On another matter, does anyone else wonder who at TechCrunch thought it was a good idea to make scrolling to the bottom of the page be an automatic redirect away from the article?
Roll out of bed, realize you didn't set your alarm and have to be out of the house in 2 minutes -- that's ok, just get up and go, the hair-mussing properties of sleep have no power over you!
The nasty mix of rust and oil that you get from working on the underside of a car can't get stuck in hair you don't have!
I would still choose hair over no hair, but that's only because its single redeeming quality is a big one: being attractive. On most other metrics, being bald is actually pretty great.
Sure at home with an electric razor would be cheap but I tried and I can't get reach the back of my neck very well and it looks bad.
To be fair, he looked a bit older than his actual late 40s when TNG started.
compared to this:
If anything, Stewart’s old age will be an asset. The final TNG movies had him acting as an action hero; now the new show will be inclined to have more cerebral conflicts.
As much as I enjoyed the other Treks and current Trek they seem almost self-absorbed, caring more for looks and ratings (I guess they have to) than story telling caring about the viewers. DS9 was pretty good but the producers made stupid, spiteful changes near the end, same for Enterprise.
You have to wonder what has changed that doesn't allow a series like Star Trek to be itself and instead cater to people seeking only explosions, swearing and banal story lines.
I hope this new Picard show is something entirely different. Given that it'll air alongside Discovery I see no reason for it to be another "explore the galaxy" setup.
TNG showed an evolved mankind, valuing such obscure things as kindness, non-violent solutions, and generally not being asshole.
The TV station also streams episodes but it's at 480p or lower on the Web and it's interrupted every five minutes with three minute long ads, plus you can't jump ahead or back. It's also available on CraveTV streaming service but that streaming company is terribly buggy.
But I can see myself liking Discovery (I've heard never call it STD) if I can get into a pattern of being able to watch it in sequence.
There are some truly good episodes in TNG... One of my favorites is "the first duty" which apparently was at some point required viewing at the United States air Force academy.
Overall though I like ds9 better because it's a more "honest" look at humanity... But darkness aside there's kind of an optimistic broad character arc/thesis where the good guys each in their own way is on a journey overcoming impostor syndrome (sisko, Kira, odo, Bashir, ezri, Jake, quark, rom, garak, and nog all fit this model to some degree, and even damar when he becomes a good guy basically fits this model), and the bad guys all are brought down by their classical toxic leadership attributes (dukat, Winn, weyoun, FC, but also minors like admiral leyton).
"The First Duty" is one of my least favourite episodes. I love the goofiness and variety of the first two seasons. I like Pulaski. I like it when Wesley saves the ship. I don't particularly like "The Best of Both Worlds".
"Who Watches the Watchers" would be one of my absolute favourite episodes.
(incidentally, thinking about the episode, sisko's interaction with his team serves as a microcosm of the thesis I have about DS9 as a whole in my parent comment)
The latest episode of Trek - as the fictional timeline goes - Nemesis - is 16 years old.
It's criminal that a franchise whose overarching theme is optimistic futurism has been looking backwards for so long.
There's a reason why "jumping the shark" is a trope. No matter how popular and compelling something might be, there's always a point of diminishing returns. Once you've trashed a franchise, it's very difficult to rebuild; If you end on a high note, you leave the audience wanting more.
Rick Berman and Brandon Tartikoff saw what was being attempted with Babylon 5 and recognised the future of television - deep, complex story arcs that span across seasons. They realised that while TNG still had some mileage left in it, they had an opportunity to use familiar elements in a new and exciting way. The results were, in my humble opinion, the absolute pinnacle of the Star Trek canon.
Yeah. Even while I'm deluged in an ocean of pretty dman good modern tv, I find myself throwing on an old episode of TNG from time to time. It's still a joy to watch.
There are plenty of folks who will read every book in endless genre series and complain when some favorite TV program gets canceled after 10 years.
Others like me are pretty much ready to move in from a series after 5 years or so no matter how good it is. I just lose interest.
It was the former fans that bright us TNG in the first place - constantly fighting for more trek throughout the 70s, to be rewarded with Trek's golden era from 87 onwards.
(I grew up watching TNG and love it, btw, fwiw, etc. etc.)
Is there anything like that out there now that I’m missing?
I expected absolutely nothing from it but ended up really enjoying it. Only one season out so far.
Did you (or anyone else now a fan) agree with my feelings initially, and find it got better?
I'm extremely excited at the possibility for a new "Measure of a Man", or "The Drumhead". These are episodes that have positively shaped the minds of many.
Yeah, another subscription service. Sorry Jean-Luc, you've been assimilated for real this time.
We're in a strange phase right now where these individual companies are creating content and you have to subscribe to each one. It's somewhere between cable where you pay one company for access to a whole lot, and paying for individual productions. Everyone thinks they can be the go-to place if they just produce some good stuff that you can get only from them. For me it's just too much bother, and if it say "CBS" I'm kinda wondering why it's not OTA in the first place.
I'll pick it up when if/when it's on blueray or <gasp> DVD.
More seriously I wonder how members of TNG feel about this move. The original voyage cast got 7 movies the TNG cast got 4, and the Abrahms crew has at least 3 movies (probably 4 if IMDB is to be believed)
So the cynic in me thinks this is just a grab at trying to save the Discovery series from an early demise (like the Enterprise series) by trying to slot in a character from a successful show. This worked at least once with ST:DS9 after all.
Abrams Trek is like watching a football game; Roddenberry Trek was like watching a chess match. Both can be entertaining, but they are certainly very different things.
The movies are action. The series are where the characters and universe are built.
There's a reason the ships get blown up.
I guess someone at Disney agreed with me...