(Now there’s a headline primed for a flamewar if I ever saw one… Oh, and OS X is way better than Windows.)
For a long, long time I’ve been quite into the various Star Trek series. I grew up watching The Next Generation and that one will always be the one that I think of most when the words “Star Trek” come up. I mean no offense at all to the Original Series — it’s also very, very good and well ahead of its time — it’s just that TNG is what I grew up watching.
I also enjoyed Voyager, for the most part. It was a bit more on the inconsistent side of things but it had some very well-told stories. Seeing Janeway and Paris on the holodeck in some campy, black-and-white, 1950s space serial was a hoot! And the Doctor was quite simply one of the best. characters. ever.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen enough of Enterprise to be able to cast my judgement on that series. The final episode, however, was… umm… *really* badly done. Sorry to all of those who undoubtably worked so hard on the show. But fitting in an episode of Enterprise with an episode of TNG that really had no room for such a thing is, well, just odd. And the fact that the whole episode built up to this tremendous speech that Captain Archer was to give for the founding of the Federation, but then never actually hearing him give the speech was very disappointing.
But I’ve heard that the series itself was pretty good, especially in the last couple of years. So I’ll have to check it out one of these days.
But, if I look objectively at the entire franchise of television shows, there is one that I think stands out in terms of storytelling, character, and a plot truly worthy of the galactic stage.
That is Deep Space Nine. This past week I once again watched the final, 10 hours of the series. They are interconnected episodes that show the conclusion of the Dominion War and are stuffed full of great writing, acting, effects… well, everything that I can think of that a sci-fi series should have is in that final arc. The concluding episode wraps things up very nicely and has several character moments that could be actual tear-jerkers.
The rest of the series has many more brilliant episodes. The 7th season episode, “The Siege of AR-558” is outstanding and hard to watch all at the same time. “Trials and Tribble-ations” is an incredibly well-done crossover episode with the Original Series. Many episodes are full of laugh-out-loud moments. The acting (as is the case, actually, with all of the Star Trek series) is top-notch. The characters are well written and experiences from past episodes carry over into subsequent episodes. And there are so many secondary characters that you really get the sense that the space station is a full, vibrant, and diverse community.
And did I mention that the characters are so well written?
Even though it (like all television shows) has the odd clinker in the mix, DS9 is just an overall well-done series. Objectively, though I still have a soft place in my heart for TNG, DS9 is far and away the best of the series.
Ok… flame war commence!
(Betcha didn’t think that would come from a priest’s blog?)