Year of Trek

I enjoy reading this, but man, for the sake of your sanity I think you need to make this Two Years of Trek.

kazar wrote:

Kirk

More and more I'm on Team Pike.

gewy wrote:

I enjoy reading this, but man, for the sake of your sanity I think you need to make this Two Years of Trek. :)

Or just drop Enterprise

gewy wrote:

I enjoy reading this, but man, for the sake of your sanity I think you need to make this Two Years of Trek. :)

I am going through the grind part of the year right now. The animated series will go by quick which will help me catch up and once I am in TNG, DS9 and Voyager I should be able to do 2-4 episodes a day. I can binge those series easily.

Stele wrote:

Or just drop Enterprise

Enterprise is certainly one of the weaker series but I didn't mind it that much. I felt the 3rd season to be meh but actually enjoyed the final season. First two were hit and miss with some great episodes mixed in with a lot of duds.

Rat Boy wrote:

More and more I'm on Team Pike.

I think it is one of those cases that it is was just the way things went back then, but it seemed to be on pretty thick. Pike had the romance part in his episode too but when he looked at a woman he wasn't giving her the creepy eyes.

kazar wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

More and more I'm on Team Pike.

I think it is one of those cases that it is was just the way things went back then, but it seemed to be on pretty thick. Pike had the romance part in his episode too but when he looked at a woman he wasn't giving her the creepy eyes.

Minor DISCO Season 2 spoilers:

Spoiler:

And they're fleshing out his character based on a couple of bits from "The Cage," namely the scene in Mojave and just why the Talosians picked a biblical depiction of Hell to punish him with.

Loving the updates Kazar, and the spreadsheet is great.

Rat Boy wrote:

Minor DISCO Season 2 spoilers:

Spoiler:

And they're fleshing out his character based on a couple of bits from "The Cage," namely the scene in Mojave and just why the Talosians picked a biblical depiction of Hell to punish him with.

I hadn't made that connection at all, that's pretty cool!

Week Five

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Started season two this week. Was able to watch 13 episodes, one short of my goal of 14. Doing a quick look at where I stand, as of February 2nd, 2019 it is 33 days into the year so I should be at 66 episodes. I just finished episode 42 meaning I am 14 episodes behind which is one week.

There were some really good episodes this week. The season premier Amok Time introduced the Pon-Far. The Pon-Far is brought up in future series with Tuvok and T'Pol. The episode Mirror Mirror shows an alternate reality where the Federation never formed but instead the Empire, an evil version. The alternate universe makes a few appearances in DS9. I, Mudd was a silly but funny episode that I recommend watching just to have a good laugh. Doomsday machine was one I remembered as a child that was fun to watch. The Enterprise fighting space creatures tend to be goo ones. Journey to Babel introduces Serek and his relationship with Spock.

The red shirt death count went through the roof this week. Multiple episodes had more then one red shirt die propelling it into a comfortable lead. The standings are now Red: 20, Blue 7, Gold 6.

TOS S2E1: Amok Time
TOS S2E2: Who Mourns for Adonais?
TOS S2E3: The Changeling
TOS S2E4: Mirror, Mirror
TOS S2E5: The Apple
TOS S2E6: The Doomsday Machine
TOS S2E7: Catspaw
TOS S2E8: I, Mudd
TOS S2E9: Metamorphosis
TOS S2E10: Journey to Babel
TOS S2E11: Friday's Child
TOS S2E12: The Deadly Years
TOS S2E13: Obsession

The Original Series: Season Two

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Finished TOS Season 2. It took almost exactly 2 weeks to get through it. I enjoyed it for the most part but it did have a different feeling then the first season. I felt that a third of the episodes weren't really science fiction episodes but either time travel episodes to the 20th century or they find planets that have developed to technology equivalent to 20th century Earth, many times due to contamination by some corrupted starfleet officer or Earth literature left behind on the world. The season did include a few space creature battles and even revisited some characters or themes from season one (Ex: Harry Mudd).

Mirror Earths
There were 3 or 4 episodes this season where they end up on a planet that mimics Earth almost exactly. One planet was run by a series of mob bosses fighting each other where they learned how to make cars and guns using literature left behind. Another planet is still in the Roman era but with 20th century technology. And yet another is mimicking Nazi Germany.

Mirror Universe
The season introduced the mirror universe, an alternate dimension where the Federation is called the Empire and civilization developed around the concept of greed and selfishness instead of altruism. The mirror universe will be revisited by other series and are always entertaining to watch.

Uhura
Uhura had a few episodes where she would use her musical talents but for the most part she was just playing the communications officer with little to no character development.

Sulu
I was surprised that Sulu was only in about half of the episodes. Many episodes had a different person at the helm. I found that episodes with Scotty generally didn't have Sulu as usually one or the other would be given the conn when Kirk and Spock went on an away mission. This season didn't develop the character at all.

Chekov
This season introduced the character Pavel Chekov in the role of navigator aboard to the Enterprise. They developed the character as a young Kirk like character who is always providing facts about Russia, even when they aren't facts. He added a witty humor element to the series.

Scotty
Scotty had a more significant role on Season 2. He would be left in command of the Enterprise when Kirk and Spock would go an an away mission, and usually have to get involved in cat and mouse tactics with other ships like the Klingons. He also is more involved in his role as Chief Engineer and in the Tribbles episode even defends the honor of the Enterprise by starting a fight with a Klingon.

Spock
Spock had a few episodes where we was able to portray a different character or a different side of Spock. In the first episode he had to deal with the Pon Far which caused him to have emotional outbursts. He was taken over by an alien consciousness which wanted to kill everyone aboard the Enterprise. He smiled more this season. Spock is definitely my favorite character so far.

McCoy
McCoy is McCoy. He is Spock's arch nemesis in the way of words always fighting Spock's logic. On away missions he generally acts as the emotional side while Spock plays the logical side leaving Kirk in the middle. This season it is even more so.

Kirk
Kirk this season got a little less womanizer and a bit more on the exploration of new worlds and civilizations. Now there is still once per episode where a women walks into the room and they focus on Kirk's eyes looking at her and her looking back at Kirk, but there were many episodes where Kirk ignores this keeps on mission which is an improvement for him.

Red Shirts
This season, red shirts won by a clear margin. There were 19 red shirts that died to only 2 blue and 1 gold. Two thirds of them died in three consecutive episodes though, with most episodes having no deaths.

IIRC George Takei was off playing in a movie (US propaganda John Wayne-em up Green Berets) for a good chunk of the second season.

A lot of the "mirror Earths" episodes were due to budget constraints.

The second season is probably better than the first overall, IMO, but it does focus on Kirk/Spock much more and kind of ignores the rest of the crew (Scott gets more time because Sulu is not there for a lot of it and Chekov is there because they left out the Russians in the first season's cast - his haircut is explicitly supposed to evoke the Beatles ). The first season had much more of a "we are on this big spaceship with all these people doing all this stuff" feel to it.

tboon wrote:

IIRC George Takei was off playing in a movie (US propaganda John Wayne-em up Green Berets) for a good chunk of the second season.

Yep, and lines written for Sulu in those episodes were swapped to Chekov.

Week Six

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Another 13 episode week. I didn't get to watch many episodes during the week so I ended up binge watching 6 episodes on Saturday to finish season one. I tried out my Google Sheets magic and found a way to mark each episode with a date that I need to watch it on in order to complete my goals. The equation was "=DATE(2019, 1, 1) + (365 / 761) * (row() - 1)". The equation basically takes the number of days in a year, divides it by the number of episodes/movies and multiplies it by the episode/movie number (row - 1). This gives me the number of days into the year that the episode must be watched so I add January 1st, 2019 to the number which gives me the target date. You can see the results in the sheet. YearOfTrek Sheet

According to this, I should have started season three on January 27th, 2019 and for today, February 10th, 2019 I should be on the animated series already which is 29 episodes from now. If I can catch up I am certain I can maintain the needed pace, so the challenge for the end of February is to catch up. Weekends I can binge, and I get presidents day off. This will be a tough few weeks.

Regarding this weeks episodes, the obvious must watch is The Trouble With Tribbles. It is often considered one the best original series episodes. I also recommend A Piece of the Action which has Kirk and Spock in a Chicago mobster scenario with some good humor and the episode Patterns of Force was the episode where they had to deal with Nazis. I also enjoyed Return of Tomorrow since it let us see Leonard Nimoy play a different kind of role.

Red shirt deaths this week was tamer then the previous week with four red shirts to one blue and zero gold.

TOS S2E14: Wolf in the Fold
TOS S2E15: The Trouble with Tribbles
TOS S2E16: The Gamesters of Triskelion
TOS S2E17: A Piece of the Action
TOS S2E18: The Immunity Syndrome
TOS S2E19: A Private Little War
TOS S2E20: Return to Tomorrow
TOS S2E21: Patterns of Force
TOS S2E22: By Any Other Name
TOS S2E23: The Omega Glory
TOS S2E24: The Ultimate Computer
TOS S2E25: Bread and Circuses
TOS S2E26: Assignment Earth

You do realize that the photo you posted there wasn't an original series photo, right?

Spoiler:

It's from the excellent DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", in which the cast travels back in time to covertly help Kirk with the events of that TOS episode. In the picture, you can see Bashir and O'Brien.

Yeah here's the original:

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Poor guy #3 and guy#4 got erased from history!

trichy wrote:

You do realize that the photo you posted there wasn't an original series photo, right?

The choice was on purpose. Given what we know from DS9, this is the new original for me :).

Week Seven

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First week to achieve the goal of 14 episodes watched. I am a little past the third season halfway mark. I was hoping to get a little ahead this week but the game Anthem came out that ate a bunch of time.

This week had an episode that was both ridiculous and great at the same time. "Plato's Stepchildren" had some scenes where Kirk and Spock were played as puppets which was silly at best but the content of the episode dealt with prejudices and bullying. I do put a warning that there is a scene where Kirk is forced to kiss Uhura that was hard to watch. Other good episodes are Tholian's Web, The Enterprise Incident and Specter of the Gun.

Four red shirts died this week with no deaths from gold or blue. Unless the next week has an explosion in a science lab or a command training session, it looks like red shirts will win by a blowout in the Original Series.

TOS S3E1: Spock's Brain
TOS S3E2: The Enterprise Incident
TOS S3E3: The Paradise Syndrome
TOS S3E4: And the Children Shall Lead
TOS S3E5: Is There in Truth No Beauty?
TOS S3E6: Spectre of the Gun
TOS S3E7: Day of the Dove
TOS S3E8: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
TOS S3E9: The Tholian Web
TOS S3E10: Plato's Stepchildren
TOS S3E11: Wink of an Eye
TOS S3E12: The Empath
TOS S3E13: Elaan of Troyius
TOS S3E14: Whom Gods Destroy