So last week we had a pretty interesting conversation about Star Trek. That was a nice change of pace, so I thought we’d expand that discussion and talk about Trek in more detail. Spoiler Warning is on hiatus this week due to the holiday, so we’ll have lots of space to give the topic its due, as opposed to shoving it in the margins of an episode of The Last of Us.
Note that I don’t pretend to be a hard-core fan. I’ve seen more than my share and TNG was a big part of my late teens / early twenties. I’ve seen all the movies. But there are a lot of episodes I’ve never seen and I don’t own any of the shows or movies. I like Trek, but as a friend.
So this week we’re going to talk about the Original Series, Voyager, Deep Space 9, Next Generation, the Movies, and Abrams Trek. I don’t have anything to say about The Animated Series. I have very little to say about Enterprise, which I will say now:
I like the idea behind Enterprise: Take away our magic space guns and our super-powerful Federation and show how humans made the hard climb to the top and formed the values that would later shape the show. Maybe depict the event that caused the formation of the Prime Directive. You could have a “giving the natives measles” kind of unintentional disaster. Show a world where we have to tread lightly because our guns are small and we don’t have the backing of a major fleet.
But I have no idea what this show was trying to do. I watched two episodes and I don’t remember the details of either. I’ve watched the SF Debris review of many, and I’m always left shaking my head. The creepy fan-service decontamination scenes. The annoying doctorWho looked at Neelix and thought, “THAT’S what fans really want. Let’s make another character like that, except this time he’s practicing herbal space-medicine!”. Archer being a constant butthead. Everyone else being so bland. Dragging the Borg into things.
I can’t suggest how the show could have been improved because I can’t even tell what they were going for. Were they trying to broaden Trek to new audiences? Was this aimed at core fans? During the run of the show it seems like they didn’t take any steps to address fan complaints. (Or at least, people seem to have the same complaints throughout the show.) What happened here? Who was this forThis is not a rhetorical question. I don’t know because I didn’t watch enough of the show to form my own opinion.?
I have no idea. The salt in the wound is that this is the only part of the continuity to survive the Abrams rebootNot a big deal to me. I sort of treat Abrams Trek and Old Trek like different universes. But we’ll get to that later in the week..
 Who looked at Neelix and thought, “THAT’S what fans really want. Let’s make another character like that, except this time he’s practicing herbal space-medicine!”
 This is not a rhetorical question. I don’t know because I didn’t watch enough of the show to form my own opinion.
 Not a big deal to me. I sort of treat Abrams Trek and Old Trek like different universes. But we’ll get to that later in the week.
Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
The Best of 2013
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2013.
The Plot-Driven Door
You know how videogames sometimes do that thing where it's preposterously hard to go through a simple door? This one is really bad.
The game was a dud, and I'm convinced a big part of that is due to the way the game leaned into its story. Its terrible, cringe-inducing story.
A horrible, railroading, stupid, contrived, and painfully ill-conceived roleplaying campaign. All in good fun.