Announcement


Thanks to developments in my personal life (remember, I started this blog when I was unemployed, and then became “super employed”), and the fact that I can now watch Star Trek on Netflix, the Star Trek Challenge website will be back up and running very shortly.

I know that I made a similar announcement back in March, but a steady stream of promotions and additional work made it impossible to start writing again. Add to that my prior writing and podcasting obligations to Panels on Pages, and I very nearly shut the site down. However, my love for Trek and for sharing that love with other fans has kept my mind on resurrecting this blog for some time.

The challenge now will be not to watch and review one episode of Star Trek per day, because that very nearly broke my spirit, but instead to eventually finish every episode of Star Trek even if it takes me 5, 10, or 20 years. I’m planning on at least one review per week, and possibly other small news posts here and there.

In other news, I get to meet Leonard Nimoy in slightly over two weeks! I’m going to my first real Star Trek convention in Chicago, and the story behind the trip is pretty amazing. Look forward to that story soon!

Live long and prosper,

Captain Painway

Quick Update


I’ve been thinking about the site a lot, and just thought I’d catch everybody up on what’s going on. I’ve finally gotten my computer somewhat fixed, although a new one is going to be a purchase in the very near future. I started a full-time job, which has drained me completely of free time and energy, especially since it’s a copywriting job. Let me tell you, writing all day and then coming home to write at night is a bit tiresome.

I’m planning on starting things up again at the pace of 2-3 reviews a week, and seeing how it goes from there. Sure, it’ll take me forever to finish the entire Star Trek library, but I guess that’s the trade-off for mental stability.

Also, thanks to the recent Netflix deal that will make Star Trek episodes available for streaming, I’ll be able to watch episodes on my TV and not have to do the weird two computer setup that I’ve been using. Yay!

Thanks for the support and see you soon,

Captain Painway

Star Trek TOS – Episode 14 – Balance of Terror [Remastered]


I need a new computer, and larger buckets of internets at my house. Seriously, if it isn’t just my computer shutting down every so often, the internet went out completely yesterday. I can’t imagine why there’s an internet shortage here. Florida’s full of old people, and old people are afraid of the internet, right? So there should be plenty of internet for the rest of us. (Spock logic. I has it.)

Watch this episode at CBS.com.

SUMMARY

The Romulans are being naughty and blowing up Federation stuff. Unfortunately for them, it’s Captain Kirk to save the day.

Click the picture for a full summary from Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki.

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Star Trek TOS – Episode 13 – The Conscience of the King


I think my computer has reached a state of equilibrium equivalent to that of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns; all of the viruses are keeping each other in check. 😛

Watch this episode at CBS.com.

SUMMARY

An actor is accused of being a mass murderer and dictator. For some reason, nobody really questions these accusations as much as they probably should.

Click the picture for a full summary from Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki.

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Star Trek TOS – Episode 12 – The Menagerie, Part II [Remastered]


With every virus scan I run, more are popping up. What a pain in the butt.

Watch this episode at CBS.com.

SUMMARY

Captain Pike finds out how the penguins at the zoo feel. Captain Kirk gets a history lesson. Spock gets logical.

Click the picture for a full summary from Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki.

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Star Trek TOS – Episode 11 – The Menagerie, Part I [Remastered]


Thanks for holding on for a bit. My computer should be virus-free now, and after a good registry scrubbing, it’s actually working better than before.

Oh, The Menagerie. The coolest use of unused scrap TV footage ever. The flashback scenes in this episode and the next come from the original pilot, The Menagerie. The only character that survived the re-write was Spock, so that’s why he’s been used as the “bridge” between the old story and the new. I can only imagine Gene Roddenberry sitting down thinking, “How in the hell do I fit this into this???”, but he does it brilliantly.

Watch this episode at CBS.com.

SUMMARY

Spock be snatchin’ up your Captains and stealing your spaceships. He’s a badass gangsta. He’s also way smarter than you.

Click the picture for a full summary from Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki.

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Sorry for the delay…


My computer was just infected with a virus as I was doing some research on the latest episode, The Menagerie. My computer is as unresponsive as Captain Pike. I have a malware scrubber running as I type this. (I’m posting this from my cell phone. At least it still likes me.)

Sadly, this means that the posting of the next review is going to be delayed. Hopefully, I can get it up late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

As if real life getting in the way isn’t bad enough, now the machines are turning against me!

Thanks for the understanding,
Captain Painway

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