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How to Watch Star Trek In Order

Updated on September 9, 2012

An Introduction To The Final Frontier

Star Trek is kind of a big deal (the operative word being "BIG"). For the uninitiated, figuring out where to begin watching can seem to be a rather arduous task. If you know someone who is a Star Trek enthusiast, chances are they have their own ideas about what movie or series you should begin your journey on, but if you're a completest like me, you probably cringe at the sight of an over-zealous Trekkie pulling out Star Trek II when you haven't even seen the first film (to say nothing of the television series) that came before.

In 2009, my girlfriend went to see the J. J. Abrams-directed Star Trek feature film. She liked the film, and wanted more. As the resident Trek fan in her life, the responsibility fell to me to decide where she should begin her journey. Luckily, she is a completest. If you're still reading, I shall assume that you are too. Below, I have prepared a quick question and answer session, a brief run-down of all series/movies, and a how-to guide on how to watch Star Trek from beginning to end. I know it sounds scary, but it really isn't. Trust me!

P.s. I'll be making this as SPOILER FREE as possible!

Trek Terms For Newbies - A Quick List of Universal Star Trek Terminology

Here are some quick shorthand terms that I'll be using on this page. Trust me, still not scary!

  1. Canon: That which is considered to be true within the context of the Star Trek universe.
  2. TOS: Star Trek: The Original Series
  3. TAS: Star Trek: The Animated Series
  4. TNG: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  5. DS9: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  6. VOY: Star Trek: Voyager
  7. ENT: Star Trek: Enterprise
  8. TMP: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  9. TWOK: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  10. TSFS: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
  11. TVH: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  12. TFF: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  13. TUC: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  14. GEN: Star Trek: Generations
  15. FC: Star Trek: First Contact
  16. INS: Star Trek: Insurrection
  17. NEM: Star Trek: Nemesis
  18. ST09: Star Trek (2009)

Quick Q & A - Logical Questions Answered Quickly

A quick list of answers to questions that I've gotten from others about Star Trek. Don't see your question answered? Ask your question in the guestbook!

  1. Do I Have To Watch Every Series/Movie To Understand What's Going On?

    A: No. Every series is fairly self-contained. While you may miss some inside references and character back stories by not watching everything, you can understand perfectly well what is going on in each individual series.

  2. Are There Any Cross-overs Between Series/Movies?

    A: Yes. More on that later...

  3. Do I Have to Read Star Trek Novels or Comic Books?

    A: Absolutely not. Books and Novels are referred to as "Extended Universe" materials, and are not considered true canon.

  4. Does Star Wars Have Anything To Do With Star Trek?

    A: No. Nothing at all.

  5. How about Babylon 5, Stargate, Andromeda, Farscape...?

    A: None of these have anything to do with Star Trek.

  6. Is The J. J. Abrams 2009 film Star Trek Canon?

    A: Yes and no. It takes place in an alternate timeline that was created when Romulans from the 24th century accidentally went back in time. That way, the filmmakers are able to "reboot" Star Trek without erasing the time line of events established in the preceding six series/ten films.

How To Watch Star Trek - The Definitive Guide

How To Watch Star Trek by David C. Roberson
How To Watch Star Trek by David C. Roberson

This is the most clear-cut and practical approach to watching everything Star Trek has to offer while getting the most out of the experience. It is not completely in sync with release/air dates, and definitely not in sync with production order, but that particular methodology is ridiculously tedious for the viewer, and I would in no way recommend it.

Note: In reference to the above statement, my one exception to this opinion concerns Star Trek: The Original Series, specifically Episode 02, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." That particular episode, in my opinion, should be viewed before any other episode of TOS as it was the -second- pilot, and standard characters, set designs, and uniforms were not in place. It is therefore considered to have come before the rest of the series. It will be located on the first disc of any Star Trek DVD set you acquire. The rest of the episodes can really be viewed in any order.

Note # 2: I would be remiss not to mention Episode 01 of TOS, "The Cage" which is NOT featured on any Season One set (to my knowledge). It was the first pilot for the series, and some parts are considered non-canon. The parts of the episode which ARE within established continuity are presented in the two-part Season One episode, "The Menagerie." So you won't miss out;-)

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) - In The 23rd Century...

Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series

Series

Seasons: 3

Episode Count: 79

Star Trek: The Original Series chronicles the adventures had by the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. This is the series that started it all. Captain James T. Kirk commands the gallant crew in their quest to "seek out new life and new civilizations." At his side is his logical half-Vulcan science officer, Mr. Spock, and the impassioned chief medical officer Dr. "Bones" McCoy.

Crew:

William Shatner - Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Commander Spock

DeForest Kelley - Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

George Takei - Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Nichelle Nicols - Lt. Nyota Uhura

Walter Koenig - Ensign Pavel Chekov

Grace Lee Whitney - Yeoman Janice Rand

Majel Barrett - Nurse Christine Chapel

Why It's Important

TOS broke a lot of new ground in the '60s. First and foremost, it featured a crew of people of various nationalities and genders who all worked together peacefully. It presented a future where mankind had overcome its own problems and successfully reached for the stars. Most science fiction of the day presented doomsday tales of death and destruction. Also notable is the myriad of stories that dealt with hot button topics not touched by conservative studio censors of the time. It should also be noted that TOS was the first television series to feature an interracial kiss.

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Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1975) - Boldly Going Again...

Star Trek: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series

Series

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 22

Star Trek: The Animated Series picks up where TOS left off, with the crew of the Enterprise boldly going where no man has gone before, only now in animated form. The series features the return of characters from the original series like Koloth, and Harry Mudd, as well as a sequel to "The Trouble With Tribbles."

Crew:

William Shatner - Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Commander Spock

DeForest Kelley - Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

George Takei - Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Nichelle Nicols - Lt. Nyota Uhura

Majel Barrett - Nurse Christine Chapel

James Doohan - Lt. Arex

Majel Barrett - Lt. M'Ress

Nurse Christine Chapel

Why It's Important

TAS is more than a children's cartoon. It's almost completely a continuation of the original series. It retained many of the writers and actors from the original series. While some people claim it is non-canonical, many "canon" elements of the Star Trek Universe were first disclosed on The Animated Series. It should also be noted that it was the first Star Trek series to win an Emmy Award.

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Star Trek : The Motion Picture (1979) - The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning...

Feature Film

When an unidentified cloud destroys three Klingon D7 cruisers on its way to Earth, Starfleet has little choice but to replace the captain of the newly refitted U.S.S. Enterprise, with a more experienced commanding officer: Admiral James T. Kirk. His mission: Stop the alien threat and learn the secret of its mysterious existence.

Cast

William Shatner - Admiral James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Commander Spock

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Lt. Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Lt. Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Lieutenant Pavel Chekov

Majel Barrett - Doctor Christine Chapel

Stephen Collins - Captain Wil Decker

Persis Khambatta - Ilia

Why It's Important

Star Trek: The Motion Picture marked the first time the original cast had been reunited in ten years. It was an awe-inspiring film that, while rather slow-paced, gave fans a first peek at what could truly be accomplished with Star Trek in terms of scope and special effects.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - At The End of The Universe Lies The Beginning of Vengeance

Feature Film

Fifteen years of bad blood comes to a boil when Khan, the genetically engineered former-prince of Earth's past finds escape from the planet James T. Kirk exiled him to (TOS, "Space Seed"). As Admiral Kirk celebrates his birthday and dreams of adventures gone by, Khan hatches a masterful scheme to take his revenge on Kirk and procure Genesis, a device which holds the potential for great creation--or great destruction.

Crew:

William Shatner - Admiral James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Captain Spock

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Kirstie Alley - Lt. Saavik

Bibi Besch - Carol Marcus

Merrit Butrick - David Marcus

Why It's Important

This film featured many milestones, some for the Star Trek franchise, and some for cinema in general:

* First mention of Trek taking place in the 23rd century

* First involvement of producer Harve Bennett and director Nick Meyer

* First appearance of the naval-based red tunic uniforms that inspired the uniforms of all subsequent series

* First Trek feature to have mainstream success

* First film to ever feature a sequence rendered in complete CGI.

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) - A Dying Planet. A Fight For Life.

Feature Film

Picking up where TWOK left off, Kirk and the Enterprise crew must disregard Starfleet orders to journey to a forbidden planet to save Spock and Doctor McCoy. Also en route to said planet: the renegade Klingon Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) who desperately desires the deadly secrets of that world, and will stop at nothing to obtain them.

Crew

Crew:

William Shatner - Admiral James T. Kirk

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Robin Curtis - Lt. Saavik

Merrit Butrick - David Marcus

Why It's Important

*Leonard Nimoy makes his directorial debut.

* Mark Lenard reprises his role as Spock's father Sarek

* Christopher Lloyd plays Klingon Commander Kruge

*Robin Curtis officially takes over the role of Lieutenant Saavik, previously portrayed by Kirstie Alley

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) - The Key To Saving The Future Can Only Be Found In The Past...

Feature Film

A mysterious probe of unknown origin threatens the life of every creature on Earth. To save Earth, Kirk and crew must travel back in time to a primitive, absurd period of Earth's history: 1986.

Crew:

William Shatner - Admiral James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Captain Spock

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Robin Curtis - Lt. Saavik

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) - Adventure and Imagination Will Meet at The Final Frontier

Feature Film

An impassioned Vulcan from Spock's past amasses an army and uses his Vulcan mental abilities to hijack the Enterprise on a quest for ultimate knowledge.

Crew:

William Shatner - Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Captain Spock

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) - On the Verge of Peace. On the Brink of War.

Feature Film

It's the final voyage of the starship Enteprise under the command of James T. Kirk. The crew is due to stand down in just three short months, and the Enterprise is to be decommissioned. But even with retirement looming, there are greater events at play: an end to nearly 50 years of hostility between the Federation and the Klingon Empire seems to have finally arrived, and the Enterprise is the ship ordered to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to the peace talk summit. Unfortunately, the Chancellor is assassinated, and all evidence points to Kirk and his crew.

Crew:

William Shatner - Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy - Captain Spock

DeForest Kelley - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Nichelle Nichols - Commander Nyota Uhura

George Takei - Commander Hikaru Sulu

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994) - Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before...

Star Trek: the Next Generation
Star Trek: the Next Generation

Series

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 178

Nearly 80 years have passed since Captain James T. Kirk sat in the center seat of the starship Enterprise, but the legacy lives on. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been assigned the task of commanding the latest ship to be named Enterprise as they "seek out new life and new civilizations" on a continuing journey to unimaginable.

Crew:

Patrick Stewart - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes - Commander William Riker

Marina Siritis - Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner - Lt. Commander Data

Michael Dorn - Lt. Commander Worf

Levar Burton - Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden - Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher

Wil Wheaton - Wesley Crusher

Whoopi Goldberg - Guinan

Star Trek: The Next Generation for Sale!

Star Trek: Generations (1994) - Two Captains. One Destiny.

Feature Film

An emotionally unstable scientist plans to destroy an entire world to enter the Nexus: a bizarre energy ribbon where time and space have no meaning. To stop him, Captain Picard of the Enterprise - D joins forces with legendary Captain James T. Kirk.

Crew:

William Shatner - Captain James T. Kirk

James Doohan - Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Walter Koenig - Commander Pavel Chekov

Patrick Stewart - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes - Commander William Riker

Marina Siritis - Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner - Lt. Commander Data

Michael Dorn - Lt. Commander Worf

Levar Burton - Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden - Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher

Whoopi Goldberg - Guinan

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 - 1999) - Seven Years at the Edge of the Final Frontier

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 176

Commander Ben Sisko is ordered to take command of Deep Space Nine, a formerly Cardassian space station orbiting the planet Bajor. The Bajorans have recently taken the station after freeing themselves from the burdens attributed them during the harrowing Cardassian Occupation of their world. At the behest of the Bajoran Provisional Government, the United Federation of Planets has agreed to take joint command of the station in trying times. Sisko is less than enthused about his new assignment, as he and his son are still putting the pieces of their lives back together after the untimely death of his wife. But things begin to get interesting on Deep Space Nine when the leader of the Bajoran people disclose that she believes him to be "The Emissary," a spiritual leader whose coming has been prophesied by The Prophets, non-linear extraterrestrials who reside within a stable worm hole to the unexplored Gamma Quadrant.

As Sisko struggles with his responsibilities as space station commander and the supposed emissary to the Bajoran people, the station becomes a place of intergalactic commerce. Conflict arises often, and danger lurks behind every corner. Not so much danger, however as what lies just beyond the worm hole. The Dominion, a powerful regime from the Gamma Quadrant, has aspirations to expand its reach of control. Aspirations that will lead to full scale intergalactic war.

Crew

Avery Brooks - Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Nana Visitor - Major Kira Nerys

Michael Dorn - Commander Worf

Alexander Siddig - Dr. Julian Bashir

Colm Meaney - Chief of Operations Miles O' Brien

Terry Farrell - Lt. Jadzia Dax

Armin Shimmerman - Quark

Rene Auberjonois - Constable Odo

Cirroc Lofton - Jake Sisko

Deep Space Nine at Your Fingertips...

Star Trek: Voyager (1995 - 2001) - They Went Boldly . . . 70,000 Light Years From Home

Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager

Series

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 172

While in pursuit of a group of terrorists called the Maquis, the U.S.S. Voyager, captained by Kathryn Janeway, enters an unstable sector of space known as the Bad Lands. Inexplicably, both Voyager and the Maquis ship are transported 70, 000 light years away to the Delta Quadrant, and are unable to return. Stranded 75 years away from home, both crews must join forces and work together to make the arduous journey back to the Alpha Quadrant. Many dangers await along the way, including savage hunter-race the Hirogen, the barbaric Kazon, and the Borg, whose space Voyager must travel through to find its way home.

Crew

Kate Mulgrew - Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran - Commander Chakotay

Robert Picardo - The Doctor

Ethan Phillips - Neelix

Jennifer Lein - Kes

Jeri Ryan - Seven of Nine

Garret Wang - Ensign Harry Kim

Roxanne Dawson - Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Tim Russ - Lt. Tuvok

Robert Duncan McNeill - Lt. Tom Paris

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - Resistance is Futile.

Feature Film

Picard's fiercest enemy, The Borg, have returned. This time, they are traveling into the past to assimilate Earth before the Federation is formed. En suite is Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew of the Enterprise, intent on stopping the Borg and saving mankind.

Crew:

Patrick Stewart - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes - Commander William Riker

Marina Siritis - Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner - Commander Data

Michael Dorn - Commander Worf

Levar Burton - Commander Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden - Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) - The Battle For Paradise Has Begun

Feature Film

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Next Generation crew are presented with a dilemma: Choose to uproot the peaceful inhabitants of a world that offers eternal life, or disobey the Federation and lose their careers.

Crew

Patrick Stewart - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes - Commander William Riker

Marina Siritis - Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner - Commander Data

Michael Dorn - Commander Worf

Levar Burton - Commander Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden - Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) - A Generation's Final Journey Begins

Feature Film

When the Romulan Empire informs the Federation they want to engage in peace negotiations, Starfleet sends Captain Jean-Luc Picard. But the crew is met with less than peaceful intentions when the new leader of the Romulan Empire is revealed to have a disturbing link to Picard, and an even more disturbing secret agenda.

Crew

Patrick Stewart - Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes - Captain William Riker

Marina Siritis - Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner - Commander Data

Michael Dorn - Commander Worf

Levar Burton - Commander Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden - Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 - 2005) - The Star Trek Saga Begins...

Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise

Series

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 98

Set in 2151, Star Trek: Enterprise chronicles the pre-Federation adventures of Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew aboard Enterprise NX-01, the first Warp 5 vessel. First contact with the Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, Andorians, and other familiar Trek species are seen in this series, as well as a sequel to the original series episode, "The Tholian Web."

Crew

Scott Bakula - Captain Jonathan Archer

Connor Trinneer - Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Jolene Blalock - Sub-Commander T'Pol

Linda Park - Lt. Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery - Ensign Travis Mayweather

Dominic Keating - Lt. Malcolm Reed

Jon Billingsly - Dr. Phlox

Star Trek (2009) - The Future Begins

Feature Film

When a Romulan from the 24th century begins taking revenge on the Federation of the past, an alternate timeline is created. Cadet James T. Kirk must learn to trust his bitter rival Spock in order to stop maniacal Romulan Nero from destroying every planet in the Federation.

Crew

Chris Pine - Cadet James T. Kirk

Zachary Quinto - Commander Spock

Karl Urban - Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy

Zoe Saldana - Lt. Nyota Uhura

John Cho - Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Anton Yelchin - Ensign Pavel Chekov

Simon Pegg - Lt. Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Ben Cross - Sarek

Winona Ryder - Amanda Grayson

Bruce Greenwood - Captain Christopher Pike

Leonard Nimoy - Spock Prime

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      Amy 2 years ago from Darlington, England

      What a great and helpful article. Although you are right about the cage I would always recomend watching it first as it introduces Spock. I actually own a VHS collectors colored edition of the Cage and can still remember back in 1995 when it was first aired here in the UK. The BBC aired it j6st before airing Voyagers first episode.

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      David C. Roberson 3 years ago

      @Bartman That would be S, not 5. S stands for Season. S1 would therefore me Season 1.

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      Bartman 3 years ago

      Would you explain what the number following the series designation means? e.g., TOS 51?

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      I have watched TOS, TMP, TWOK,TSFS,TVH,TFF,TUC, some episodes of TNG, GEN, FC, ST09, ENT, and the new 2013 movie. I hope I can find the time to finish watching everything.

      I will probably start from the start again. lol

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      David C. Roberson 3 years ago

      @Jaybreeze LM: You are of course very welcome! Glad to see another Trekkie-in-progress!

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      Jaybreeze LM 4 years ago

      Thank you for this guide! I wasn't sure exactly what order to watch the series in, but I do now :)

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      jericho911 lm 4 years ago

      Very cool ! I just published a lens recently about my favorite episodes from the original series. Great show ! Your lens makes me want to dress up like Kirk ! Can't wait to see INTO DARKNESS movie

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      David C. Roberson 4 years ago

      @kingmoriarty: Hi, sorry for the delayed response. You will understand the story. ST09 was specifically designed to bring in new fans. While it does make reference to the original stuff, it is not necessary. Obviously, if you see the old stuff, you will have a deeper appreciation for the references, but it isn't required.

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      David C. Roberson 4 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you:-)

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      David C. Roberson 4 years ago

      @belinhafernandes: Thanks!

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      David C. Roberson 4 years ago

      @beckimacary: Netflix lists them in the order of airdate (which is somewhat fair as the DVDs list them the same way). I was speaking to -production order-. When you watch them, you will notice that "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is noticeably different in set, costume, and ship exterior design. Also, Dr. McCoy is not yet on board the Enterprise. For some, it is quite jarring. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was the unprecedented second pilot that NBC ordered, and is therefore considered episode 2 in the Star Trek canon. It isn't necessarily that important, but it is noted because of the drastic differences in that episode.

      Thanks for the kind words regarding my lense:-) Hope you enjoy the show!

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      I watched The Voyage Home for the first time a couple of months ago. For me, the cheesier the Star Trek, the better, so I loved that movie in all of its ridiculousness. I also love some of the really cheesier episodes from the original series, like when they go back to that Native American planet and Kirk forgets everything and woos a lady there. Actually, Kirk wooing ladies is another favorite part of Star Trek.

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      beckimacary 4 years ago

      Now that I've seen the new film, I'd like to go back and watch all of ST from the beginning. Your primer was just what I was looking for as I've seen a handful of episodes of each "series" over the years and was curious to know the best way to watch them.

      My question is in relation to your note regarding TOS Episode 02, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" as well as Episode 01 of TOS, "The Cage".

      Both episodes are on Netflix for streaming. 01 is showing as "Pilot: The Cage", but then it has 04 listed as "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (your callout was that this is Episode 02). (On Netflix, 02 is "The Man Trap" and 03 is "Charlie X"). Can you kindly advise on what order to watch these four particular episodes? I want to get the most out of the experience and considering you made specific comments about those two episodes, I'd like to view them in your recommended order. Thanks!

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Really didn't like Deep Space Nine at all at first, but it grew on me and by the end was, and still is, my favorite of the Star Trek TV series. Loved J.J. Abrams film : loved the use of the original 'ping' sound effects, loved the bright, abstract way he depicted space and the energy and entertainment of the overall movie.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Star Trek is one of the best science fiction movies ever made in my opinion.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I personally like TNG and Deep Space Nine. As for what J. J. Abrams did, well....not so much.

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! I watched a lot of episodes on TV! Waiting for the last movie now! Pretty exciting stuff!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great job guiding ST newbies through the experience!

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      kingmoriarty 4 years ago

      Hi! I haven't watched any of the films/shows, and I was wondering if it's okay to start at ST09? Will I understand the story even without watching the previous ones?

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      great lens for those special trek fans!!

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it!

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      Karen1960 5 years ago

      I know you were referring to Season One boxsets above, but it's worth mentioning that "The Cage" IS featured on the last disc of the Season 3 boxsets.

      Also, as a Trek fan of many years, I recommend the Remastered DVDs for The Original Series, which have 21st century digital effects and look wonderful.

      And, for newbies - you can skip "Star Trek V" (invariably voted the Worst Trek Film Ever) and be sure that you're not missing anything important. :-)

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @IKnowNothingYet: Sorry you had trouble understanding the graph. I actually had multiple columns in order to simplify things. Haha. My bad. Basically, the mutiple columns come into play when two series are going on at the same time. I condensed that down to seasons. So you should, according to the graph, watch Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 at the same time as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1. The same would be said of Deep Space Nine Season 3 and Voyager Season 1. And so on and so forth. And of course, the abbreviations are spelled out before you get to the graph:-)

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @Sarah Switalski: I'm glad you enjoyed it:-)

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      Sarah Switalski 5 years ago from Iowa

      As someone who know nothing about Star Trek, I really appreciate this lens. I feel like I learned something and I don't need to feel quite as ignorant anymore :)

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      IKnowNothingYet 5 years ago

      So, uh, as someone who knows almost nothing about Star Trek I'm finding your graph kind of hard to follow. However, I trust your opinion of the right order to watch Star Trek and I would really like to understand what you're trying to say so I can watch Star Trek this summer. I understand that I should start with TOS, but I don't understand what multiple columns means... could you maybe make a list of what to watch in order? *feels stupid for not understanding graph*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens! I think I'll be referring back from time to time. :)

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @Cinnamonbite: Haha, yeah, I would say you qualify. I have two walls full of Star Trek memorabilia. And it's starting to inch out into other areas... Thanks for the like, too!

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      Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

      I've got a wall of Star Trek autographs. I think I should admit to being a Trekkie.

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks! :-)

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @adamfader: Likewise! Though I would prefer a new series be set in the original universe...

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I once attended a Star Trek film marathon in San Francisco -- twelve solid hours of Star Trek. It's still fun to watch the original series. Many of the devices Gene Roddenberry portrayed back in the 60s are in use today. He was way ahead of his time. Nice job on the lens. Great posters!

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      adamfader 5 years ago

      Loved the lens! I hope they come out with a new series soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea and an excellent introduction to Star Trek. :) Nice job!

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @Blonde Blythe: Thanks very much! I really appreciate your kind words!

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      Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Wonderfully organized and written extremely well! :)

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @tvyps: Thank you very much! I very much appreciate it! :-)

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nicely done! Squid Angel blessed!

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      David C. Roberson 5 years ago

      @reasonablerobby: Thanks so much! :-)

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      This is great. A really clever idea for lens.