It’s really Netflix’s fault. I mean if Season 6 of TNG was not on a short wait, and they would not have sent me disc 1 of Voyager season 1, and I would not be having this problem. Let me back up.
I am a recent convert to Trekdom. Although I had watched all the movies and occasional episodes of the various series here and there, I really didn’t know much about the series. This summer, I decided that if I really wanted to understand the world of Star Trek, I needed to watch the entire series.
Now I tried watching The Original Series, I really tried, but despite my love for the characters and The Original Series movies, I could not make it past the first couple episodes… and since I knew I wanted to watch them in chronological order, that meant The Next Generation was next.
Overall, I have loved The Next Generation. Sure there have been boneheaded episodes, and the first season felt like it was trying to establish its footing, but isn’t that true of almost any new series? By the end of season 5, I felt like I was visiting family every time I popped in a new episode. The cliffhanger at the end of the season left me anticipating the arrival disc 1 of season 6.
But it never came. Short wait thing and all. What arrived instead was the beginning of the Voyager series. And I discovered something I wasn’t aware of.
The characters of TNG had become stale. When the Janeway crew walked across my screen, it was like someone had open the window in a stuffy room with stale air. Perhaps it was the bickering and disagreements among the crew, or perhaps it was the Farscape premise of being thrown into a galaxy far, far away with the crew trying to get home. Whatever the reason, I found that I could not stop watching Voyager and blew through disc 1 in a day. I was free at last from Picard’s regime.
Now this doesn’t mean I am not going to finish watching TNG, but I am really, REALLY looking forward to Voyager.
How has everyone else found the transition from TNG to Voyager? Am I wacko and off base or is there something to what I am experiencing? Let me know your thoughts!