This seemed to be the most appropriate review to start with. Since when I started “binge watching” on NetFlix, this was the first series I picked.
It brings back SO many memories for me, being curled up on the couch next to my dad as a young girl watching these every week when they first came out. I say young, and I mean it, lol, at least it seems young to me now, I wasn’t quite 9 years old when the series premiered. I got a friend hooked on it back then, and she became a bigger fan than I was.
While watching the all of it, in order, I realized there were plenty I had missed over the years, even tho I had (and still have) the habit of turning it on any time I happened to see reruns on.
As for my review (since that is what this is supposed to be). I LOVE IT. Five stars. Across the board. I can watch any episode, and be sucked in. Yes, I will agree, looking at it with a modern eye, some of the effects are terrible by today’s standard, but I also remember being AMAZED by them when I was younger.
The cast. I don’t even know where to start with this. Sir Patrick Stewart has such an amazing diversity of acting abilities that it blows my mind (especially from an actress’ point of view). Watching him develop the character and struggle with a star ship that has *gasp* CHILDREN on board was a lot of fun. Jonathan Frakes really grew as an actor and then director with this series. And I like him much better with the beard. Having grown up on Reading Rainbow, I went into this as a HUGE LaVar Burton fan. I remember getting all excited seeing him the first time! lol Not to mention, the Reading Rainbow episode he did with all the behind the scenes stuff. I still remember the jar of water with glitter stirred in as the effect for the transporter. Watching Michael Dorn start as the rough and gruff Klingon, to finally starting to be okay with his humanity is a lot of fun. Gates McFadden as the lovely Doctor was amazing. Wil Wheaton (WHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETOOOOOOOOOON sorry had to throw the Big Bang Theory in here a little) really grew through out the series as well, which yes I know he was supposed to, but you can also watch him become more comfortable with himself as the series continues. I wanted to be Marina Sirtis when I grew up (in fact, flashback to middle school, we had a Star Trek group at lunch with one of the coolest teachers ever, and I was Ship’s Counselor). I won’t go much further. But, I had to save probably my favorite actor for last. Brent Spiner. He can act, he can sing, he can play the good guy, he can play the bad guy. I LOVE seeing him in other stuff through the years. And yes, I’ve even heard (even if I don’t own it because I can’t find it) his album “Old Yellow Eyes”.
I won’t give too many spoilers here, but honestly it could have kept going. I do love the way they ended it. Especially with seeing what relationships developed throughout the years. But, honestly, I could keep watching it to this day (although I’m sure 30 years is probably too much lol).
So, to sum up. LOVE IT. If you’ve never watched it all, do so. Yes, it will take some time, there are 7 seasons after all, but it’s worth it. It’s one I will probably watch again at some point.