How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Star Trek: Asterisk

I liked Star Trek before it was cool. I was following the adventures of the starship Enterprise before J. J. Abrams was even on Hollywood's map. I know that's not exactly a unique claim - hundreds and thousands of Trekkies can say the same thing - but it's something of which I'm proud. Unfortunately, there are a few gaps in my knowledge of Star Trek. This is understandable, of course. The canon of the Star Trek franchise exists in 6 different series with 30 total seasons, 725 episodes and 11 different feature movies. 2 of these series and 2 movies existed before I was even born! To ask anyone to sit through all of that is a monumental task.

One that I intend to complete.

It was big news a while ago that Netflix put every episode of Star Trek on Watch Instantly. I am, therefore, going to use this to fill in the gaps of my Star Trek knowledge and bring all my readers along for the ride. Every week I will post my own commentary on every single episode of Star Trek presented chronologically by mission stardate. Each commentary is sure to have an entertaining and unique spin on the episode from this particular Trekkie's point of view.

"Mission Stardate" means the date that is first presented in the episode regardless of any time travel within the story. There are two reasons I'm going in this order: First off, it'll allow me to get Star Trek: Enterprise out of the way first thing. I've only seen a few episodes of this series and it is widely regarded as the worst series of the franchise. I predict that after going through all of that, the next mission, Star Trek (2009), will be a welcome relief. Secondly, going through the franchise chronologically by mission stardate allows me to follow the events of the Star Trek universe as the characters know them. This provides a more immersive experience and, while I do already know a lot about these characters' future, it's nice to be caught up in their present.

Going chronologically by mission stardate also means that there will be some crossover with Star Trek: The Next Generation/Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Star Trek: Deep Space 9/Star Trek: Voyager. During these times I will post two episodes per week in stead of one. Also, by the time Star Trek XII comes out (which takes place either prior to or in the beginning of Star Trek: The Original Series), I predict I will be well into either Star Trek: The Original Series or Star Trek: The Animated Series... POSSIBLY even Star Trek: The Next Generation. In that case, I will make a special exception to the mission stardate rule and travel back in time!!! Ooooo!!!

725 episodes and 12 movies?! That's a whole lot of screen time... but by the time I've finished, I will have completed a great accomplishment. And maybe... just maybe... my little blog will be a haven for any one who needs an introduction to one of the greatest and most pervasive mythologies of our time: Star Trek.

For more information about when this'll all be going down, follow me on Twitter @LordSteve.