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2008: A Star Trek Odyssey

By January 8, 2008 7 Comments

In anticipation of the release at Christmas this year of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek XI (back to before the beginning with a new cast including Karl Urban and Simon Pegg) and because I really don’t have enough to do (ahem, that would include Downstage, Capital Times, Latin American Film Festival, Wellingtonista, 48HRS, Newtown Athletic and the commencement of a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration at Massey) I hereby embark on my longstanding plan to watch all the Star Trek episodes and movies in chronological order.

And when I say chronological order I mean in story order which, according to this Wikipedia entry, starts with “Enterprise” set in 2151 and ends with Nemesis in 2379. Ever the iconoclast, however, I intend to start tonight with First Contact which, despite featuring the TNG crew of Picard, Data, etc. contains Zefram Cochrane’s first warp flight, thus leading to all the other stories. Then to Season One of “Enterprise” and onward, hopefully arriving at the end before I have to review Star Trek XI this time next year.

I won’t be reviewing every entry because, frankly, who cares?

Wish me luck. Live long and prosper.

Or should I say: Resistance is futile.

7 Comments

  • Lady Vaako says:

    What a brilliant albeit insanely ambitious idea! Not that I think it’s not feasible but I’m pretty sure it would have to be your only hobby until December 25 for you to reach your goal. I don’t know if you’ve done a little math yet but that’s a total of 698 episodes to watch plus 10 movies… wow… O_0

    And as a side note, I’m ridiculously happy that Karl Urban will be playing Bones. I’m not a fellow Kiwi like you but he’s definitely my favourite actor. 🙂

  • che tibby says:

    so.… that’s maybe 540 hours of viewing between now and december?

    or more than 10 hours of veiwing a week?

    probably less than the average TV watcher.

  • Lady Vaako says:

    [quote comment=“7939”]so.… that’s maybe 540 hours of viewing between now and december? or more than 10 hours of veiwing a week?
    probably less than the average TV watcher.[/quote]

    Now that you break it down like that, it doesn’t sound as huge… Hey, maybe he will succeed after all! 🙂

  • dano says:

    Agreed, it does look pretty daunting and I swallowed hard when I saw that there were 7 (seven!) seasons of Voyager. But a US commercial hour is only 42 minutes and you can fast forward through the opening and closing credits to save even more time. I could get through an entire season of The West Wing in a wet weekend that way.

    And I’ll cheat a little further by putting eps on my iPod to watch on the bus or while I’m waiting for a movie to start.

    No worries.

  • dano says:

    And, wow. My gravatar worked!

  • che tibby says:

    doesn’t mean it won’t require dedication, many many bags of chips, and some of those adult nappies to save having to get up off the couch.

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