I recently discovered a new channel called Heroes & Icons (H&I). Every weeknight, they will play an episode from each of the five Star Trek shows. It’s been great to see these shows again even if I am just listening to them while doing other things. So I’ve had Star Trek on the brain the past few weeks! So many people love Star Trek and its various incarnations and I’m no exception. I have to say that the original ground-breaking series starring William Shatner was really not on my list of viewing pleasures back in the day. Granted, at the time the show was airing, I was just a baby. Even so, the few reruns of the show that I saw growing up did not hugely catch my interest. It’s rather surprising considering my love of science fiction. I really only became a “Trekkie” when Star Trek: The Next Generation began. It was also then that I developed a deeper appreciation for the original. Of all the shows that came after the original: The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise, it’s tough for me to pick a favorite. They were all unique and entertaining in their own way.
It’s been a long time since there has been a Star Trek show on television so you can imagine how excited I was to hear that CBS was developing a new one: Star Trek Discovery. Alas, this was quickly followed by the “discovery” (pun intended) that it would be available to viewers for a price via CBS All Access. I’m disappointed to say the least as I’m not sure that I want to pay to view it. Guess I will wait and see how successful it is.
Anyway, I decided to focus on the characters of Star Trek for Five Favorites Friday. There are so many great ones that I could easily list a dozen or more. As I was mulling over this dilemma, it came to me. There are five Star Trek shows. I’ll just pick one from each show! It was still a tough process but here they are:
Original Series – Spock
He’s got that whole “logical” thing going on. Yeah, I really like that. I’m a big fan of logic. His subtle sense of humor was quite clever and those rare times he smiled or showed emotion left a deep impression. And let’s not forget the Vulcan nerve pinch! Who wouldn’t love to be able to take down some annoying twerp with a simple shoulder pinch? Oh, the fantasies…
The Next Generation – Data
The android that desperately wanted to be human. His child-like innocence was often humorous and heartbreaking. This was a character that definitely developed and grew over the years as he tried to understand what it was to be human. Data could be so sweet, especially with his pet cat. I also just liked his calm demeanor in the face of chaos. We could all use someone like that when the going gets tough.
Voyager – The Doctor
Of all the Star Trek characters, this one made me laugh the most. He had such a bad temper and a horrible bedside manner much to my amusement. He had some of the best lines and his facial expressions were hilarious. Technically, he was only a hologram and not real; but he was so determined to be a respected and genuine part of the crew. The fact that he managed to do that in the long run was awesome. He saved the day more than once!
Deep Space Nine – Quark
Quark was kind of a shady guy, always up to no good. He had no problem with illegal activities if it meant making money. But underneath that, he had some very keen observations of the people around him exposing hypocrisies and telling it straight. And deep down he was actually a pretty decent guy. Complex characters like these are always the most fascinating to me.
Enterprise – Capt. Jonathan Archer
It took me a while to warm up to this Star Trek show because it was quite different and it took a while for it to find its footing; but I eventually came to love it. The relationships of this crew were some of the best – a very cohesive team. The captain is my favorite because he was so relatable. He struggled with many things but wasn’t afraid to learn from his mistakes and do better. It didn’t hurt that Scott Bakula played him! And what’s not to love about a captain who brings his dog with him?
One of the best things to come from this show was the theme song, “Faith of the Heart” by Russel Watson. Whenever I need inspiration, motivation, or a pick me up, I listen to that song. It’s beautiful. If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you to listen to it. So play the video, sit back, listen, and prepare to feel your soul soar: FAITH OF THE HEART