In part one of the Star Trek guide we covered everything preceding Deep Space Nine. I included all the movies prior to the reboot in there too except Nemesis, as they were all based on the first two crews. So without further ado, let’s dive into part two and conclude our journey through Trekkie History.
Star Trek Guide – Deep Space Nine
Deep Space Nine shed the creature of the week format for a more drama focused premise. All of the seven seasons were cohesively held together with a broad story arch. It’s sublime.
Some of the regulars from Next Gen return to reprise their roles along with a new cast of characters. Avery Brooks takes the reins as Benjamin Sisko. Other main characters include Kira Nerys, Jadzia Dax, Doctor Bashir, Quark and Odo.
Rather than being set on a star ship, Deep Space Nine takes place almost exclusively on an abandoned Cardasian space station that’s been positioned near a wormhole. The bizarre visitors to and from the unexplored space beyond and the politics surrounding it are the main focus for the story.
You’ll really enjoy Deep Space Nine if you like good drama. It’s that simple.
Star Trek Guide – Voyager
Controversially I’d say Voyager is my personal favourite. I think it has a lot to do with my age when Voyager was being broadcast. I was just old enough for my fascination with science to be properly stimulated.
While Deep Space Nine was telling stories of possible invaders from a far away quadrant of the galaxy, Voyager did the opposite. The ship and it’s crew found themselves dragged to the unexplored delta quadrant and stranded.
Kate Mulgrew (who is also brilliant in Orange is the New Black) stepped up as Star Treks first proper female lead. As Captain Janeway she leads the star ship Voyager on a seven season quest to find a way home.
She is joined by Commander Chakotay, Tom Paris, Tuvok, Harry Kim and many more in what I’d say is Star Trek’s widest core cast. There’s a lot of characters to love here!
The Final Star Trek Film (From Before the Reboot)
At this point I recommend you watch Star Trek Nemesis. I rather enjoyed it although the critical reception wasn’t great, but it’s a nice send off for the Next Gen crew.
There’s some small mentions of the Voyager story line, which is why I said in part one not to watch it until now!
Star Trek Guide – Enterprise
Enterprise took an about turn and rather than push the timeline forward it’s set before the original series. In Enterprise, humanity is a fledgling interstellar civilisation and the federation doesn’t exist yet.
You’ll follow the story of Captain Archer and his crew as they launch into the unknown aboard Star Fleet’s first truly deep space craft. This Enterprise is far less advanced than what you’ll be used to seeing up to now.
The warp drive is far less powerful and the ship is slow by Star Trek standards. The crew are wary of their new transporter technology. There are no photon torpedoes or phasers.
It’s a very different look at an earlier period in the Star Trek timeline. It wasn’t a hit unfortunately and only made it to four seasons before being canned. It’s a shame really as seasons three and four really upped the ante.
Star Trek Guide – The Big Screen Reboot
There have been three movies from the reboot series so far, all of which have been very well received. Star Trek, Into Darkness and Beyond are all great in their own way. I only wish Into Darkness hadn’t relied so heavily on retelling an old story (you’ll see what I mean).
All three movies are set in an alternate timeline to the TV events, which is established right at the beginning of the first film. The new cast do an admirable job of filling the original’s shoes.
Star Trek Discovery