I have to get back to my MASH episode reviews. It has been too long, but in the mean time, I want to talk about Star Trek.. or about a situation that started because I was talking about Star Trek.
I was on a Facebook page dedicated to Star Trek Voyager, a show I thoroughly enjoy. Any fan of Voyager, or any show for that matter, will recognize that any show has it’s flaws and Voyager is no exception. Being that it is part of the larger Star Trek franchise, Voyager might have gotten a little extra leeway in terms of being renewed as opposed to a stand alone show. Deep Space Nine probably had the same consideration. As I said, I loved Voyager and there are definitely more episodes I liked than I didn’t, but the show had it’s problems in front of the camera and behind it. The writers had their favorites and those they, well, those they didn’t particularly like writing for. Commander Chakotay and Ensign Kim immediately come to mind. It is shame since I did feel that in the case of Commander Chakotay, they had a character that could have potentially been one of the all time great Star Trek characters and they just left all of that potential on the table.
For the longest times, television shows might have had some character development, but writers and producers were careful not to change too much in any given show for the sake of syndication. They wanted you to be able to watch the shows in any order at any time and not feel like you missed anything. Over the last few years, this has changed with shows developing long season long or even series long arcs. Shows like Lost, Fringe, and the new Battlestar Galactica changed the way shows were made. Deep Space Nine was really cutting edge in this area with great character development and long story arcs. Voyager was made in the old fashion that while there was development over time, most shows really had no consequences for other shows. It is said that every episode ends by pressing the reset button. Even what is arguably the best Voyager episode, the two parter Year of Hell ends with a big fat reset button explosion.
I made the mistake of talking about some of these issues on Facebook page about Voyager thinking that conversation is good and respectful criticism is good. Instead I was met by one of the admins of the page pretty much berating me about what I was saying. I was in the middle of a nice conversation with another person until this person came in guns-a-blazing just being rude and condescending. Having had enough, I pointed out that the attitude was rude, but I was met with more anger and nasty responses that I was in fact the rude one for talking down about her favorite show and even worse, making a comparison to Deep Space Nine, a show this person hated. I respected her opinion though as Star Trek fans, I suggested an episode or 2 of DS9 to watch which I thought were excellent examples of character development, to which I was told I was being even more rude for telling her what to do!
Basically the anger and attitude of this person destroyed an otherwise pleasant conversation and all it did was take a nice time and utterly destroy it. For heavens sake, we were talking about Star Trek. We were not talking about the worlds problems or huge philosophical issues. We were talking about a science fiction television show and even that turned into this person being rude and condescending for the crime of not agreeing with her 100%. People seriously need to lighten up. We are seeing it in the presidential campaign and have been seeing it in politics for a while. If you don’t agree 100% you are a traitor and the enemy. People have forgotten how to be civil to each other. They forgot how to be respectful of each other. Whether talking about the worlds problems or a television show, we have to remember they first and foremost we be respectful. We have to be civil. Shake hands and smile at each other. Talk about things and even disagree, but be civil. It really is sad that we can’t even talk about Star Trek, a show about how humans progressed to the point of being able to travel to the stars after solving most of the base issues that we have today. If we can’t talk about something like that civilly, how can we expect to talk about real issues civilly?