Friday, 28 October 2016

Twitter Twatter #34

August 2016





















Thursday, 13 October 2016

Outside In: Boldly Goes Essay Titles

ATB Publishing has released a list of the essay titles contained within Outside In: Boldly Goes:


And thus the name of mine is revealed as I'll Never Fall In Love Again

Based on the titles alone, I am very much looking forward to reading The Gorn Identity, Jack The Redshirt, Excess Babbage and 8:36, as well as companion pieces I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock.

Outside In: Boldly Goes is available for preorder here.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Outside In: Boldly Goes Personnel

Outside In: Boldly Goes features contributions from the likes of Robert Greenberger (the Editor of DC Comics’ Star Trek), Rich Handley (Star Trek comics expert and Hasslein Books supremo), David A McIntee (novelist), Larry Nemecek (writer of Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion), Paul Simpson (Editor of Star Trek Magazine), Jonathan Blum (author), Kate Orman (author), Tat Wood (About Time), Shaun Lyon (Outpost Gallifrey) and Robert Smith? (editor extraordinaire).

Not to mention hundred more also-rans like me.

And here they are...


There you have it, folks: I have written about Relics, that episode of The Next Generation in which Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott beams in, drinks something green, feels out of place and helps to save the day. And yet, that's not really what I've written about at all.


Outside In: Boldly Goes is available for preorder here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Outside In: Boldly Goes Uncovered

Here is the cover for the upcoming Outside In: Boldly Goes, which I have contributed an essay to.


There are 116 more perspectives covering every episode of the original series, the animated series, the first six movies and the most recent three.


And there's more...

There are a few extra bits and pieces in there as well. I'll post a full list of contents and contributors shortly.

Outside In: Boldly Goes is available for preorder here.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Spock The Difference

After two volumes about Doctor Who, Robert Smith? has turned his attention to Star Trek.


Outside In: Boldly Go, now with more perspectives.

Mine is one of the extra perspectives. Details to follow...

Outside In: Boldly Goes is available for preorder here.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Star Trek Viewing Order

This might be a contender for the geekiest post on here...

Star Trek is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary today.

A couple of years ago, Sarah and I watched the entirety of Star Trek from beginning to end. I posted about her reactions to it here and here, but what I didn't do was post the order that we watched them all in. More recently, we watched Babylon 5 and I had to search the internet for a viewing order to integrate the TV movies and Crusade. I was reminded that I had written an order to show Star Trek to Sarah and now here it is. Well almost, we actually watched the first Abrams film first to test the water.

This isn't a strict broadcast order list, because that would mean alternating back and forth throughout Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's run in a way that would make it difficult for any series to build momentum. Instead for periods when more than one series was on air at the same time we watched in batches as detailed below to maintain an overview of both shows.

I have blacked out my justifications for what to watch when because often they are full of spoilers. They are after the photos and you can highlight them with your mouse.

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Star Trek, Seasons One to Three

The Man Trap to Turnabout Intruder


Don't start with The Cage or Where No Man Has Gone Before, no one in 1966 did. Watch the 79 episodes of the original series in broadcast order, beginning with The Man Trap.

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Star Trek: The Animated Series, Seasons One and Two

Beyond The Farthest Star to The Counter-Clock Incident


Next watch all 22 episodes of the vastly underrated cartoon.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture,
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan,
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
&
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home


On to the first four Star Trek movies, ideally the Director's Cut of The Motion Picture and the extended cut of The Wrath Of Khan.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons One & Two

Encounter At Farpoint to Shades Of Gray


Jump to the 24th Century, because we're following release order here.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier


You could watch this straight after The Voyage Home, but it's quite nice to break up TNG episodes.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons Three to Five

Evolution to The Game


Now watch the third and fourth seasons of TNG all the way through and then the first six episodes of the fifth.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


I think watching this ahead of TNG would be quite jarring, both stylistically and also with its references to Worf, Khitomer and the way it complements...

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons Five & Six

Unification, Part 1 to Chain Of Command, Part 2


...Spock's appearance in Unification. Watch all the way through to the Cardassian two-parter ready for DS9.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season One

Emissary to In The Hands Of The Prophets


Watch the whole of Season One. You should visit the space station and meet Bashir before Birthright, Part 1.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons Six & Seven

Ship In A Bottle to Descent, Part 2


Finish out TNG's Season Six and then the first episode of the final season.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Two

The Homecoming to Blood Oath


Over to DS9 for all the pre-Maquis episodes.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season Seven

Liaisons to Journey's End


Nineteen more TNG episodes until the story that lays the foundations for...

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Two

The Maquis, Parts 1 and 2


This two-parter has geopolitical ramifications for the remaining episodes of TNG, DS9 and Voyager.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season Seven

Firstborn to All Good Things...


Now watch the last five episodes of The Next Generation.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Two & Three

The Wire to Defiant


Before returning to DS9 for the remainder of its second season and then watch the first nine episodes of its third.

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Star Trek: Generations


Now screen the seventh movie and the first to feature the TNG crew.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Three

Fascination to Distant Voices


Back to DS9 for ten more episodes.

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Star Trek: Voyager, Season One

Caretaker to Learning Curve


Watch the entirety of Voyager's first season. Don't watch the episodes held over until season two, yet.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Three

Through The Looking Glass to The Adversary


The rest of DS9's third season from an episode featuring a cameo by Tuvok to the season finale.
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Star Trek: Voyager, Season Two

The 37's to Cold Fire



Back to the Delta Quadrant for ten more episodes.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Four

The Way Of The Warrior to Our Man Bashir


Now watch the first ten episodes of the fourth season.

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Star Trek: Voyager, Season Two & Three

Maneuvers to Basics, Part 2


The rest of Voyager's second season and the first episode of its third.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Four

Homefront to Body Parts



Fifteen more visits to DS9 takes us to the penultimate episode of the fourth season.

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Star Trek: Voyager, Season Three

Flashback to Coda


Fourteen more visits to Voyager before the series reintroduces the Borg.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Four & Five

Broken Link to The Ascent


Season Four's finale and nine episodes of season five.

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Star Trek: First Contact


Now it's time for the eighth film.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season Five

Rapture to By Inferno’s Light


The new uniform from First Contact makes its debut and the Bashir changeling storyline plays out over these six episodes.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Season Three

Blood Fever to Worst Case Scenario



Ten more Voyagers. From the first appearance of the Borg on the series to the season's penultimate episode.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Season Five

Dr Bashir, I Presume to Empok Nor



Time for another nine episodes of DS9.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Seasons Three & Four

Scorpion, Part 1 to Waking Moments


Over to Voyager for the third season finale and the first thirteen episodes of its fourth.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Seasons Five & Six

In The Cards to Who Mourns For Morn?


The last two episodes of season five and the first twelve of season six tell the story of the beginning of the Dominion War, the occupation of the station and then get things back to something approaching normal.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Season Four

Message In A Bottle to Hope And Fear


The rest of Voyager's fourth season features the first foray into Hirogen space, the first proper contact with the Alpha Quadrant and the complications of both.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Season Six

Far Beyond The Stars to The Sound Of Her Voice


Thirteen more episodes of life during wartime take us up to the sixth season's penultimate episode.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Season Five

Night to Dark Frontier


The first fifteen episodes of season five take us up to the TV movie.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Season Six & Seven

Tears Of The Prophets
to Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang


Sixteen more episodes of DS9 take us from the season six finale to the last episode before 'The Final Chapter' begins.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Seasons Five & Six

The Disease to Equinox, Part 2


Eleven more episodes take us to the sixth season's opener.

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Star Trek: Insurrection



Watch the ninth movie now.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Season Seven

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
to What We Leave Behind



We return to DS9 for the last time.

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Star Trek: Voyager
, Seasons Six & Seven

Survival Instinct
to Endgame


Things get much simpler with only one show on the road. We watch the rest of Voyager's sixth season and then all of the seventh.

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Enterprise
& Star Trek: Enterprise, Seasons One to Four

Broken Bow to These Are The Voyages...



And then all of Enterprise and then following the name change, all of Star Trek: Enterprise.


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Star Trek

The Cage


Following the prequel series, we go back to the actual beginning. The Menagerie is long enough ago that we can enjoy The Cage entirely on its own merit.

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Star Trek: Nemesis,
Star Trek XI,
Star Trek Into Darkness
&
Star Trek Beyond


And the tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth motion pictures bring us right up to date until the release of Star Trek: Discovery, due to begin in 2017...

What do you think? How would you suggest to a newer fan what to watch and when?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Twitter Twatter #33

July 2016