The Final Frontier

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"The Final Frontier"

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Before posting any additional inflammatory remarks about Gaza, I thought I would address the other controversy likely to provoke lengthy internet feuds — which of the “Star Trek” series is the worst? Yesterday afternoon while awaiting the beginning of the Texas-OSU game, I opined on my public Twitter feed that “truly ‘Voyager’ is the worst of the Star Treks.”

This provoked some dispute from my Twitter followers. The most popular contrary view was that “Enterprise” is worse. But a substantial number of people took the line that “Deep Space Nine” was the worst. That’s just crazy. It’s true that DS9 starts weak, but it actually becomes quite awesome once the Dominion plotline gets rolling. And beyond that, it’s actually a pretty innovative show — it was one of the pioneers in moving the hour-long television drama away from the pure serial mode and toward longer-running narrative arcs.

As for “Enterprise,” I dunno. The Temporal Cold War is stupid. But I think the explorations of the origins of the Federation and the Prime Directive are interesting. Not interesting to normal people, of course, but interesting to fans of the franchise. Whereas “Voyager” just gives me nothing. I appreciate the desire to set a show far, far away from the rest of the action in order to avoid being weighed down by too much existing canon, but an inability to rely on basic familiar pillars (Klingons, Romulans, the occasional emergency sub-space transmission from admiral so-and-so) winds up doing a lot of reinventing the wheel. Except it’s a kind of second-rate wheel.

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