Does Star Trek Appeal To Kids Today? October 20, 2007by James Trowbridge , Filed under: Trek for Kids , trackback
The second of our series of guest blogs from the TrekMovie.com youth correspondent.
The topic for my October blog is how kids my age (age 10) like Star Trek. Some of my friends know about Star Trek from their parents. For example, one friend has only seen one episode of The Original Series. He said that his dad had shown it to him to see what television was like in the old days. I think that it didn’t hold his attention because we are so used to CGI effects. It is sad that my friends have not seen the newer series or movies like Enterprise or Deep Space Nine. They are more interested in shows like Heroes and video games like Halo. However, another friend of mine said he had seen an episode of Star Trek and wanted to see more. He can’t see more because he doesn’t know what channel it is on and when.
Here are some ways I think they could make Star Trek better for kids my age. Star Trek’s vision of the future has almost become a reality, because now we see automatic doors, cell phones, and microwaves every day. Maybe when they make a new Star Trek, they should give us a new vision of the future that we haven’t seen already.
Another thing is that everybody I know is interested in some kind of video game. There are some Star Trek games, but they are hard to find and only come on a few systems. For example, Star Trek Legacy should be released on other systems such as the PSP and the PC. Because it is not available on any of my game systems, I have not played it before, but I have watched videos of it on YouTube. From what I’ve seen, it looks good. I like the fact that you can play as the Federation, the Romulans, the Klingons, and the Borg, and you can choose different ships. [Editor's NOTE: Legacy is actually available for the PC and Bethesda have released a Trek game for the PSP and the Gameboy...but the fact that kids aren't aware of these games says something]
I also think that they could make some better Star Trek toys. Most of the ones available now are delicate and expensive collectors’ items. Star Trek could learn from another science fiction show I like, Doctor Who. It just came back after a long time off the air, and they have made a lot of toys such as action figures and toy spaceships it is a huge hit with young viewers in England. When the toys for Star Wars came out, I enjoyed playing with the action figures and spaceships, especially when Episodes II and III came out. I think they could make better Star Trek ships and action figures like the ones for Star Wars, that don’t break as easily. It is really hard to play with a headless Archer, a footless T’Pol, or a handless Malcolm Reed who can’t even hold his phase pistol.
I have been thinking on how I can make a little difference. So I am going to try and get some of my friends who have not seen Star Trek to check it out and see how they like it by showing one of the better movies, like Star Trek: First Contact. I am also thinking of restarting the local Star Trek fan club with my dad and some other fans we met at the Las Vegas convention. I hope this helps with the merchandising problems.
Peace and long life,