• 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…

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    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…

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    Star Trek Sunday: Discovery

    by Confession time. Or is it? It seems unlikely I that I haven’t expressed this particular opinion before. Either way, I don’t like Discovery. And I didn’t like it enough that I never went back after the mid-season cliffhanger in season one. People say the second season is better. That may be true, but it’s too late for me. Not because it’s “not my Trek”. Not because I resent the creative team doing something different. Not because I’m hung up on canon. No, it’s not my Trek. My trek was TOS and my second Trek love was TNG. But I’ve enjoyed DS9, VOY, and ENT in their turns. No, I…

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    Star Trek Sunday: The Reboots

    by I am on record in several locations as saying that I am not a fan of the Star Trek reboots. I want to be. I really do. Anything that puts the words Star Trek on the front of its name has my intention, and if it has even some redeeming qualities, I will probably enjoy it. And I have enjoyed parts of the reboot movies. They each had their moments. As a matter of fact, if we look at the first of the splinter timeline movies, way back in 2009, I enjoyed most of the first half of the film. The casting was excellent, and while I didn’t like…

  • Life,  Movies

    Star Trek Sunday, Theatrical Trek: TNG

    by Okay, so I suppose I could have covered this before now. If I look at when the first movie arrived, the post probably could have fit in this blog sequence continuity between the posts on DS9 and Voyager. Much as I had with Star Trek VI when we were dating, I dragged my wife (then fiancée) to see Generations in the theatre. If memory serves, we may actually have gone on opening weekend. She was more used to the whole Star Trek thing by then but still wasn’t quite as steeped in the lore as I might have liked, so every movie was a chance to drag her in…

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    These Are the Voyages…Or Are They?

    by Voyager was over and Paramount didn’t make us wait very long at all for the next series. Enterprise promised to be a bit different right from the start. We were stepping away from The Next Generation era, and going back in time, back before TOS, back before there was a Federation. We knew about the Klingons, more or less, and that it was a big scary universe out there with strange species, some friendly and some not, and a whole galaxy of worlds to explore. Humans just hadn’t done much of that exploring yet. The teaser for that first episode showed us a Klingon being pursued by strange shape…

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    Star Trek Sunday: The Delta Quadrant Beckons

    by I remember watching the two-hour premiere episode of Star Trek Voyager when it came on. On the surface of things, the show had much to recommend it. The captain was a woman, not for the first time but for the first time in a featured role on television. Oh yes, we had a Romulan captain way back in the original series for one whole episode, and there had been other similar minor characters in the Next Generation (and fairly regularly), but rarely human, never front and center, never for real. Janeway changed that. And she wasn’t the only woman as a main character – we got three (out of…

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    Star Trek Sunday: DS9

    by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began its run while I was in my fourth year of university. By then I’d long grown beyond the Star Trek Club, which yes, I joined in first year to be with other like-minded Trekkies, though I found myself not quite as like-minded as I might have liked. I wonder now if it was just a vocal few, who, when we got together each week to watch and discuss the most recent episode, were just keeping everyone else silent on topics. But I remember a strongly expressed dislike for Wesley, which I didn’t share because I saw shades of myself in the character, and…

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    The Next Generation Arrives

    by It’s a Saturday in late September, and the year is 1987. Half a dozen teenage boys sit around an old kitchen table in someone’s basement, engaged in a role playing game descended from Dungeons & Dragons, but with a greater emphasis on realism and detail. It’s the middle of a combat sequence. They clash with a demon that outclasses each of them individually by a wide margin, but is evenly matched with the group as a whole. If they work together, they may defeat the beast and live. An alarm goes off. Everyone looks up. Someone speaks, the boy whose house they’re playing in. “Okay, we’re done. Time for…

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    Theatrical Trek

    by I have seen every Star Trek movie ever made for the theatre, in the theatre. I didn’t see all of them first run, but most of them. After a lifetime of only being able to see the TV or videocassette versions, I managed to catch Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theatre in my 20s. It happened at a review theatre in the city I was living in a time, maybe during some small science fiction review festival. I don’t remember what the theme was, if any, but I think as part of the same series we saw the fourth Alien movie, and the first Starship Troopers. That…