Star Trek has always generally been in my pop culture orbit, even though it never fully came home for me. I’ve seen most of the movies and caught a few episodes of one series or another, and even had one or two books when I was a kid, but it never took hold of my imagination the way that Star Wars and Firefly did. But now, with the death of Leonard Nimoy fresh in my mind and the 50th anniversary of the franchise on the horizon, I’ve decided enough is enough and it’s time to take the Starship Enterprise out for a ride. I will hopefully be doing this column each week, covering about four episodes of the series at a time, to chronicle my first impressions of Captain Kirk and company on their five-year mission. So without further ado, let’s get started and see what Gene Roddenberry has in store.