50 years of Star Trek
I watched the original series on a black and white clunky television. My daughters watched it enough to remember, and to tape the 30 year Special Edition of the series on VHS.
Those tapes are with me still, as the daughter who saved them for me is gone, and I have very little in the way of material keepsakes.
Rather than thinking about the programs as a nostalgic time, I think in terms of commerce.
When the series was threatened because of low ratings, and you have to recognize that a 54 rating was not going to be profitable, then the college kids who started the writing letters campaign to the network were really asking them to take a loss in revenue.
The 54 Nielson viewing rating has to mean something!
What it meant was that not enough people tuning in to watch a new science fiction program were not buying the advertised products, which was the whole point of television.
To commemorate the passing of 50 years, I got out the old VHS tapes and played them on my archaic tape deck. It was almost like being in 1967!
The ads for Gateway clunky computers in the Special Edition programs were amusing. The weight gain of our dear “Captain Kirk” was evident, even though the program lighting was soft and the camera angle such as to minimize the fact that William Shatner was not the dewy eyed rosy cheeked hero anymore.
I viewed some programs in the second and third season, and was highly amused at the simplistic plot, the ugly costumes and altogether frightening wigs.
The women dressed like their ideas of a Greek goddess, with lots of flowing floor length gowns and deep cleavage. Of course, the Captain had first choice of the love angle, but in one the doctor got to kiss the girl and then say goodbye.
Today the television audience has grown up, and I much prefer good writing like that to be found in programs like Lost, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.
The movie spinoffs were popular because of the residual sentiment, but only a few were blessed with humor, good plotting or interesting characters.
I dearly loved Star Trek; Into Darkeness and Wrath of Khan, but only because I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, and liked the plot of Wrath of Khan.
I read the reviews of the next Star Trek, and will see it later when it comes out on Blu-Ray.