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Today I’d like to introduce you to one of my greatest fiction loves–Star Trek.
It started when I was little. One of my earliest memories is nights curled up on the couch, watching re-runs with my dad. I remember little of what I actually watched, but I remember liking the characters and glimpses of space through the ship’s windows. My dad even taught me the Vulcan salute, which I was all too proud to replicate.
Then life happened, and it took me years to get back into it. An embarrassing amount of time, if I’m honest. Once I got really sucked into the Trek-verse, though, there was no turning back. Just like old times, my parents and I sat on the couch and breezed through multiple seasons and series in a matter of weeks (God bless Netflix), and I fell completely in love. I fell in love with the stories, the characters, and the message overall.
Whether it’s the television series, the movies, or the novels, if I’m honest, I owe my love of sci-fi today to Star Trek. It inspired a sense of adventure, wonder, and hope in me that wasn’t quashed even when the series wasn’t a prominent part of my life. My dad watched episodes of the original series when he was young, and I’m grateful and so glad that he introduced me at such a young age, too.
Star Trek was created to be a beacon of hope in a time of war, and it succeeded in every possible way. What started simply as a space western evolved into a franchise loved around the world for over 30 years.
I mean, what other television show has been quoted by NASA?
I realize that calling this An Ode to Star Trek was a bit of a misnomer, but the word “ode” seemed to portray pretty well what I intended to convey with this post. To current fans, I hope reading this has helped remind you of the reasons you fell in love with Star Trek. To those who have yet to take the plunge… what are you waiting for? Fire up Netflix and give it a go. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a Wednesday night (or the next few nights… or weeks) immersing yourself in the universe of Gene Roddenberry’s wagon train to the stars.
“I have been, and ever shall be your friend. Live long, and prosper.”
— Spock (Star Trek II)