Hello all, I have been on a bit of a Star Trek binge again lately and it got me curious which series NMA members that are also Star Trek fans consider their personal favorite series. You don't have to select one of course, you can also go for several (or all but that kind of defeats the purpose of this poll) I myself find it difficult to decide, I got intro Trek through The Next Generation but later watched the Original Series and its movies, and I was there when Deep Space Nine aired for the first time, and rented the pilot and episode tapes from the video rental store when they came out. I also got a bootleg copy from Enterprise but the premise alone about this show plus such plot devices like the Temporal Cold War raised serious doubts in my mind. A long time ago if someone had asked me what my favorite Star Trek series was I would have said 'Voyager!', especially around Season 3 and 4 when the show finally started to take off and become more interesting with what it depicted. But as the series started to 'drag on' after Season 4 (the later seasons did have their occasional gems), even an obsessed Star Trek fan such as me started to realize that the quality in story telling was dropping and that the actors really hammed it up sometimes. Now looking back on it I understand now how potential others had mentioned in their own opinion pieces about the premise was never realized and how much of a TNG rip off it became. On the other side I never had much of an interest in Deep Space Nine because of its focus on more political and religious subjects, leaving little room for mystery and exploration. (also couldn't stand the 'angry black man' captain, and not because he is black) But as I watched some of the later season episodes of that show I realized it wasn't so bad and that some episodes were well put together and definitely attention holding while with Voyager in the later seasons I sometimes walked away from the TV. Enterprise. Man I seriously disliked that show as I felt the whole Prequel approach was done because Lucas had just released his Star Wars Prequels and and the people of CBS thinking that they should jump onto the same bandwagon. It didn't help that Season 1 and 2 were really a chore to get through as the subject of the episodes, the dialogue, the acting, sometimes tedious pace, and the contradiction really got on my nerves. (I never watched all episodes, only occasionally turning one on). My only weakness I have to the first two seasons is "Regeneration" as it featured the Borg and that basically comes down to as "Star Trek porn" I skipped out on Season 3 as I disliked a pointless war arc that would never be mentioned again (they should have focused on the Romulans instead of yet another species-of-the-week), and I still don't feel like watching it. But Season 4 after the hokey "Hollywood-Nazis-meet-time-traveling-aliens" double parter actually was somewhat enjoyable as the new producer and writers started to look at Star Trek history for interesting premises for episodes made little arcs to allow a story to run better. (perhaps having a bit to much length to run sometimes) Not all episodes were gems of course, especially the individual ones, and I could have done without the Mirror Universe double parter but I guess people who love that concept had to get something as well. Had Enterprise started out more like that and continued on it I don't think it would have lost as much audience as it did. (It started with 11 million and ended with 2 million watchers) I find it rather difficult to get back into The Next Generation, especially the first two seasons that with a few exceptions ("Q who" for example) were plain awful. As some people wiser than me pointed out the show eventually became some what soap drama (Picard's son, LaForge's mother, Data's father) and also rather nihilistic (the Prime Directive was originally about advanced civilizations not exploiting lesser advanced ones, it did not forbid actually helping them but in such a way that it would not lead to the more advanced culture getting more influence or control. TNG made it all about that less advanced civilizations should not be helped because helping them might give rise to Space Hitler (Sorry all you German NMA members, needed an example, alternatively Space Stalin. Or it could interfere in a Divine Plan) Which is my favorite series today? I don't think I would pick any single series any more and it really depends on what mood I am in at the moment. (sometimes I just want fun exploration and mystery, sometimes I want strong dialogue, character development, and intrigue) Personally I think each series has its good episodes that are worth watching and re watching. I hope that when people tag their choices here that they can also tell a little about why they picked this or that series, what they liked so much about it and what they perhaps dislike.