The torch has been passed….

Over the weekend, friend and fellow word-slinger Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) announced over on the Tor.com website that he now had the conn with the ongoing Star Trek Re-Watch, taking the regular site feature into the Next Generation!

Keith’s takes over re-watch duties from me and David Mack (infinitydog) beginning…well, today! Appropriately enough, his tenure as Tor’s resident Star Trek re-watcher kicks off with the TNG pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint.”

Be sure to bookmark the TNG Re-Watch Index, and be on the lookout for regular updates. Perhaps hoping to complete this task in something less than an eternity, Keith will be bringing you a new installment of this re-watch twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

Good luck, dude!

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Star Trek Re-Watch: ….

Hey, it’s Thursday kids, and you know what that means! Another exciting installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (aka infinitydog) and hosted by our benevolent masters at Tor.com.

What?

It’s over?

Damn. Okay. Musta been a reflex.

Anyway, if nothing else, this will serve as the final “Re-Watch Archive” post which points you to the articles Dave and I wrote as we reviewed, recapped, and released our lunches over the third season of the original Star Trek series. Our reviews were capped off by a third-season “wrap-up” post, and then a special bonus recap/analysis of “The Cage.”

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

And that really is all we wrote. Stay tuned for updates about any future “Re-Watch” efforts or other blogging by Dave and/or me over at Tor.com. Ya just never know what might happen.

Star Trek Re-Watch: “The Cage”

Well, here we are at the last day of the month; the last Thursday in March, and the last installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (aka infinitydog) and hosted by our benevolent masters at Tor.com.

We bring things to a close with a special bonus edition of the re-watch, with a visit to the original Star Trek series pilot, “The Cage.” Captain Pike, Number One, Dr. Boyce, a bunch of other people, and Spock…the crew of the Enterprise that wasn’t to be, in their only filmed mission. Evil Buttheaded Aliens, hotty green slave chicks, and…well….

Ahem.

So, mosey on over to Tor.com and check out our latest blatherings, and jump into the comment mosh pit, if you’re so inclined. Our sugar mamas and daddys like it when we lure unsuspecting NetNerds to their recently-revamped website.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Week: ….

What, haven’t you been paying attention? You’re still here? It’s over! Go home! Go.

Star Trek Re-Watch: Season 3 Wrap-up!

Thursday, yo! You know what that means: another exciting installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (infinitydog) and hosted by our sugar mamas and daddys over at Tor.com.

This week, we pause for breath after 24 weeks and offer up our final thoughts on the original Star Trek‘s beleaguered third season. It’s our Season 3 Wrap-up, in which we recount the good, the bad, and the “WTF WAS THAT?” It’s been an interesting exercise, revisiting the season over the past several months. I’ve gained (or regained) new respect for a handful of episodes, while my hatred for other installments was only strengthened. Dave and I certainly had fun along the way, and I hope those who took the trip with us enjoyed themselves, as well.

So, mosey on over to Tor.com and check out our latest yammerings. Feel free to join the discussion in the post’s comment section, too. Our bosses like it when we sucker people drive traffic to the website.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Week: Dave and provide an extra-special helping of re-watching goodness to close out our initial run with Tor.com, recapping and “analyzing” the original series’ first pilot, “The Cage.” After that…well, who knows? If you want to see more re-watch action from me and the Infinity Dog, be sure to post in recap’s comments section!

Star Trek Re-Watch: “Turnabout Intruder”

Hey, it’s Thursday! The penultimate day of the work week brings with it another scintillating installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (infinitydog) and hosted by our benevolent masters at Tor.com.

This week, we reach the end of the original Star Trek‘s broadcast run with that complex, thought-provoking morality tale that turns its scrutinizing spotlight on the ongoing issue of gender equality. Okay, not really. It’s the one where James Kirk switches bodies with a woman, and we’re supposed to believe he never let his fingers do the walking, if you know what I mean. It’s “Turnabout Intruder,” which serves as the original series’ swan song before fading into television oblivion…never to be heard from again.

Yeah.

So, wander on over to Tor.com, whydontcha, and check out our latest blatherings. Feel free to join the comment train, too. Our bosses like it when we sucker people drive traffic to the website.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Week: Dave and I offer our “final thoughts” on Star Trek‘s third season. Join us as we run down the Good, the Bad, and the Oh-What-the-Hell-Were-They-Thinking. The week after that? A special edition of Star Trek Re-Watch, as we turn our Snarkometers on the original series first pilot, “The Cage.” Why? Because we really can’t end this shin-dig with such a crappy taste in our mouths, right?

Star Trek Re-Watch: “All Our Yesterdays”

Thursday, yo! You know what that means, right? Right! Another thrilling installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (infinitydog) and hosted by people who are only just now beginning to figure out that they probably could’ve gotten someone else to do this cheaper, Tor.com.

This week, we look back at a rare gem from Star Trek‘s final season which is also the series’ penultimate episode, “All Our Yesterdays.” Cranky librarians, Kirk hassling the natives, and Mariette Hartley in a leather bikini. What’s not to love? Mr. Mack provides the episode recap this time around, and I get to remember that there was more to love than hate during this rare third-season bright spot.

So, head on over to Tor.com, and partake of our latest scribblings and musings, whydontcha? Jump on in and offer up some comment action, too. The Tor-folk have just unveiled a new look for their website, and they want people to “Oooo” and “Ahhh” over it, anyway.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Voyage: It’s the series finale, “Turnabout Intruder,” which brings to an end the original Star Trek‘s broadcast run. Is it a bang, or a whimper? More like a tortured wease, really. I get to provide the episode recap, and Mr. Mack will almost certainly eviscerate it during his analysis. Then we’ll all gather ’round for a rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Well, maybe, “Hit the Road Jack.”

Star Trek Re-Watch: “The Savage Curtain”

It’s Thursday, which brings with it another scintillating installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (infinitydog) and hosted by people who really should know better than to keep paying us to do this, Tor.com.

This week, we take a peek behind “The Savage Curtain,” and what do we find? Abraham Lincoln, Surak of Vulcan, Kahless the Unforgettable, and a big giant poop monster. Ew. I provide the episode recap this week, while Mr. Mack is on hand to give us another bout of his analysis mojo.

So, wander on over to Tor.com, and scan our latest blatherings. Feel free to jump into the mosh pit of comments and lay down your own opinions, observations, gripes, complaints, and so on. Our landlords are pleased when we bring friends over to click on ads and check out other pages and whatnot.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Voyage: It’s a time-traveling extravaganza as we go a-stumblin’ through “All Our Yesterdays,” the penultimate episode of the original Star Trek‘s broadcast run. Mr. Mack provides the episode recap, and I’ll be on the hook for something resembling thought-provoking analysis…assuming I can get past Zarabeth’s leather bikini, of course.

Star Trek Re-Watch: “The Cloud Minders”

Hey, kids! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! Another exciting installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, brought to you by me and David Mack (infinitydog) and hosted by people who really should know better than to keep paying us to do this, Tor.com.

This week, we’re high in the sky without a care in the air as we pay a visit to “The Cloud Minders.” That’s right, it’s a Star Trek parable detailing the struggle of the working class in the face of the ruling elite, brought to you with all the subtlety of a three-chili fart in an elevator. Mr. Mack is on tap to provide the episode recap this time around, while I get saddled with providing thought-provoking analysis and insightful commentary. Well, that was the plan, anyway.

So, head over to Tor.com if you’re of a mind to do so, and check out our yammerings. And feel free to wade into the comment pool and offer your thoughts, as well. Our benevolent masters love it when we bring friends over to play. Besides, Dayton needs a new bottle of vodka. Why? Don’t you know what’s coming next week? Ugh.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Voyage: Four decades and two years ago, somebody thought it’d be awesome to have Abe Lincoln show up on Star Trek. Who’d think that would be the least dumbest thing about next week’s episode? It’s “The Savage Curtain!”

“Help me, Spock. Help me……Spock.”

Star Trek Re-Watch: “The Way to Eden”

I’m talkin’ ’bout you.
I’m talkin’ ’bout me.
Long time back when this rewatch thing was new,
Thought I’d make some bucks and have some fun too.
But then I got to this show and it all became clear,
That I didn’t have anywhere near enough beer.
Uh-huh.

Another Thursday, another installment of Star Trek Re-Watch, yo. Me and David Mack (infinitydog) are definitely getting to the bottom of the barrel now, all while our masters over at Tor.com laugh themselves into a stupor.

This week? Dr. Sevrin and Tongo Rad show us that “The Way to Eden” is paved with the rotting corpses of people who weren’t smart enough to change the channel, burn the tape, fling the DVD through a window, or whatever. We reach…for a barf bag. I’m on the hook for the episode recap duties this week, and Mr. Mack rips it a new airhole square in its taint.

So, skip on over to Tor.com if you’re in that kind of mood, and read the whole sad affair. Also, feel free to jump into whatever discussion might be happenin’. The Tor folks like it when we drive visitors and clicks to the site invite folks to join in the festivities. They may even decide to be nice, and float us a few bucks to restock our liquor cabinets. After this week, it’s the least they could do.

The Mack/Ward Star Trek Re-Watch Archive:

Next Voyage: Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a matte! It’s a shame! It’s “The Cloud Minders.” Dig me up some zenite, bitches!

“The Way to Eden” – The Drinking Game!

Followers of the weekly Star Trek Re-Watch feature with me and David Mack (infinitydog) over at Tor.com know that next week’s episode is perhaps one of the worst hours of television ever committed to celluloid, not only of Star Trek but perhaps of the medium itself. It stands to reason that I’ll be drinking something while forcing myself to sit through the episode, and anyone betting against Mack hoisting a few…well…you just haven’t been paying attention.

Anyway, one of the commenters over at the blog for this week’s Re-Watch episode, “Requiem for Methuselah,” has come up with a mighty fine idea: A drinking game! I’m not sure if he meant for Star Trek in general or this episode in particular, but I’m thinking the latter has all sorts of possibilities. For example:

  1. Whenever somebody says “Herbert,” take a drink.
  2. Whenever somebody makes that weird pseudo “Peace Sign” gesture, take a drink.
  3. If #1 and #2 are done together, that’s a double.
  4. Whenever somebody breaks out in song, take a drink.
  5. Whenever somebody starts dancing, take a drink.
  6. If #4 and #5 are done together, finish your drink.
  7. Whenever somebody says “We reach,” take a drink.
  8. Whenever somebody says, “Yay, brother,” take a drink.
  9. If #7 and #8 are done together, that’s a double.

And so on…

Anybody else have suggestions?

Actress Deborah Downey
(Click to enlarge.)

Have at it, peeps.

(DISCLAIMER: This is obviously a joke, and I’m not advocating that anyone actually get plastered while watching this episode. Well, besides myself, of course. If you’re gonna drink, drink responsibly, right?)