Second Thoughts ~ September 28, 1987

Aramis Thorn
3 min readSep 28, 2020

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!

Greetings Dear Reader,

It was thirty-three years ago this night. I sat there with Maxim at age two and Bezel who was only a couple of months old. I had been anticipating this night for weeks. I had already been nurturing Maxim on the older version and he too in his own way anticipated what we would see.

Star Trek: The Next Generation blazed to life with the first episode, Encounter at Farpoint. It would take a few episodes for the show to find its footing. Still, all the elements were there. The new captain, Picard, was a good one. Number One, Will Riker, reminded me more of Kirk. There was a Klingon officer and a blind pilot.

The new Enterprise had many new things to enjoy and the show rekindled the television layer of the franchise with great success. TNG would run for seven seasons. During that time, I would gather with my children and friends to watch the series, discuss it, and ponder the social commentary if offered.

It created a place where my family and friends could always find common ground. It did give Star Trek to a new generation. I was able to pass on a love that I had held since I was six to my sons and others. It allowed me to forge some friendships that have endured for decades. When I was a professor, I would end each semester by inviting students to my home for all night Star Trek marathons that ended with me making pancakes in the morning.

As the newer series unfold, I find again the intrigue, joy, and gratitude that is held in this world through which I have traveled since I was a boy. I have not always lived up to the standards that it holds dear but I am reclaiming that place slowly. I find many of the truths that are part of my faith in this vast fiction that imagines a better world and better humans. I have also had to work through the deaths of some of the original series cast.

As I celebrate this moment, this day, I can see the joy that followed as my sons would watch Star Trek with me each week. I can remember all good things that we shared and hope that they can as well. They want to leave a better world than they inherited and I am proud of them for that. I express my gratitude to Gene Rodenberry for his creation and the hope that it gave me as a boy, as a young father, and as I face the approach of that Undiscovered Country. After all, it is possible to love each other enough to overcome any obstacle if we are willing. Dear Reader, “Things are only impossible until they are not.” Jean-Luc Picard

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!

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