I enjoyed all the Star Trek series, but I’m quite out of fashion in thinking DS9 the best of the series. The DS9 stories were very much more about people and less about techno-whizzy stuff. They relied less often on sci-fi magic. Two of the finest of all the Star Trek episodes were both DS9 episodes. In the first, Kira has to go to a moon of Bajor to talk some old coot out of his home to make way for an energy project. The whole show is about the interaction between the two, and it’s very good indeed. The second, probably the best single Star Trek episode ever, has a Cardassian show up on the station who ws apparently the commandant of the worst death camp of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Kira investigates his case, and there’s an absolutely shattering scene in which he confronts Kira and declares himself proud of his achievements, of the way that he terrorized the Bajorans, and that, no matter what they did to him, it would never bring back the thousands he killed. I have rarely seen anything this powerful on television. The ending is also shattering.
[A few minutes later] Oh, and don’t forget the one where they crash-land on a prison planet where the prisoners are forced to relive their mindless blood feud for all eternity, never being able to die.
OH!!!!!!! I guess I have to change my corrective lenses. I kept wondering what everyone was talking about with BS (Bull S__T???) being a great SF series. Just now I recognized that the “es” was really a five. It was OK, but I could never get into it. I’d rank it on the same level as Voyager but without 7 of 9.
The original series Star Trek was a product of Gene Roddenberry and his writers. They resisted what the “suits” (executives) were trying to make them do. The latest Star Trek movie is a product of the Hollywood system. This VIDEO is a funny look at how and why the latest Star Trek movie was made.
On a slightly different note, did anyone see the recent Star Trek movie? If so, do you think it stood up to the older movies?
It may not have been as bad as the very first Star Trek movie. That one tried to be deep and failed miserably. That makes for really bad movies in my opinion.
The last Star Trek movie did not try to be deep and succeeded.
I think Star Trek says a lot about science fiction and Hollywood in general. The very first pilot was excellent in my opinion, certainly for its day. It was REAL SCIENCE FICTION and competition for literary sci-fi. But it was rejected and called “too cerebral”. A second pilot was made, which was unusual, and it was at least decent. But the very first Trek episode that aired was that Salt Monster garbage. I watched that the very first time it aired. I figured Star Trek might be tolerable but not good. Fortunately a lot of episodes were batter than that, but it says what Hollywood thinks of the sci-fi audience.
That episode was on the same level as Stargate SG-1. I stopped watching that series in the second season.
Cowboys and Aliens is more of the same kind of crap. Star Trek 2009 is better than Cowboys and Aliens 2011 but not very much.