Scouts: Today is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The iconic show created by Gene Roddenberry, ran for three seasons before eventually creating multiple spin-off shows, movies, video games, comics, books and even a cartoon. And of course countless merchandise. I have always been more of a Trekkie than a Star Wars fan. To me, Trek was always about finding diplomatic and intelligent solutions to problems, rather than going in guns-a-blazin’. Hell it’s even in the name. It’s more about Traversing the galaxy, the Trek, as opposed to well, fighting a war. The force is cool and all, but I’ll take my transporters, halo-deck, universal translators, and super-bad-ass computer. Not all the shows have been gigantic success stories however. Part of the fun of Trek is the ability to rank and compare each show to one another. To fight over who is the best captain. Who is the best “Number 1?” Which show was the best? They are all special in their own unique way. So today, let’s all discuss some of our favorites in the Trek universe. And if you don’t like Trek, well you can suck it. And if you want to get more into the fun, Gizmondo/i09 is doing a Trek week in celebration.
Show: TNG > DS9 > Star Trek TOS > Enterprise > Voyager (Yes, that’s right. Voyager was boring and sucked. Enterprise at least had one half good season.)
Captain: Piccard > Shatner’s Kirk > Sisco > Janeway > Chris Pine’s Kirk > Archer
Number 1: Spock, Riker, T’Pol, Nerys, Chakotay
Supporting Character: Q, Guinan, Miles O’Brien, Morn, Lwaxana Troi, Reginald “Broccoli” Barclay. (Wesley Crusher does not really count.)
Movies: Wrath of Kan, Voyage Home, Search for Spok, First Contact. (Fuck the New Movies except that last one that was better than terrible.)
Episodes: The City on the Edge of Forever, The Inner Light, Mirror, Mirror, By Inferno’s Light, Trouble with Tribbles, Chain of Command, Yesterday’s Enterprise.
What other bests do you have?
Prof: Star Trek is so important to me. I mean, I have a Vulcan tattoo on my wrist (the IDIC, for those who don’t know). Everyone thinks about Kirk and Picard and characters like that, but my all time favorite Trek character is a secondary character that people don’t always think about, and that character is Reginald Barclay. Yes. Reg Barclay is really one of my favorite fictional characters ever in any genre. I find so much of myself in Barclay.
He’s smart, maybe a little too smart for his own good. He’s an extreme introvert, and incredibly awkward. He loses himself in his hobbies because he doesn’t know how to fit in, finds it difficult to navigate the ‘real world’. Dude loves cats, has rarely dated, might actually have social anxiety disorder. In other words, Reg Barclay is me, only he’s a male Starfleet officer and I am definitely not. But I love Reg because I see how he struggles and keeps going. He keeps going, keeps reaching, and while he doesn’t always make it, he gets further along all the time.
It’s important to have a character to relate to in fiction. No one always can be perfect, or beautiful, or a social butterfly. God knows I’m not. But Reg is accepted, and has friends, and has a career that he loves; ultimately, he is content and happy with his life. And that’s what I want, too. I’ll forever be thankful to Gene Roddenberry for creating the Star Trek universe, because it led me to characters like Spock (my forever role model) and to Reg Barclay. Love you, Reg.
Braves 4, Nationals 5 F/11 – Prof: Stephen Strasburg came back from the DL! But I guess should have stayed there? Stras was only three innings into this game when he threw a pitch and was noticeably in pain. He left the mound with the hopes of Nats fans shattered into a thousand pieces, and hopefully his elbow isn’t the same. Wilson Ramos gets the walk off after Brandon Cunniff loaded the bases in the 11th inning. Barves gonna Barve, I guess. But in good news, Dansby Swanson homered again, this time the ball went out of the park. And his hair was still perfect.
Rangers 3, Mariners 8 – Adam Lind hit a grand slam in the first and the Mariners followed up with 1 run innings in the second, third, and fourth.
Phillies 0, Marlins 6 – Prof: Ichiro had two hits in yesterday’s game. He only needs two more to tie Lou Brock.
Cubs 1, Brewers 2 – Prof: Thanks to currently living in Cheeselandia, I am able to watch all Brewers games. Of course, this won’t be an option soon, so goodbye easy access to many NL Central games. Sadface. Anyway, the Cubs were rough out there last night, trotting out what felt like a dozen pitchers in this loss to Milwaukee. Anthony Rizzo hit a home run and provided the Cubs’ only run. Rizzo tried again in the ninth, but his near homer was robbed by Keon Broxton. Every run scored by Milwaukee was provided by Jonathan Villar.
Royals 5, Twins 6 – Prof: Brian Dozier is doing double duty for Minnesota these days, and is one of the game’s strongest players at the moment. Dozier snagged a ball which led to a spectacular double play, and also picked up his 14th (I think it’s his 14th?) stolen base of the year. Byron Buxton hit a home run in the eighth to seal the deal.
Giants 5, Rockies 6 – SF just can’t seem to get out of their own way these days. Colorado scored 3 in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a Cristhian Adames pinch-hit walk-off double.
Red Sox 7, Padres 2 – Prof: Remember when we were wondering what was going on with David Price? Well, not so much any more. Price is now 15-8, including getting the win today. Tommy Shaw went 2-3 with a home run and 3 RBI.
Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 3 – Black Sheep Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run and picked up another RBI on a sac fly.
Mets 6, Reds 3 – Prof: Noah Syndergaard gets yet another win and the Mets keep themselves in the Wild Card discussion. Jose Reyes smacked the very first pitch of the game for a home run and New York never looked back.
Orioles 6, Rays 7 – Prof: Tampa Bay gets the win despite an error. Kevin Kiermaier smacked a huge home run and also went 3-4. This game was played at the Trop, and while they claim 10,000 people were at the game, when I saw replays on MLB Network I swear it looked like there were maybe 1,000 people, tops. It had to have echoed in there.
Tigers 4, White Sox 7 – The Tigers bullpen theme song should be “Oops I did it again” for every time they blow a game. Detroit has now lost two in a row and have Baltimore coming to town for a series that will have significant impact on both teams’ ability to enter the playoffs. Shit is about to get REAL.
Angels 1, Athletics 4 – Jharel Cotton allowed just 1 run and 2 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut.
Cardinals 3, Pirates 4 – Prof: The Bucs came back in the eighth to stop their eight game losing streak. Jung Ho Kang went 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBI. Pittsburgh’s winning pitcher was Trevor Williams. This was his major league debut, and his dad was in the stands. Baseball brings families together.
Blue Jays 0, Yankees 2 – Prof: Starlin Castro hit his 20th home run of the season and helped New York defeat Toronto. Tulo went 2-4 in the loss.
Astros 5, Indians 6 – Prof: Cookie Carrasco and Joba Chamberlain are BFFs now, and it’s all because of gnats. No, not the Washington Nationals, and not actually gnats, but midges. The Jake…er…Progressive Field was invaded by bugs. A bug attacked poor Carrasco and went into his left eye as he was pitching. But he overcame the midges and was helped out by his teammates Mike Napoli and Francisco Lindor. The Truffle hit a single, and then Nap blasted a monster home run to win the game for The Magical Land of Cleve.