Rather than continue the off topic discussion over here, I think I’ll propose this as a separate article. Which was your favourite Star Trek series? Which was your least favourite? Why? I’ll list my opinions under “Read More”.

In order from most to least favourite, I’d have to rank the Star Trek series like this:
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager

Why do I rank them this way? Deep Space Nine, to me, was the only series that wasn’t insufferably optimistic. Even when things looked dire for the crew of the Enterprise, there was an uplifting feeling at the end of the episode (with some notable exceptions, such as “The City On The Edge Of Forever.”) It allowed the exploration of characters that seemed more human than those on the other shows.

As far as Next Generation and the Original Series are concerned, they were very much the same vision and the same intent. The only real difference between them came from the production value and acting talent. The original series just can’t compete on these grounds with a show made twenty years later that had better backing from the network.

And then there’s Voyager. I think I’ve seen about ten episodes of Voyager. (I stopped watching it before my local affiliates stopped airing it. Now I only get syndicated reruns.) They turned me off in the second episode, with the singularity. While I loved the scene with Janeway and Torres geeking out while deciding a course of action (and leaving the other people behind in the process,) the fact that the entire episode was founded on a momumental misunderstanding of general relativity turned me off the series for a long time. I’ve tried watching it again, but it seems like a pale attempt to bring back the glory of the Next Generation.

By the way, those of you with the Next Generation Technical Manual can look up the warp curve. Watch the pilot of Voyager, and you’ll find out the maximum speed of the ship. Look that speed up on the warp curve. Now, knowing that the radius of our galaxy is about 12,500 parsecs today, and that the current value of the Hubble constant is about 50 km/(s*Mpc), you can figure out how long it will take the ship to get home. Go ahead; I’ll wait.

I did this calculation when the pilot aired. According to my calculations, there will be no appreciable difference in the size of our galaxy. That means the diameter is about 82,000 light years. That’s 54 years at warp 9. If they landed roughly in the center of the delta quadrant, that’s a 27 year trip home. The pilot episode states that they can indefinitely maintain a speed greater than warp 9, though. (It’s 9.something.) That means they can make it in a little over 20 years. Admittedly, that’s uncomfortably long, but that’s not nearly as bad as they made it out to. They also said the ship can maintain a warp 9.99{something} for six hours. These people could be home in ten years. That’s only slightly longer than the seven year exploration mission the Enterprise-D had. The premise didn’t work, because they don’t put enough thought into the capabilities of the technology they create. In my opinion, they should have been blasted into a neighbouring galaxy.

Anyway, enough of my thoughts. What are yours?