Being stuck is exciting.
- Battlestar Galactica: A few thousand people stuck on a fleet of starships after robots take over the worlds.
- Ender’s Game: Hundreds of children stuck in a battle school, preparing for an alien invasion.
- Star Trek: Stuck on a ship.
- Star Trek Voyager: Really stuck on a ship.
- Survivor: stuck on an island with other attention-seeking Americans.
- The Office: stuck in a dead-end job with nut jobs.
- The Hunt for Red October: stuck in a submarine.
- Crimson Tide: stuck in a submarine.
- K-19: The Widowmaker: stuck in a submarine.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: stuck in an asylum.
- The Poseidon Adventure: stuck in a sinking ship.
- Moon: stuck in space.
- Inner Space: stuck in a person.
So, do you have any suggestions for my list? This is pretty important stuff.
I love Star Trek. Here are the first 10 reasons that come to mind. Trust me, there are many more.
1. You can face any entire planet with an “away team” of three to five people.
2. The Borg, the greatest enemy known to the Federation, is a bunch of people who think exactly alike and have no individuality.
3. There is a constant, pleasant hum of beeps and whirs in the background of every scene.
4. Diversity of aliens. Inter-alien cooperation. Inter-alien romance.
5. You can make food by telling the computer what you want.
6. There is an endless supply of Shuttlecraft in the cargo bay. They never run out. Count them.
7. You can go see the captain whenever you want.
8. All problems can be isolated to anomalies, tachyon particles, warp core breaches, or someone taking over the computer system.
9. Vulcans, androids, holo-characters. The comic relief.
10. By the time you get through all the hundreds of episodes, they all seem new again.
How about you? What do you love/hate about Star Trek?