This post began as a 250-word digression in the middle of one of my reviews of a classic Trek episode. I’ve come to understand how my brain works over the years. It is easily distracted by things it associates with other things. Sometimes I can ignore this free association—this tangential thinking—if I am sufficiently caffeinated […]Read more "Space Is Big (a brief digression about warp drives and similar fictional constructs)"
This post wasn’t on the schedule of things I wanted to write. It just happened. Mere days apart, the Internet—which is both my tutor and babysitter during these trying times—informed me of a couple of Star Trek news items. The first story was that the United States had unveiled a new Space Force insignia. When […]Read more "Gimme More Trek: Captain Pike, the Pride of the Space Force"
01:30:01 – The End As it turns out, early in his career as the captain of the 15-Minute Federation, James C. Firewater had stranded his nemesis Genghis Noonan Sheehan—the genetically-engineered Irish superman—on the planet O’Shaughnessy’s Corner Pub with his crew of drunken dart-throwers. The Archon of the planet—Colm O’Shaughnessy himself—ended up losing his liquor license […]Read more "//\\ 15-Minute Federation //\\ presents . . . Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan — Chapter 7: The Battle of the Mutara Nebula (Or: A Whole New World)"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “Wolf in the Fold.” On this date in history, the US saw the nationwide release of The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman. The movie had premiered the day before in […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.14 “Wolf in the Fold” – (Original air date: Friday, December 22, 1967)"
First seasons are difficult. If you’re a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, go back and watch its first season again. It is what those of us in the business call cringeworthy. The “business” I’m referring to, of course, is the guild of US postal clerks who write anonymous online reviews without any financial remuneration. […]Read more "Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 — a review"
Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, by David Mack, was the first original novel for the television series. It was published in September 2017, the same month the series premiered on the CBS All Access streaming platform. I purchased this novel, and three other Star Trek: DSC novels, for my Kindle Fire before taking a recent […]Read more "Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours, by David Mack — a book review"
01:15:01 – 01:30:00 The 15-Minute Federation sent a landing party to the only M-class planet in the Big Box System, a world known as Walmartus IV. The landing party consisted of Captain James C. Firewater, Commander Spork, and Lt. O’Hara. Captain Firewater planned to negotiate a trade agreement for the 100-count box of dilithium crystals. […]Read more "//\\ 15-Minute Federation //\\ presents . . . Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan — Chapter 6: Changing the Conditions of the Test (Or: Joachim Possessed the True Superior Intellect)"
Here in the United States of America, we commonly use the date format mm/dd/yyyy. So, the date I’m writing this post—January 17, 2020—is commonly written out as follows: 01/17/2020 It should come as no real surprise that date formats differ around the world. China and Mongolia use the yyyy/mm/dd format. A few parts of the […]Read more "1701 (Concerning date formats around the world)"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “Obsession.” On this date in history, the Silver Bridge between Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed, killing 46 people. Two people were swept away in the current […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.13 “Obsession” – (Original air date: Friday, December 15, 1967)"
01:00:01 – 01:15:00 We could tell it was going to be a whimsical duty shift on the bridge of the 15-Minute Federation because comical oboe music was playing over the ceiling speakers and our alien guest stars were all speaking in exaggerated Irish brogues. On the orders of Captain James C. Firewater, Commander Spork had […]Read more "//\\ 15-Minute Federation //\\ presents . . . Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan — Chapter 5: KHAAAAAANNN!! (Or: Chekov as the Manchurian Candidate)"