Monday, December 31, 2018

Calm Before the Storm

It is almost time. The hours are counting down. The past month has been spent looking for deals for Star Trek content in preparation. I already had season 1 of The Original Series and three of the six original movies. I found a great deal for The Next Generation on blu-ray for $60 on cyber Monday. I just need to get my hands on season 2 and 3 of The Original Series and I should be good for the first few months.

What I haven't yet mentioned is that when Jan 1st, 2019 starts in the Pacific Time Zone I will be an hour or two away from landing in Paris. I will be somewhere between 35,000 and 45,000 feet in the air. I have the first 16 episodes of The Original Series on my Fire HD Tablet ready to go so I plan to start the adventure on time. And I will be as close to outer space that I have and probably will ever be.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Year of Trek

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's 5 year mission, to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.

Those words spoken by William Shattner over 50 years ago have inspired me, and multiple generations to look up to the stars. They have provided children and adults alike a vision of what our future could be. In those 50+ year Gene Roddenberry's vision has given us 7 TV series and 13 full featured movies spanning over 550 hours. And I am going to watch them all, in 2019.

In September I wanted to start watching a Star Trek series again, but I had a hard time choosing. Do I go with the classic TNG, or revisit the Delta quadrant in Voyager? I have never seen the original series in its entirety, but can I stomach sitting through it? Then I had this crazy idea to challenge myself to watching the entire Star Trek catalog.

To put some perspective of what this will entail, there are a total of 742 episodes of Star Trek aired so far. That means if I were to watch 2 episodes a day I would be 11 short of watching them all. And that excludes the movies and any new episodes that release next year. Here is a break down of the challenge.

  • Watch every episode and movie officially released in the order it originally aired.
  • Read at least one Star Trek Novel, suggestions welcome
  • Read a Star Trek comic arc.
  • Play at least one Star Trek video game

I have compiled a spreadsheet that breaks down every piece of known content so far. Star Trek episode/movie list. I also plan to do weekly blog entries where I will talk about how things are going, what I watched and what my favorite episodes are.

I welcome anyone who wants to join me in this adventure. Even if you don't want to commit as much time, I will curate a list each week of the episodes worth watching.