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Engage: The Officially Official Star Trek Podcast

Okay, so I think I’m going to start something new here on the Chronicles.

If you read this post from a week or two ago, you know that I came out of the nerd closet and am flying my flag high, letting my geek light shine, whatever the hell you want to call it.

I also mentioned in that post how I was interested in this whole podcast thing. I was never one to like “talk radio” because most of it was yawn inducing boredom, politics, or sports. I tried to like it. I really did. But, I just couldn’t get into it. I felt bad that I couldn’t. Like because I’m a reasonably intelligent person with a decent IQ, and a knowledge of what talk radio was talking about, I still wasn’t “cerebral” enough to listen, and it had to be something wrong with me, and not the talk radio. lol. Anyway, I digress… Podcasts at least some of them that I have found, are now the new talk radio for nerds. I know there’s LOADS of other topics covered, but yeah, I’m hooked. I’ve listened to the most recent Nerdist, as well as a couple from the archives, and I have Wil Wheaton’s latest downloaded, and one a friend turned me onto called Cracked.

But…

Being that I follow oh I don’t know, half of the trek-verse actors, as well as the official trek page, and goodness knows what else on twitter, I of course was well informed of Engage, the now OFFICIAL Star Trek podcast, fully licensed by CBS, official blah blah blah you know the drill.

I subscribed to the channel and downloaded Episode 0 onto my happy little phone, and so later that day when DS and I had to drive across town (20-30 minutes on a good traffic day) for his first dance class of summer, I asked him if he would mind if I listened, since I hadn’t had a chance to. (I usually listen while I walk, but considering it’s been 95+ degrees here in South Carolina with well over 65% humidity, walking outside has been VERY far from my mind, I like to be able to breathe while I walk thankyouverymuch). Thankfully Mr. I’m-13-and-I-know-everything was feeling rather agreeable (probably had a lot to do with being on the way to ballet class) he said “Sure why not?”, so I plugged in my phone, started it up and off we went. Honestly, as much as my kid gets into a lot of the same nerd stuff that I do, I figured his earbuds would be out about five minutes in, and I would just get the strange looks from the passenger’s seat while I listened.

Now, before I get into my thoughts on this new podcast, let me give you a little more background of the nerd that is me. I mentioned it a bit in my post from before (see link above), but let me go a little further. I grew up on Star Trek. I have very early memories of watching TOS reruns with my dad. My first memory of the any of the movies, is IV: The Voyage Home. To this day it is still my absolute favorite. Favorite is tough though, not really the best word really. I actually like all the movies equally, but again, I’m babbling. Anyway, some of my first toys were Star Wars action figures, and some of my favorite memories are curled up with my dad, when TNG was new. Now, fast forward to my early 30’s. I’m finally starting to not care what people think of me (really, it’s a hard thing to learn), and so with sudden amounts of extra time on my hands (first months being a housewife, and everything was clean, etc…) I figured out that Netflix had all of the series, and most of the movies. I was like a kid on Christmas.

So, being the logically minded person that I am, I started at the beginning. Sure, I’d read a lot of the stuff that said as long as you watched the movies you can skip TOS, and TAS. (don’t worry I’ll give you a list of acronyms at the end) I am so glad I didn’t. I dutifully watched my way through all three seasons of TOS, both seasons of TAS, I then went and watched the TOS movies. I – VI. Then, I went through TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Then the new movies, VII – X. So, although not necessarily chronological, but kinda in order of release. (now after this I did move on to other series, and movies, but that’s for another post)

What does this have to do with Engage? (by the way you can read an article about it, as well as if you’re a twitter user, you can follow the host Jordan Hoffman there, or if Facebook is more your thing, they do have an official Facebook Page) Frankly it has a LOT to do with Engage. I spent nearly the entirety of Episode 0 smiling, laughing, nodding, and saying “YES! ME TOO!!” a LOT. Now, I have only seen the 2009 Star Trek movie, in pieces, once, so I don’t know much about the new alternate universe, but I do plan on watching them at some point. They’re not on Netflix and well, that’s the main way I watch my movies lol. (so unless someone wants to send me DVD’s or blu-ray versions lol I’ll just wait) Now, I’ve never been to a con, most of the good ones are too far away. I’ve never read the books, or comics, I didn’t keep up with blog discussions, or anything like that. I just really love the show. I get excited over episodes. I get excited when other people see a favorite, and I can get excited about it again. I don’t know what every little thing means, some things I just accept without diving into the hows and whys. All I know is it makes me happy. All of them do. This time around I’m watching in “chronological” order (or close to it) so, so far as of the time of this writing, I’ve watched Enterprise, TOS, and am in the end of season 3 of TNG. Next will be DS9 (and I will still have to dig my way through the first 2.5 seasons as much as I love the show, those first couple of seasons are… rough lol) and then Voyager. Yes, I did skip TAS this time around, but I have already watched movies I-VI (and I don’t care how many people don’t like it, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is brilliant).

All I know is I am very excited about this podcast, and I am looking forward to drives to and from dance, and other places with my son since we’ve agreed to listen to it together.

Episode 1, here we come!

As promised, acronyms:

TOS: The Original Series (meaning the 1966-68 television series with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc)

TAS: The Animated Series (1973-75, original actors doing voices, supposed to be the last two years of their first 5 year voyage)

TNG: The Next Generation (1987-1994 approximately 100ish years after TOS, the continuing mission)

DS9: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999, takes place on a space station on the edge of the galaxy)

Voyager: Well, Star Trek: Voyager lol (1995-2001, ship gets lost, fun stuff happens)

Enterprise: Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005, 100ish years BEFORE TOS, 100ish years after Cochrane’s first warp flight)


Being okay with being me

I sit here tonight, rather content. Is my life perfect? Oh hellll no. lol I have a new class starting tomorrow for school (anatomy and physiology I, and yes I’m scared), there’s laundry in the dryer, a barely started afghan on my hook, a cross stitch that hasn’t been touched in weeks, I should probably vacuum, and I really need to sort my closet.

But…

What’s had this post on my brain for a while now, has been this video. I will admit to being a huge Wil Wheaton fan. Ever since I was a little girl, not quite nine years old, curled up on the couch against my daddy’s side, watching “Encounter at Farpoint” for the first time, I thought Mr. Wheaton was the COOLEST person ever. He was a TEENAGER (which at not-quite-nine is a big deal) and he was ON STAR TREK. The NEW Star Trek. The first NEW Star Trek series in AGES (my earliest ST memories are of IV: The Voyage Home, yes I’d seen most of them, but for whatever reason IV is the one that sticks in my brain as the first movie I remember). So, all of that being said, when I was that not quite nine year old little girl, Mr. Wheaton was very, very cool. (by the way if you want to find out how cool of a person he still is, go here, he does podcasts and blogging things and just cool stuffs. Speaking of podcasts, can someone explain these to me? I have an iPhone and obviously internet, but I’m not quite sure what I do to listen/watch to these things… so help an “old lady” out here).

Then that nine year old little girl grew up into a rather shy, introverted, awkward, teenager… I tried really, REALLY, hard to fit in. I was in marching band, I changed that to JROTC (which actually was a great idea because I don’t know if I would have graduated if I hadn’t), I had friends here and there, but no one I was ever really close to. Yes, even today I have some people I knew in high school on Facebook and such, but, I was never really super close with anyone, and I’m still not. After being laughed at, or worse, bullied (at times rather severely), for being smart, liking to read, liking all the things I like (the list is long, but I’ll get to that), I tried to hide it. I tried to “give up” the things I liked. Seriously. I stopped watching ST:TNG, never watched an episode of DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, when they first were on air. Never saw another movie in the theater. I gave it all up. (and Star Trek isn’t all of it, never watched Stargate, or Eureka, or Warehouse 13, or ANYTHING sci-fi related at all, more on that in a bit)

I hid how smart I was (and really, I’m not THAT smart). I wouldn’t read in public. Missed a lot of really cool stuff. Never went to a DragonCon in Atlanta (usually that’s the closest Con of any interest to me here in SC) or any other Con for that matter. (Still on my bucket list, but I’ll get there). I hid the fact that I loved Animaniacs, and Batman:The Animated Series (that IS where I found Harley after all, WAY before she was “cool” and Suicide Squad was a thing). I didn’t talk about growing up on Star Wars (my R2D2 underoos ROCKED thank-you-very-much), Star Trek (TOS and the movies, and TNG until I got “too cool”), Buckaroo Bonzai (still John Lithgow’s best role if I do say so)… I didn’t talk about how much I loved Stephen King, and Dean Koontz, and Robin Cook (they made you THINK), as well as Anne McCaffrey (dragons, DUH). Instead I tried to dislike all of that stuff, and like all the “cool” stuff. I tried. I failed. I liked rock and alternative and metal (I also have a deep love of classical, and was a trained pianist at one point in my life). I couldn’t get into pop and country (hey I am in the south, that was the “thing”).

So, I kind of wandered and did my own thing, and kept who I was to myself. I didn’t talk about what I liked, and would just smile and nod when my friends would get excited about what they were into. I would watch the popular movies, listen to the Top 40 stations, and just kind of exist.

So… anyway… onward…

I play it off well, but I am severely introverted. I could literally go days without ever leaving the house and be perfectly content. I struggle with reaching out to people, I struggle with making plans, and if I do make them, I struggle with following through with them. I am really good at excuses. That sounds horrible I know. It’s not always excuses either, I do have things that come up, life happens! I will admit that sometimes though, it is an excuse. Thankfully I have a couple of wonderful friends, and a great husband, that don’t give me too much shit about it either.

I really do have a point, bear with me, I’m getting there, I promise…

Within the last five years or so ago, I slowly started realizing that I can like what I like. Netflix has been the BEST thing ever. Really. That’s sounds crazy, but I’m quite serious. With the digital streaming service, I have been able to watch every single Star Trek episode and movie I’ve wanted. (okay, almost, the newest reboot of the Star Trek movies aren’t all available on Netflix yet, but I’ll get to it eventually). Not just all the ST series either, (and sorry to everybody, as much as TNG has a very special place in my heart, Voyager is my hands down favorite), but Charmed, Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Firefly, Haven, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and I’m sure more that I’ve lost track of.

Not long after I started binge watching (Hi, my name is Becca, and I binge watch on Netflix and Amazon), I found the video I mentioned at the beginning of this. I am woman enough to admit that the first time I watched it, I cried. Here was Mr. Wheaton, a man I’d hero-worshiped as an 8 year old girl (and sorry Anne, had a bit of a crush on, too), telling me that I AM OKAY. So… silly little fan girl that I am, loaded up my twitter again, and started following all kinds of my favorite people. Too many to name, but I’ve had some “follow backs” myself that have made me grin like a crazy person, as well as replies and likes from several of my favorite people. I’ve had brief Facebook chats with some truly awesome people (more on that in the future, maybe 😉 ).

I tweet and Facebook about new projects coming up, sharing memes and seeing fun stuff. I laugh, I smile, I read blogs and articles, sign up for newsletters and generally enjoy myself and all the geekness I can handle. I look at pictures from conventions, I smile at Mr. Auberjonois’ bucket pictures. I giggle when Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo tease each other. I try not to swoon too much when I get a like, or a reply.

And then, as I’m writing, Jeri Ryan posts this meme:

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And well, it’s kind of my whole point. I’m letting my weird light shine bright. I’m here. I’m shy. I’m socially awkward. I may stutter, shake, giggle in weird places, or smile way too much, but I’m a weirdo. And I’m okay with that.

So, to Mr. Wheaton (and his lovely wife, Anne), Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, Manu Intiraymi, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, Eddie McClintock, Connor Trineer, Jolene Blalock, and so many many many more, THANK YOU. You all have been massively patient with us crazy fans. I know there are “bad eggs” out there, but you still continue to be patient with us, even if we are annoying. ❤

(P.S. I will get back to my crafty updates soon, I promise, I do have things to show off there)


Star Trek: Voyager Review

Okay, so this was the next full series I watched when I started my binge watching habits.

Personally, and I get a lot of crap about this.

but…

THIS IS THE BEST ONE.

I can’t explain exactly why. I could be Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), it could have been the crazy story lines. It could have been the interesting love stories. It could have been anything. From the episode where Janeway and Chakotay have to stay behind on a planet. To the reappearance of Q, and then his son. To all the crazy alternate universes. And, of course we can’t forget Reg lol.

The only complaint I have is the end. I wanted more. Now, this wasn’t the usual pouting that it was over, but COME ON. They made it BACK. Can we have a party or SOMETHING?!?! Can we see Tom and his dad reunite? Can we let them all meet Reg and Deanna? What did the destruction of the big Borg transport really mean?

I won’t give away much more, but if this is one you didn’t watch because you couldn’t get into it, give it another go. It’s worth it. I do give 5 out of 5 stars even if I was left wanting more at the end.


Star Trek: DS9 Review

All seasons (yes I’m a binge watcher) of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, my review

Okies, so as I’ve mentioned before, I got addicted to Netflix last year. *hangs head* But, I’m also slightly OCD about my addictions. I will typically only watch ONE show at a time, straight through, in order. So, last year, starting with TNG, I worked my way through all the Star Trek series. I am slowly but surely posting my reviews of all of them. In the order I watched them. Which if you’re curious, I didn’t go in order per se, but it went a bit more like this, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, Original, then all the movies, except for the two most modern. Yes, that’s a lot of Star Trek. No, I won’t tell you how long it took me. Yes, I am fully aware that I am a nerd. No, I don’t care.

Moving on.

DS9 was a SLOW starter for me. Really, it took me the better part of the first two seasons to really fully get into it. Once Worf (Michael Dorn) became part of the cast, Ben Sisko (Avery Brooks) got made Captain, the Dominion actually became a threat and the Defiant was dropped off for them to use, THAT’S when it got good. Now, I’ll do my usual. Sisko (Brooks) really developed throughout this series. He went from being the bitter single dad, to a really fun guy, even if the Bajorans thought he was some kind of god. lol I loved Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney) back in his TNG days, and he’s much better in DS9, and I’m glad we got to watch his and Keiko (Rosalind Chao) go through the “married couple” stuff and watch their daughter grow up (once WAY too fast). Can’t forget Odo (Rene Auberjonois), the stiff, formal, security guy that turns to goo once a day. The last season with all that happens really shows a different side of him. Quark (Armin Shimerman) is amazing as always, I really can’t think of a role of his I haven’t loved. Major Kira (Nana Visitor) grows a lot as well throughout the show, really learning to stop being bitter and embrace her Bajoran side. I could go on and on, but you get my drift. Loads of character development, lots of great secondary stories that carry throughout the entire series (and even some from TNG with Worf, Miles and lots of other ST regulars making appearances.

I’ve heard from a lot of people they didn’t like this one, or they never got into it, but really, give it a shot, past the first couple of seasons, and it is worth it. It also really helps tie into the beginning of my favorite series, Voyager. All in all though, I will give it a 4 out of 5, as it is a slow starter and some of the themes get a little redundant.

Smile!


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