A place to share your Star Trek journey with us. What and when was the first Star Trek you saw? When did you get hooked on the final frontier? I have no firm foundations for when I first seen Star Trek. I've got vague recollections of STIII, though I would have been only two when it came to theatres, though seeing it on TV (in particular the 'Spock goes through Ponn Far' sequence). As I say, I have no firm idea when this was. I also recollect my four year old self upon being told by my big brother that Star Trek was returning to TV asking him if that's the show with the chair with buttons on it So I *clearly* had some early exposure to the franchise, but don't really remember when. I also have clear recall of seeing TNG's first season a year later, the episode I remember being one where the crew battle flying robots in a forest. I later learned this was "The Arsenal of Freedom", though again at the time I was waaaay too young to understand the story or follow exactly what it was I was watching! That came later. The time I became a fan is much clearer to me. And it wasn't the Movies or TV shows that hooked me. It was a videogame. The PC title, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary. I was by 1991 an avid player of point and click adventure games. Titles such as Monkey Island and King's Quest owned my life. So I played any adventure I could get my hands on, and the CD-ROM version of 25thA, featuring the full original cast reprising their roles as voices of the characters, was one of those. I suddenly realized how amazing these charjacters were and the incredible interplay between them. Spock and Boknes bickering with each other was hilarious, but I was also captured by the nature of this science fiction universe I was really discovering for the first time. In a great many ways, the game, a distillation of all the great things about Trek, but in a way that was interactive and engaged me as a part of the story, was the perfect 'gateway' into the show, free from judgments about low budgets or hokey effects. I fell in love with Star Trek the concept before I got around to seeing anything of the TV shows or movies. My subsequent "conversion" to Trek fan was rapid I ate up any Trek I could find. I hired the movies and original series on VHS casette from the local video library. Like many from the 1980s/1990s generation, I seen Khan's attempt at vengeance and his comeuppance in TWOK long before I ever saw Kirk sentence him to that fate in "Space Seed" The Next Generation was also on TV and at the zenith of it's popularity during this time, so I became an avid viewer about season five/six. As time and finances, and saving of pocket money, gradually allowed I began to collect the Playmates toys and the episodes themselves on VHS (a particular nostalgic fondness for season two of TNG persists to this day from it being the only full season I owned so therefore the one that got a lot of replay ). I was of course a fully paid up Trekkie by the time Deep Space Nine and Voyager premiered, and I watched both religiously through to their completions. Each of The Next Generation's movie outings were big events for me, and at the time I had no bad words to say about any of them not even Star Trek: Nemesis which I thought at the time was a fitting end to the adventures of these characters I'd grown to love (I was barely 20 when it hit theatres ) What happened next? I didn't watch Enterprise for long after it's premiere. I found its premise as a prequel which looked more advanced than TOS and featured canon busting ideas to be too big a suspension of disbelief for me (in this way alone I have empathy for some of the Discovery haters, but only in this way alone :P ). I also found the characters unlikable and annoying and lacking the spark of the previous ensembles. It was during this period that I lost faith in Trek, and as I say never during its original run did I get around to seeing more than those first few episodes of Enterprise. That entering the work force and other life interests took over during this period is also, probably, a contributing factor. I greeted the news that the next movie would be a reboot/reimagining/prequel with considerable amounts of both disinterest and disdain. Ho hum, I thought, *another* prequel, *another* milking of the pre-TOS period and characters, I presumed at the time, because they didn't have any original ideas left. Subconsciously I put the 2009 movie in the same basket as Enterprise and didn't find myself engaged enough to care. I didn't even go to see it in theatres. I wasn't even encouraged by reviews stating it was good. By this point, it wasn't a lack of fondness for Star Trek, but more a lack of interest in where the franchise had gone and was, to my eye, still going. My appetite for Star Trek just wasn't there anymore, and I'd gotten into other things. But then... (dramatic plot twist ) But then, I took a vacation to Canada. And during the long flight, I noticed that 2009's Star Trek was among the movies available on the seat back in-flight entertainment. Stuck on a plane on a long journey, I figured what the hell. I figured that even if I didn't like it, and I was approaching the movie with seriously large amounts of skepticism, at least it'd pass two and a half hours of my flight across the Atlantic, right?? What harm was there, I thought. And you know, it may have been coming at the franchise with the 'fresh eyes' of having been away from it for a while. Or maybe it was just the high altitude of the plane. But damn it if I wasn't hooked all over again. JJ Abrams Star Trek hit *all* the right notes for me. It was modern and had modern takes on the premise and modern effects, but I *liked* it. Because the characters, as reimagined by a stellar cast that made all these beloved favorites their own, also managed to be *to their core* the Star Trek characters I'd grown to love all those years ago. This new cast and new Star Trek put me back in touch with my teenage self and with these characters I'd fallen in love with back then. Everything felt note perfect, the characters felt authentic. Suddenly I had a compulsion to dig out my DVDs and revisit the original series again for the first time in some years. And through the lens of the 2009 movie I found myself seeing TOS differently, seeing it afresh, noticing details I'd not seen before *ever*. The 2009 movie reignited the dormant flame. I even ended up catching up with the rest of Enterprise and loving it. So that's my story of how I got to be here today. How about you guys??