Why Star Trek?

Hello and welcome to Savage Treks! I created this blog as a space to write about my journey watching all of Star Trek in its entirety for the first time. This is something that I have been wanting to do for a while now so I am excited to get started!

With this being the first post on my new website, I thought that it would be cool to start off with a little bit of my background with Star Trek and why I have decided to dedicate the time to watching all of it.

Unlike a lot of Trekkies (Star Trek fans for those who aren’t familiar with the slang), I did not grow up with Star Trek. In fact, I didn’t watch my first episode of Star Trek until I was 20. I started with The Original Series and really only started watching it because a friend of mine was really into it. While the production value was definitely different than what I was used to (being produced in the late 1960s), I was really drawn into the show by the depth that I began to notice in the plot lines. Star Trek, at its heart, is truly a show about what it means to exist- and to coexist- peacefully with those around you, and while we may not always be able to relate in a literal sense to what the characters are going through, there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the challenges that the crew of the Enterprise face. This show is deeply embedded with moral and ethical lessons that really challenge one to think (or at least, they did for me).

When I first discovered Star Trek, it felt so perfectly timed because I got really into it as I was stepping into positions of power as a student leader on a college campus, and watching the show really challenged me to think about what type of leader I wanted to be. As silly as it may sound, I constantly asked myself how I could be more like the role models that I found on Star Trek. How could I be more confident in myself, while remaining humble and level-headed like Kirk? How could I be realistic like Spock?

Watching the crew face issues was very validating for me because although my issues were completely different, I was able to see that struggle does not equal failure. There were a lot of moments where I truly did not see a way out for the crew of the Enterprise, but they somehow managed to find a way- and that feeling exists in real life as well. All of the parallels that I was able to draw between the fictitious adventures on Star Trek and things that I have experienced in real life was something that I found extremely empowering.

After going through graduate school and finally having free time again, I recently sat down to re-watch The Original Series. I got a few episodes in before realizing I wanted to create a blog. When every episode gives you an existential crisis about how amazing and relevant the show is, it’s time to start writing.

So that’s where I am. At this point I have only ever seen The Original Series, some of The Animated Series, and a few episodes here and there from other series. I’ve also seen the new Star Trek movies with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. So that leaves a lot of Star Trek un-watched!

And so the journey begins!

35 Seasons.

774 Episodes.

13 Movies.

Over 556 Hours.

I’m ready.

Join me next time for the first Pilot episode of Star Trek, “The Cage”.

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