This question came up in a Star Trek: Voyager forum of which I’ve been a part nearly since it opened in 2007. The most recent poster had mentioned that because she didn’t watch or read as much Star Trek as she once had, she felt like she was losing her fandom and letting the franchise down. I decided my response was worth sharing here.
I also sometimes feel as if I’m letting the franchise down. It’s not that I don’t like Star Trek anymore… I’m just an adult with more –dare I say it– important things to do. And there’s so much more of which to be a fan, too. Stuff that’s happening now instead of re-watching shows that ended eight or more years ago (and which we’ve seen eight or more times, haha). Once I got into the new Doctor Who it slowly started to outshine Star Trek as a main definition of my geekiness. It took a few years, but I finally realised it sometime recently.
Yes, I do still admire Star Trek as a part of who I am (even right now I’m drinking out of a Star Trek tumbler I was given for Christmas). I would even consider Star Trek as the foundation of my geekiness.
–Star Trek got me interested in astronomy, which in turn got me interested in other sciences such as quantum mechanics/physics.
–Star Trek is where my story writing ability really improved. Even though, for personal reasons, I’m not allowed to write fictional stories anymore, I wouldn’t be as well off to be able to write for blogs and newsletters without it.
–I’ve learned a lot of my favourite “fancy” words from science fiction. Most of them were from Star Trek, but one was from Stargate Atlantis. If it hadn’t been for seeing Robert Picardo in an episode of Stargate SG-1 I would never have started watching Stargate Atlantis!
–Star Trek got me interested in science fiction, which is a huge part of my life whether I watch it, read it, write about it, talk about it, make music videos about it, or… I just exist :o).
So, no, I may not watch it very often or even think a lot about it anymore, but it still flows through my blood, empowering the geek I am to do whatever it is that I do best. Whether it’s what I enjoy, what I do, who I befriend, or just being a geek and watching every season of some show in a week, I know that it’s all thanks to Star Trek.
But even the foundation needs a bit of maintenance every now and then :o).