Aug. 25th, 2016

After attending the Star Trek 50th anniversary con, I was left with a desire to re-watch every Star Trek show, so I got the first season of the original series from the library. I managed to watch 29 episodes (30 if you include the failed pilot "The Cage") in a week, and man, I'm totally not doing that again. I don't know how people binge watch shows. Just sitting there for hours started to drive me nuts.

Funny thing about TOS. I've seen some episodes, but that number before this re-watch probably amounted to less than half; a quarter maybe if I'm generous. On the other hand, I've seen every episode of the other four shows. So why the discrepancy? I think my opinion of TOS was shaped by the general impression non-Trekkers have of the show. When I thought of Star Trek, I pictured cheesy special effects and over-the-top acting and really weird costumes and who the hell wants to watch that? Thankfully, watching all of Classic Doctor Who gave me a better appreciation for 1960s sci fi, so I approached this re-watch with an open mind. And I'm glad I did.

Yes, Star Trek had a small budget (forcing them to film on very Earth looking sets sometimes), but it had big ideas and that's the most important part. It's easy to assume that all of the stories had horribly fakey science with no plot structure at all, but really, the majority of the episodes were human stories in a sci fi setting. That's the element that gets ignored when regular people try to sum it up.

Star Trek season one review (includes 50 year old spoilers) )

I might get around to watching season two, but I can't handle these marathon sessions. Towards the end, I was doing five episodes in a day and that's a lot of Star Trek to sit through.


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