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How Did You Come To Star Trek?

Started by Poodyglitz, April 18, 2007, 07:47:54 PM

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I can really remember the first time I saw it. I remember being little and watching reruns of The Next Generation. I assume my dad got me started on it cause I do remember watching a lot with him. After being hooked on TNG I would get home every day from school and watch it cause that's when it was on. Somewhere in there I watched The Original Series, and later I found DS9 and then Voyager while it was still in syndication. Followed by Enterprise. So I've been a Trekky pretty much my whole life more or less.


i got in it because of elite force and the one major thing was i liked star wars
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I remember watching Star Trek with my older brother during its original run.  I was five or six years old at the time.  I really didn't understand the show.  I started watching it on my own when it went into syndication in 1971 or 1972.  I watched it everyday after school. I remember seeing the promos for The Animated Series.   I couldn't wait to see it.   One of the biggest fights my brother and I had was over Star Trek.  One Saturday morning, he wanted to watch The Super Friends and I wanted to watch Star Trek.  And the fight began.  I won and we watched The Animated Series that morning.

The Motion Picture came out in 1979 and I was in line to see it. After seeing Star Wars, I couldn't wait to see Star Trek on the big screen.  I loved all of the Star Trek Movies.  Some would say that The Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek movie.  I would have to agree with them.

The Next Generation began and I wasn't impressed.  I wondered why they chose an Englishman to play a Frenchman.  I really didn't give it a chance.  Deep Space Nine was next.  It was on a space station and could care less.  So I watched Babylon 5 and Space: Above and Beyond.  I didn't even want to watch Voyager.  I was a TOS purist.  If the original crew wasn't in it, I didn't watch it.

It wasn't until 2003 when I joined a Star Trek forum that I heard about episodes like Measure of a Man and Inner Light.  I began to watch TNG, DS9 and VOY whenever they were on Spike.  In 2006, I purchased all of the DVD sets and watched them all in order.  It took me two and a half years to watch them all and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I couldn't believe that there was so much Star Trek out there. 

Now, I love all things Trek.


They re-ran Star Trek (TOS) on channel 3 on Saturday afternoons back in the 70s. I can't say I remember the first episode I saw, but I do remember seeing many of them on our old black and white TV in the living room.

As a kid I was "in to" space travel. This was before star wars or any "trendy" things. Rockets and the moon landing and Sky Lab were all very fascinating to me. When I discovered Trek, it took me in a whole different direction. Instead of what is, I was now thinking of what could be and it made the future exciting to me.

Now that I am living in the future, I'm still very excited. There is still a sense of what could be. Seeing the Spaceport being built just a few miles (relatively speaking) from where I live gives me hope that someday we could be living in the world as Mr. Roddenberry showed us it could be.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. - Mark Twain


My story goes back a year or 34 ago.  My father had just purchased our very first ever color TV (a HUGE 19 inch!) and after what seemed like hours of unpacking it and attaching the rabbit ears (for you younglings...google it!) he flipped it on and the first shiny color image I saw was the Starship Enterprise! That started a ritual of my father and I watching Star Trek together every evening.  A nice thing to share...Al


I can recall seeing one episode of TOS when it was originally broadcast - it was that one where Kirk drinks some contaminated water and is 'sped up' - and encounters those aliens who move in higher speeds.  I had to be 4 or 5, and didn't like it - but my Dad was watching.  Later on, I got hooked on TOS during reruns in the early 70's.  I also enjoyed the Saturday morning cartoon.


Excellent episode. I always wanted to find some water like that. 


In my case I think it was reruns through the 70's. I couldn't tell you what day of the week they were on but I'm pretty sure they were early evenings at some point. I think they also has some Saturday morning expoosure at some point too but I couldn't say when.

I watched the beginning of TNG but dumped it pretty quickly when the plastic rocks made a recurrence. After that I left it for a bit, dropping back in from about season 3 (or 4).

I know it's unnusual here but I don't have a podcast of my own.


Well, my parents are big Star Trek so I remember when I was very little (Ages 4 - 6) I would watch episodes of DS9 and Voyager when they premiered. So I basically got hooked then. Then I discovered TNG and watched reruns of it a lot on Spike, and I would also watch the TNG movies. I never really got a chance to see much of Enterprise when it was on but now I have the first season of it. As for TOS, I haven't seen any of the movies, except for small parts of one, but I want to see them at some point. And I've only seen a handful of TOS episodes, but I plan on getting the complete series on DVD or Blu-ray at some point, especially because now it has remastered effects, and I couldn't stand the original, 60's effects.

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One of the fondest memories I have of my youth in the 70's was Sunday mornings (11AM EST) watching Star Trek: TOS.

It was the highlight of my week. I think a big part of it too was that every Sunday at 11 you knew it would be there like an old blanket, comforting, entertaining, an escape to recharge me for the coming week. My mom used to watch with me, it was one of the few things we did together. She wasn't a scifi fan but enjoyed Star Trek.

Even today if I have had a bad week, I will plan a Sunday on the couch watching Trek and remembering those days gone.


My earliest memory was going over to my friend Adam's house and playing for hours with his TOS action figures and the 1701 bridge playset (with the transporter that you stuck the figure in, spun around the dial on the top, then clicked a button and the figure disappeared...around the other side of the playset lol) He had his figures and I had mine and between us we had them all.  Man I think our adventures were probably more fun than Roddenberry's at the time.

Adam and I saw Wrath of Khan together in the theater, and I'll never forget how shocked I was when Spock actually died. (spoiler? lol) I remember thinking how it couldn't be over, because they hadn't brought him back to life yet! 

I was hooked from a very young age.  Saw every movie on or as close as possible to date of release and every TV show until I got disenchanted with DS9 and Voyager. (won't get into that here ;)
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