Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good Trek/Bad Trek #20 Tomorrow Is Yesterday

Intro: I’ve loved Star Trek since I was a kid. I started by watching TNG in 6th grade. I’ve been a fan since then and though I’ve spent a lot of time watching Stat Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one whose never seen any of them. So I’m watching all the TOS episodes for the first time and saying whether or not they suck. At the end, I give examples of better Star Trek to watch that remind me of this episode. That’s it. 

I saw the first trailer for the new Trek, Star Trek: Discovery and I have to say it looks pretty badass. I was pretty nervous about it because it was supposed to come out a while ago and then it just didn't. I just didn’t hear anything for a while and news about it just kind of disappeared. I don’t know what the deal was, maybe they've been working on this trailer for the past 6t months and who cares because but they released a preview and it looks super badass. Some folks are saying there’s a controversy about the fact that there’s a female captain and too many folks of different races making up the cast, but I never know about that. The only place I’ve ever read any kind of backlash against casting women or people of color in any of these projects are in the articles talking about how awful the people who are complaining about this shit are. Are these real people who are pissed about this? Is it just like seven people? Is there a special section of all social networks devoted just to strawmen out there? I don’t know. Regardless of weirdos who think that the future is no place for a woman this trailer looks pretty fucking sweet. Here it is. 

Maybe I'm just a stupid sucker, but I will never ever get sick of watching a starship popping out of the clouds. Gives me chills every time.

That's the future. This episode is the past. Doubly so, because it's a time travel episode. And it's fine.


The Enterprise accidentally gets sucked into a black star and boom, TIME TRAVEL. They find themselves back in the 60’s. By the time they figure out what’s going on they’re being chased down by a fighter jet. They beam the pilot aboard and the rest of the episode is them trying to make sure that nobody knows that they were actually there. They, of course, do for the most part and then head back. Back to the future. Where they don’t need roads.

Good Trek?

It’s fine. I wouldn’t say it’s good. I wouldn’t say it’s bad. It’s there. I liked it okay. This is going to come off as hearsay, but I feel the same way about watching TOS for the first time as I did when I watched Enterprise the first (and only) time through. There are characters I like, but none of it really connects with me at all. This wasn’t a bad episode, but even the decent ones feel like homework.
I really liked this shot

I love how nonchalant every is about time travel. They get pulled into a dying star find themselves hundreds of years in the past and nobody really seems to be all that surprised. Nobody is like “yo, holy shit we’re in the past!” They just all act like this is old hat. Which I guess it probably is to them. I’ve got a good idea that they do this a fair amount of times so it does become somewhat routine, but you’d think they’d all be shitting their pants. Going back in time seems way too easy.

Future's so bright...

Another funny thing about this episode is how nuts the folks from the past are when they see Spock. I mean, yeah he's an alien, but he's not an ALIEN alien. He's just got pretty weird ears and a stern look. Ride the subway for a couple stops and you'll see more fucked up ears than this.

Spock almost really shits the bed too. When he's checking to make sure the pilot they've abducted doesn't make too much a difference to the timeline he only checks him. Spock completely forgets that sometimes people have kids and this guy might be one of them. Come on Spock, next time you go back in time go a time when The Butterfly Effect is playing in theaters. People can impact other people's lives.

It wasn't a bad episode, but it wasn't great.

Bad Trek: VOY Future's End

I don't know if this episode is worse. I like it a lot better. It's not a good couple episodes, but what it lacks in greatness in makes up for in being fucking bonkers. There are a bunch of time travel episodes. A lot. These jerks are always fucking up the timeline. Seems like the temporal police should show up more often than they do. They’re usually silly. This one was all kinds of silly. This Voyager episode is bizarre. It’s made in the 90s about going back to the 90s but you’d never know it by watching. It looks like it’s made by someone who lives very far away who’s heard of America and this is their idea of what earth was like. It looks like it was made by someone who lived in a remote village in a communist country in the seventies about what they thought America was like. It's nuts. Ed Bailey Jr. is a pretty good villain. Poor Sarah Silverman does her best with a pretty shit character. And Harry Kim is there like he always is. Just sitting there being there.
You're a 90's kid if...

Best Trek: DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations 

Trials and Tribble-ations this might be the best time travel episode. They have a lot of fun with the whole concept of time travel and how it could screw with the timeline and the importance of having people not be running around the past. They poke fun at the original Enterprise crew and the dress code. It’s a great watch. It’s one of the best episodes of probably the best Trek series. It’s funny and it’s got some great Worf. Check that one out. The Voyager one too if for no other reason that to see their amazing version of 90’s California.

That's it for this week. 

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