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11 November 2008 @ 09:20 pm
MegaTrekathon: Enterprise 1x01 - "Broken Bow"  

Thanks to amilyn for the MegaTrekathon term and to Das Boy who started going "Star Trek? Star Trek? STAR TREK!?!???" once we had been done with Deep Space Nine for about sixteen hours and the DTs began to set in, the insane journey can now commence.

And when I say insane, I mean, we did the math (we fought about it actually, because I was all new-math-ing and he was all stop-making-up-numbers and I was all I'm-NOT-it's-NEW-MATH and he was all for-the-love-of-Spock-can-you-just-stop-talking-and-use-a-calculator?) and there are 736 separate titles in the Star Trek teevee & movie canon. That's right. Count 'em:

Enterprise: 98
Classic Trek: 79
Animated Series: 22
TNG: 178
DS9: 176
Voyager: 172
Movies: 11 (including the upcoming Star Trek movie set in an Apple Store)

And it all begins with Captain Jonathan Archer as a young'un painting a model and getting primed by his dad to feel he's entitled to be really snotty to Vulcans (who, admittedly, deserve it at least a little bit) for the rest of the series. And oh God, what a series, and it all begins right here with the regulation blue underwear and the first of many totally inappropriate decon chamber scenes! Enterprise, I love you, but sometimes I just CANNOT HANDLE YOU.

Things to truly love about this episode:
1) Malcolm! He looks SO YOUNG. Seriously, how did he manage to age like seventeen years over the course of the series? Maybe that's what a death wish does to a person.
2) Travis, and how he has THINGS TO SAY! And do! And the potential to be an interesting, relevant and integral part of the cast!
3) Admiral Forrest. I know, he's exactly the same throughout the course of the whole series (kind of weenie and not totally effective) but I do adore him so.
4) HOSHI! Oh, Hoshi, never change!

Things that are better this time around than last:
1) Soval, and all the other Vulcans, being emotional jerkfaces. It all works now that I know the Vulcan Unfuck Trilogy (tm my sister's boyfriend) is coming.
2) The totally inappropriate decon chamber scene. OH MY GOD, I just about had a shippergasm while watching the scene that I somehow NEVER WENT BACK AND WATCHED after Season 4, despite all the hours spent staying up night praying for just one more shower scene that didn't end in Vulcan zombies. (Those of you who watched the 3rd season of this show, you know what I mean, and you love that scene too.)
3) THE THEME SONG. WTF. I like it now?

Things that still suck:
1) Silik. Suliban. DON'T CARE DON'T CARE DON'T CARE. Now that I know that the "temporal cold war" is actually not even the most important example of temporal meddling that happens in this series, the Television-Without-Pity-named Temporal Shower Man and all of his Suliban minions can just stop already.

Opinions of Das Boy:
1) T'Pol's Vulcan plastic surgeon needs to go back to remedial plastic surgery school. Or she should have less collagen in various places. One or the other.
2) "HOSHI, just TELL Captain ARCHER what the Klingon SAID already!" (To which I point out sweetly that he could learn Klingon if he felt so inclined, and I really couldn't mock him, because I am blogging my way through 736 Star Trek episodes and don't have a leg to stand on. "I do own the Klingon dictionary," he adds, assuming rightly that this will score points with me.)

havocthecat suggested a sort of craftalongathon as well, which I think is a great idea. I'm going to try to do crafty things while I'm watching these ridiculous hours worth of television in service to my gods, and if I get a camera that works, I could blog that too along with my Star Trek updates. (All part of my renewed plan to make you all totally sick of me, naturally.)

735 titles left to go, people. Are you with me?
feel: excitedexcited
Lanna: Trek Girls Kickasslanna_kitty on November 12th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
*ponders* Can you give those of us who wish to partake a heads up on the pacing of the episode consumption? I have ent that I....achieved through...various means c.c; but I might not be able to go Episode for Episode (new job starts monday with all the *flail* involved)

Vulcans: ahahha <3 the vulcans.

Theme song: how annoyed was I when they changed it and added that southern twang to it as a rework? LAME. and, while it still looks like a fanboy music video? I get what they were going for, and a part of me? kinda likes it c.c; it is, when you think about it, quintessentially Star Trek in a very Meta way. It is visual rootbeer.

I think, at this point, I have managed to see all of the movies (save the upcoming one- which I didn't want to see , but was probably going to anyway, but then I found out my professor has a walk-on role - possibly a line?- and now I have to see it)
Little Red: trek - enterprise porn - liminallizmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! Yay! I think our goal is a season a month? We took in DS9 a little faster, but I think we might get bogged down a bit with some of the other shows. ;)

Oh, the awful Vulcans! <3 <3 <3

THEY TOTALLY ADDED BONGOS TO IT IN THE 3RD SEASON, WHAT IN HOLY FUCK. Now the pre-bongos version sounds just FABULOUS! I do really like the visuals, though. One of Das Boy's friends actually called the visuals "one of the greatest title sequences on TV ever," which might be overstating the case, but I'll try watching it on mute a few times and see what I think.

New movie!! I'm excited.
Clyde: simsuzvoy on November 12th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Little Red: trek - trip/t'pol laugh - anrmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
*squeaks at icon* Sim!
Clyde: simsuzvoy on November 12th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Fallon Ash: scully scientistfallon_ash on November 12th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Wow. I so have no idea what you're talking about. But dang, it's impressive, and totally inspiring. I have my X-Files box, and my West Wing box, and while they only have about 180 titles to their names each, it's still a bit of an undertaking for me, but now I really really want to. Hmm... which one to begin with...
Little Red: xf - wouldn't shut up - carolinamylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Watching all of X-Files again is quite a task, too! X-Files has over 200 episodes, doesn't it?
brian_barker on November 12th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
New international language?
An interesting development!

A new international language, named after Barack Obama. And no, it has not been named after Klingon nor Bill Shatner's Esperanto.

It is called Obami and can be seen at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/6/23824/4027

However Obami will have a lot of work to do to catch up with Esperanto.

Esperanto is now within the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook.

Native Esperanto speakers, include George Soros, Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador for NATO and World Champion Chess Player, Susan Polger. The World Esperanto Association enjoys consultative relations with both the United Nations and UNESCO.

Evidence can be seen at http://www.lernu.net
Little Red: sg - linguists - maching_monkeymylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: New international language?
Do I know you?
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Little Red: trek - trip/t'pol laugh - anrmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD, YOU ARE JOKING. I can't even imagine that as a wedding processional, zomg. But now I'm sekritly wondering if I could get away with having the DS9 theme somewhere in my wedding. ;) It's one of my mom's favorite pieces of music, for serious!

EVIL ADMIRAL FORREST! I know! He's so awesome!

Enterprise is, like, this thing you struggled through, and then love it for having survived it. I do sorta love it indeed. But I've watched the series twice through now -- once when it first aired, once when syndicated on Sci-Fi -- and I kind of can't believe I just signed up to do it AGAIN.
Kate: Voyager Janeway Attempting to supress gikatejaneway on November 12th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I think also... you should turn the season finale of each season/series into a drinking game. Or each movie... a drinking game must come of this!!
Little Red: sga - alcohol porn - nostalgiamylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think DEFINITELY the Enterprise finale needs to be a drinking game, except it should be called "Get totally wasted BEFORE pushing play!"

Das Boy doesn't drink at all, woe. I love me some booze, but unfortunately, I can't have it much since it buggers with the medications I take. Also woe! But I will HAVE to make some exceptions for certain episodes, for seeeerious.
Kate: Voyager Janeway Neelix OTPkatejaneway on November 12th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Lol yes. Make him eat something sinful... like chocolate or something :x
miera_c: crimemiera_c on November 12th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but the theme song of Enterprise will never ever NOT SUCK BRASS MONKEY BALLS.


Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, which is why it was SO ODD that I didn't start screaming and demanding that we fast-forward! I think it's because the bongo-containing seasons-3-and-4 credits are SO HOLY AWFUL that the seasons-1-and-2 credits suddenly seem totally bearable after that. It's WEIRD!
redbeardredbeard on November 12th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
You know, I had blocked the bongos out of my mind. Thanks for breaking that mental barrier. Now it's all I can hear. The hammer I am currently using to bash myself in the head thanks you, too.
redbeardredbeard on November 12th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
My response is the same:


And, wait a minute - 3) THE THEME SONG. WTF. I like it now?

Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on November 12th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)

One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: flying by Abby & Rache & meamilyn on November 13th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
OMG my name won???? SQUEEEE!!!!