Netflix Is A Beautiful Thing; Or, how [livejournal.com profile] snogged became a Trekkie

Aug. 17th, 2016 09:12 pm
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In 2009, this movie came out that was a reboot of a popular and well-loved franchise. I'm sure you've heard of it: Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams. Up until this film's premiere, I had never watched any of the Star Trek series nor had I seen the other movies. Sure...I had some exposure to it. I knew of the characters - Kirk, Spock, Picard, Seven of Nine, Uhura; knew some of the famous lines; basically, knew enough to get by thru other shows I watched and friends I had.

My friends took me to see the movie in 2009. I followed it up with the films that premiered in 2013 and 2016.

Then, I met this kid in the play I was in this spring who goes by the name of Danny. His knowledge of the Star Trek universe superseded anything I had ever seen before. He is a walking encyclopedia. He also appeared quite bothered that my only exposure to the show had been through the rebooted films. He convinced me to watch the first episode of Enterprise and "The City at the Edge of Forever" from the Original Series.

Can you guess which one I loved more?

:P

Thanks to Netflix, Nick and I have been able to start the Original Series from the beginning and I am absolutely loving it. It's classic nostalgia and surprisingly progressive for it's time. Favorite characters: Yeoman Janice Rand and Spock.

on 2016-08-18 02:29 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] billysgirl5.livejournal.com
That was one show/movie set that I was never able to get into.

Glad you and Nick seem to be enjoying it though!

on 2016-08-18 02:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
There are six series and 14 movies, I think.
I'm sure I'm not going to love it all. LOL.

on 2016-08-18 08:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kerkevik-2014.livejournal.com
Three seasons of the original series; with an animated version between that and the seven seasons of TNG.

Then there were seven each of Deep Space Nine (my favourite) and Voyager.

Then foor of Enterprise, which could have had a full run if the writing had been as strong an dth econfidence in the show strong enough in that as it was in Season Four.

There was also an aborted series which, after Star Wars, was adapted to become The Motion Picture.

My last Trek movie was First Contact with the Borg. Not seen one since; long before Abrams who admitted h enever liked Star Trek; was in fact a Star Wars fan, and beat all six of the original movies put together witrh The Force Awakens.

Love to join you on the journey; also working on my own fan reboot of the original show. Nearly ready I think, to go.

kerk

on 2016-08-18 10:10 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Very cool.

on 2016-08-18 02:51 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
You've got some fun ahead of you!

on 2016-08-18 03:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Thanks!
Looking forward to it.

on 2016-08-18 03:03 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dancingdragon3.livejournal.com
Woohoo to you discovering classic Trek! I hope you're watching the remastered, uncut versions. I know they're on Itunes and Amazon, but not sure if that's what Netflix has. Probably. LOL, I'm hard core, like your friend.

"Surprisingly progressive". Oh, no, you really have no idea yet. Star Trek featured the first interracial kiss on television. And having a Russian and a black woman on the bridge was also ground breaking back then. Gene Roddenbury wanted it to be even more progressive, as far as the women roles went, but had to reign it in to have a show at all. The Next Generation is closer to his vision where that's concerned, FYI.

Spock is still my favorite :-)
Edited on 2016-08-18 03:04 am (UTC)

on 2016-08-18 03:32 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I assume that's what we're watching. They're all 50 minutes.

Yep. I knew about the kiss.

I also know how NBC let Roddenbury get away with this because the show was set in space 200 years into the future.

I really loved "Number One" from the original pilot ("The Cage.") I know she was cut after the pilot for being "too smart." I heard there's rumors circulating that she's returning for Discovery.

on 2016-08-18 03:46 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dancingdragon3.livejournal.com
Too smart. Oh lord, I heard it was 'not emotional enough', but too smart is even worse :-/ But Majel Barret plays my favorite minor character in The Next Generation, and she is so very 'feminist' it's hysterical.

on 2016-08-18 10:16 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rockstarpeach.livejournal.com
Oh, my goodness Lwaxana is the BEST! Mr Woof! Lol!! And I find myself sometimes, for no reason other than I would like to smile, shouting out "The higher, the fewer!" :)

on 2016-08-18 03:15 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] orangerful.livejournal.com
haha yay! Another Trekkie! My family has always been fans of Star Trek. I have fond memories of getting pizza on Saturday nights and watching 'Next Generation'. The original and TNG are just classic. While I enjoy the new movies, I wish they had a few more progressive/thinky moments like the tv show.

My friend just impulse purchased TNG on blu-ray so I'm thinking I might need to borrow it from him or at least coordinate some kind of rewatch.

on 2016-08-18 03:35 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Nice. :)

on 2016-08-18 04:46 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
While I enjoy the new movies, I wish they had a few more progressive/thinky moments like the tv show. Yes! Very much so

on 2016-08-18 03:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jewelledfairy.livejournal.com
Welcome to the Star Trek-verse! I grew up with The Next Generation, so that one has a special place in my heart. Voyager was fun because it was a little different. I watched a bit of Deep Space Nine, but didn't follow it as closely. Now, I want to go back and watch it all again, seeing it from a new prospective.

on 2016-08-18 03:36 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I'm looking forward to watching. :)

on 2016-08-18 03:37 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] teragramm.livejournal.com
I was in high school when the original series came out and I was in love with Capt. Kirk.

I watched Next Generation and Deep Space Nine but after the Original series,Voyager was my 2nd favorite/

on 2016-08-18 03:38 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Capt. Kirk is an easy man to love. Easy on the eyes. :P

I've heard that I will likely love Voyager because of Captain Janeway.

on 2016-08-18 04:06 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
Original Star Trek was my first fandom before I even knew that was a thing. Blooper reels in friends basements, group show watching and speculations about characters outside lives after the show aired. I didn't realize it at the time but I still love the universe.

on 2016-08-18 11:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Cool!

on 2016-08-18 05:18 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
Yay, good for you! :) I think I've had less exposure to Star Trek than 2009!snogged, but it's always nice to discover new things you like. And boy, the fandom history there...

on 2016-08-18 11:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
It's extensive. :)

on 2016-08-18 07:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] trepkos.livejournal.com
Welcome to my world!

on 2016-08-18 11:54 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Thanks for letting me beam aboard. :P

on 2016-08-18 10:11 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rockstarpeach.livejournal.com
Eeee!!!

This post makes me unreasonably happy. Perhaps in part because I'm wearing my Star Trek undies right now :)

My daughter and I have been just putting the finishing touches on our Star Trek costumes for this year's Fan Expo. She loves the new films as well (me, not as much) and I also used Netflix to make her watch at least one episode of every franchise there is. She seems to be big Wesley Crusher fan :)

I'm pleased to hear you like TOS so much and I just want to squee at you about all the amazing episodes there are, but I'll just say this: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield is genius, A Piece of the Action made me laugh so hard, and you should watch Wrath of Khan as soon as humanly possible. And you should probably just give Enterprise a miss, because. You know. That's what Trekkies do :)

on 2016-08-18 11:57 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I've seen the Star Trek undies. They're adorable. :P

I ordered a Star Trek TNG-inspired dress from Think Geek the other day. I just couldn't resist. Plus...my supervisor is a Star Trek fan so if I played it right, I could probably wear it at work.

My friend Danny doesn't like the new movies either.

I like them because I didn't know any different. :P

I would love to squee with you about episodes any time. We watched "What Little Girls Are Made Of" last night and I was so happy to see Lurch! (I spent much of my childhood watching one episode of "Addams Family" on VHS over and over again.)

on 2016-08-18 04:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Eeee! I'm also in the middle of a ToS watch!

I've never been a Star Trek fan although I have seen various episodes, and movies, here and there. My roommie introduced me to Star Trek Continues which is a fan vid series finishing up the original five year mission. Because I enjoyed that I picked up the original series DVDs at the library and we've been watching them together. I'm enjoying them more than I thought I would.

It's been a rewatch for Leslie. She enjoyed them in the original tv showings and knows lots of trivia which she's been delighting in sharing with me. We're towards the end of season 2.

Oh, and I also like the new movies although I wish they were more socially conscious and had stronger female characters. I can't help comparing Uhura to the women of Babylon 5 and Uhura just doesn't come off well.

on 2016-08-18 10:19 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Ooh! Awesome.

I've heard about Star Trek Continues. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed that.

I wish the new movies were more socially conscious as well.

on 2016-08-18 06:09 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] 1-rhiannon-1.livejournal.com
I never really got into Trek - I leaned more toward B5 and Star Wars - but I never really watched much Trek either.

on 2016-08-18 09:19 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Mmm, Babylon 5. One of my favorite shows!

on 2016-08-18 10:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I love Star Wars!

on 2016-08-18 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] spikedluv
Welcome to TOS! I was introduced to it by my first college roommate, though I couldn't say I've watched every single ep of TOS. I have watched TNG, DS9 and Voyager (I loved Voyager and thought it got a bum rap). I never watched Enterprise. I think I've seen all the movies at least once. Not really in the fandom, but enjoy it a lot. I'm glad you're having fun getting to know the world that came before the reboot. *g*

on 2016-08-18 10:48 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Cool.

on 2016-08-18 11:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] angelskuuipo.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're enjoying 'Star Trek'!

I've actually only seen a couple of episodes from each series, I think.

I agree with [livejournal.com profile] rockstarpeach, you should definitely see Wrath of Khan. Then, if you ever watch Into Darkness with me, you'll understand why I laugh at a particular scene every time. :) Seriously, though, Wrath of Khan is the best movie of the original franchise.
Edited on 2016-08-18 11:45 pm (UTC)

on 2016-08-19 01:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Wrath of Khan is planned for next month. :)

on 2016-08-19 12:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zhelana.livejournal.com
Spock has always been my favorite character, too.

on 2016-08-19 02:46 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zhelana.livejournal.com
My first screen name in highschool was Sailor vulcan - from Sailor Moon and Star Trek :)

on 2016-08-19 01:34 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] rahirah
TOS was my first fandom, and it's still my favorite Trek after all these years, cheesy 1960's special effects and incredibly dated earnest moralizing and all.

on 2016-08-19 02:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
For sure. :)

on 2016-08-19 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] double_dutchess
Congratulations on becoming a Trekkie, and happy watching!

I not fanatical enough about Star Trek to call myself a Trekkie, but I love the original series (Spock is absolutely my favourite!) and I really enjoyed watching Voyager too.

on 2016-08-20 05:49 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
Thanks. :)

on 2016-08-29 03:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lilithisbitter.livejournal.com
Congrats. Also, i know it goes against fan law,but I still like Star Trek V. It was the first Star Trek film I ever saw in theaters along with the first time I remember going to a movie.

Also "not in front of the Klingons" is still a great line.

on 2016-08-31 03:13 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I haven't seen the movies yet outside of the three films that just came out in the last decade.

My hubby likes Star Trek IV.

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