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1987

TV: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Author: Gene Roddenberry

Recollections

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Make it so

When BBC2 showed it (?1990ish). Continued watching throughout the early nineties while bringing up small children in a small box in Oxfordshire.

My first trek

Well I was born in 1985, so I suppose 2... maybe 3 given the time it may have taken to cross the pond... I don't have any "discovery" memories it was just always there as my Dad was a fan.

Make It So

I can remember wathcing this when I was 16 or 17, so that would be mid 1990s.

Brilliant!

I have watched this from the start. I was intrigued to see how Star Trek had evolved since the 60's. Over 21.

Humanist and PC Propaganda

I was at university.

A sci-fi great

When I was 14/15 or so.

Got me in

I was about 10-11, in 1995-6.

NEVER FORGET SPOT

eep... i think i first came across next gen when bbc 2 first got it, (i'll prolly have it wrong but still i'm only 22). i can however remember where i was.... i was in the front room of our old house in ackworth, with my older brothr sprawled on the couch behind me, i had a tendency of sitting on the floor (ala going live). i must have been lik 6/7

Futurology and Star Trek

When I watch Star Trek, probably like a lot of Trekkies, I'm not actually all that interested in the plot and the relationships and stuff. That's all very nice padding, but the really core stuff is the technologies they are using, and which ethical dilemma are they addressing each week. It could be almost anything to do with the future: how different races live together; or how the economy works; or how we relate to computers. When I watch it, I'm stimulated to think about those and address them to real problems that we're facing. For instance, what about global warming? Well, in a particular episode in Star Trek they looked at that. Is there soem equivalent we could do on our planet? Maybe there is. How do they make power on Star Trek? Do they use lots of wind turbines on the Enterprise, or do they use very advanced quantum things like the warp drives? Is there some clever physics that we can come up with that would solve the global warming problem? Maybe the answer is no, but at least it makes you think about it, and sometimes it does make you come up with good ideas.

Beverley Crusher's hips ;-)

When it was first aired on BBC2 (1987/1988?) I watched every episode on the Beeb until the big gap after the second series. Once it came back, I'd left home and the reason I bought a VCR was to tape all of the episodes - and I watched them all back!

To Baldly Go

My sister is a rabid fan of the original series, so this revamp was compulsory viewing, even for a 22 year old brother living elsewhere.

Amazing Special Effects!

My last child was born that year in 1987. I know exactly where I was. Bringing up 2, now 3 children. Living in the country on a dead end road.

Make It So

1990 and I was 11

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