"The City on the Edge of Forever", Episode 28, aired 4/6/67
I've had a sinus infection for the past few days, so I spent my day-off yesterday watching a few uncut episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series online at CBS.com. All I had to suffer through was four 15-second commercials; the mute button took care of that.
So far I've watched "A Piece of the Action", "The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", "City on the Edge of Forever", "Assignment: Earth", "The Enterprise Incident", "Turnabout Intruder", "This Side of Paradise","I, Mudd", "Miri", and yes, "The Trouble with Tribbles".
What has been truly wonderful is watching Star Trek with my girls. One night my husband and I made popcorn, took the laptop down to the living room, and we all sat on the couch watching "Tribbles". They've also seen many of the feature films as well, so they make comparisons about the Klingon make-up and how it looks more "realistic" in the films than on the TV show. But they love the camaraderie between Kirk, Spock and McCoy. They also saw the newest film and loved it as much as anything else they've seen of the Star Trek universe.
If the universal appeal of Star Trek is to continue, I think the connections need to be made between what was and what is being created now. Perhaps folks don't need to love TOS or TNG the way some of us do, but at least to see where it all began, how it continued.
It's like any other family tree: knowing where you came from gives an understanding of why you love these folks so much. They're a part of you. And this Star Trek story, whether we like it or not, is a part of us because it asks us to be better than we are, to be hopeful, and to reach for something that we're not sure we're capable of, and I'm not talking necessarily about spaceflight. I'm talking about all the citizens of this planet joining in a common purpose. For me, that is the hope of the Star Trek story. And because it's also the hope of the Christian story, perhaps that is why I love both stories so much.