I've been reading Memory Alpha for probably a couple years (2006-ish is when I discovered it), and technically have had an account for about as long (as all Wikia sites use the same login, I believe the Doom Wiki was what caused me to register, but I'm not sure...), but only really started becoming interesting in editing Memory Alpha recently.
I consider myself a trekker (or trekkie, I'm rather neutral on which word to use); I can act either as a casual fan or as a hardcore one, whichever suits the situation best (I don't usually exert myself as hardcore in public, unless I'm at Star Trek: The Experience). I have yet to participate in a convention, though I hope to someday.
Currently, I own the following Star Trek DVDs:
- TOS Season 1 HD DVD
- TOS-R Season 2 DVD
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (The Director's Edition)
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Special Edition)
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Special Edition)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Special Edition)
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition)
- Star Trek Generations (Special Edition)
- Star Trek: First Contact (Special Edition)
- Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Edition)
- Star Trek Nemesis (Special Edition)
I also almost always have access to the 2002 release of TNG on DVD; these are owned by a family member with whom I live. When my living conditions change, however, I probably will buy the 20th Anniversary box set of the series :)
Best of Trek Edit
Ah yes, I'm sure any fan has their likes and dislikes of the franchise. I'll start off positive:
- Star Trek - The original that started it all! This series just kicks ass, and leaves little disappointment.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Of course, I enjoy DS9 as well; not as much as the original, but I still like it plenty.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - I'm young enough, I grew up with this show. I love 'em all. These three series are quite simply the best there is.
Episodes I particularly enjoy include, but not limited to:
Overall, I have the following general scale for where I rate the many different series (I have never seen TAS so it's not included):
Movies II, IV, VI, and VIII never let you down if you want a movie filled with the perfect balances of action, plot, and adventure. Movies I and III fill important events in the history of Star Trek, but are not generally the films to watch any time, any occasion. Movies VII and IX are regular episode-grade material but still enjoyable from time-to-time.
Worst of TrekEdit
- or Hall of Shame
Sadly, there were many parts of Star Trek which I did not enjoy. This is my list.
- Star Trek: Enterprise - It's okay, and it has its good and well-intended moments, but generally the huge plotholes (*ahem*, excuse me...) killed it for me.
- Star Trek: Voyager - Especially after the events of "Alliances" and "Threshold" (worst episode ever, even the writer agrees), it became boring old predictable episodes with almost no memorable moments. Plotholes not only against previous Star Trek series/movies, but also against its own show are abundant. I'd really rather not watch this again.
Two movies are also pretty bad: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek Nemesis. Star Trek V is really poorly thought-out, too much slapstick and ludicrous plot lines (travelling to the center of the galaxy in five days? yeah right). I'll grant one thing for it, it's still watchable only for laughs, so I've seen it probably three or four times in its entire length.
Now comes Star Trek Nemesis.... oh god, I can't even begin to start on the horrors. Plotholes abound (Wesley at the wedding, Worf on the Enterprise (demoted in rank, too), a slave race that supposedly can destroy its 'masters' at the flick of a wrist). Not to mention the lame attempted copy of II's ending; transferring Data's memory into B-4 (Spock -> McCoy) and subsequently killing himself (Spock + lethal radiation). Seriously, they tried to copy the best Star Trek film to date, and ended up with the worst Star Trek film instead. Why couldn't Data have his own transporter enhancer? HUH?
Nit-picking the better series', I can come up with the following (off the top of my head, more may come later):