I enjoy watching the show, but I really don't care about minutae like how many decks the Defiant has or how many meters long the Enterprise-D is. Fortunately there's lots of information about the show itself that's missing (episodes, lesser characters, et cetera) so I'll make contributions in that area.
I end up memorizing a freakish amount of dialog from almost everything I watch (Star Trek along with The West Wing and all those other shows and movies I like), so I can usually remember the bulk of an episode from its name. (I'm one of those people who recognized immediately that the planet backdrop used in DS9: "The Maquis, Part I" was used previously in TNG: "The Ensigns of Command") That makes it fun to watch an episode and document it, or pick apart one of the less important characters.
Yeah, I've edited a bunch of pages, and blah-de-blah-blah. My actual substantive contributions are episode summaries:
- DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations"
- DS9: "In the Cards"
- DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars" -- This one is certainly difficult to describe (both because it's so different from other Trek episodes and because the subject material can be intense), so don't be surprised if I revisit it many more times.
- DS9: "Destiny"
- DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"
I haven't touched the "story arc" episodes like "Call to Arms," though they're great episodes. Those should be tackled by someone who's got a very firm sense of all the meticulous details of the entire Deep Space Nine story. Memory Alpha should really link episodes together by storyline the way geos.tv does, so once all the plot summaries are written visitors can step through the entire Odo-Kira saga, or the entire Dominion war series. Will I be the one to do that? Probably not.
Other episodes I particularly enjoy:
- TNG: "The Next Phase"
- TNG: "The Game" -- Yeah, probably not the best episode ever, but different enough that it's worth watching
- TNG: "Peak Performance"
- TNG: "Devil's Due"
- TNG: "Darmok"
I'll probably write summaries for those that don't have any yet.
The Original Series is generally terrible. As a programmer and someone who works with computers every day, it's hard to accept the 1960s Computer World as "The Future," but mostly it's just generally terrible.
I find TNG is more believable from a technical standpoint, and DS9 is much more believable from an emotional standpoint. It helps when we get to see stories carry forward from one episode to another, rather than leaving everything essentially frozen in time.
Star Trek ReligionsEdit
Just as I don't really care about minutae like how many quantum torpedoes a particular ship carries, I don't really care much for Klingon religion or Ferengi society any more than is presented in the show. What I did care about was the Bajoran religion, since it was explored so deeply. Of course, they went and completely botched the last episode of DS9 so I rather lost interest. In fact, the entire final sequence (which was, what, 10 episodes?) with the "Dukat as Bajoran Leads Corrupt Kai to Path of Evil" plot was rather absurd. It didn't help that they introduced a Prophet that could speak directly to Sisko ("Being Cryptic" was practically the Prophets' signature).
- In DS9 there are several scenes in various episodes that seem to be designed to convey how difficult it really is to operate a starship. There are a couple "Run the Engines Manually" kinds of scenes (such as where Nog is on the bridge relaying detailed commands, and where Dax nearly flies the ship into a docking pylon). Additionally, DS9: "The Jem'Hadar" features Jake and Nog trying to use a tricorder and fly a runabout without knowing what they're doing. I find that interesting. I'm probably the last to notice, right?