Imagination Connoisseur, Adam Talley, writes in to explain how he now views the Star Trek franchise – a way that acknowledges the “good old days” so many OG fans pine for and the new innovations we’re seeing in stores, online, and in theaters.
Why not share the Star Trek love? We might as well all get along.
Hello sir and thanks for reading.
Been a fan since seeing FREE ENTERPRISE in 1998.
I’m 44 years old and discovered TREK via my mom dubbing onto Betamax. My first exposure was THE MOTION PICTURE and then WRATH OF KHAN. I was six years old and never knew there was a series before these movies. But one day my uncle (Who also was a tape dubber like my mom) sent up his collection of TOS that he had taped off of TV.
The first one I saw was THE NAKED TIME. I remember sitting there seeing my favorite characters all young, in primary colors. I think about that every time I see the opening of that episode. I was watching, staring at the box of tapes in front of me, adventures I had yet to go on. That was the day I came online as a “geek.”
My fate was sealed forever.
Over the years, I saw all the Trek movies in the theater on opening day. I have watched every episode up to when ENTERPRISE ended. I am a TOS/TNG guy for life. (Even went to the Trek Tour in NY last year. Truly, Disneyland for Trek nerds! Recommend!)
I’m with you that everything since 2009 has not been to my liking. But I just try to find little things here and there I like and focus on that. Oh, I could rant and rave about the designs of things in new Trek, or continuity issues in the new shows. And I definitely could scream about how the new Trek just doesn’t seem to capture the awe and wonder that I observed at six years old that made me love this show. So completely understand your rants on Trek and the Inglorious Treksperts’ views as well.
That said, I have been trying to come to a place of acceptance as I age. Just focus on the things about it I like… few as it can be at times.
The way I see it, I got 50 years of books, comics, fan fic, shows, and movies from “my era.” While I’ve read and watched a majority of it, I still haven’t dissected every single word. Plenty more for me left! I guess I am saying I worry about people getting so mad at their fandoms.
As a middle-aged fan, I feel it’s my duty to be as inclusive and accepting of new fans. I worry that maybe me getting riled up might turn off a potential new fan of Trek because the fandom scares them off or frustrates them to the point they don’t even try to check out this thing that has meant so much to me.
Rob, as older fans, we saw the best Trek ever got. I’m so grateful for that. Now we are getting such evolved toys and merch from it, we’re so lucky! It’s a better headspace to be in if one just appreciates what we had and hopes others will eventually find it. 🙂
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