I can’t remember the first episode of Star Trek I saw, but it was an obsession from around third grade through ninth grade. Every afternoon at 4, some subset of my family watched the original series and The Next Generation. TNG was without a doubt my favorite. When DS9 and Voyager started, I was not particularly impressed, but they eventually grew on me. After a significant lapse, I rediscovered them on late night cable repeats, along with Enterprise, which had aired on UPN and was impossible to get clearly on my family’s rabbit-eared TV.
As an adult, I remembered the dark and complex stories of DS9, and I started buying the DVDs and showing them to Meredith. She sums up the rest of the story quite well. Where we differ in our approaches is that I actually enjoy the technobabble. I completely agree with her that it’s not actually important, but it is still fun to learn the theoretical workings of the tech. It gives you perspective on tech situations. You know before the exposition if something is a big deal or not. On the other hand, when bad writers screw it up and change capabilities on a whim, you can’t un-notice it. This is an alright tradeoff to me. You can expect to hear a lot more on this in my analyses.
Additionally, I will be giving you backstory ties to older episodes, overarching canon and behind-the-scenes facts involving the writing and production of the series. I won’t tell you every little thing I know about an episode, but if I think it’s interesting and relevant, I’ll bring it up.