I am Trek. I am a Trekkie. I am a Trekker.
Whatever label folks come up with for fans of Star Trek, I am all. From the time I was 7 or 8 years old, I’ve been watching Star Trek. With folks my age, as kids you didn’t have a choice about what you watched. Essentially, you saw what your parents watched. At times, you feel in love (or at least like) with their shows. Other times, you wanted to gouge your eyes out. I lucked out as I generally liked a lot of the same shows my mother watched. She was the TV junkie and was the person who introduced me to the world of sci-fi and fantasy—as well as my beloved Yankees. Star Trek (The Original Series) was my mom’s favorite show and it became my ultimate show.
What fascinated me was the exploration of new worlds, new civilizations beyond planet Earth. Seeing how humanity peacefully existed with one another that evolved past petty differences of race, gender, sexual identity, economic greed and concept of life inspired me to believe that possibly, we could achieve the same in our reality. At 48, I don’t see us any closer to that then when I was 8—actually, I feel we are further apart than we were three decades ago.
Now, I watched ST:TOS in syndication on plain old Channel 11 in NYC at the time. When they announced a feature film for Star Trek, there was no containing my excitement as I’d get to see my crew exploring new adventures up on the big screen. Naturally, I didn’t have to convince my mom to take me. Seeing Star Trek The Movie on the big screen was such a thrill. Now, yes, while it wasn’t the best movie and a bit out there with the story line, shit, it was still fun seeing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scottie, Chekov and Sulu in present day. When the credits rolled, I couldn’t wait until the next one and boy, was it worth the wait. Star Trek Wrath of Khan is the seminal Trek film, hands fuckin’ down!
I have seen every Trek movie and tv show, good and bad, that has been released. And yes, I have seen the J.J. Abrams films—the 2009 film wasn’t too bad although there are problems with it but I gave it a learning curve. However—the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness film was pure satanic blasphemy. That piece of celluloid shit coupled with the Abrams interview where he said “how he didn’t like Trek but was a Star Wars fan” explained everything why this movie was so blatantly horrible. I am a Trek fan but I like and appreciate (the original) Star Wars, however, I also understand how they are two separate and distinct entities. Enough with the Abrams flicks as they aren’t Trek.
While I like most of the Trek films, I feel its true home is on episodic television. Trek’s story is best told over chapters to unfold with developmental arcs that can be explored over time versus the cram-it-all-in style of movies today. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise fulfilled that taste for me for close to twenty years. When Enterprise went off the air in 2005, a vacuum was formed which still exists today. I’d love to see another Trek series but not a reworking of an existing property but a new storyline as there are tons of source materials to use as inspiration from books, graphic novels to some very well done fan films (uh, Hollywood are ya blind?). 2016 is the 50th anniversary year for Star Trek—it also marks the release of the third film from Abrams’ Bad Robot Films. I am not very confident that a proper film for the Trek world will be made to mark such a historic occasion and many true fans will probably end up being highly disappointed, if not infuriated. There’s hope that I’m wrong but based on the last film…yeah! I do think he’ll do a great job on Star Wars: The Force Awakens though (which I’m excited to see) because that’s where his heart was all along. Too bad he trampled Trek to get there.
2016 will be an exciting year for us Trek fans, and if all goes well, I will finally make my way to Vegas for the Trek convention. Live long and prosper.