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okydoky, starting RIGHT FREAKING NOW, 5am on June 11th, I am going to start watching TOS Star Trek, in order, from start to finish. It's only 3 seasons, did you know? Watching jumbled reruns and garbled recollections from my childhood left me with the impression of some sort of epic, ten year long show, but no! So, supersweet, here we go! By the end of it, I will be 1. highly entertained and 2. probably totally having the hots for McCoy (as if I didn't already, goddamn)and 3. have WAY too many awesome ideas for how to do my hair.

Let's see how long it takes me, shall we???

running commentary:
season 1, episode 2: Dear god, Yeoman Rand has THE MOST RIDICULOUS HAIR IMAGINABLE. Who on god's green earth decided that that was a logical hairdo for space exploration? WHO???



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Jun. 11th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
IthinkI... woulddie... of... Shatner'sstrange... speaking... patterns... wereIto... marathon... TOS.

Jun. 11th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
halfway through the pilot episode... he's speaking normally. if you can believe it.

i suppose he gets worse. but bones is awfully cute.
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
trek marathon? loltastic! shatner didn't get too extreme til season three, and he does itso gradually thatyou hardlynotice. but mainline that sweetness and you'll start wishing for your very miniskirt uniform (and possibly a tribble.)
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
man i went through that phase when i was 7 or so iirc.
And i'd still wear a coat made of tribbles.

TNG is the series i hold dearest in my heart but TOS has always been respected as both groovy and venerable.
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
ah, 6-8. the miniskirt, cowboy boots, feather boa and tiara years. i never saw tng. in fact, i only watched tos as part of a speculative fiction unit i took in the last year of school (our required reading included the bible, the koran, lord of the rings, dune, i robot and as much buffy as we could handle. my final assignment was an essay comparing frodo to sam vimes to jim kirk. greatest topic ever.) i know patrick stewart was there, what else was awesome about it?
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
what was awesome about tng....WHAT WAS AWESOME ABOUT TNG?


Okay actually at times it was slightly terrible but it was FANTASTIC for REALS. Patrick Stewart is but the tip of the iceberg.

There's the totally whackedout crazy mofo that is BRENT SPINER playing Data, the Android whose greatest wish is to be more human, whose character development over the whole show (and the movies) is probably THE most important bit. Because it's ten thousand kinds of meta, and TNG was less about throwing styrofoam rocks at lizard men and WAY more about what humanity is, what our existence in the universe means, thinking about cool scifi conceits, and using the Star Trek metaphor to make statements about our CURRENT state of being, Data was a lense through which to see and make statements on all of this shit. And plus, Data is freaking HILARIOUS. He learns how to *act*, and Brent Spiner, being a fantastic character actor, plays about 400 other minor roles in crazy makeup. There's an episode where he plays MARK TWAIN. Oh yes. He plays his own father, Data's CRAZY psychopathic android brother, and so many random other dudes you don't even KNOW, including SHERLOCK HOLMES. I could talk about Data for hours and hours but let's move on to

WORF, aka Michael Dorn. Worf is a klingon, RAISED BY JEWISH RUSSIANS. In TOS, klingons were our enemies, but, much like in reality where the soviets became our allies, in TNG, the klingons became affiliated with the federation, which allowed SO MUCH AWESOME. Because the Klingons are AMAZING in TNG. For one, they actually look like aliens (more on that later) and for another, they are SO FUNNY! I mean, they were funny in TOS but in TNG, you have all sorts of fascinating Klingon culture and characters that you learn about. And Worf, OH WORF. Worf was a total LADIES MAN. He has more partners than Captain Picard, half the time, and he's SO FUNNY, he makes grumpy, vicious statements and everyone is like "lol, worf, you crazy bastard, we love you anyway" and worf is all "i will rip your eyeballs out and have them with my black bread for supper." Also Worf is an adopted refugee, which was happening a lot in the 80s and 90s (and still happens a lot) and is a fantastic reminder of a lot of Spock-type ideas without being about a Vulcan. Because, in TNG, Vulcans are really rare! It was like, enough with the Vulcans.

In TNG, you have the HOLODECK, which allows for lots of shenanigans, most of which are kind of dumb, but some of which are AMAZING. Like when the computer creates an enemy that can defeat Data in logic, you get a super-aware, super-intelligent, super-evil Moriarty, who practically takes over the goddamn ship, only they are saved in the nick of time by some amazing kooky future-tech which, in the 90s, was some REALLY MINDBLOWING SHIT on virtual realities and the meaning of existence.

And SPEAKING of the ship, the TNG Enterprise is gorgeous. It's all curvy and has wacky-ass abstract art and really, still, to this goddamn day, feels Futuristic, unlike TOS, which is has aged FAR worse.

Have I reached my comment limit? Because I haven't even BEGUN to MENTION my boo, Q, or GEORDI, or the super impressive effects, or DEANNA TROI and her AMAZING MOTHER aka Majel Roddenberry or RIKER and his BEARD and his IDENTICAL SECRET TWIN omgomg and this is me deliberately NOT mentioning Wesley, who I secretly LOVE but I guess he's not cool enough.

Conclusion: TNG. Still the shiznit.
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
ok, ok, ok, clearly need to see this. MEANING OF EXISTENCE, and AWESOME ARCHITECTURE and DATA and omg, i'm getting a contact high off your enthusiasm and i have to go to work now but i'm already slightly in love with wesley AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THAT IS. dammit, why couldn't you have made me fall in love witha a show with less seasons?
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)

You don't happen to live in the boston or cambridge area, do you?
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
tragically, i am australian. feel like coming to sydney? we have a nice bridge and awesome beaches and an orpheum cinema with a wurlitzer organ and possums.
Jun. 12th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
yeah sure i'll just get right on that.

alas, i cannot share with you my TNG boxset. :(
Jun. 12th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
s'ok. i've already started torrenting the first two seasons, which means no more picspams for the rest of the month, but you have convinced me it is worth it.
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
okomgok, third episode, and they are right in there with sex pollen! OMG DATA! worf! wesley! you were totally right!
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
actually, season one is AWFUL. But if you are entertained, THUMBS UP!
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
At least she is never in need of a basket???
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
srsly how did she SLEEP? And maybe she KEEPS things in there. Like cookies.
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
SPACE HAIR: To boldly go where baskets have never gone before.

(I always thought her hair was kind of cool as a kid. )
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
oh, it's *cool*. It's just... it makes no GD sense.

I'm considering making a picspam of the ridiculous hairdos. But that would imply work, and lately, meh to that.
Jun. 11th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I watched a little bit of the old school Star Trek on YouTube the other day. Oh man, I think my favorite part is the starfleet miniskirts! If you want to explore space you'd better have foxy thighs!
Also, there is a LOT of inter-species seduction that goes on. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
TOS is six hundred times more sexy than TNG, it's true. Not gonna lie, my angry feminist radar pings basically the ENTIRE time I watch an episode of TOS, but I'll try to work past that.

As for the inter-speciesness of it all, space is lonely! Sometimes all you wanna do is reach out, and touch someone. Touch them... with your sucker-pods or your fibrous tentacular appendages...
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Really, only three seasons? I think I got that same epic ten-season impression.

That hair is freakin' awesome.
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
yes, really only 3 seasons, although there are like, 7 movies or something, and each episode of TOS is like 48 minutes long and there's something like 23-27 episodes a season. So that is still a hell of a lot of substantial canon to work through.
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Dad and I have been wondering what you were up to and now we know. I suppose by now you have watched the whole thing. If memory serves, the hair styles, fashions and eye makeup, are quite staggering and very amusing.

Any apartment or moving news?
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I started, like, yesterday! I cannot physically have watched the whole things, yeesh. I think I'm on episode... 10? of Season 1? This is not a show I can watch all that quickly. It is WAY too dumb. Captain Kirk gets... grating.

Anyway, apartment news is that the epicenter people are being useless dumbfucks, I am really annoyed, and I've gotten rid of tons of my clothes. I don't have a fucking goddamn clue why Ian isn't being more proactive about this stuff, and the plan for today is to wrest control of this shit AWAY from him, because apparently, even though it was HIS idea and it's HIS money, he can't be arsed to CALL a human being about it.
Jun. 13th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Janice's hair is AWESOME.
Jun. 13th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
oh hai thar, straggler comment!

I never said her hair WASNT awesome. I just said that it was ILLOGICAL.
Jun. 14th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I know. I was just stating a fact ;)

PS: Nice to see you in the Star Trek Fandom.... I see you all the time in iCarly ;)
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