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Star Trek Day, Officially

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While some of us in Canada may have celebrated on Sunday, myself included, as far as CBS in particular is concerned (and since they own Star Trek, their opinion is paramount, pun intended), the date of the anniversary of the first airing in the US is the official Star Trek Day.

So, once again, happy Star Trek Day, everyone!

I’m a little surprised at how much they have set up for streaming specifically for this date considering how well recent anniversaries have been marked so far as I could tell, but I’m happier this time. The planned stream includes:

  1. The pilot episode of every series (although in a weird order) except TOS, weather they were double-length or not.
  2. Someone’s favourite episodic (i.e. standalone) episodes, a list somehow containing only one episode every series except Picard (TAS makes the cut here), but three from TNG including the two-part “Best of Both Worlds”, plus seven of the web serial Short Treks,
  3. And a set of eight short panels covering a bunch of series and topics.

The last are what primarily interest me. I have easy access to all of the series and my oldest daughter and I are deep into Season 6 of a DS9 run right now. It’s not like I’m going to watch no Star Trek over the next little while. Really, it’s not ever like that.

While I’m happy to have the extra content available and access to a service that will let me watch them, I haven’t decided how much I’m going to participate. Probably not at all in real time. There’s still a lot to get done today and I’m trying to stay on top of a few things. This evening, when I get to relax a bit.

But that’s not all that’s going on in the world of Star Trek right now. CBS has been making a big deal out of “23 weeks of new Star Trek”, though I’m seeing that big deal through secondary sources. Of course, thirteen of those weeks will feature a new episode of Discovery that I’m not going to watch, and we’re half way through Lower Decks (which I am enjoying) already. STO, after a bit of weirdness on the weekend, is releasing the next batch of content to consoles today (I play on Xbox), which is nice, maybe. It looks like it somehow features both new Klingons and traditional ones. I know who I’m rooting for.

But beyond that, if I want any new Trek, I need to make it myself, or go out and find some other good fan-made Star Trek, leaning towards TOS and TNG, and no surprise there.

Live long and prosper.

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