I wasn’t sure what to write on this incredible day when Star Trek turns FIFTY YEARS OLD!
I didn’t want to let the moment pass without saying at least something. But what? Then a few days ago, I received a message from a podcaster who was still working on an interview I’d done with him:
To be honest with you, I’m pretty much over Star Trek at this point. When I can finally bring myself to finish this episode I’m gonna upload it to the network and then I’m done with Star Trek fandom. There’s plenty of stuff to spend my time and money on. I’ll post you as soon as the episode is up.
This really broke my heart, mostly because it wasn’t the only message like this I’d seen recently. Some members on the SMALL ACCESSgroup had expressed similar sentiments, as had others here and there.
I understand the reason for being frustrated or even angry at the moment–with the studios, with other fans, with Star Trek in general. But then I started remembering all the reasons I chose to become a Trekkie in the first place. Heck, I sometimes wonder if it was actually the other way around and Star Trek chose ME! But however I got here, I can’t quit you, Star Trek! I can’t even imagine doing so…no matter how many lens flares I see or how many fan film guidelines I read.
So here’s my little celebration of Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary: 50 moments we’ve all shared over the years as fans. Even if you don’t recognize all 50, hopefully you’ll remember enough to feel that Star Trek magic again. Maybe, if you’re contemplating walking away from Star Trek, this trip down (Jonathan) Memory Lane will help you remember why you came to Star Trek in the first place.
It was hard to choose only 50 moments, so please feel free to add more moments of your own in the comments section…
Man! Is that 50 already??? I’ve got so many more: Picard playing the flute in “The Inner Light.” Kirk and Spock dressed as gangsters. General Chang quoting Shakespeare in the original Klingon. Any scene with Vic Fontaine in it. The saucer section of the Enterprise-D crashing in “Generations.” The Enterprise-E fighting the Borg Cube. Voyager and Equinox cruising alongside each other. The Romulan commander playing cat and mouse with the Enterprise in “Balance of Terror.” Gowron. Martok. Species 8472. Spock meeting himself in “Yesteryear.” Finally finding out how the Klingons lost their bumpy foreheads. William Shatner shouting “Get a life!” to a convention full of Trekkies on SNL. Anything from JJ Trek (I’m sure I could find SOMETHING!).
I need another 50 years to fit it all in!!!
And that’s my point, I suppose. There is so much to Star Trek…much, much more than fan film guidelines and fans arguing about fan film guidelines. Much, much more than apparent corporate greed and a subscription-based new TV series. Star Trek is not only about what the studios make and give to us; it’s about what WE FANS make of Star Trek, too. It always has been. And I’m not just talking fan films or fan fiction or cosplay. I am talking EVERYTHING…from reading a Trek comic or novel to debating at length who the best captain was or which series blew the others away (DS9, of course!).
If you’re thinking of walking away from Trek fandom, please hear me when I say: “Don’t.” Scroll down this page again and then type in one of your own moments in the comments section. Or type in as many as you want…there’s an endless supply! Let that be your anchor. Let that be your last battlefield. Star Trek needs its fans, now more than ever.
Read Kirk’s words in this one final moment from Star Trek history that marked the revival of the franchise from a near-death oblivion:
Star Trek will live on and prosper as long as there are fans. Believe in it. Love it. Stay with it. The human adventure is still just beginning…