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What’s the Best Star Trek?

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Star Trek, and I’m currently attempting to go through all of the series and movies. I’m also thinking about getting back into playing Star Trek Online, which I played once about 5 years ago for one night. But I’m not talking about the game, I’m talking about the TV series.

There’s always a debate about what the best series is. Well, in an attempt to be controversial (or not), here is my ranking:

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation – This has always been my favourite.
  2. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Great storytelling.
  3. Star Trek: The Original Series – Just a lot of fun, even though the acting isn’t always the best.
  4. Star Trek: Enterprise – So much promise for a great series, but it had a few problems. I still enjoyed it a lot.
  5. Star Trek: Voyager – Good idea, but I felt it had the weakest episodes. I still enjoyed it, though.

I’m really wondering where Star Trek: Discovery will fit in.

So, what do you think? How would you rank the series?

Questioning the Intelligence of Today’s Children’s Shows

My daughter watches a lot of Disney Junior.  When I was her age, I didn’t have the abundance of kids shows she does today.  Back then, and in the 80s, the educational shows I watched were Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

Looking back, I have to compare today’s educational shows with what I watched.  Sesame Street dealt with death.  Mister Roger’s Neighborhood dealt with disabilities.  All of those shows handled acceptance and taught kids how to treat others with respect.  They didn’t dumb things down or talk down to kids.  They treated the issues honestly and with a very straightforward message and a lot of kindness.

What about today’s shows?  Well, there are some things that irk me about the shows my daughter watches.  I’ll take a look at a couple of mild cases, then the biggest problem show.

I’ll start off with the big show, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  That’s right, I’m going after Mickey!  I grew up loving the Mickey Mouse cartoons.  I look at this show and see totally different personalities.  I understand that this show is for education and not entertainment, but it seems like they’ve stripped them of their personalities.  Mickey Mouse now needs help to decide how to do things. Before, he was able to think for himself.  Donald was always easy to anger. Now it’s like he’s been put on some kind of medication that controls his temper, yet puts him into mild depression from time to time.  Pete was Mickey’s arch-nemesis.  Now he’s just a mischievous character that does no more than try to get Mickey and friends to pay for things they shouldn’t have to pay for.

Second is Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  I’ll put this simply, Captain Hook is now so immature and childish, he no longer has the impact he had in Peter Pan.  He’s a grown man who acts far more childish than Jake and his friends.  Right.  And Jake isn’t a pirate.  A pirate steals things.  The title is a lie.

So, here’s the big one.  Special Agent Oso.  This guy is a special agent who helps kids do some rather mundane everyday tasks.  He can operate a car, train, and airplane.  Yet he needs help to fold a piece of paper.  How the hell can he drive when he can’t even fold a stupid piece of paper in half without instructions!  He is a moron! An absolute idiot!  How could he ever have been hired as a special agent?

Not everything is bad.  I like Handy Manny.  He doesn’t dumb things down for kids. He tells things like they are.  And the show is actually educational! It shows kids how to fix things!  However, they speak strangely, saying the occasional word in Spanish, then the same word in English.  No one talks like that.  Other than that, it’s a solid show.

Do you agree or disagree?  Are today’s kids shows dumbed down too much?

Children’s TV Doesn’t Always Make Sense

I’m used to reading novels written for adults, or at least young adults.  But mostly adults. They’re very complex and eventually make sense.  However, have you ever watched children’s TV as an adult?  There are so many things that make absolutely no sense.

Peter Pan was fine, but ever watch Disney Junior’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates? It’s a group of three child pirates led by Jake.  They do things like skateboarding, baseball, and other modern recreational activities, things that people in Neverland shouldn’t actually know anything about.  Not only that, Jake and his friends shouldn’t even be called pirates.  They do no pirating! They go on adventures trying to find treasure or help people.  They never hijack a ship and steal its cargo.  Also, Captain Hook has a crew of three.  That’s all.  Three.  Smee and a pair that sings.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is another one.  Everyone sings.  They never sang in the cartoons.  Donald is too friendly.I know it’s a show where children are supposed to watch and tell them what to do, but the way it comes across, they sound like idiots.  Also, having watched the Japanese version, Goofy has an awful voice.  I prefer his English voice.

Little Einsteins is a show that has child geniuses solving a mission while in their rocket.  This has nothing to do with science.  Einstein was a scientist.  These kids are musical prodigies.  What does that have to do with Einstein?  It should be Little Mozarts or something.

This doesn’t mean all shows are bad.  I like Handy Manny.  He seems to be speaking to kids in a more grown-up way.  He seems intelligent.  The only odd thing is that he occasionally says a word in Spanish, then the word in English.  No one talks that way.

Have you watched children’s shows as an adult and wondered what the writers were thinking?

Star Trek versus Star Wars

This is one of those eternal debates, like Coke vs. Pepsi.  They have staunch fans on both sides and not many are in the middle.  For instance, I prefer Coke.  Pepsi is okay, but it’s sweeter and gives me a bad aftertaste.  Coke tends to refresh me far better.

As for Star Trek and Star Wars, I’m on the side of Star Trek.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like Star Wars.  I do, and I’m interested in the upcoming movies.  But I’ve been a big fan of Star Trek since I started faithfully watching it around 1990 with The Next Generation.  I had seen the original series before, but that was back when I was watching Saturday morning cartoons.  It wasn’t until I was starting Junior high school that I began to appreciate it.

Star Trek has it all, a vast history with numerous species and cultures all working together for peace.  It’s an ideal future, except that there are enemies to contend with.  The kind of society in Star Trek is something I’d love to live in.  Going to another planet would be fairly easy.  It was written to be like a utopia.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it seems to be a far better life than we have today.

Star Wars tends to have more fantasy elements to it.  While I prefer reading fantasy over science fiction, I’d rather watch science fiction over fantasy.  Star Wars feels less realistic to me, more fantastic, more dramatic.  Dramatic is okay, but sometimes it’s over the top, like Hayden Christensen’s acting.  I do really enjoy the original trilogy, though.  It’s fun to watch repeatedly.

However, I find the depth in Star Trek to be far more engaging, making it number one to me.  It’s only logical for me to pick Star Trek.

How about you?  Are you a Star Trek or Star Wars fan?  Leave a comment, and live long and prosper!