A Message Of Hope...

Star Trek had always been around for me. When I was very little I would watch it with my mum who was Trek fan before me, when I was 7 I got a Star Trek video for Christmas (The Best of Both Worlds, my favourite episode) and it started from there, I got my own VCR in my room and then the collection began. A shop right on the corner of my street sold tons and tons of videos and dvds and the guy had soem Star Trek videos, so I bought a few and enjoyed them, then he started getting piles of them and I found myself spending my pocket money on Star Trek videos, everyone except Enterprise (that isn't Star Trek to me), with each video been about 99p - 1.99 and me getting £2 pound pocket money a week that was my money or sometimes would save up.

Thing is this was long after Star Trek, I was about 10 or 11 when my obsession began. It wasn't a peer pressure thing, like everyone likes it so you like it to fit in and it wasn't that it was on the air.
At the time I was going through a lot of issues and a lot of problems, I was just finishing primary school and starting Secondary, I was bullied on a daily basis, whether it be physical, mental or verbal and my dad had left us and I was suffering to connect to anyone and was struggling, but then I flicked on one of my Trek videos that I had gotten for my birthday the previous year and found it to be very comforting and quite an escape, the characters, the space battles, the humour, I would line up my spaceships (even if they weren't starships from Star Trek) and make believe, more than anything the show, the whole of Star Trek had a positive message of hope, it had a very positive feel about it, that you could come home after a hard day at school or wherever and escape into an episode of The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine and forget your problems and emerse yourself in a brilliant and wonderful science fiction universe set in the future and in those days when I had no real friends to call my own, it made me feel like maybe I did.

Of course the craze became an obsession which by the time I was 13 I had nearly 80 Star Trek videos (ranging from The Originals all the way to Voyager) most from that shop on the corner of my street, but it became apparent that I needed to get rid of some, 1 because they were taking up space and 2 at that point I was starting home education so had to focus on that and get out and my mum was encoruaging me to mix a little with other kids. So with much regret I gave away a good amount to a local charity shop as no one would want to buy loads of videos, sure with them you could build a fort or base (as I did a few times), but I gave them away, kept some of my personal favourites though, so I wasn't completely giving it up, but Star Trek was kind of a thing of the past to me and I moved on and did other things.

Years later, I've been to College and have grown and matured and have recently rediscovered Star Trek and even found all 7 seasons of TNG on dvd in a local shop. I am a big fan still but not to the extent I was back then and I can always revisit them.
Star Trek was there for me at a time where I felt I had no hope and I was very much alone and it helped me so very much, it would put a smile on my face at the end of a long day and through its brilliant and believeable characters and its well written and amazing stories it built me up and gave me hope when I felt I had none and sure did give me the confidence to go forth to tackle the unknown world outside of my Trek video fort.
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1 Response Apr 21, 2012

Bless your for turning to that particular blend of optimism about humanity and heroism (both physical and intellectual), and keeping that Trek idealism in your heart.

I suspect many of us found solace in the original series as you did, which will never be wholly replaced by the later iterations of the franchise (good as they are). That said, the latest (movie) ones can make me cry nonetheless, especially when the echo the "lightning in a bottle" that was Star Trek - The Original Series.
Cordially, STTOS :-)