Well, it’s Weekly Geeky Question time, and we’re up to Week #49–with the end of 2018 approaching more rapidly than any of us are prepared to deal with. My Friend Rod is back with another question, and this time it’s about one of my favorite things, which is story structure. What Rod wants to know is,,,
What are some of the most disappointing story payoff’s that I have ever seen?
Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #37, and this week, Rod’s question is very topical from a Geeky perspective:
What’s my suggestion for a new Star Trek project featuring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard?
Which episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are necessary for the story to make sense?
A while ago, I saw a blog post in which someone listed all the episodes of the original series of Star Trek which were “rendered canonical” by the later movies…in other words, which ones contained elements (aside from the regular characters or the Enterprise) which later featured in the theatrical films.
I found this exercise to be a bit arbitrary, but of course still fun in a time-killing bloggy sort of way, and it put me in mind of the question I’m tackling here. Namely, starting with the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (ie. the conclusion of the story) which episodes do we have to include in order to tell a cohesive overall story…at least, as cohesive as the show ever got? I resolved to find out.
Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #16, and this week’s question is really just a continuation of last week’s:
What is my countdown of the worst-to-best Starfleet uniforms in the history of Star Trek?
When I saw Star Trek Into Darkness a few years ago, I came away feeling that it was an enjoyable and entertaining adventure that was good fun to watch. I haven’t seen it since, so I can neither confirm nor deny my initial impression, but if the internet (and my friend Rod) are to be believed, I was actually wrong. Was I? I don’t know. I’d have to watch it again.
In the meantime, Star Trek Beyond is now out, directed by Justin Lin and co-written by co-star Simon Pegg. If similar voices on the internet argue that it’s a bad movie because it feels like an episode of a TV show and because Chris Pine rides a motorcycle.