Re-watching bits of ST:TNG for my Het Swap fic got me all interested in Star Trek again. To the point where I now own all of it on DVD except the Animated Series and Voyager. The only reason I don't own the Animated Series is because it's expensive (ie over £10). I've only seen it once, when the BBC used to show a few episodes in half terms and school holidays during the day.
When I re-watched bits of TNG, I went for the Riker/Troi bits, since I was mostly writing them. But I got distracted by Patrick Stewart. I briefly thought "why is a Frenchman being played by a Yorkshire man?" and then remembered we'd done this in the 90s and I'd just have to live with it. Although then I thought that if he was French he wouldn't pronounce it Picard.
And then I got distracted by something that really annoyed me. The Enterprise D bridge is very pretty. Doesn't need a seat just for the counselor, but I didn't see any episodes where she stated the obvious, so I let that go. It does have plenty of seats... except for Worf. When I started watching it, back in the 90s, it was in series 5. At the time I had no idea Tasha Yar existed and just accepted that Klingons are happy standing for their whole shift when everyone else gets to sit down.
(As an aside, maybe they should have all had sit-standing/treadmill/some sort of crazy futuristic work stations)
Except that what sort of designer thought that was a good idea?
I'm still not over that. But I went and looked at Star Trek books. And there are loads. There's a series set on Picard's old ship, Stargazer, there's a series set between Insurrection and Nemesis to explain the inconsistencies (none of which I noticed). It's pretty much a case of you name it, there's a series of books about it.
The amazing thing are the number of Star Trek books I found in the county's libraries. I've seen one or two in my local library, but it is only small and it never occurred to me that there might be more out there. Obviously they only have recent ones, but it's the recent ones I'm interested in. I read enough TOS and TNG books in the 90s and I want to see how they've carried things on since the end of TNG & DS9.
And then I made my most exciting discovery - there's a Kirk autobiography. Suddenly £1 to get it from another library in the county seemed like a small price to pay and when I eventually got it, I read it in a day. I loved it. They described why certain things happened the way they did in various TOS episodes - or at least I think they did. It's been a while since I've seen any of them. Amusingly, they made The Final Frontier fictional. But I discovered how much I've forgotten even of the films - although I remember the line "Everyone remember where we parked" from The Voyage Home, I didn't remember that was in a Klingon ship.
I ended up rewatching it. And it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think part of the excitement at the time was seeing the crew in the present. But now the 80s is a long way away. And wow. I'm used to seeing 80s fashions from Press Gang, but TNG and The Voyage Home shows how America took that to a whole new OTT level. I just can't get over the size of the hair.
But I did like seeing Sulu in his element flying a helicopter, Scotty showing how good he was at his job, and Chekov's "nuclear wessels". According to Kirk's autobiography Scotty ate most of Kirk's pizza, which doesn't surprise me.
I had a moment of being convinced I must be going mad when I recognised one of the Starfleet personnel - and then when I looked it up I discovered he was Sisko's father.
I found that Picard's autobiography is out in the autumn, so I am really looking forward to that. And in the meantime, catching up on other Star Trek books the library is providing me with.
Mirrored from my blog.