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twitterpatedlyyours asked:

so i've watched some of the beginning of tng and wasn't into it (i think i was supposed to skip episodes lol) and i'm usually really into watching things chronologically, but do you think it would be better to start with ds9? or skip to a certain point in tng? i must join this fandom, it has the best people



I’m bumping this question to sophiagratia whom I believe has Opinions on When TNG Gets Good…?


First of all, I am proud of you, twitterpatedlyyours, for being really into all my Star Trek reblogs even though you have apparently never seen this show? Good taste, friend.

SO. The first season of TNG is UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE SO BAD, LIKE, SOOOO BAD. It is by now perhaps a commonplace, though the notion must have originated with a specific person, that s1 is a series of bad propaganda films about the actual characters. That said, there are some real gems lurking in there. Same goes for s2.

Here is my watching guide for these two seasons:

[I have left off some episodes, like ‘Angel One,’ because they are So Bad They’re Good, but belong to a more advanced level (it will be covered in Trek Studies 201: Special Topics in Lamé and Bad Cultural Politics Choices). ]

Season 1:

  • Encounter at Farpoint, or, The Pilot You Don’t Yet Know How To Love, But God, Will You Love It
  • The Naked Now
  • Where No One Has Gone Before
  • Lonely Among Us
  • Haven
  • The Big Goodbye
  • Datalore
  • Home Soil
  • Arsenal of Freedom
  • Conspiracy
  • The Neutral Zone

Season 2:

  • The Child
  • Elementary, Dear Data
  • Unnatural Selection
  • The Measure of a Man
  • The Royale
  • Time Squared
  • Q Who
  • Manhunt
  • The Emissary

Note that if you are into our gal BCrush, she disappears for the course of the second season, so you will miss her. But her replacement, the wry, self-assured, no-shit-taking, controversially opinionated Katherine Pulaski, is very worth watching.

Nothing bad will happen to you if you skip straight to s3.

As for DS9, I maintain that it is absolutely vital to have some experience of TNG and its world-building and its ideologies in order to adequately appreciate DS9. I have already done a TNG Primer for Would-Be Niners.







It’s actually impossible to measure how many fucks a corvid give because there is no device sensitive enough to register such a tiny amount.

science/animal side of tumblr… explain to me the birb thing

Tail Pulling is a behavior noted in many corvids. The practical application is to create a distraction that will allow the birb to make off with the target’s food. Imagine being in the lunch room and a large fellow has a Twinkie you covet. You can’t just take it from him because he’ll defend his Twinkie. But if you thwap him on the back of his neck and then dash around to snag the Twinkie while he investigates, you stand a decent chance of enjoying spongey goodness. This is basically that in birb form.

Except corvids don’t only do this as a distraction. Sometimes they seem to just being doing it to mess with other animals/birbs. But to use my lunch room analogy, there are times you might thwap someone sneakily on the back of the neck just for amusement. Primates exhibit behavior that appears to be just be annoying other animals for amusement. Given how intelligent crows are, its not unlikely that this is a manifestation of an innate desire to just fuck with someone else for the fun of it. Such as this from the link above:


(Source: yinqors)

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