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50 years of fun

I can't remember when I started watching Star Trek. It's just always been there, first on the old black and white telly, then in that beautiful accented colour. The show spoke to me, it meant something, something that was lacking in the day to day of school everything else that followed. Despite being ridiculed by family for liking a show with weird aliens and dodgy sets, I cherished it and found friends who loved it almost as much as I did. Then, the year I finished high school the Motion Picture came out, and wasn't that just mind blowing. My favourite characters were up on the big screen, with long loving caresses around my beautiful ship. My friends and I always went to see each film as they came out, even as the years passed and we (and the crew) got older. We hadn't seen the original show for years, it had disappeared from the telly, but in the late eighties the local Trek fan club organised a monthly film night in a theaterette in the city where they showed four episodes every month. (And if a couple of hundred adults in an underground theatre going 'Whoosh' when the ship zoomed through the opening credits sounds like fun - it was!)
Then videos came out and I started adding those to the collection of books that still grace my shelves today. Movies kept coming every few years, then Next Gen which was exciting, but didn't have that something special that I found in the original series. DS9 I enjoyed more, Voyager less, Enterprise I was happy to watch when I remembered. So what is it about a 50 year old telly show that makes me keep buying new books and watching rebooted movies, devouring fanfic to fill the holes between films and dvd rewatches? It's James T Kirk - that twinkle in his hazel eyes, that soft-focus smile over steely determination. It's seeing that a leader will stand at the head of his crew, be the soul to their combined body, that he'll be the last standing and the first into the breach. It's friendship - the utter, pure, unswerving friendship shown between people who are so unalike yet they are but three parts of one being. And it's hope. Hope that our future will be free of the petty crap we suffer under today. Hope that exploration for the sake of exploration will take precedence over war and personal gain.
So I say thank you to Gene Roddenberry for giving us so much fun and so much hope, to William Shatner for bringing such a wonderful character to life, to Chris Pine for continuing that character with such sexy, respectful flair, and to all the actors who stood alongside them. Here's to the next 50 years of fun!


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Sep. 17th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
This brought a nostalgic tear to my eye as I nod along with your journey. I didn't have the wonderful adventure of underground TOS watching, but watching homemade VHS tapes with my sis and bro-in-law who were just as big of geeks as I was comes in a close second. That Kirk stands as soul of his ship is a perfect description of why ST worked, that along with the hopeful, somewhat idealized outlook on our future. I miss that. I miss the hope, the rose-colored glasses. It seems to me that modern Sci-fi is so full of darkness and despair.

I'll always remember how much I looked forward to each episode. How excited I was to see them on the big screen, no matter how loose the plot. How thrilled I was to see TNG and DS9. I'm very grateful new generations can see the new version, see Kirk and Spock and McCoy work on their friendship in outer space.
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