It all started one night when the TV was left on after the "watched" show was over. My parents were sitting in the basement visiting. The TV was on, but they weren't paying any attention to it. The children came in and asked what they were watching. "Eww. Star Trek??" Then, we left. My parents were hooked. A show the children would not watch meant an hour of quiet, uninterrupted couple time.
We had always like the Star Trek movies and Mom's brothers had loved the TV series when they were younger. There is a touch of nerd in many of us--though, admittedly, there is more of a streak of nerd in a few.
Gradually, my younger brother Levi and I started watching. Then, we began recording the episodes so the four of us could watch together. It was the first time we had ever recorded TV--it was a great novelty for our family, in those days, to fast-forward through the commercials! The more we watched, the more we appreciated the intelligent plots, thought-provoking situations and interesting (endlessly interesting!) characters. It became a loved family activity that all four of us looked forward to.
Fast-forward many years. We recently borrowed a season of Star Trek from my parents. My husband, too, has always loved the movies and he loved the old TV series. He had never watched much of the New Generation. I have been telling him for years that they really were good shows. Every night, we have watched one episode. It is the right amount of time to settle everyone down, but doesn't require the commitment of a whole movie. Justin is slowly converting and the kids are enjoying the funny costumes and make-up. It is nostalgic for me and I have loved introducing this to my family.
How do you feel about Star Trek?