Where No Fan Has Gone Before

This title is complete bull.  Lots of fans have blogged Star Trek.  I know it, you know it.  Let’s not kid ourselves.  Still, it was a catchy title, so I ran with it.  I trust I’ll be forgiven for a bad pun, no matter how overused.

About 14 hours ago, I was contemplating the idea of going back to the beginning of the entire franchise and blogging about all of it.  I’m full of these big, time-consuming ideas that interfere with all of the other big, time-consuming ideas I’ve got running.  It’s what I do.  I don’t need an excuse to re-watch all of these episodes, but if I’m going to do it, I might as well blog about it.

My initial plan was to post one blog per season.  It was suggested that maybe I could devote extra posts to special episodes or even to truly bad ones.  I joked that there were a lot of those.  I’ve been thinking about that all day.  There are a lot of those.  Especially for the original series, it feels like I’d be blogging about each and every episode.  Would I want to commit to that?  Probably not.  Most sites that attempt this are dedicated fan sites, and they have a team.  There’s only one of me, and I’m anything but focused.  But a full season at a time seems a bit much for a single blog post.  I’ve been thinking about the happy medium that will help me to push forward and satisfy both my own standards and your expectations.

I’ve been contemplating the idea of maybe blogging a handful of episodes at a time, somewhere between, say, three to five for the average post.  I don’t really want to go overboard there.  Then if we come to a truly special one or an epic-level multi-parter, I can do those separately to allow for more blogging space, per suggestion.  This has the bonus of allowing for flexibility when the series tend to overlap, where Deep Space Nine ran concurrently with the last part of The Next Generation and then with Voyager.  And, of course, I can drop all the films in where appropriate as well.  *deep breath*

On some of my other projects, I drill down, talking production and all manner of behind the scenes trivia.  I think it’s safe to say that if I did that with all of Trek, I’d die of old age first.  Right now, I believe the full count is 741 episodes across all seven series, plus ten movies.  Add another three if I lump in the Kelvin timeline films.  And that number is still growing as Discovery is still in production,  and rumor is they’re launching four more series, plus the Kelvin films are doing at least two more.  This is what happens when your franchise is suddenly owned by two different companies: they compete.  Marvel fans can sympathize, I’m sure.  Also, just for clarification, I won’t be covering the fan series.  They’re fun, but… c’mon.  I have to draw the line somewhere.  For the sake of quantity and sanity, I’m thinking a brief synopsis and some personal thoughts will be just fine for the bulk of these.  Some of these I’ll have a lot to say just on account, others… not so much.  Besides, I’ll still be attempting to juggle all the other projects on this site.

I’m insane.  Clearly.

With all of the negativity in politics right now, I feel like I need this overdose of future optimism.  Maybe you do too.  I’ve already started watching.  I’m running TOS in production order (as opposed to airdate order) so things will make a little more sense right up front.  That’s how every reference book I had listed them while I was growing up, so that’s how I watched them once I recorded them all.  DVD and Blu-ray mucked that up by placing them in airdate order.  Easy enough to fix, though.

I’m just tossing this around for now, seeing if this is the best plan of action.  If anyone has any additional suggestions, I’d love to hear them.  Best to implement good ideas up front.

8 thoughts on “Where No Fan Has Gone Before

  1. I do something similar on my blog for television shows now. My suggestion is if you have drafts available to utilize them. What I do is with each show, since I review more than one, I begin a new post for them. Then I go ahead and put in the names and numbers of the episodes way in advance of the date it is going to post. Then as I watch the episodes I go in and add my views on the episode almost immediately, so that I can remember what I thought of it regardless of when I post the review. I will often edit those feelings into a more coherent review afterwards, but having that mess of ideas on how I felt gives me a jumping on point. This is how I do it, so it doesn’t feel as daunting. I am looking forward to seeing these!

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