I’ve been resisting this for the last 30 years, but the inevitable is the inevitable…I’ve never watched a complete episode of Star Trek (any series). I’ve seen a couple of the movies (the new one, the one with the whales and the one where they go to Russia) but had a hard time following them, and I’ve seen bits and pieces of episodes over the years.
I’ve purposely avoided the franchise mainly because of all the negativity that their fanbase gets. I’m a hardcore geek and I felt like I always had to have SOME kind of boundary, and something about Trekkies just seemed really OFF to me. And again, since I had a hard time following/enjoying the little bit that I’ve seen, it didn’t really motivate me to watch more.
On the other hard, I did really enjoy Firefly, BSG 2004, and Futurama (and I have a feeling that I’m missing about half the jokes on the latter due to me not seeing 99.9% of Star Trek content).
Anyway, my first question is - where do I start?
After doing a little bit of research, I see that the William Shatner generation starts with 3 seasons of the Original Series, then the animated series, and then the movies, which was also the chronological order they were released.
There’s also the Enterprise series, which takes place before the Shatner series, but I also understand that this is similar to the Star Wars prequels where you’ll miss half of the storyline if you haven’t seen the “later” stuff yet.
It gets even further complicated with the other TV series, since some of them overlap both in the timeline in the franchise, and when they aired…but I’ll get to that if and when it comes to it.
It gets even further confusing when I try to set a starting point for the Shatner series. There was a pilot episode “The Cage” which Shatner wasn’t even in, and then a second pilot called “Where No Man Has Gone Before” which was the third episode that actually aired, and then “The Map Trap” which was the first episode that did air. My experience with Futurama and Firefly tells me that I don’t want to screw up the watching order, even if the networks did. How many of these eps were aired out of order, and does it affect the plotline?
Also, I have at my disposal the Bluray remastered editions of the Original Series. Purism aside, is it better to watch the “remastered” edition, or the original airings? I don’t mind if they were cleaned up as long as it doesn’t worsen the plot.
Another fact I found - it will take 23 days, 7 hours and 7 minutes to watch the entire Star Trek franchise. Have most Trekkies watched EVERYTHING, or were some of the series/films blasphemous to the franchise? Lets see how far I get…