Voyager vs. Enterprise: the Final Viewing
I have a lot of time on my hands these days. So between the 1-2 hours of exercise and home maintenance, I'm having to find unique ways to entertain myself. I've never watched a whole lot of Enterprise or Voyager, the two "failures" of the Star Trek universe. So I thought it might be interesting to watch both and write down my thoughts on each in contrast. So these are the scribblings of the dorkship kazooka, it's two week mission, to seek out and watch Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise and mock them or laud them accordingly.
A little bit of background. I was never a huge Star Trek fan growing up. I watched a lot of TNG, and a little bit of DS9, but I never really got deep into it the way that other nerds and geeks of my generation did. Then, when I first started dating my girlfriend, I began to watch old episodes of Deep Space Nine. My girlfriend happened to see the folder open one day and got a strange look on her face before asking to watch a episode with me. I immediately went into high school repressed nerd mode, and assumed that she was indulging a weird hobby of mine. What was actually happening is that she had at least one Star Trek engineering uniform in a closet in her parents house, and some incriminating Seven of Nine cosplay photos. The weird expression was her trying not to repress her own giant geek-out moment. We've been together for four years now. So I have a particular soft spot for Deep Space Nine beyond its own merits. I also feel, rather controversially, that Sisko is the best captain and could possibly take Kirk in a fistfight.
I don't have a deep emotional connection or identification with a lot of Star Trek. It was something I kind of liked and that my friends really liked, but my science fiction was more based in the hard sci-fi books of the 90's. The space in my heart where Star Trek would normally fit is largely occupied by David Brin's Startide Rising universe, a brilliant world that is unlikely to ever make it to Hollywood due to its reliance on talking dolphins and chimpanzees. But I love the idea of Star Trek, I love the optimism of it and the underlying sense of community. It's something I appreciate more and more the older I get, and something I hope to see maintained as a constant in our pop culture now and into the future.
So all that said, let's get down to some Trekking.