Thursday, January 25, 2018

End of the Fucking World, Franchises & Good Trek/Bad Trek #55 Discovery: Vaulting Ambition

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 Star Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one who’s 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 and/or worse Star Trek episodes to watch that remind me of this episode. Usually, I ramble on about some bullshit before the Trek. That’s it.

I watched Discovery this week. In addition to that, I watched a Netflix show called The End of the Fucking World. I liked that a lot. It was fun and dark and funny. You should watch it. Maybe you should watch it instead of this week’s Discovery because fuck this show. End of the Fucking World is a pretty straightforward show. It ends pretty definitively. I guess not definitively enough though because a bunch of folks are clamoring for a second season. It was a nice self-contained series and now it’s over. Good. But people are demanding more. Why does everything have to go on forever? Why can’t anyone just fondly remember something they liked. Maybe rewatch for as long as they enjoy it. Not everything has to be a franchise. You don’t have to keep on making something under a specific banner until everyone is super sick of it. There’s a lot of stuff out there. Most of it is garbage but some of it isn’t. You should be able to just like something and have it be over and then find something else you like. 


The worst part about prolonging a show and forcing it into be something that it isn’t that eventually if you have a long enough legacy and you’ve been going for as long as it has then you end up with an asshole like me to obsesses about it and whether or not the newest version lives up to the old ones. I really did not care for this episode. But who gives a shit. If I don’t like it then why am I watching? What more do I want? I have 28 seasons of Trek I could be watching instead. Why don’t I just watch one of those? There’s also a shit load of movies that I could be watching. Why aren’t I just watching one of those? Because I’m an asshole that's why. But still End of the Fucking World is pretty sick and everyone should watch it. Now onto this episode of Discovery that is really something else.

Here we go.

Recap:

We’re in still in the mirror universe. Lorca and Burnham are heading to Emperor Georgiou’s palace to get whatever fate may await him. Probably torture and death. Burnham gives him some numbing shot. She points out that he asked her to do it. I thought that was a weird piece of dialogue. Turns out it was just clumsy telegraphing the “twist” ending. And by twist I mean the writers screaming "fuck you" to us all. But later for that I, guess. 

Hmmm. Wonder if this clunky piece of dialogue will become important later?

Georgiou and Burnham are reunited. Turns out in this universe it's Georgiou, Not Sarek that adopted Michael after her family was killed. We get a lot of talking. Which I'm happy about. 

We get a little more into what happened to Tyler/Voq. Tyler’s personality was overlain with Voq’s personality. So they’re one person now, but they/he has two different personalities in there. I don’t really get it, but okay. I guess that’s what’s happening. Lady Klingon doesn’t like watching Tyler/Voq suffer so she takes out one of them. I think Voq’s, but I guess we’ll see how that develops. 
Tell me all your thoughts on Voq

We also get some talking between Stamets and dark mirror Stamets. They've both found some way into this weird nether region of consciousness. The idea of folks in the two universes sharing parallel fates. I guess that's supposed to explain why all these series that feature the mirror universe have all the same characters working similar jobs. Seems kinda bullshit, but they're trying and I like it. Stamets eventually meets up with Culbert. Who informs Stamets that he's dead now. It's very sad.  The scene is just brutal in all the right ways.

Saru-lent Green

Then we get to the ending. Seems like a very short recap and it is. This is a very talky episode. The end starts with Geogiou and Michael talking. Georgia doesn’t trust Burnham because in this universe she and Lorca were a bit of an item. She threatens to kill Burnham and then Michael spills all the beans about how she’s just visiting from another universe. Georgia still does not trust her, but now for different reasons, because all the crazy stuff about how the Federation is so idealistic and perfect that it threatens the core of this evil empire. There’s some bullshit about how Georgiou is sensitive to light. And that everyone in this universe is sensitive to light (Fuck you). Burnham realizes then and there that this means that Lorca is from the mirror universe (fuck you) and the numbing agent she gave him enabled him to escape which was his plan all along. (fuck you)

Good Trek?

Yes. And also HELL NO. 

The good is that Tyler is sticking around I think and that Stamets isn’t dead. I’m happy about both those things. I hope that Tyler gets to be Tyler again. His chemistry with Burnham is great. I look forward to him trying to regain her trust after this whole affair. They’ll probably kill him next episode, but I’m hopeful that they won’t. Or her. Or everyone and the ship will just be drifting in space. Who knows. 
I think there's a spore in my eye

We also get a great sendoff for Culbert. I’m not crazy about the way his death was handled. I thought he was a so-so character, but I didn’t like how easily he was dispatched. A lot of characters aren’t going to sit well with me. I wasn’t crazy about him. They expanded him and let him develop a little bit. I started to like him and then his neck up and gets snapped. It was bullshit. But at least he gets these scenes with Stamets. We learn more in these few bits about their relationship than we had the entirety of the rest of the season. 
Gross


The first fifty some odd minutes of this episode were great. I’d heard there was a twist coming towards the end so I was watching with some trepidation. I thought I was prepared. Then it came and I was not. Nothing can prepare anyone for just how fucking dumb this twist is. The only way this could have made me any angrier is that if the end of the episode had the crew of Discovery learned that they were actually living in that village from that awful movie The Village. I’m trying to love this show. It’s making it hard. These are good characters. Why don’t they let them be good? They keep on fucking everything up.

This seems like a show that has no faith in itself. It feels like this show is embarrassed to be a Star Trek so it’s using all these cheap tricks to get you to forget that you’re watching Star Trek. The thing is, Star Trek fucking rules! Why would anyone be watching if they didn’t want to watch Star Trek? I’m cool with the fact that this wasn’t my daddy’s Trek. I’m still on board, but I’m not gonna lie it's getting tough. Have some goddamn faith in yourself, Discovery. You're a Trek. Act like it. 

You're right. This is a crash. 

The thing is, I’ve talked about how much I don’t care for Lorca as a captain. He doesn't jive with what I know a Federation captain to be, but I was starting to accept him as a bad captain who was fun to watch. I was liking how the character was challenging the conventions. How sometimes you want a shady badass to be sitting in the captain's chair. He was starting to remind me of It was like Captain Jellico was in command. I hate Captain Jellico, but sometimes you need him to come in take care of business. So now everything that’s happened so far has been a lie. Do we think we’ll find the real universe’s version of Captain Lorca. Do I even care?

The worst part is, I’m not angry at the show. That’s not true. I’m very angry at the show. But I don’t know if I’ll care enough to see any of this resolved. Because of this stupid twist addicted show. Fuck it. 

That being said, I’m not done yet. I’m treating this whole season as a pilot. They have a long story to tell and they’re telling it. It’s taking twists and turns. A lot of them really really suck. I hope they learn from this constant twisting and turning and let the characters just hang out and breathe next season. The first two seasons of TNG were almost uniformly awful. I’m halfway through season 2 of TOS and I’ve only liked a handful of episodes. There’s more to like about Discovery than there is to hate. For now. 

Better Trek?

I guess the thing with Lorca is more of a twist than it is a retcon. But it feels like a retcon. So I’ll go with one of my favorite retcons and that’s what DS9 did to Dr. Bashir in the episode Dr. Bashir, I Presume. Early Dr. Bashir was kind of irritating. So the writers of DS9 decided to make him better. That’s writing I can get behind. Take a character that sucks and make him better. You don’t have to off him or irrevocably change the nature of the character. Just tweak him a little and make him better. In this episode, we learn that Bashir is smug and annoying because he was genetically altered as a small child. This was a great retcon because it deepened Trek lore. We got to hear more about the Eugenics Wars and how it became illegal following the reign of Khan. It also played well with what people didn’t like about Bashir. It’s an episode with very little action. Just a lot of talking and character development. And it’s great. Plus, we get a cameo from the amazing Robert Picardo.

That’s it for this week. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Wrongest Take, Alex Jones, & Good Trek #54 Good Trek Discovery: Despite Myself & The Wolf Inside

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 Star Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one who’s 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 and/or worse Star Trek episodes to watch that remind me of this episode. Usually, I ramble on about some bullshit before the Trek. That’s it.

My job is to read comments on the internet all day. It’s a pretty good job. It’s a weird job. The thing about internet comments is that most of the people who feel the need to get their comments out there are dumb and wrong. Not their fault. Not everyone can be right. Someone has to be wrong. It's certainly not going to be me so why not them?

My favorite wrong comment this week was about how people protesting the flag have ruined professional sports. His comment was “I won’t miss the NFL or NBA. Two elite sports in the tank! They became too politicized. I have witnessed the manipulation and indoctrination of both elite sports. I’m done with the propaganda. So long suckers!! I don’t want to be one! If it wasn’t for a plethora of Libs, the NBA would be as popular as little black bumps that won’t wash off in the shower!”

That’s a dumb thing to say. That's a dumb thing to say that was said in an even dumber way. This dude’s point is that if it weren’t for the half the country that watches the NBA then they wouldn’t be nearly as popular as they are. I guess he’s right, but in a way that only a dumb person can be. You think that people aren’t watching basketball or football anymore because they’ve become too political. That’s fine. I’m pretty sure that sports continue to do fine. Regardless of whether people are angry about football players kneeling during The National Anthem or basketball players telling bums that they’re bums. 

My favorite revelation of these flag protests has got to be that Alex Jones, noted piece of shit, was vehemently against the flag protests. That’s a ballsy stand for a guy like that to take. This is a guy who both thinks that Sandy Hook was a false flag and that people shouldn’t criticize the government. That’s an odd Venn Diagram of a person. You think that the government did Sandy Hook, and you also think that there’s no reason one should ever take it to task. That leads me to believe that he’s of the position that the government routinely orchestrates false flags to control us and that they’re doing a bang-up job. 

You, Mr. Jones, can’t think of one way in which the government can improve? Because if all your crazy horse shit is correct then I can think of at least one. I’m thinking that maybe they could improve, at the very least, in a way in which they don’t pretend that dozens of children have died in attacks as a means of taking away firearms? Right? That’s a definite area of improvement that we could all reach consensus on. I hope for a world where the government can just lead us into shitty wars without lying about 9-11. I hope for a world where people and frogs alike can live out whatever sexual orientation they’re born with without the government using water fluoridation to make us one way or the other. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m a dreamer. 

In addition to that, I watched two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. One was great. One, less so. 

Recap:

The Discovery finds itself…somewhere. It doesn’t know where exactly, but it looks like a battle has just taken place. Lots of blown up Klingon ships. Nothing looks familiar. it’s all pretty screwy. Where could they possibly be?

They could save time figuring out where they were if they just watched old episodes of Star Trek


Turns out that they didn’t just jump in space but through dimensions. They are in what we Trek people know as the dark mirror universe. Where a lot is the same, but everyone is evil. Since Stamets’ brain is fried they’re going to need to figure a way to get home that doesn't involve a spore drive. They learn that another Federation ship has made the trip before. The Defiant. If they figure out what happened there they can maybe find a way back to the proper universe. 

A more believable evil universe would have everyone rocking a soul patch

They try to get Burnham back to the Shinzou where she’s the captain in this universe. She brings Lorca with her because he’s a wanted criminal and Tilly is the captain of Discovery here. Also, Tyler is evil now I guess. He’s a secret Klingon and snaps the doc’s neck before going to the Shinzou with Burnham. Not cool, bro. 

Great character development, Culbert. Really looking forward to watching your character going forward!

While trying to get the info on the Defiant back to Saru, Burnham has an idea. That if she has a chance to talk with the Klingon leader she’ll be able to figure out how he’s able to keep a coalition together of a disparate group of races. Seems like a stupid plan, but here we are. 

So there's a Starfleet test for being brainwashed but not one for having literally all your organs and bones replaced with a different species?

She meets mirror Sarek who, of course, has a stupid goatee. Because that’s what evil is I guess. Goatees. Talks to the Klingon leader who is the mirror Tyler, but is a Klingon, because I guess our Tyler switched brains I guess. I don’t know. I’m getting a little lost to be perfectly honest. Tyler remembers who he is and freaks out. Putting the whole operation at risk. But Burnham is still able to strike a deal with mirror Voq/Tyler but the dark mirror emperor comes and blows up the rebels anyhow. Also, the emperor is the mirror version of  Captain Georgiou. Because of course it is. That’s where we left off. They go to put Tyler to death for attacking Burnham and she slyly puts the information on the Defiant in his pocket before beaming him into space where Discovery beams him back. So he’s not dead and now Saru & Co. have the information they need. 

A shit ton more happened, but I’m trying to keep this as brief as possible. 

Good Trek?

Yes and no. I loved the first episode, Despite Yourself. Probably my second favorite episode so far. The Wolf Inside I liked a lot less. 

Captain Killy making me go through feelings I haven't since T'Pol went through Pon farr

I figured out that this was in the Dark Mirror universe pretty early on. Soon as that Vulcan ship fired on Discovery it was pretty obvious to anyone who’d been paying attention. I’m not a huge fan of the dark mirror universe as a plot device. It’s not as bad the holodeck, but I don’t usually care for it. The first episode was great. I like mirror Tilly learning about her alternate badass self. I loved Burnham struggling with her brutal alternate self and what she’d have to do to fit in within her new surroundings. Not a huge fan of Lorca so far, but it fits in with his character just how far he’ll go for his mission. Willingly subjecting himself to a device called the agonizer because he knows he has to. I loved watching the character stretch out and get used to their new, less than ideal surroundings. It was great. Unfortunately, the plots of these episodes really fucked things up for me. 
:(

Jesus Christ. The end of the first episode. Just watching Lorca writhe in pain in the agonizer both. This is the first series I can remember where the dark mirror universe is treated with some gravity. It was a good enough scene to get me to forget what a silly plot device the dark mirror universe is. 

Dr. Culber is dead. I guess so is Stamets but not really. And Tyler is Voq. A lot of twists. Maybe too many. I didn’t think too much of fan theories. Don’t get me wrong, I like yelling about Trek in a bar setting as much as anyone. But when it comes to sitting on the internet and endlessly about what may happen seems a little weird to me. There’s just gonna tell you in a week or so. Calm down and just watch them, folks. I’d heard rumblings of the “Tyler is Voq” fan theory and thought it was dumb. Now that I’ve seen it play out I know that I was right. It’s dumb. I’m glad that they didn’t kill him off, but I still don’t like it. I was liking Tyler and I was liking the relationship between Tyler and Burnham. And now they've completely thrown it out the window. 

I’ve shit on the doctor for being a nothing character before. I changed my mind. Then they killed him. What the hell? I think that Despite Myself was the first episode that they gave the character anything to do aside from spew exposition and be Stamets’ significant other. Finally, we get to see the doctor do some doctoring and I think it was pretty good. He shows the signs of stress of having to worry about Stamets. There’s some real tension between him and Lorca. Both of whom make good points about whether he can do his job. So here I am just getting to really like the guy and he’s immediately fucking killed. Come on. This is a great show, but it really needs to pump the breaks with dispatching characters just as I’m really starting to get to know and like them. The got rid of Captain Georgiou just as I was getting invested in her and Burnham. The original chief of security was someone I was looking forward to getting to know before she was unceremoniously dispatched. I don’t even think I got her name. Now, the doctor. Tyler isn’t dead, but his previous character is.
I love how they made Tilly the captain of Mirror Discovery. It’s just another funny ay that Discovery is good at fucking with traditional conventions. The mirror universe is so goddamn silly. It always seems a little dumb that not only does everyone still exist in an opposite universe but they all pretty much have the same jobs. Of course Tilly would be the captain in the opposite universe. I’ve heard she’s a pretty divisive character, but I just love her. Sarek has a goatee in the mirror universe. Because of course he does. 

All in all, I liked both these episodes but they’re still very frustrating. This is very cinematic Trek. I mean that as both a compliment and my biggest gripe. Trek does best when it has a chance to breathe. We don’t get a whole lot of chances to breathe with this show. It goes from twist to turn to universe to new ship so quickly. I still don’t really feel like I know a lot of the characters. I want to see more scenes of Tilly and Burnham jogging. I want to see Stamets and Culbert having dinner and fighting about how the spore drive has changed Stamets. My favorite episodes have been the ones that haven’t really been advancing the larger narrative, but just letting us get to know everyone a little bit better. Maybe take a break from the war. Little shore leave maybe. Is Risa a thing yet? Let’s all go to Risa for an episode or two and relax. 

Better Trek? 

The ENT two-parter In a Mirror, Darkly is one of the better ENT episodes. It’s nowhere near as good as Despite Myself but it’s probably better than Wolf In The Fold. Also, I just watched it again recently and even though it wasn’t nearly as good as I remember, it was still pretty solid. I watched it with my wife and she most certainly did not think it was good Trek. But she’s wrong. It’s solid. Give it a watch.

That being said, the opening credits of ENT’s Mirror, Darkly is really fun. Plus, since it’s a two-parter and we get a chance to get to know the mirror counterparts which is cool. Mirror counterparts are usually just shown to contrast the normal universe with. It's nice to get to know them as the characters we've gotten to know reacting to an entirely different universe. It also tells the story of the Defiant. The ship that the Discovery folks are doing whatever they can to find out all they can about. 

Worse Trek?

The TNG novel Dark Mirror. I read it because my friend thought I’d enjoy reading a really garbage Trek book. I read it. I did not enjoy it. It was garbage. I read dozens of those Trek novels when I was a kid. Most of them are really bad. 


Saturday, January 6, 2018

The R Word, New Swears, and Good Trek/Bad Trek #53 The Trouble With Tribbles

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 Star Trek, I’ve never watched The Original Series. So, I’m watching and reviewing them as a fan of Star Trek, but one who’s 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 and/or worse Star Trek episodes to watch that remind me of this episode. Usually, I ramble on about some bullshit before the Trek. That’s it.

I had a whole other thing written. It was about politics and how things aren't as fucked as they seem. Then the president of these United States spent his morning on Twitter loudly screaming about how he’s stable and not an idiot. I guess we’ll agree to disagree on that. I wanted to call him the “r-word” there. People get offended by the word “retard” and I get it. It’s not a great word. I definitely see why folks don't like it and so I try not to use it. When I was growing up was used as both an insult and, what we thought was a clinical term. We used it interchangeably. So you’d hear someone get called a retard for making fun of the retarded kids. I know it’s not something that should be said anymore. It’s particularly shitty because, throughout the years, every word we’ve used to describe those with developmental disabilities immediately gets turned around and co-opted as an insult.

It proves that we’re monsters and always will be. I think it also means that we as a people really need a new swear word. These days all the good curses have too much baggage. Either because they’re homophobic, or women-specific, or there’s a racial context. I’m not trying to offend whole groups, but sometimes I do want certain pieces of shit to know that I think they should die in a fire. We still have other insults, but none of them pack a real wallop anymore. You can say “piece of shit” on TV. How bad can it be if it doesn’t get bleeped on TBS?

So, that’s what I’m proposing. We all decide on a new word and then it’s not allowed on TV. An old lady can legally slap you if she hears you say it in public. You’re legally allowed to fight anyone who says it about you or your mother. You’ll definitely get your mouth washed out with soap if your mom hears you say it. We can reuse one of the old ones, but we all have to agree to strip it of any previous racial or sexual connotations. When I’m insulting someone I don’t want anyone to think that I’m wishing death upon them because they’re a different group. I want whoever that’s getting the epithet hurled their way to know that they’re not getting this because of what group they are, but because of what they are. Which is a piece of shit who pissed me off. 

I’ll tell you what didn’t piss me off and that’s this episode of Trek which was The Trouble With Tribbles. Here it is. 
Recap:

A distress signal brings the Enterprise to space station K7 under false pretenses. The distress signal makes them think it's urgent but they just want them to look after a store of some super grain. Kirk is not happy to be given such a shitty job and Chekhov seems like kind of a douche. I hope he grows on me at a certain point, but so far he’s not a great character and a really shitty officer. 
Ummm, I asked for no foam!
(sorry)

They're brought out because there’s a worry that the Klingons are going to try to do something bad to the grain. Seems like bad news. No Federation ships are scheduled to be there, but once the Enterprise is brought out then the Federation thinks it’s a good idea to have them stay. If this grain is so important then why did they make it so their only recourse was to fake a distress signal. Something ain’t right here. 

 The rumor that Kirk put some quadrotriticale grain and a tribble up his anus persist to this day

Klingons show up and to make matters worse a whole bunch of tribbles show up via a sketchy trader. He sells the bartender a single tribble and boy, does shit go bananas from there. These tribbles are little furry balls, they purr and give off a calming effect on all humanoids except Klingons. Also, if you feed them a tiny bit they'll give birth to more tribbles. Within a short period of time, there’s tribbles everywhere which lead to a lot of funny visuals. It’s also good because it helps Kirk uncover that there indeed was a Klingon plot to poison the grain. Some tribbles get in the grain store and start mowing down and wind up dead. 


Turns out that Darvin, one of the folks in charge of the grain was a secret Klingon. A secret Klingon most foul. Crazy stuff. They figure it out because tribbles do not care for Klingons one bit. Soon as the tribble gets near the secret Klingon the little thing starts shitting its pants. So they uncover the plot, Darvin gets found out, and all ends well.  

Good Trek?

Hell yeah. This is probably my second favorite episode so far. I still think Balance of Terror edges it out, but these two episodes are the perfect Trek balance. Balance of Terror is everything Trek can be when it takes its premise seriously and this is Trek at its best when it decides to have a little bit of fun. Those two are great. If you only watch two TOS episodes make it one of them. 

Fun fact: "Wanna see my tribble?" is the second most used pickup line at conventions right after "how long as it been since you last had pon farr?"

My only thing with this particular episode is that I’m not sure if it’s really as good as I think it is or if I love it so much because of its association with one of my favorite DS9 episodes. I wasn't at all born when this originally aired, but I was when the DS9 episode about this one did. So this episode strikes my nostalgia bone but because I fondly remember watching the episode of a different series that aired thirty years after this one did. 
I shit on Discovery's bat'leths, but at least their Klingons don't look like this

The fact that the dude was a secret Klingon is supposed to be a big reveal, but why would it be? It’s not like there’s any kind of surgery that’d be needed to make yourself look like a Klingon. TOS Klingons only difference from Humans is a proclivity for goatees and that they’re usually on the shiny side. Take away the standard issue Klingon gold vest, shave their goatee, and get that oily skin under control and you'd never know who was who. Surgery doesn't really seem necessary. 

Surgically altered to look less Klingon. I.E. Shaved and powdered. 

Minor (very minor) nerd timeline quibble. The Klingon says that there are no hostilities between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. He makes it sound like there have never been any issues between the two poeple. That would really make everything going on in Discovery to be squirrelly. Makes me think that maybe there’s going to be a thing where the events of Discovery didn’t actually happen? If they do something to make it so the events of Discovery didn't end up happening, I will be very angry. 

Listen, I know that this show was made in the sixties when the world looked very different, but the fact that Chekhov comes form a horribly educated USSR is both very funny and has terrible implications for the world right now. So at some point between now and the 23rd-century shit is going to get pretty interesting over in Russia. And schools there are going to become just awful. You’d think if Starfleet was going to let Soviet recruits in then they’d have to have some pretty serious classes that challenge the shit they’d learned in Soviet schools growing up. Yeah, the fact that he thinks that both this super grain, and scotch whiskey are Russian inventions are played for laughs, but I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts that these aren’t his only blind spots. I don’t really trust him in that navigator’s chair. He also doesn’t seem like a great officer. He doesn’t respect the chain of command and he doesn’t seem to respect Spock or Kirk. Even though he does really want to fight as soon as the Klingons start making fun of his captain. I guess they just don’t teach you proper order back in, back in the USSR. 

Scotty hasn’t been given a lot to do yet, and I was pleasantly surprised to see him take the reins a little bit. I saw James Doohan once at a convention. He was very old and very weak. Not quite as old as weak as he is now, being ten years dead and all, but it was pretty neat to see him in person. Even though I wasn’t a TOS guy. 

I like that Scotty will allow a Klingon to say whatever they want about Kirk just so long as you don’t say shit about the Enterprise. The engineers all have a very distinct personality. Torres wouldn’t give two shits if you told her that Voyager should’ve been hauled away as garbage. O’Brien would’ve agreed with you as quickly as possible that DS9 was a piece of shit. That’s why he liked it. Gave him something to do. I liked Scotty in this one. I also liked how he thinks drinking a glass of straight vodka is child's play. 

Better Trek?

The Trouble With Tribbles is the background for one of my absolute favorite episodes of any Trek ever and that’s DS9’s Trials and Tribble-ations. In that one, some of the folks from DS9: Sisko, O'Brien, Bashir, and Dax get caught up in a crazy time travel mix up and end up on this space station during the events of this episode. I’d seen this one a dozen times before I saw The Trouble With Tribbles. It was made to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of TOS. So both Treks that were on at the time, DS9 and VOY had TOS tie-in episodes. This one both pokes fun and celebrates everything that made TOS great. I don't know if TOS is really all that great, but watching this episode makes me think that it is. 

(Hopefully) Better Trek?

This Sunday marks the return of Discovery from its midseason hiatus. I know I talk a lot about how sick Discovery is and that’s because it’s really sick. Especially considering everything that was stacked against it and all the weird last minute changes and recasts and staff departures and all that good stuff. To think that it is still such a good show so far. I can’t wait to watch it.