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What's your favorite Star Trek show?

(T)he (O)riginal (S)eries (Includes TAS)
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Deep Space Nine
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Voyager
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Favorite Star Trek Show
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:08:54 AM »
Exactly what it says on the tin: What's your favorite Star Trek show of all time? I got the idea when we were all talking about our favorite shows over on the Movies&TV thread. My personal favorite Trek show (and one of my favorite shows all time to boot,) was DS9, but I'd wager there's someone out there who thinks different. Maybe they prefer TOS's sense of adventure and preference towards allegory? Perhaps like they like TNG's thoughtful drama and morality plays. Or quite possibly, they just like looking at Seven of Nine's arse. ;) Either way, whatever Trek show's your favorite, this is the place to vote. Let's see which is truly the final frontier. ;)
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 01:43:59 PM »
TOS. It seemed like literally any type/genre of story was possible. We had a western episode, a tense 'submarine warfare' episode, a gangster episode, a couple Native American episodes, etc-- and every one was very interesting. It's like the Twilight Zone, but colorful, and with the same likable main characters in every story.
I really like TNG as well, because the majority of the time they 'got' what made TOS great. Still, TOS is my favorite.
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2017, 03:12:02 PM »
TOS. It seemed like literally any type/genre of story was possible. We had a western episode, a tense 'submarine warfare' episode, a gangster episode, a couple Native American episodes, etc-- and every one was very interesting. It's like the Twilight Zone, but colorful, and with the same likable main characters in every story.
I really like TNG as well, because the majority of the time they 'got' what made TOS great. Still, TOS is my favorite.

Oh, those last two were interesting all right. Not for the right reasons of course, but they were still very interesting nonetheless. ;)

I do really like TOS. That's where I started in my Star Trek journey, and it's what got me hooked on the franchise in the first place. Mind you, Shatner can't act for beans, but the rest of the show manages to be an engrossing mix of action, adventure, drama, and philosophy, all in a neat little 40+ minute package. Some parts of the show haven't aged that well, but it for all intents and purposes still still stands the test of time to this day. And the soundtrack was a heck of a lot better than any ST show ever since, so that's another thing in its' favor. ;)

That said, as good as TOS is, and as brilliant as TNG was, I can't help but feel that DS9 blows both of them out of the water. The characters are among the most fleshed out and compelling the franchise has ever seen; the major powers and empires are more fleshed out and believable than in any Trek show before or since; and the big story arc that runs throughout the series is, by the end anyway, epic and grandiose, and gives the writers of DS9 a lot more to work with than, say, the Voyager team, who were struggling to come up with ideas before the first episode of that show even aired. All three shows (TOS, TNG and DS9,) are great and groundbreaking, but like how TNG was a step forward for Trek, DS9 is the same way, only more so.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2017, 03:21:11 PM »
I agree with Oufla, with one addition. I'm old enough to have seen most of the original series in its' original run. There was nothing like it before. Lots of kid stuff that was good when I was a kid, but I was starting to grow up by the time TOS showed up. This was different, these were stories with "meat" on them, stories that had ideas and situations to think about (and still managed to be fun most of the time). Twilight Zone was similar in many ways (and different in a lot more), but I was too young to really appreciate it at the time. It had been gone for a few years before we started on that five year mission...

Every Trek series had its' points, each had a lot of excellent episodes, but without the first show, I don't think any of them would have happened. There might not have been Star Wars, either, but the two kind of fed off each other over the decades.

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2017, 08:12:26 PM »
Im going with Deep Space 9.I do have a bit of a soft spot for Voyger,however.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 04:27:44 AM »
Great question, Star Trek is one of my favourite franchises. And my favourite show is:

Deep Space Nine, hands down. One of my favourite shows of all time, and a very formulative show for my feelings on plotting and storytelling. The full cast is great and I loved how they developed everyone over the run.

My rankings for Trek go like this:

1 DS9
2 TNG - While DS9 is my favourite I think this might actually be the best show. My favourite cast as well.
3 Vovager - My second favourite cast. I actually really liked this show but the plots often weren't as strong as TNG, and it lacked the major arcs I loved from DS9. Being on at the same time as DS9 really hurt it for me. I recently rewatched the whole show and it held up really well.
4 Enterprise. The cast hurts this one a lot. There isn't anyone I really love and it leans really heavily on the mainest characters.
5 TOS - For what it's worth I haven't seen the whole show, but the few episodes I've seen always felt old and I'm not much for older shows generally. The original airings were way before my time. TNG is my original Trek.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2017, 04:22:19 PM »
5 TOS - For what it's worth I haven't seen the whole show, but the few episodes I've seen always felt old and I'm not much for older shows generally. The original airings were way before my time. TNG is my original Trek.

Well, TOS was way before my time too, but I still watched the whole thing. Just because something feels old doesn't mean it's not good. And TOS is by all means good. But if you don't want to watch it, that's fine too. Different strokes for different folks.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 04:09:56 AM »
TNG here. Best cast ever, set the stage for DS9 and Voyager, Patrick Stewart!, Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra, Data!, some of the most innovative and influential sci-fi tech ever...

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2017, 04:39:00 AM »
DS9 for me, easily. It just had an overall more interesting cast... Odo, Quark, Sisko, Bashir, Kira, even a returning Worf. Where a lot of other Trek series focus a lot on the squeeky clean "look at how advanced we are" Starfleet, DS9 really breaks that down and allows us to dig deeper into the humanity and faults of these characters. Also, Sisko punching Q in the face early on is amazing even if the rest of the episode is meh.

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2017, 07:35:44 AM »
In general,I think the static nature of DS9 allowed them to really show the consequences of the crews action as opposed to- We find a Planet-of-Hats,teach them why their ignorant ways are bad and bugger off at warp speed.
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2017, 12:45:17 AM »
In general,I think the static nature of DS9 allowed them to really show the consequences of the crews action as opposed to- We find a Planet-of-Hats,teach them why their ignorant ways are bad and bugger off at warp speed.

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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2017, 12:48:18 AM »
I mean... you're not entirely wrong, but in TNG that would be Ensign Goldshirt, since they flipped the gold and red uniforms for TNG (Red became command officers and Gold became security officers, IE: the ones who always die)

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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2017, 01:59:28 AM »
I mean... you're not entirely wrong, but in TNG that would be Ensign Goldshirt, since they flipped the gold and red uniforms for TNG (Red became command officers and Gold became security officers, IE: the ones who always die)

Honestly, I don't think it's that big a deal, but whatever, I changed it anyway. Ensign Goldshirt is ready for duty. ;)
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2017, 03:13:38 AM »
TOS all the way, with TNG a respectable second.  Those are the only two that really interest me.  I never really watched DS9, though I've heard I should.  To me, it always just felt like a less awesome Babylon 5.

5 TOS - For what it's worth I haven't seen the whole show, but the few episodes I've seen always felt old and I'm not much for older shows generally. The original airings were way before my time. TNG is my original Trek.

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Haha, I love the classic show.  It's just got endless amounts of charm, and as silly as it can be, it is incredibly important in terms of culture, genre, and even technology.  They really created something special there.

TNG I can enjoy.  It's the Trek I grew up with, really.  My Dad would watch the original show with me on Saturdays, but TNG was on when I was a kid.  Still, it's too soap-opera-y for me at times.  It also has its moments, though, and "Darmok," despite it's very 90s quality, is still one of my favorite Star Trek episodes of all time.
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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2017, 03:42:31 AM »
TOS all the way, with TNG a respectable second.  Those are the only two that really interest me.  I never really watched DS9, though I've heard I should.  To me, it always just felt like a less awesome Babylon 5.

Eh, once DS9 gets rolling, it's about on par with B5 IMO. Keep in mind that it took a bit for B5 to really get going too. That first season wasn't bad, but like DS9, it took a bit for the show to really find it's mojo and get the kinks out. (And get an actual decent lead. ;)) But it's in S2 that DS9 gets good and in S3 that it really gets good, and by S4, it's become a tour de force. And on top of that, B5 starts to lose its' mojo in the last season thanks to coming up with a post-script season at the last minute, whereas DS9's last season (some patchiness in the middle of the last season aside,) is still more or less just as good as what came before, especially in that final stretch of episodes. So it's not that much better or worse than B5 when you get down to it. They're both amazing shows, and they both deserved to be watched.

Part of the appeal though really aside from the amazing characters and ongoing arcs is how much it expands on the major powers, especially the Federation. If you're the kind of Trek fan that's really interested in learning more about the world and taking a deeper look at its respective cultures, then DS9 is just that much more appealing, especially if you didn't find some of them (like the Federation,) all that interesting or believable to begin with. But it that just doesn't interest you, then while it's certainly not a dealbreaker, DS9 isn't going to wow you as much as it might. Though the characters and arcs are what still really make it a heck of a show.

Also, how is TNG' Soap Opera'? Because while the stories were certainly character-driven, they didn't always actually explore the characters that much when you got down to it.  It was more about placing just about any given character into a general situation and having them react to it. So, no offense, but saying it's 'Soap Opera' doesn't really make a lick of sense to me.
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2017, 05:53:58 AM »
-- oh yes -- awaken a deadly and ancient alien being who said inhabitants refer to as both an Elder God and the Destroyer of Worlds.
And apparently its dangerous because it just kicked the cr@p out of Worf. :|
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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2017, 06:42:56 AM »
As for DS9,what kk said,it does have a bit of a slow start but its worth it.Sometimes it takes a bit while it figures out its characters(coughBashircough),but it does have some incredible character development over the years(Nog,for example). Later on,we get some holodeck episodes that are pretty much padding(Also,an oft repeated complain about Voyager,but thats another story).And Im pretty sure Dukat/Wraiths plot was meant to last another season instead of well...30 minutes.
What most older fans seem to hold against it is that its a bit grey-er then the rest.One of the main characters is a former terrorist for one thing.This was before 2001.We meet Federations version of the CIA.And a Klingon lawyer,oddly enough.
It seems a bit worst then it is when I say it like this.But in general,if you liked TOS and TNG,I dont think you will like DS9.
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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2017, 11:29:35 AM »
But in general,if you liked TOS and TNG,I dont think you will like DS9.

I liked TOs and TNG, and I loved DS9.
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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2017, 11:45:59 AM »
But in general,if you liked TOS and TNG,I dont think you will like DS9.

I liked TOs and TNG, and I loved DS9.
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2017, 03:22:43 PM »
I watch a lot of science fiction reviewer SFDebris, who (and I'm sure this will shock no one) covers a TON of star trek, and he pointed out a key difference between DS9 and it's sister show (Voyager) that pretty much sums up a lot. When Voyager had an annoying character that fans reacted negatively to (Neelix) they just kept trying to shove him down audience's throats without really changing the character in any way. When DS9 had an annoying character that grated on fans nerves (Bashir) they reworked the character, expanded his backstory, toned down the elements that made him frustrating (he was an overt womanizer early on, but that got stripped away pretty fast) and gave him some of the more interesting plotlines in the show.

That having been said... Benton, if you watch nothing else in DS9, you HAVE to watch Trials and Tribble-ations. It was an episode made for the series' anniversary, and it features everyone going back in time to "the trouble with tribbles" wearing full 60s garb. It's freaking amazing.

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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2017, 08:37:39 PM »
Fair enough, guys.  I should probably give it a shot one of these days.  And yes, B5's first season was various shades of rough.  When I introduced Lady Grey to it (and, by extension, to sci-fi at large, really), I just started her on season 2.  Sadly, it looks like Netflix only has DS9 season 1.

Kk, how is TNG soap-opera-ish?  Well, I have to say, the question catches me off guard, as it seems relatively self-evident to me.  Let's see, it's much more 'talky' than TOS, there's a character who is there purely to provide emotional exposition, the melodrama is occasionally turned up to 11, the stories are sometimes driven, not by characters, but by character's emotions, and the whole thing has that fuzzy patina of low-budget 90s day-time TV.  :P  I am, of course, exaggerating a bit for effect, but yeah, I think soap opera is a good descriptor for the show's excesses.  Keep in mind, I didn't say the show was a soap opera, I said that it could feel too much like one for my tastes at times.  The better episodes feel like Star Trek.  The worst ones feel like All My Children in space.  :lol:

This is partially just a result of the show's era, as is that very 60s flavor in TOS, but, as I understand it, it is also sometimes a product of Gene Roddenberry's meddling, where they sacrificed story for message and naval-gazing. 
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2017, 11:14:37 PM »
Fair enough, guys.  I should probably give it a shot one of these days.  And yes, B5's first season was various shades of rough.  When I introduced Lady Grey to it (and, by extension, to sci-fi at large, really), I just started her on season 2.  Sadly, it looks like Netflix only has DS9 season 1.

Odd. Last I checked, it had all 7 seasons. Heck, that's how I watched the show, and I just watched some Season 7 eps last month. Maybe you should try looking again. They should all be there.

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Kk, how is TNG soap-opera-ish?  Well, I have to say, the question catches me off guard, as it seems relatively self-evident to me.  Let's see, it's much more 'talky' than TOS, there's a character who is there purely to provide emotional exposition, the melodrama is occasionally turned up to 11, the stories are sometimes driven, not by characters, but by character's emotions, and the whole thing has that fuzzy patina of low-budget 90s day-time TV.  :P  I am, of course, exaggerating a bit for effect, but yeah, I think soap opera is a good descriptor for the show's excesses.  Keep in mind, I didn't say the show was a soap opera, I said that it could feel too much like one for my tastes at times.  The better episodes feel like Star Trek.  The worst ones feel like All My Children in space.  :lol:

This is partially just a result of the show's era, as is that very 60s flavor in TOS, but, as I understand it, it is also sometimes a product of Gene Roddenberry's meddling, where they sacrificed story for message and naval-gazing.

Huh. I guess I kind of understand where you're coming from. It's just that when I hear the term 'soapy', I think 'focusing on the characters and every little thing they get up to more than anything else, ridiculously long and convoluted plotlines that go nowhere, and a plot that feels like it's an afterthought.' Granted, this isn't always a bad thing. Claremont's X-men run was 'soapy', at least by my definition, and I still love it to bits. But I hope you can understand why I don't really think of TNG as 'soapy', because at least to me, it doesn't really fall into any of those categories.
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2017, 11:18:14 PM »
I see what you mean, Kk.  I am referring more to the feel, the tone, than to structure or the like. 

I'll give it a look at DS9.
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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2017, 01:47:55 AM »
https://www.netflix.com/watch/70205909?trackId=200257859 -Dunno if it works, but that's a direct link to trials and tribble-ations (season 5 episode 6). And yes, all 7 seasons are available on netflix

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« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2017, 04:26:11 AM »
Weird, I searched earlier today, and it only showed me season 1.  Maybe it's because I wasn't logged in.  Odd.
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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2017, 01:24:50 PM »
That having been said... Benton, if you watch nothing else in DS9, you HAVE to watch Trials and Tribble-ations. It was an episode made for the series' anniversary, and it features everyone going back in time to "the trouble with tribbles" wearing full 60s garb. It's freaking amazing.
This. This is the only DS9 episode I've watched, and I agree that it was very well done.
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« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2017, 03:07:32 PM »
I saw the B5 pilot, and didn't like it. Much later, a friend whose opinion I respect told me he loved the series. It took awhile to locate it on a local channel, but I started watching it. Actually, I started recording it, because it was on at some ridiculous time like 2:78 in the morning. I was impressed, possibly in part because it was such in improvement on the pilot. Then again, a friend of my mother's had recorded the pilot, and I borrowed it during season 3 and watched it again. and it didn't seem quite so bad...

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« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2017, 11:48:15 PM »
Trials and Tribbleations is great, but this is still my favorite moment in all of Star Trek (SPOILERS HO!):

GAREK: That's why you came to me, isn't it Captain? Because you knew I could do the things you weren't capable of doing. Well it worked, and you'll get what you wanted; a war between the Romulans and the Dominion. And if your conscience is bothering you, you should soothe it with the knowledge that you may have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant, and all it cost was one Romulan Senator, one criminal, and the self respect of one Starfleet officer. I don't know about you, but I'd call that a bargain.

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Though this is pretty great too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TREQGl54BU8

And this: 3XGKkycX81A

Honestly, if I linked every single one of DS9's great moments, we'd be here all day. :rolleyes:
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