I watched Star Trek a bit in my younger years in the same way that I watched Seinfeld or that show with Urkel in it. That is to say, I was exposed more by chance than by intent, but when it was on, the power of the Tube compelled me.
My main gripes about the show were the fake science and the in-your-face humanism, but somewhere on the list of quibbles came also: the holodeck. Exploring the galaxy on a starship seemed like an expensive and dangerous activity when one could explore it in safety on a holodeck. I wondered why holodeck addiction didn't become the opium den problem of the future.
With that introduction in mind, read this.