Some Star Trek positivity

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Some Star Trek positivity

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Let's get some positivity going, eh? A lot of us seem to hold this franchise quite dearly to our hearts, so let's discuss what we like. Specifically:

1) What's your favourite series?
2) Who's your favourite character?
3) What's your favourite episode of your favourite series?
and if you want to get really nerdy
4) What's your favourite starship design in the series, and why?
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DS9 as the war with the Dominion was great

Dax for sexiness, Garak the tailor for all round interest

The Romulan attack on the Dominion home world. Great plot to that one with the Obsidian order.

Romulan Warbird. Loved the twin deck look of it. First time it appeared me and my mate down the pub were just blown away by the look.


Despite all that I'm not a huge fan, prefer Babylon 5, lol
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Let's get some positivity going, eh? A lot of us seem to hold this franchise quite dearly to our hearts, so let's discuss what we like. Specifically:

1) What's your favourite series?
2) Who's your favourite character?
3) What's your favourite episode of your favourite series?
and if you want to get really nerdy
4) What's your favourite starship design in the series, and why?
Those are tough ones

1. I will go with TNG, although it was hard to against TOS

2. Miles O'brien he is the everyperson easy to identify with

3. Best of Both Worlds TNG

4. TNG Enterprise

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1) TNG - The opening season was a little ropey but it slowly got so good!

2a) Picard - He was an inspiration to me in terms of a leader and how to manage people - and much of his wisdom as a people manager influenced me when I came to be in a management position of my own. I was gladdened to read an article later ( I don't recall the source now but it was reputable) that his style was also referenced when it came to teaching leadership skills to others in the real world.

2b) For the sexiness ... Mirror Darkly Hoshi or T'Pol

3) My favourite episode, was not from my favourite series, it was from DS9. I don't recall the title but it was basically O'Brien thinking there was some conspiracy going on and he was desperately trying to overcome it and win back his wife. He works so hard, overcomes the odds and finally he gets to the root of the conspiracy ... and then ... he discovers that he is not really O'Brien after all!! He is some sort of clone. The irony is, some enemy has created such a perfect clone they underestimated his response when he suspects everyone else is on to him. The clone does all the things the real O'Brien would do ... until his death. Inside ourselves, and the characters in the show, there is a realisation of what the real O'Brien was capable of, his loyalty and desire to do the right thing until his dying breath. The clone's undoing was it was too much like its source, the real O'Brien.

4) Voyager - I think it was an Intrepid class? Anywho - compact and kickass!
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I actually like the Xindi run on Enterprise.

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1. TNG was my favorite. If you take out the first season, it had a remarkably consistent run. I do think when we discuss the most
underrated series in the last 30 years or so, that DS9 should be on that list.
2. My favorite character was Q. I loved how he constantly challenged Picard.
3. My favorite episode is the alternate timeline episode where a dead Tasha Yar is still alive, Guinan spills the beans about how she
should not be here, and then Picard sends her out to fight on Enterprise C if I am not mistaken.
4. You know which ship I actually liked? The Defiant on DS9. Cool and sleek features.

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I suppose I might as well put my two cents in too.

1) TNG was also my favourite. It had the best combination of cast and character, does some (relatively simplistic but genuine) philosophising about this that and the other, and has more ongoing story stuff than people sometimes give it credit for. The changing situation with the Klingons and the civil war and such; Data's gradual adjustment to interaction with his organic colleagues; the whole buildup to and aftermath of Best of Both Worlds. It also had the highest proportion of characters I really liked: to the point where I think I almost would say that I preferred DS9, except that I never connected with Sisko. TNG's cast just pips it over the edge for me.

2) My favourite character is almost certainly Lt. Commander Data. There's something just so charismatic and genuine about his stumbling toward humanity: a genuinely artificial person trying to make sense of himself and the world entirely from scratch. It helps that he's also an absolutely raging badass: the bit in Best of Both Worlds where he wrestles with Locutus and wins always, always gets me hype. Also, even though his colleagues are accommodating of and sensitive to his difficulties, he doesn't get a total free pass. In "The Ensigns of Command" Data has to do some diplomacy, which - being emotionless - he's not very good at. At one point he asks Riker to put someone else in his place because it's not in his skill set, and Riker says, basically: "sorry mate, you're going to have to find a way." Data is challenged, and makes mistakes - he's not a mary-sue. He easily could have been, and indeed he could have been such an annoying character generally ("Danger! Danger, Captain Picard!"), but Brent Spiner just makes him absolutely fantastic. He embodies the spirit of curiosity, humanity, and tolerance that Star Trek's all about. Data IS Star Trek, made flesh. Or er, plastic.

3) My favourite episode is probably "The Survivors". It's one of the most effective mystery plots that TNG ever managed to pull off, it's genuinely tense, and the ending is really harrowing. I first watched TNG as a teenager, catching odd episodes on re-runs (so I hadn't yet seen other TNG greats like "Measure of a Man"), and I'd kind of always thought Star Trek was a bit silly up to that point. "The Survivors" is the first one that grabbed me by the throat and made me realise that it was genuine, quite intellectually daring (sometimes) sci-fi.

4) The Excelsior class. Almost like an art deco version of a Constitution class, if there was any ship that had to be THE background ship for the entire TNG era, I'm glad it was the Excelsior. Recognisably Starfleet, sturdy-looking, but sleek, it gave off to me the perfect combination of style and practicality within the boundaries of the ST universe. I prefer the original design of the standard Excelsior, rather than the bulkier refit of the Enterprise-B, but I don't think the refit looks bad.
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