOT the channels that showed Trek, I was completely and utterly hooked for life.

    On top of that, a great aunt of mine had recorded the 25th Anniversary TV special onto a VHS tape that contained the "Viewers Choice Top Ten Original Star Trek Episodes". It was through that tape that I got to know the original crew.
  20. Anji

    Anji Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 7, 2003
    Assisting in the birth of baby Horta on Janus VI
    You too huh??? I was around the same age watching it back in 1960s with my dad. That planet eating machine with the sparkler scared the hell out of me.