Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Star Trek: The Animated Series

There are two types of fanbeings - those who gravitate towards Star Wars, and those who gravitate towards Star Trek.  Of course, it's not as cut and dry as all that, and I'm rather fond of both narratives; I just find Star Trek more...accessible.  Somehow it's always on my teevee when I am in front of it.  It's hard to explain.

Anyway, so I thought it would be a lark to put Star Trek: The Animation into the Netflix cue, just to see if DJ would cotton to it.  We just finished watching the first disc of a 4-part set and I'm thinking, this is going to be one of the sets of cartoons I end up collecting.

DJ really, really likes it - it's almost exactly like TOS but it's somehow more simple.  Part of it is the fact that it's only a half-hour so they're bite-size for 8-year-old attention spans.  At the same time, it is really, really well-written, and most of the original peeps from TOS are doing the voices!

It's actually pretty awesome in that TOS kind of way - it's ultra serious with some strange Roddenberry Liberal agenda and unintentionally hilarious at all the right moments.  Like I said, it is basically the Star Trek universe on a child's scale.  This is one of those cartoons that I seriously missed the boat on when I was a kid - according to Wikipedia, it was on TV from 1973-1974 - I think at that time I was probably watching Speed Buggy or Scrappy Doo or some crap.

Oh well, back to work.

Got the crew pic from epguides.com