The Shameful Side of Star Trek
Trekkies, I know you how you feel about your beloved original series from the ’60s; I myself have a soft spot in heart for the Next Generation years of the late 80s-early 90s era, and even a tiny soft spot for Deep Space 9. As far as the movies go, yes, I too loved Wrath of Khan or The Borg invasion story of First Contact – hell, I even enjoyed the murder mystery plot of Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.
But there is shame hidden in our closet, my Trekkie friends – far, far, back where we hope nobody would remember it. But I remember – oh yes, I remember.
I remember that the Enterprise’s first voyage onto the big screen in 1979 was a bit…turbulent; I remember those Star Trek films we’d prefer were never made: The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier, Insurrection, Nemesis.
I remember that Captain Kirk – the man, the legend – suffered one of the lamest deaths of all time helping Captain Picard fight Malcolm McDowell in Star Trek: Generations. I also think it’s pretty telling that the fourth film, The Voyage Home (a movie about space explorers saving Earth’s endangered whales), sits in the “not so bad” column of the list!
I remember the increasingly lame TV spin-offs, like Voyager or Enterprise. Yes, my Trekkie friends, we share great shame that we often do not speak of (though some of you might debate Voyager). Thankfully, the time-travel mechanics of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot have (literally) begun to erase that checkered past.