captain’s (b)log

You know what I realized last night, bitches? Besides inventing the mobile phone (communicator), and the intergalactic kiss (too many to count), USS Enterprise captain and all around man’s man, Captain Kirk also invented blogging. Essentially, each episode of Star Trek is just Kirk’s latest blog entry … notice how he always starts them out with stardates and then adds supplementals throughout?

A coworker of mine asked me the other day what tv shows I watched (he then quickly added “besides basketball”). I realize I’m at the age where most of my friends aren’t really watching a lot of tv – we’re all running around being young professionals or drinking or both. Yet, with satellite tv, there are so many programs out there that there has to be good ones and it seems that everyone else has discovered one they actively look forward to watching. I love catching each new edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and though I thought it was pretty hit or miss, I still was excited before each Curb Your Enthusiasm last season but both shows have been out of rotation for many months now.

To satisfy my natural desire as a human to watch tv shows, I have turned to Tv on DVD. Last year I devoured the first three seasons of Quantum Leap with Bandon, and have been slowly completing Seinfeld and Monty Pythons Flying Circus as well. Recently, I have also started on a quest to get through all the Star Treks (original series and next generation).

I’m three episodes into the original series and I’m amazed at how well the show has stood the test of time. Sure, the execution is silly at times (I will never understand how camp was fashionable in the 1960s) but the writing is truly inspired and the style is still just damn cool. I actually watched about 75% of the original series about 12 years ago back in San Antonio. One of the channels would show an episode each weeknight late at night and, since this occurred during the summer, I was able to stay up and watch. I remember being really into it then, as well, but I probably didn’t get as much.

I may be missing out on some decent, current programs, but there’s just so many, excellent shows that came before it feels like I’d do a disservice to myself not to experience them. Plus, I prefer the Tv on DVD method of watching over the usual, catch a show at a certain time. This way I can watch it whenever I want and with the presentation (no commercial interuptions, added features) I really get to see the growth of a show and appreciate the created world.



  • Friday, July 14th, 2006 at 13:39 | #1

    I highly recommend the new … hey, the comment page has a different color scheme now. Ah, the refreshing breeze of change. What was I saying. Dr. Who. The new Dr. Who. A few episodes I quickly pre-judged but the writing is just so dang good. British TV is excellent compared to American tripe.

    The first season of the new Dr. Who is coming out on DVD this summer but it’s also on the Sci-Fi channel still, I think. Maybe.

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