Sci-Fi Month: An Ode to Star Trek

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Sci-Fi Month is a month-long celebration of all things sci-fi hosted by Rinn of Rinn Reads! If you’re a fan of sci-fi (or are interested in finding out more about sci-fi!), be sure to check out what other participants are posting all November long!

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)


  • Reply Rinn November 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Firstly can I just say I love the banner you’ve made for your blog for the event, looks lovely =D

    I’ve read a lot about Star Trek in the past few days, and all of it has convinced me that I’m really missing out on something. However, watching all of them is rather daunting, so I’m thinking of starting out with Next Generation. Are there any particular episodes you could recommend, or should I definitely watch them in order?

    If only I had the time to watch them all!
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  • Reply Kirsty @ Be More Book November 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    A great post, I love Star Trek, particularly TNG. I really must go back and watch DS9 again!

  • Reply acps927 November 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I just adore Star Trek, and I think it really did a lot for our culture by introducing new ideas and questioning modern-day society in a futuristic setting. It definitely deserves an ode!
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  • Reply Kelley (Another Novel Read) November 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    <3 <3 <3

    I wish I had been *aware* enough as a kid to have sat down and watched Star Trek with my dad. I wonder how different my life would have been, or if I wouldn't have liked it back then. I'm so glad you got back into it, Sam, because (as you well know) Star Trek is just the best.

    Which iteration is your favorite? Who are your favorite characters? Can you pinpoint any specific favorite episodes?
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Star Trek is the best!

      I think my favorite iterations are actually the original series and Enterprise. I know Enterprise is generally unpopular (and with good reason, as I was pretty disappointed with much of the Xindi storyline… and a certain death at the end), but I really enjoyed the chemistry between the characters. My favorite characters, hands-down, are Bones and Tripp. I don’t even have to think about it! I’m not sure I could choose favorite episodes, though! I’ll have to rewatch and get back to you. ;)

      Thanks for commenting, Kelley! Again, I am SO sorry it has taken so long to respond. My recent vacation and all its preparations really threw everything for a loop!
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  • Reply Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile November 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Your blogpost makes me happy and sad. Happy because I totally had this relationship with books mainly, Harry Potter (though, I never stopped reading) and sad because I didn’t have this with Star Trek. I’ve heard, read and watched all kinds of stuff that have convinced me to start watching it already and I’m seriously thinking about it. I just started Doctor Who this November so yes, it takes time. But I’ll definitely looking forward to it.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire November 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      I had this relationship with Harry Potter, too! :)

      It’s never too late to start! I definitely approve of watching Doctor Who, and Star Trek would be a great thing to follow it! They naturally go together–I’ve been dying to start reading the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover comics!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Sana!
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