Checkpoint: Tylenol & Tissues Edition

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It’s been a rough couple of days filled with Tylenol, tissues and plenty of liquids. I’ve had worse colds and fevers but none so persistent. I’m getting better but it has taken too many days away from me to get there. I’m guessing that’s just a sign of getting old.

I wish I could have said it was all fun and games while being sick — you know, like in elementary school and I could still find the energy for long gaming sessions in between doses of medication.

I took this opportunity to catch up on shows and movies. I’m finally watching Season 5a of Breaking Bad. I’m nearing the end of Justified Season 2 and Archer Season 4. But most importantly, I finished rewatching all of the TNG movies and thus finishing my quest to relive all the TNG TV and film content in chronological order.

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Checkpoint: End of TNG Edition

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Parts one and two of “All Good Things” is playing as I am writing this. After many 160+ days (I watched two episodes on some occasions), the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation has arrived. It was quite the journey.

I’m not going to list my favorite episodes today but instead I will look back at the series as a whole and how much I loved watching and re-watching it.

There are many reasons to doubt TNG’s ability to hold up but through the standard definition lens of Netflix, practical effects and stories — well as practical as they can get.

The final season had its ups and downs but they did an admirable job wrapping up old storylines, visiting old friends and even improved the visuals and makeup of the crew. Overall, it was not the grandest send off for the series but it did finally modernize and define the look of Star Trek for me.

For me, Star Trek: The Next Generation will always be that glimpse into the future that I will never get to see. I may not get to see holodecks, androids or travel at the speed of light in my life time but we’ve already seen some of the futuristic tech that I first laid eyes 20 years ago become reality: tablets and touchscreens. What will another 20 years bring?

Well I hope to see a brand new Star Trek series hit primetime television in that time. I think we need it as a source of inspiration and a fresh take on what humanity’s future may hold.

Checkpoint: A Legacy of Star Trek Edition

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I’ve been inundated with all things Star Trek as of late and I welcome it. Thanks to the J.J Abrams movie, everywhere I look, there’s Star Trek. Fortunately it’s not just about the latest  movie. People are talking TNG, the old movies and some (like GiantBomb) have revisited Star Trek: Online.

With all this Star Trek in mind, I thought it was a good opportunity to revisit my fandom with this iconic franchise. There were TV shows, movies, action figures, novels, comics, video games and all sorts of merchandise befitting of a popular franchise.

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Checkpoint: Netflix Canada Edition

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I’m finding a lot of enjoyment from NetFlix — even in the so called “limited” Canadian version. I have not even considered looking into changing IPs and connecting to the U.S repository yet.

The shows I’m currently watching and re-watching include:

  • Arrested Development
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Twin Peaks

NetFlix’s gamble with original content like “House of Cards” worked; they lured me in with fantastic original programming and now I’m continuing to give them a monthly rate. I’m going to continue paying for it until I’ve exhausted all that they have.

I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon though. I still have the often praised Mad Men to watch and much more “shows” that I’ve been skipping on because I was too lazy to invest in. As it turns out, I will gladly consume content if it’s as easy as watching a YouTube clip.

My latest muse is Twin Peaks. I’ve heard many good things about it but I had my reservations. I finished House of Cards UK but there were signs from its time that were a bit jarring. Twin Peaks, on the other hand, holds up remarkably well. I’ve only watched the first episode but I can see all the cultural influences at work here. I look forward to watching more of it.

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