One of my good buddies is a big film buff—he loves everything from old black-and-white movies up to the present. Somehow, he has almost no knowledge of Star Trek. The only time he’s seen any Trek is when he went with me to Star Trek: Into Darkness.
I think he would like some Trek, given his tastes, but I’d like to present him with the best introduction that shows off the best array of what the various series have to offer.
So what I’m trying to do is give him a short course, not too long—12 episodes, perhaps? (I’m not wedded to that number)—covering the best of the original series, Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine.
In my view, the episodes don’t have to be chronological, but it would be good if they presented good material without requiring a lot of foreknowledge about the series, but showcasing the spirit, flexibility, and breadth of the show, and including some of its best moments, but also introducing him to the most important characters—Kirk, Spock, Picard, Data, Worf, Sisko, Odo, etc.
Just on first blush, I think The Trouble With Tribbles should be on that list.
Perhaps the first appearances of the Romulans and Klingons—Balance of Terror and Errand of Mercy—are important. And maybe the first appearance of Sarek, Journey to Babel.
And maybe, I’ll end the course with Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan.
As you can see, I haven’t given as much thought to TNG and DS9 yet.
Any thoughts? How would you go about creating an introductory course that’s not too overwhelming?