Let me open my big bag of geek here for a second. I always preferred Star Wars to Star Trek, but Debbie is a Trekkie, so when I decided to watch every episode of MST3K, she countered with a request to watch all ten of the Star Trek movies. I groaned, but agreed. Debbie was originally a fan of The Next Generation, but watching the movies converted her. The original series characters are more compelling, with more agency, and more interesting adventures than the later films, some of which just seem like stretched television episodes.
I read some of David Brin’s criticism of Star Wars around this time as well. It turns out that I’ve grown up enough to really enjoy original series Star Trek. Star Wars is easy for a child to appreciate, but the Star Trek universe demands a more mature understanding of the way life works for full appreciation. After watching all of the films, and forcing Debbie to watch Trekkies and Trekkies 2, I went ahead and started scrounging Original Series episodes. So far we’ve seen two; the pilot episode [sans Captain Kirk, but with Spock] and “Where No Man Has Gone Before” in which a couple of the shipmates basically turn into Jedi/Sith, complete with telekinesis and Force lightning. In 1966, mind you.
I’m liking that the characters have backstories, have to wrestle with the emotional consequences of their decisions, and have their inner weaknesses thrown at them in every episode. It’s meaty, and kind of makes me want to see the new Star Trek flick coming out this summer.