June 2nd, 2007


Drunk and Watchin' Star Trek: "Too Short a Season"

Last week, I made one of the wisest investments of my life:

That's right: eight VHS tapes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, purchased for a dollar apiece at the Amoeba Records on Haight Street. They were on the "buy three, get one free" table, so the whole stack set us back six bucks. Six dollars for piles and piles of glorious Star Trek! Seventeen hours (one of the tapes has three episodes) in the tasteful beige interior of the Enterprise-D, boldly going to one planet of troubled lumpy-headed people after another! Bliss.

TNG is my favorite Star Trek. It's the one I grew up with, so of course it's a big part of my development as a nerd. The original series has a great pop-art look, but I could never get into it the way I got into Picard's crew. I liked Deep Space Nine but abandoned it for Babylon 5 in my fickle teenage years. I won't insult anyone's intelligence by bringing up Voyager or Enterprise.

The selection in the dollar bin at Amoeba was limited, so these aren't the best TNG episodes, although some of my favorites are in here. And I already had the two-parter where Picard turns into a Borg. I thought it would be fun to review these suckers on LJ, one at a time, until I get to the bottom of the stack.

Also, for the record, I was not drunk while watching all of these. Thanks to my hearty Irish constitution, it takes most of a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck to get me drunk, and I realized early on that it was costing me four times as much to get drunk as it was to watch an episode of Star Trek.

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