I can’t move on from editing Simple Talk without one more editorial about Star Trek. There are over 600 hours of episodes and movies to watch, and despite being a fan, I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. Even worse, I haven’t watched most of what I’ve seen more than once.
Lately, I just completed watching Star Trek: Discovery and have caught a few episodes of Picard. I was planning to rewatch the original series after Discovery, but with news about many characters from The Next Generation joining Picard, my plans have changed. There are two animated series and another new one called Strange New Worlds. To make it even more difficult, The Orville will be back with season 3 by the time this article is published. I agree with many Trekkies who say it’s a lot like Star Trek.
Star Trek depicts life across galaxies, universes, and time. In the future, it shows a united Earth where all countries and all people finally get along. Of course, there are still many villains like the Cardassians, Romulans, The Borg, Terrans, and a host of others in the Delta and Gamma Quadrants.
One of my favorite things about Star Trek is that there are many powerful women, both good like Captain Janeway and evil like the Borg Queen. Discovery is a great example. The main Michael Burnham is a hero. Her mentor, Captain Philippa Georgiou ends up being a villain in another universe. I especially like when women are the engineers like Voyager. Captain Janeway, B’Elanna Torres, and Seven of Nine figure things out!
Of course, there are some Star Trek species that treat women with disdain, such as the Klingons and Ferengi. If you’ve ever seen an episode with a Klingon woman, you know they are fierce and worthy of lots of respect.
Thanks for reading my many editorials over the past four and a half years, and I hope the next editor feels just as appreciated as you have made me feel.