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Trekker help?

Nicholaso2

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Report this May. 28 2013, 6:15 pm

Hello, I have been seriously delving into Star Trek recently after spending most of my life as an avid Star Wars fan. I am beginning to realize how brilliant Star Trek is and I would love to know which TV series, movies, etc.. I should be pursuing to gain the best understanding of Star Trek possible and maybe be a real Trekkie! lol. Obviously the new adaption of Star Trek by Abrams has gotten me more into it. I have seen both of his movies, the original TV series, Star Trek 1-4 movies, and read some of the comics. I have been thinking of starting The Next Generation, but am still not sure...any help?

CountJohn

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Report this May. 28 2013, 6:30 pm

I'd just watch everything in production order. So that means The Next Generation and the last two original cast TOS movies next. As a side note, the first season of TNG isn't so hot, but it gets better fast so don't quit on it. You might just find an episode guide online and only watch the early episodes that are important for the rest of the show.

CountJohn

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Report this May. 28 2013, 6:46 pm

I'll go ahead and say what episodes from TNG season 1 are essential-


Encounter at Fairpoint (the pilot, introduces an important recurring character)


The Naked Now (very important character episode that is referenced in important contexts later on)


Where No One Has Gone Before (introduces an important recurring character)


Hide and Q (another episode with said character from the pilot)


Haven (introduces a recurring character)


Datalore (introduces a recurring character)


Coming of Age (introduces a recurring story line)


Skin of Evil (another very important early character episode)


If you find you actually kind of like the early TNG episodes you can add-


The Last Outpost (introduces a new alien race that is featured heavily in the later Star Trek series)


The Battle (establishes a lot about Captain Picard's background)


The Big Goodbye (somewhat important character episode, gives a nice overview of holodeck technology, and is one of the few gems in season 1)


One One Zero Zero One Zero Zero One (The Enterprise computer gets upgraded and this episode is referenced occasionally)


Heart of Glory (another somewhat important character episode, and establishes background info about Klingon-Federation relations)


The Neutral Zone (the return of the Romulans and it also subtly leades into some plot devolopments in later seasons)


You can skip a couple real duds in season 2. The Outrageous Okona (an exceedingly lame episode that is basically a 'Han Solo comes to the Enterprise' fanfick)  and Shades of Grey (a clipshow) immediately come to mind. On the whole TNG is really solid, especially later on. There's not a whole lot of stuff I'd specifically reccomend you skip.

willowtree

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Report this May. 29 2013, 11:41 am

first of all...trekkie not trekker


 


and please be aware that the Abram movies are NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING like the series.


 


I would recommend picking a series and just start watching. They're all available on Netflix. Keep in mind though that the first season of pretty much every series isn't always the best and once you get into the second and third season they start to get really good.


TNG is the most mainstream you might like that the best, but the first season is exremely 80's and can be quite cheesy at times

Nicholaso2

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Report this May. 29 2013, 12:02 pm

Thank you so much for your help! I have already started TNG and I am already in love with it! Looks like I will be busy for a while since Netflix has all of them! And I have heard that a "Trekker" was a less serious more casual fan of Star Trek while "Trekkie" is the extreme obsessed version? Is that wrong? lol

bunkey

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Report this May. 29 2013, 12:06 pm

Someone else asked this a few pages back so that thread may be helpful.


http://www.startrek.com/boards-topic/33380026/how-to-watch-star-trek-please-some-help

willowtree

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Report this May. 29 2013, 12:58 pm

everyone who likes Star Trek is a trekkie.


 


Trekker was a term that some people came up with who were to embarassed and snobby to call themselves trekkies

Nicholaso2

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Report this May. 29 2013, 1:25 pm

Ah that makes sense, thank you for clearing that up! lol

sunofjerrell

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Report this May. 29 2013, 7:03 pm

I need a hand, my daughter's 6th grade science final is a one page paper on the differences in the original series USS Enterprise and the current movie version. Can anyone help?

DS9_FOREVER!

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Report this May. 29 2013, 8:00 pm

This should help.


http://www.coldnorth.com/owen/game/miscellaney/comparisons/compare.htm


 


Even more contentious is the debate over the size of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 in the new 2009 Star Trek movie directed by JJ Abrams. Figures released by animators at ILM stated that it is 735 metres long. This is larger than the USS EnterpriseNCC-1701-E's 685 metres length, but it still appeared to be detailed at a size matching the refit from the first six movies. It later turned out that the ship had been designed with a length of only 366 metres, and rescaled to match a single ambiguous FX shot.


Luckily, Polar Lights chose a compromise scale for their model kit, due out in 2010. "Officially" 1/2500 scale, it works out to by nearly 1/1000 scale at the original design size.


I just found this great Star Trek MB!!  photo ac1685424929087bf1b7e7e0d734f861.jpg

DS9_FOREVER!

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Report this May. 29 2013, 8:07 pm


I just found this great Star Trek MB!!  photo ac1685424929087bf1b7e7e0d734f861.jpg

willowtree

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Report this May. 30 2013, 7:51 am

Quote: sunofjerrell @ May. 29 2013, 7:03 pm

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>I need a hand, my daughter's 6th grade science final is a one page paper on the differences in the original series USS Enterprise and the current movie version. Can anyone help?

>


you're going to need a lot more than one page

OtakuJo

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Report this May. 30 2013, 11:20 pm

Quote: Nicholaso2 @ May. 29 2013, 12:02 pm

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>Thank you so much for your help! I have already started TNG and I am already in love with it! Looks like I will be busy for a while since Netflix has all of them! And I have heard that a "Trekker" was a less serious more casual fan of Star Trek while "Trekkie" is the extreme obsessed version? Is that wrong? lol

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Trekkie/Trekker -- there's no real discernable difference that anybody can be certain of, although perhaps more people insist on "Trekker"...


So happy to hear that you are enjoying TNG. I was going to say that you can pretty well start at any point -- I prefer the third season onward, as there are a few good episodes from the first couple of seasons but it is mostly pretty bad until season 3/4.


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Utopia Planetia

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Report this Jun. 04 2013, 6:00 am

There's an interview of Nichelle Nichols on this site. She disputes you guys' etymology on trekkie/trekker. She says avid fans in the early 70s originally called themselves trekkers. She says they only changed to 'trekkie' after others -- either the actors or reports, I forget which -- began identifying them that way.


Also, all the shows are on this site too, Nicholosa, under 'Videos.'

ST:TNA

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Report this Jun. 07 2013, 3:18 pm

In my recommendation:


The rest of the movies


Some of the books


TNG- Encounter at Farpoint, Relics, and Unification Part 1, and 2.


VOY- The first one Seven of Nine appears in.


DS9- Trials, and Tribble-ations.


ENT- I haven't seen a full episode.


I would see Generations, then read Williams Shatner's Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger. 


I've read The Return, and Avenger, but not Ashes of Eden.


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