• Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Chronological vs Series Order

    by I have a general preference for series order when it comes to watching Star Trek. Or I would if I were starting from the beginning for a re-watch at this point. At this point in my life, I’m more likely to take each series as a separate entity. My daughter and I are closing in on the final season of DS9 and I’m preparing to do an Enterprise watch of my own. More on that another day. Most people seem to suggest that if you’re going to start a watch of the entire universe, you go in series order. That looks something like: TOS TAS TOS Movies TNG TNG…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Lower Decks Revisited

    by Way back in August, I posted about my initial reaction to Lower Decks. The verdict at that point was that it was my favourite new iteration of Trek since Enterprise ended. We were only two episodes in at that point, but the first season is over now and it’s been renewed for a second season. I hope it gets more. Why? I’m going to steal most of the paragraph I wrote last time: Lower Decks is about friendship, loyalty, compassion, understanding, finding your way, coming of age, and expanding what it means to be a Starfleet officer and a sentient being, human or otherwise. The character interactions come back…

  • Television

    Darkmok and Jalad at Tanagra

    by Or, TNG at 33. Last Monday, Star Trek: The Next Generation turned 33. A couple of days later, my favourite episode turned 29. “Darmok”, the second episode of the 5th season of TNG, first aired on 30 September 1991. The Children of Tama, an alien species with an alien language, want to establish a dialogue with the Federation, and the Universal Translator seems to have no problem with the language, but it also gives the Enterprise crew what seems like gibberish. At least until they figure out that the Tamarians speak in metaphor and allegory. Of course, without the common cultural references, talking to each other is still hit…

  • Television

    What I’m Watching Lately

    by Back in the first few weeks of the COVID shutdown, back when I still thought I’d be back at work in 8-10 weeks, I did a couple of blog posts about old TV SF, covering my childhood, my teen years, and my 20s. There was nostalgia, there was wistfulness, there was a stirring of the idea to go and visit some of these old friends again. Well, I’ve recently spent some time tracking down some of those old friends, along with discovering a couple of new ones. Unsurprisingly, I’m a little scattered and eclectic about it. I’ve managed to OD on binge-watching things in the past (and my definition…

  • Television

    Star Trek Day, Officially

    by 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: The pilot episode of every series (although in a weird…

  • Television

    Happy Star Trek Day, Everyone!

    by What’s that you say? I’m two days early? Well, yes. Officially, I suppose. But from a Canadian perspective, most of the world is two days late. Common wisdom suggests that the first broadcast of Star Trek was the 8th of September, 1966 on NBC in the United States. Therefore, September 8th is Star Trek day and we should all celebrate. I agree with the last four words in that sentence, but the rest… not as much. The actual first broadcast of the show happened two days earlier and in Canada. Never heard this before? Well, I promise I’m not just making it up and I offer you the first…

  • Life,  Movies,  Television

    Entertainment Preferences

    by A while back, I noted that I have certain reading preferences when it comes to genre. I identified what I consider to be the eleven basic genres and then broke out where I spend most of my reading time and where I didn’t (and why). There are some differences when it comes to my non-reading entertainment. The same basic genres exist, but then there are extra things that find there way into entertainment that I wouldn’t call fiction when we’re talking about that. (Hmm. I never did get to non-fiction reading, did I? Another time.) Once again in alphabetical order, but this time putting the breakdown in the list…

  • Life,  Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Lower Decks

    by So there have only been two episodes so far, but at this point, Lower Decks is making the best impression of any new series or movie since Enterprise ended. Yes, really. If you don’t appreciate the type of humour involved, you’ll probably disagree. It’s face paced, sometimes silly, sometimes mindlessly silly, and to some extent relies on satirizing other bits of the existing canon universe and SF in general. But it’s also about friendship, loyalty, compassion, understanding, finding your way, coming of age, and expanding what it means to be a Starfleet officer and sentient being, human or otherwise. The character interactions come back to the base of Star…

  • Television

    Star Trek Sunday: TAS

    by Star Trek The Animated Series. Slipping back to something I didn’t really cover very well. I didn’t encounter TAS first run, since that was when I was 2-3 years old. That time frame does coincide with what I believe to be my earliest Star Trek memory, but I can’t imagine my father watching a Saturday morning cartoon with me at that age. I could be wrong, and I could find out by asking him, but I don’t have any recollection of that happening even later in my childhood. But I did encounter it when I was older, maybe seven or eight, when we were living in Comox, and again…

  • Television

    Star Trek Sunday: Picard

    by So, at long last, we all get to find out what I think about Star Trek: Picard. Let’s see, how to be gentle about things. It was boring, filled with interesting concepts but unrealized potential. The action mostly wasn’t. There were moments, but they seemed almost obligatory rather than adding to the story in any significant way. The plot is a series of sucker punches and cameos, a jumbled mess. Don’t mince words, Lance. Tell us what you really think. Okay. The characters, filled out by great actors, didn’t get a fair shake at backstory or a chance to grow beyond the limited dimensions they were given. And the…