Yes. This may be old news for most of you but, bear with me.
Given my age, it should come as no surprise that I am an original Trekkie. I don't have any memories of the original pilot but I do recall watching Star Trek once it got off the ground in the 1960s. I also have more vivid memories of watching the repeats every day after school during my junior and senior years of high school. I was not a hard core Trekkie. But I knew a few. My only school friends, Edna and Betty, had memorized every episode, had all the books, had built the models, and had given themselves Trekkie names. They were amazing. Wonder where they are now.
Anyway, over the years, I watched the reruns, saw the movies, and waited patiently for the next installment of Gene Roddenberry's epic. In the 1990s when the new series were launched, I watched them, when I could between work and school and studying. But I only saw a few episodes of the 7 season Voyager.
I remember talk about STV. Much of it centered around the captain, Kathryn Janeway. After all, it's always about the captain. At the time, I figured it was just guy talk about a female captain and dismissed it as such. But, it didn't fit into my schedule and I wasn't able to see enough of the series to really form an opinion.
Decades later, NetFlix is installed on my television. They have Star Trek. They have Voyager. I decide to watch. While I can't say I saw every minute -- I'd doze off or get distracted by my computer or my dog, Muppet -- I did see enough to make the following observations. And I did see them cut that 75 year journey home down a lot.
First, STV is not a chronology as we have come to expect from many TV series. The star date in one episode may actually precede the star date in the prior episode. They time travel a lot.
Second, I have visions of the writers arriving at work on Monday morning, sitting at the round table, drinking their coffee, trying not to look at each other. Until, one throws up his hands and shouts, "I got nothin'." This is as close to an acid trip as Starfleet will ever get.
Third, they completely destroy the ship an uncountable number of times. This is so different from earlier Star Trek series where they save the ship at all costs. And begs the question, without a ship, how do they get home? Well, in the ship, of course. There's that time travel thing again.
Fourth, although they throw around the Prime Directive a lot, they don't observe it too well.
Finally, the holodeck gets a serious work out in many episodes despite the complaints about limited energy supplies and limited replicator rations. I guess when you're faced with a 75 year journey, entertainment becomes more important than food.
Having said all that, I did enjoy STV. I was not riveted to the screen. I would not put this on my Top 10 List of things to watch on NetFlix. But STV is true to Gene Roddenberry's vision and is a good view. I don't recommend binge watching -- I still can't get the theme song out of my head. Maybe watch it the way it was intended to be watched -- one or two episodes a week.
I spend more time than I like to admit on NetFlix and other services. When I can't sleep or am too exhausted to even think, I pop on the TV. As do most people, I have some definite opinions about entertainment offerings on cable, NetFlix, VuDu, and in theatres. If you're interested, read on....