I’m currently in between jobs at the moment, and as I try to find someone willing to take a chance on my archival abilities I’ve been spending my days watching the original Star Trek, something I never actually ever got around to for some reason despite the show turning 50 years old this year. My dad grew up as a Trekkie (and has an amazing con story about James Doohan), and yet somehow I’ve never done this.
I’m currently two episodes into season 2 and I just witnessed this:
I’m not really entirely sure how to describe what I’ve seen over the course of the series so far. I knew the show was groundbreaking, and it’s had some profound moments so far, but I didn’t realize that it was also just really weird. Someone sat down in the writers’ room and said, “What if we got the Enterprise stuck by having a giant green Hulk hand hold it in place for this episode?” and someone else agreed to that. To be fair, the show did break a ton of new ground in the 1960s and is partially responsible for the birth of modern fandom (Kirk/Spock being the first popular slash pairing to appear in zines in the 1970s that we have records of), and I’m really enjoying looking at it through a historical lens since I’ve grown up with fandom being an almost constant part of my life since middle school. If you’re interested in fandom history, I highly suggest watching the episode Amok Time – it launched a thousand ships.
Oh, and Kirk had a boob window.
Actually, one of the funniest things about TOS to me thus far is just how often Kirk manages to remove or tear his shirt. It happens pretty much every single time Kirk gets into one of his cheesy fistfights and it’s hilarious and incredible. It also gives me a lot of terrible fanart ideas and I love getting terrible fanart ideas. But that’s beside the point here, I think.
The point, I suppose, is that this series is definitely worth watching. Yes, it’s very dated now, but it also set the stage for a lot of series that followed and helped to spur on the growth of modern fandom, which makes it historically and culturally significant and therefore worthy of preservation and lots of rewatches. And hey, if you like it enough, I hear there’s a big con about a month before NYCC at the Javits Center in Manhattan that might pique your interest…