Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Lord Garth, Dec 15, 2019.
TMP release December 1979 was a wonderful preview to the '80s Trek.
Even thought I was quite young, I remember the '70s as the most fun. There was a little bit of published material, but there wasn't a big build-up of canon information, so a kid's imagination could run wild with speculation on what was outside of TOS and TAS.
True. As a young boy, the '70s was enjoyable with TOS reruns, TAS, Star Trek Poster magazines and my STARLOG magazine subscription. TMP release was the ultimate ending to the decade.
I was born in the 70s so as a little kid I had TOS and TAS, then the movies. And I have fond memories of the novels through the 80s (although looking back a lot of those novels are cringe inducing) but I still voted for the 90s. TNG managed a few decent episodes and we got DS9 and VOY (and I prefer both of those to TNG).
I became a fan in the 1970s so I'm going with that one. You had the anticipation of ST reviving in TAS and STTMP. The spinoff series hadn't come along so there was no great debate of which series was better (tho I'm sure TAS & STTMP had its detractors). No thought police dictating what could or couldn't go into the merchandising. No long history of canon to observe. Fanzines were at their peaks before the internet era exploded on the scene. The thrill of the hunt of coming across a new paperback or magazine because you didn't know the publishing schedule a year in advance. A lot of the stories left something to be desired but it was something new to read during the 70s when new things were scarce. It's an experience you had to be there to really understand since there is a wealth of material out there nowadays. Each new Trek item or fan that you discovered was like a starving man in the desert finding a Big Mac.
80s for me. I still remember watching TWOK in the theater and becoming hooked on the franchise then and there. I couldn't wait to see each movie when they came out. Then TNG came along and gave something new to the franchise that helped revitalize it on television.
90s are a close second due to TNG hitting it's stride,DS9 and some of the games. But for me Voyager was when the franchise started to feel overexposed and started the downward trend as far as my interest.
With Picard, I think 2020 is going to be the first time since 1990 where a decade has started with Star Trek immediately hitting the ground running with a heavy-hitter right from the get-go.
I would've included Star Trek (2009) jump-starting the 2010s too, because I wouldn't have discounted it based on a technicality... but the sequel simply took too long to come out. They should've never waited four years.
I voted for the 90s simply because of TNG and DS9. I liked the 80s but we only had 2 1/2 seasons of Trek on TV while the 90's gave us a good 7 to 9 years of quality television. Plus I didn't really become a serious Star Trek fan until 1990. Thats when I started watching TOS and the movies and buying Star Trek merchandise.
I think the 90s were the best decade if you wanted a lot of Trek. I wasn't a fan of Trek at all back then so I can't speak from personal experience here but I'll name it as my favorite decade anway tho - mainly because it not only had TNG as a series but the movies as well.
I started watching Trek in the 90s, and they obviously win by volume, so that's my pick.
I loved the TOS movies, was a big fan of TNG, but...DS9
Not really. I became a fan of TOS in syndication during the 70's but I voted the 80s, because that was the real heyday IMHO. It was at its height of popularity. Big movies coming out here & there, capped off by a new show rounding out the decade. To me the 90's were the height of it's over-saturation. Still a lot of enjoyment to be had, but just not the heyday to me
The 90s. You had TNG, DS9, and Voyager and a few movies. Middle/High school me was really excited.
I'd have to go for the 90's.
While I first discovered Trek in the 80's, with TNG, I was only a youngling, not even 10 years old and we only had one TV in the house. My dad did watch it, but not religiously, and would often switch channels, see it was on and continue watching from wherever the episode was up to and if the particular episode didn't interest him, he'd flick back to the news or something.
Also it was shown around 6pm on BBC once a week, and often clashed with the time we were sitting down for dinner after school / work.
when I was 13 (in 1993) I finally had my own TV in my room, so was able to watch it - so long as we weren't having dinner, but a year or so later we got cable for the first time, and I had a box in my room, and TNG was shown daily on Sky 1, (2 or three times a day) and later DS9 and Voyager aired new episodes Monday nights at 8pm so I was able to soak it all up.
the 2000's only really gave us Enterprise, and the first Kelvin movie so there was nothing to make it stand out.
The 2010's have been good though. 2 more movies and Disco - and I don't care what the naysayers say, I've loved both the Kelvin movies and Disco, plus short treks - but
I hope and desire that the 2020s will become my favorite decade of Star Trek. But of course there is no way of knowing now if that will be the case.
I prefer the 90's because you had not one but two Trek shows on tv to pick from a tng movie every two years and a back catalog of TOS and TNG reruns. Not to mention video games like A Final Unity, 25th Anniversary/Judgment Rites, Starfleet Command, and Armada, nowadays all we get is crummy reboot movie tie in games and STO (ugh).
I'm basing my answer on the fact that I've only lived through the 90's, 00's, and 10's (otherwise I'd probably pick the 70's or 80's based on what my preference of Trek is) so I'm gonna say 90's.
The '20s. We have two shows, with at least five more on the way, not counting Short Treks and a movie in the works (maybe). More Star Trek canon content than at any time in the past.
The future's so bright, I'm going to go find my shades.
The 90's was when I burned out on Trek for a while. Two TV series going at the same time, the movies, there was a period where Pocket was publishing two MMPB's a month. There were four different comic series running.
It was all too much and made Star Trek feel less special. It was McTrek. Crank it out as fast as possible to get every possible dollar out there. I hope CBS doesn't fall into the same trap.
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