From: My Own Private Hell
Meh. The original series had interesting and novel plotlines, but the hackneyed and shoestring special effects budget scotched the whole deal for me when I was interested and came of age in the 1970s. I never could get into it because of the low-budget effects used. Seriously-they were terrible.
That's what put them on the classic status, well that and Shatner's over / terrible acting. Try watching Galaxy Quest and you will see what I mean.
The movies, with their decent budgets, were much better. Even with the old cast. By the time ST V, VI and VII rolled around though, these guys had no reason to be trotting about on a Galaxy-class cruiser in the cosmos. Scotty and Shatner were bloated caricatures by then and Uhura, Sulu and McCoy were afterthoughts. Nemoy's fingers in some of the movie pie made for some of the worst.films.ever. Star Trek III and V were terrible. I think I walked out of the theatre for the latter. I've only done that with a small handful of movies.
For me it is II, III and IV that are the best. V and VI were utter c**p, 'row, row, your boat' and Uhura's dance routine were the worst ideas ever.
ST:TNG came at a perfect time-decent special effects, new characters and some excellent episodes. First Contact ranks right up there with STII: Wrath of Khan, IMO. Nemesis was drivel and showed that the ST:TNG franchise had jumped the shark finally. In spite of its fizzling series end, ST:TNG is where my Trekkie heart really lies.
Totally agree. TNG really brought the series up to date, Scotty turning up in a transporter in S6.4 was an absolute gem. Like you I did not rate Nemesis but first contact was ok except for the fact Picard was so very much playing out of character, his anger and reactions etc really went against everything that TNG had built up over the 7+ years.
I never got into Enterprise, DSN or Voyager for comparatives.
Enterprise I never used to like but am starting to warm to it as its on CBS now and I have watched a few episodes, think the Klingons were very off putting with the fact they were STNG ones in a pre STOS setting, and the fact it seemed to have better tech than the STOS.
DS9, c**p, except the few battle episodes. Voyager I really liked as much as TNG, ok the timeline got a little murky regards the Borg and when Starfleet was supposed to know about them but other than that a pretty good series.