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Star Trek: The Year Ahead

Happy New Year, friends! Last month I recapped my year of watching and blogging Star Trek. Here’s a rundown of the Trek goodness I’m looking forward to in the coming year: The Next Generation, Discovery, offline shenanigans, and posts for Comparative Geeks! Be sure to check out the poll at the bottom to let me know which posts you’re most interested in reading.

Upcoming TNG Episodes

We Trekkies joke around a lot about the first season or two of TNG being bad, but it only took a couple of episodes to find some interesting stuff, and I’m so looking forward to progress here in my watch-all-the-Star-Trek project. I’d only seen about five episodes of season 1, and I’ve already passed two of them in the first two episodes. Currently my most-anticipated upcoming episode is “The Big Goodbye,” what looks to be a thrilling “trapped on the holodeck” adventure!

Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard in 1930s attire.

“The Big Goodbye,” Memory Beta

Star Trek: Discovery

I admit it, I’d gone full purist on Star Trek in the past few years. I didn’t like the reboot movies one bit, and still haven’t seen the most recent one. I thought they were heavy on explosions and tissue-light on actually making sense. Not to mention that Star Trek started as a scrappy celebration of diversity, and the movies took exactly zero risks. My reaction to the “new TV show!” announcement was a solid groan.

BUT. Every piece of news about this show gets me more excited. The lead is a woman of color (Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead), we’ll get our first gay character (two seconds in a montage doesn’t count, Star Trek Beyond), and the inimitable Michelle Yeoh as a captain! The fact that they’re promoting their diversity is just as exciting to me as the actual casting.

It’s set pretty early in Star Trek’s chronology, which I find disappointing, and it’s also about Klingons when I think the Romulans have been sorely underused, BUT the protagonist isn’t a ship captain (so that’ll be structurally different) and there’ll be a new alien species introduced. It’ll be available online for a subscription, and also on Netflix, but maybe just for international audiences? Not clear on that. Either way I’m stoked and I’ll do my best to find it.

The Outernet

Sadly, now that the 50th anniversary year is over, there isn’t as much awesome Star Trek stuff going on. The original show ran for three years, why isn’t the anniversary celebration three years long? Anyway, I’m planning a trip to a small local con. I may or may not be designing a tattoo — feel free to guess what it is. And I’m memorizing my favorite Trek speeches, because I’m a nerd. IT’S MENTAL EXERCISE OKAY.

Upcoming Posts

Since upcoming episodes are, well, upcoming, I can’t say for sure what I’ll want to write about there. But aside from that I know I want to write posts about some Star Trek games, cast memoirs, and a couple of behind-the-scenes or otherwise related documentaries. I’d love to hear what kinds of posts you most like to read, though: episode reviews/reactions, listicles, topical essays, outernet reports, reviews of related media or even merch? Let me know in the poll/comments below!

A Year of Watching Star Trek

This time last year, I was deciding to watch all the Star Trek that exists, most of it for the first time. Watching an episode a day, it would’ve taken about two years. Well, I haven’t watched anything like an episode a day, but I don’t mind. I exchanged speed for depth, and spent a fantastic year with the original series, The Animated Series, the original-cast movies, and now starting The Next Generation. I’ve written almost a dozen posts on various Trek-related topics for Comparative Geeks, but as it’s December, here are some reflections on my Trekkie year and the show so far.

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“Errand of Mercy”

Mainly, I’m impressed by Star Trek’s ideas. There are episodes of the original series that I didn’t like much as a child, so I didn’t watch them very often, but they surprised me as an adult. “Errand of Mercy” used to seem like dithering, and now I love this image of pacifist aliens who intervene when they must. “Metamorphosis” was painfully boring, and still is, but there’s a beautiful gay-rights message hidden inside it. “Is There in Truth No Beauty” seemed irritating, but now Miranda Jones is my role model. Those episodes, and many more, have philosophical conversations as their climaxes and defining moments, and that’s just cool.

Of course, I think as fans we sometimes spend too much time defending Trek as intellectual. It is. But it’s also a good time. It’s funny, it’s ridiculous, sometimes it doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense, and that’s one reason it can be so inspiring. Star Trek is a dream that we want to make a reality, but we don’t have to always be deadpan about it, and that’s awesome too.

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Me with my dear personal friend, William Shatner

This project has spread beyond just watching the episodes, and even beyond writing these blog posts, although I like to bring in as much as I can. I wrote a graduate-level paper on Star Trek props, later adapted into a post on miniskirts and one on computers. I went to conventions and met William Shatner for a couple of glorious seconds. (He wasn’t even the highlight of my first Trek convention… The best part was putting on a uniform t-shirt and then walking into a room where everyone else was in uniform too. I’ve never felt so at home). I read novels, comics, and memoirs. I watched documentaries and followed actors to some very obscure roles. I had friends fill up my newsfeeds with Trek memes, articles, and merch advertisements, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Star Trek is a wonderful place to live.

Looking ahead, well, I can’t wait to finish TNG season one… and then there’s Star Trek: Discovery next summer… Hopefully it’ll be a good place to jump in if you don’t have time to watch absolutely everything!