The point of this topic, and let's hope I can word this properly, is NOT to discuss memories of TNG episodes (TNG is 30 this year!), but to discuss feelings about TNG/Trek in general - back before/whilst the show aired.
|Posted: 11 September 2017 at 3:35pm | IP Logged | 1
Let me explain what I mean: this was the first televised (live-action) Trek since TOS. At that period in time, we'd be viewing TOS repeats and TOS movies. This would have been the first live-action, TV series Trek since TOS. How did you feel at the time? Remember, we're not discussing episodes or characters, but general feelings about the show/Trek.
Here are my memories...
Firstly, this was a different era. No Google, no websites, no social media, etc. The only source of news for me were magazines such as "Starlog" and "Starburst". We really did not have access to the same information. Back then, you looked forward to "Starlog" being posted through your door as they may show you a glimpse of TNG via photos - or mention the episodes via articles.
It also felt weird knowing there'd be an entirely new Trek cast. In 1986, the only Trek any of us knew were the films, TOS and the animated series. And comics, too (which stuck to the film's canon). To hear news of a non-Kirk/non-TOS series was rather surreal back in 1986, I tell ya.
It must be so different for someone now who is aged, say, 20-30. To them, TREK means countless incarnations - and Abrams' version. Yet to those of us around in 1986, TREK was simply Kirk, Spock, etc. I was quite excited back then, but it took some getting used to - knowing that there was going to be a series set 70+ years after Kirk's time, with an entirely new crew.
Here's one more memory: tapes. Again, today people are spoilt with streaming and the like. RIVERDALE appeared on Netflix UK within about a week of its US debut. I didn't get to see "Encounter at Farpoint" until the VHS release - in 1990. Imagine asking a viewer now to wait THREE YEARS to see the pilot episode of a show. Imagine if Netflix said to viewers, "We'll be showing the pilot episode of this show in three years' time." People would erupt!
Yet us UK viewers had to wait. Whilst US TV was getting part 1 of "The Best Of Both Worlds" (Season 3), which aired in June of 1990, I was buying the VHS tape for "Encounter At Farpoint". How times have changed in this world of instant gratification, eh?
Over to you.