CBS (ended 1994)
my fav series depends on aspect... the best stories? I liked TOS (I heard DS9 was good, but have not gotten round to watching it)... character wise? I liked Voyager (I felt Tuvok really stepped it up for Vulcans, and Torres was great in showing both her Klingon and Human sides and the conflict there of, and the Doctor was awesome)... over all story of the whole show? I liked Enterprise (the fleshing out of some of the second rate races (like Andorians, Orions, and Old School Klingons) that had shown up in TOS and others as basically back-drop for a story was great...
So each show has its merits and flaws... its just a matter of what you look for in a Trek...
btw, out of curiosity, how much does a person's fav relate to their age? I'm 30 and I watched TOS in reruns for years before TNG came out... what everyone's age and fav trek to see if there a correlation?
|(not to mention they don't always use makeup for the different species of aliens, I didn't even recognize the Klingons, they looked human!)|
Oh! Thanks for the info! Yea, it does look a bit strange, but I guess it's what I'm used to. I've seen more TNG than I have TOS. But they've had a lot more aliens with even wilder looks!
Since this is the TNG forum, I feel compelled to retort a bit about people saying other series of ST are better, even though I have an appreciation for all the other shows.
TNG was on a soap-box alot of the time. That's actually part of what made it so great. TNG came out in the late 80's when almost all television was superficial and/or ridiculous. (Not that that's changed much recently, but I digress.) When everything else was a mixture of Who's the Boss? and/or American Gladiators, TNG brought some real feeling and thought to the little screen. I still like those other shows I grew up with, but they don't have any relevance to my overall life, whereas TNG does.
Those soap-boxes they pulled out were so varied and vast... so imaginative and thought-provoking in their time. There were no other shows that would spend seasons talking about racism, disabilities, the essence of being human, aliens' rights, terrorism, personal growth and regret, and all areas of morality. They explored all these things and the cast was generally phenomenal... and lead by the best Captain you could ever hope for in Jean-Luc Picard: a diplomat, warrior, and CEO rolled into one!
The best episodes of TNG -- Chain of Command, The Inner Light, Darmok, etc. -- all beat the ever-loving crap out of the best episodes of the other ST franchises, with or without the excess phaser fire and explosions! I know the others are still good... I like them all in different ways... but TNG is exactly what it should have been. I still think it is the ideal of what Roddenberry always wanted a show to be. His hands were tied with TOS because of our culture then. In TNG he could realize the ultimate goal of fleshing out 100 socio-political and moral topics over many seasons. Despite some failings, if you take the show all-in-all, for what's it's worth, it was a truly noble undertaking.
I first saw TNG on my own accord and immediately loved. It was during a low point of my life. Basically I was going through depression phase and watching the marathon on then TNN now Spike is what got me through that rpugh patch. I got into the other shows basically to get a well rounded view on the Star Trek franchise. Then basically tried to devour everything STAR TREK. TNG was a little more diplomatic than the other shows, but I think that was due to that it was made during the 80s with the cold war feeling still lingering. Everything was handled in a sensitive manner, so portraying a diplomatic warrior/captain was in my opinion the way to go. Picard wanted to handle everything peacefully so that no lives were lost. As for DS9 and Voyager, Sisko sure didnt surrender as much as Picard and Janeway never wooried about creating a confrontation if she thought she was acting for the greater good even though usually her crew got the short end of the stick. Kirk was aware of the prime directive just didnt care. And as for Archer well his adventures with his crew was probably what prompted the creation of the Prime Directive.
Basically Voyager just didnt do anything for me . The episodes seemed sub-par. The characters werent that engaging or interesting. I mean the best episodes were probably with those that dealt with guest stars . Unlike TNG I can think of a number episodes that were great becuase of the characters that were in it. Darmok couldnt have been done with any body else than Picard ,but anybody could have played the alien captain.Same with inner light. Parallels.
DS9 is probably second best becuz it had the second best cast. I can watch almost any episode of TNG, but with DS9 i can only see certain seasons entirely and some episodes in the rest.
TOS is great becuase it has this great charm. Partly due to when it was recorded and their cheap special effects and the dialogue with thactors was great. It is my third best trek.
Voyager and Enterprise are tied for last. But Enterprise wsa more engaging than Voyager but never had a chance to fully mature so cant say for sure.