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Enterprise(d) Surprised

I’m watching it, and…I like it.  A few weeks ago I was catching up on Battlestar Galactica episodes on my DVR when the commercials started to roll.  Before I could hit fast forward I saw a Star Trek ship.  Having just finished Star Trek: Voyager, I really missed my Federation friends.  It was a moment of blissful nostalgia.  I then saw that it was an ad for Enterprise.  The Sci-Fi Channel would be airing three episodes every Tuesday.  Funny, I thought, today is Tuesday.  So I hopped on over to my local listings and saw that the Enterprise episode starting that evening was “Broken Bow.”  Hmm.  That really didn’t tell me much, so I did another jump.  This time over the StarTrek.com to the episode guide.  As fate would have it, (and she is a saucy minx) “Broken Bow” was Season 1, Episode 1.  What was I to do?  I had earlier mocked that Scott Bakula would force me to watch Enterprise last…fate proved me wrong.  I am watching Enterprise now.  Nine episodes later I can comfortably say that I enjoy it so far.  It’s not Voyager, but it’s pretty good.

This time we are in the Alpha Quadrant.  Vulcan’s are our annoying friends who won’t let us doing anything fun.  Klingon’s are the enemy.  And we can only travel warp 5.

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The Ultimate Question: Where to begin?

An avid fan of science fiction from the moment I saw Agent Mulder’s “The Truth is Out There” poster in high school, it was really only a matter of time before I started watching Star Trek.  Couple this inevitable occurrence with the easily available DVD TV series and I ran out of excuses.  Star Trek is a huge empire though.  Where in this galaxy was I supposed to begin?

Some folks urged me to start at the beginning.  That sounded reasonable to me.  Captain Kirk.  Mr. Spok.  Scottie.  I mean these are all of the Star Trek characters of legend.  I wasn’t feeling it though.  I find older shows a bit difficult to watch sometimes if I am not really interested in the story line.  So, the original series was out for my beginning point.

In my youth I had watched a few episodes of The Next Generation and enjoyed it very much.  In fact, I’ve seen all of the TNG feature films.  Still wasn’t there for me though…

Enterprise…  Eh, I really didn’t want to start with Scott Bakula.  I think that would have ruined it for me.   Star Trek fan sites also seemed to rank it at the bottom so I felt confident in checking that one off the list fairly quickly.  I think I’ll probably watch it last.

My best friend from law school last year is a big Deep Space Nine fan.  Usually agreeing with her in taste, I’m sure I would have enjoyed it.  Sadly, the opportunity to watch a DS9 episode never happened upon me.  In effect, it’s going to have to settle for 2nd place in my series viewing.

That leaves only one, Star Trek Voyager.  I LOVE IT!  Last week I was flipping through the channels in my afternoon break before class and I caught the beginning of Voyager.  It was great.  I DVR’d that episode (“The 37’s,” episode 1 of season 2) and I haven’t missed an episode yet.  I plan on Netflix(ing) the first season in the near future so I am all caught up.

Why Voyager?  The answer is simple, Janeway.

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I have an absolute weakness for powerful female leads on television.  Xena.  Scully.  Buffy.  Colonel Carter.  I think they are all wonderful, and Janeway is an excellent addition to the list.  Perhaps I like them because I, as a woman, aspire to have similar strength, courage, and wisdom.  Or, perhaps (and probably more correctly) I like those qualities in all people.  I just think it’s cool when the women kick butt!

Anyway, I am beginning my Star Trek endeavor stranded in the Delta Quadrant with the crew of the Starship Voyager somewhere in the middle of their second year.