I used to love Star Trek. I grew up watching the original series in re-runs every Sunday at 4 p.m. on channel 12. For nearly two decades!
I video taped every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I audio taped every episode. I had little forms that I filled out as I watched the episodes, noting which recurring minor characters appeared in the episode (Lwaxana Troi! O’Brien!), which recurring subplots resurfaced (Worf’s family is dishonored! Data wants to be human!), etc. etc. I rated every episode. I was thrilled by the Borg, amused by Q. I even liked Wesley Crusher, and defended him to my friends. When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted, I followed it with equal fanaticism.
Then came Star Trek: Voyager. The premise of the show seemed promising, but the first season was terrible. On 19 June 1995 I posted my disgust to rec.arts.startrek.current and basically gave up on the franchise.
Voyager limped through its seven year run with ever-dwindling audiences. Paramount tried to pimp the new series, Star Trek: Enterprise, as a return to the swashbuckling adventures of old. I watched half of the first season (and scattered episodes since), but from what I’ve seen, it’s just more of the same old shit.
Every Star Trek fan knows what needs to be done to fix the franchise: jettison Rick Berman, who has single-handedly destroyed that which we once loved.
I can’t wait to get Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn on DVD.