Loved SC3 (much to the horror of the SC1 and 2 purists).
It was my first foray into the Star Control series and I loved the way the story developed, the amount of full voice content / alien species, the super melee, the plot that made you think of questions like "where do the Arilou + Orz come from?
Even though the game didn't have input from the original creators I thought the storyline was a very clever take on the events after SC2 ended with the destruction of the Ur Quan Sa Matra battlestation.
Sure SC2 was better is most ways (especially Ur Quan Masters) but SC3 wasn't a bad "sequel" and deserves respect!
You can definitely tell I'm a fan of the series 😉