After 45 Years It’s Time Women Embraced Star Trek, Starting With These 5 Episodes

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Family Ties in The Next Generation’s The Inner Light

Star Trek: The Next Generation may be the best Trek series, but it’s also the least romantic. You know it’s bad when the android is the character on the show with the most memorable, sexual liason (Tasha Yar? Yeah, Data hit that.). But in “The Inner Light” confirmed bachelor Captain Jean-Luc Picard is, thanks to some sci-fi mumbo jumbo your girlfriend won’t care about, instantly turned into a family man living on a far off alien planet. He lives out an entire life there, raising children, loving his wife, and learning to play the flute. It ends badly for the planet, and eventually Picard wakes up to discover that the decades he spent with the people he loved were simply memories of a dead civilization, being relived by him in his quarters. That doesn’t make it any less real to him, and the episode ends with a sad and empty Picard playing the music he learned in his other life, while mourning the family and loved ones he never had.

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  1. John Evans says:

    I grew up watching The Original Series with my parents. Yes, my father and my mother.


  2. V_vsn says:

    “The Offspring” (TNG) is also a good chick-flick episode. God, I can’t believe we’re referring to “chick-flick” episodes with traditional female appeal and Star Trek as being macho. When did Star Trek become synonymous with football and mancaves? The world is getting too weird.

    • JT says:

      I don’t think it’s viewed as macho, I think women view it as at the other end of the unacceptable male spectrum:  Too dorky. To technological.  To sciency.

      • Vives says:

        Yeah, women hate science. We probably just don’t understand. 
        How can you people even take this article seriously? This is the biggest piece of blatant sexist bullshit I’ve ever seen.

  3. Drage says:

    It really is time more women started watching Star Trek, especially if there’s a new show on the way!!  I wouldn’t necessary pick theese episodes though, ’cause they’re not the ones I like the best… I might show friends some of the more humorous episodes, ’cause they might catch a few female fans. There really is a lot of women not liking those crappy Twilight movies too!!

  4. Vives says:

    I can see where you were going with this, but come on. Is this really what you think will make girls like Star Trek? Your arguments, I have to admit, are nothing short of sexist. And I don’t use that word lightly. You claimed that all the fans of soap operas and Twilight are female, which is simply not true, and implied that if girls don’t watch Star Trek, they are most likely watching stupid insubstantial things, like reality shows (also something that men also watch). You should give us more credit. 
    Sure, these episodes seem more non-fan friendly and would be good to show someone you’re introducing to the series… but your reasoning is, frankly, kind of awful. You think, okay, women would be interested in episodes they could relate to. Like the ones with romance or drama, PMS, family issues, or children. Women are suckers for romance, proven, of course, by Twilight popularity. And remember, don’t put too much sciency stuff in there, because women hate science. Also, forget any action, women hate action. You should have included that episode about cooking and doing laundry. It just sounds bad, you have to admit. Just like that in Pespi commercial, that says “This is our movie!”. 
    Chances are, if your girlfriend or whatever watches Twilight and stupid reality shows, she’s not a sci-fi person. And it’s difficult to convert one of those into a sci-fi person, regardless of gender. If you have any hope of getting her into Star Trek, she’s probably already a person who enjoys action, adventure, and sci-fi. So there’s no point in trying to make it “women-friendly”. She’ll probably appreciate it the same ways you do.