Friday, April 06, 2007
Hello all, I'm back and on my new computer. We have Windows Vista now, which takes some getting used to. None of our old drivers work and now we have to find new ones so that we can use our printer and other hardware. It's still a lot better than what I was working with before though. I had no idea my blog color was so faint. Let me know how it shows up on your computers and if you'd recommend a color change. I don't mind if you tell me you don't like it. Much. Anyway. I've been unable to confidently write a new post so I'm ready to jump back in. Of course, that doesn't mean all of a sudden I'll have better blog content, but I guess you can't have it all. Since I am a little boggled still, I'm going to go back to an old favorite: Star Trek. I was thinking about doing another poll to avoid having to write a long post, but decided to spare you that at the last minute. I was thinking, as a topic, to ask what your favorite TV shows were, and as I was composing it realized that half the list would just be Star Trek shows of different varieties. And it made me wonder, is Star Trek that good? When you look at the series as a whole and all the movies it's almost a little overwhelming to realize how big the franchise is. It's also interesting to go back and look at the history a little bit. For example, I didn't know that the Original Series only ran for 80 episodes, less than half the time The Next Generation (178 episodes), DS9 (176 episodes) and Voyager (172 episodes) ran. Even Enterprise ran longer at 98 episodes. I don't suppose it's too unusual for a series to be under-appreciated in its time, just look at Firefly. But even if the original series didn't last that long, the concept sure has. Personally I go into fits and starts when it comes to all the shows. I didn't watch the original when it came out because I wasn't actually born until the show was off the air-- though I remember it being on in reruns pretty much throughout my whole life. I was really a Next Generation fan because it came out at just the right time for me to really get into it and enjoy it. Because I liked TNG so much I watched DS9 too, though I began to burn out toward the end. And that was a shame because I didn't watch Voyager with the same dedication as the earlier series' and I hear I may have missed out. Enterprise got my attention mostly due to Scott Bakula, whom I had really liked in Quantum Leap, though I never watched every episode. So I guess I'd consider myself a lukewarm Star Trek fan. I've always liked it- even seen all the movies. But I have not dedicated myself to every show ever aired. I've also never done the conventions. But I guess the real question is, does the concept deserve so many series'? I've even read that certain networks are throwing around the idea of developing another version in the near future. Do you guys think the Star Trek franchise can go on indefinitely? Or do you think we'll all eventually burn out on the idea?