In Defence of Star Trek

Several months ago, a good friend of mine lent me a series of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I knew Patrick Stewart was in it, but that’s about all I knew. Quite frankly I was a little sceptical that I’d actually enjoy it, I’d seen a few episodes of the original Star Trek a long time ago and I remembered not having been very impressed, plus there was the show’s reputation as being that really nerdy thing which only sci-fi nerds watch.
    When I did watch it though, I began to really enjoy it and have since seen several of the Star Trek films and am soon going to try the Deep Space 9 series. What today’s entry is about, is not having the same mind frame I had about Star Trek, in others words, not thinking “I won’t like that, it’s too nerdy”. In my case, though it did stem from having seen some episodes when I was younger, it was an extremely hypocritical stance to take, I was basically thinking that Star Trek was too nerdy, but Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, Back to the Future, Torchwood, Donkey Kong Country, and all of the other ‘nerdy’ things I like, were not.
    It’s the idea that some series are only enjoyable to huge, stereotypical nerds is entirely wrong. Stereotypical nerds don’t even exist; there are just varieties of people who like varieties of things. Even if you might like to think that you’re above enjoying any of the things I’ve mentioned in this entry, think about some of your own personal favourites, I’m quite confident that at least one of them will fall quite neatly into the ‘nerdy’ category and be something which somebody wouldn’t watch, just in case they turn into a nerd.

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