I officially began my journey through all Star Trek on October 9th...

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  1. Sans

    Sans Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Before you get to far into TNG, take a look at this site:

    http://thestartrekchronologyproject.blogspot.com/

    This is the recommended viewing order. The sometimes the air dates get messed around and some episodes air out of order.

    I am in the middle of using this as I am introducing my 10 year old step son to Star Trek. It does take a little work but we have been very happy with it. But YMMV
     
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  2. Sans

    Sans Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Oh, I might have missed it, but are you watching this via Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu? Or physical media?
     
  3. Thomas Amundsen

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    There's multiple ways to watch. I'm personally going through it in the way it was released: starting with TOS. I am really enjoying it that way, too, so I think it's not to be dismissed. Also, I'd note that I really like the re-mastered TOS. I didn't watch TOS the first time around, though. So, I'm not sure how the old fans will feel about the new re-masters.
     
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    I agree, the TOS-R is the way to watch it, as with TNG-R.

    For the most part, all of ENT and TOS you watch in order in the way it was released. Same for TNG season 1-5. But after 6, you have DS9 and VOY airing at the same time. I will post the introduction below, but would suggest you at least read the Process section.


    This project was born with one simple thought: Wouldn’t it be cool to watch the entire live-action Star Trek canon in chronological order as the events occur within the Star Trek Universe?

    After doing some research online, we discovered that no such list exists. Well, not one we were satisfied with anyway. Some lists we found just listed “Enterprise” at the beginning and then basically listed all the episodes in the order that they aired on TV. Another listed all TNG followed by all DS9, etc. Still another listed only by stardate (with some missing episodes).

    Some of these were pretty good, but we still had questions. We wanted to know how all the 24th century (TNG, DS9, VOY) stuff fit together. Where do the TNG movies fit in? What if no stardate is listed? What about multi-part episodes and arcs? (You can’t just split one complete story in half because another episode aired in between.)

    We felt there could be a more comprehensive list based on all the available information. We wanted a list that would flow naturally, and provide both coherency and variety. To that end, we set out to create a chronological order that was absolutely comprehensive and, well… logical. A list that when viewed in sequence would let the complete story of the Trek Universe unfold naturally.

    To do so, we devised a series of rules to follow. As with any set of rules, there had to be a few exceptions made. We did our best to account for as much as possible, including stardate, time travel, in-universe consistency, airdate, and in some cases even production number.​
     
  5. Thomas Amundsen

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    Yea, I'm definitely not saying "don't watch it that way", just saying that isn't the one and only recommended way. I will probably watch it in that chronological order at some point in my life. Later on when enough time has passed. I watched Star Wars in chronological order, and I got something out of that.

    The chronological list on the blog is definitely quite interesting. I think it's definitely good to know about regardless of the order one is watching it in.

    :beer:
     
  6. CorporalClegg

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    I think I'm going to try this.

    I was going to make 2016 the year of Trek (for obvious reasons) and re-watch everything, doing a few hours a night. So far I've been, doing things really random and aimless. I started with the films (got through GEN) and The Cage. Then watched the first few episodes of TNG, and then the pilots of the other shows. I binged Voyager last weekend (for whatever reason), and got through most of the first season. The last couple of nights I've been TOSing it--watching "Little Girls" ATM. I was starting to think I'd just continue with TOS and then just go airdates, but that's kind of vanilla. This looks way more interesting.

    Besides, I haven't seen most of the ENT episodes since they first aired, and I kind of want to watch them.

    I already downloaded the printable version. Thanks for this!
     
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    I will admit, at times it is a hassle, with not only switching between shows, but some of the episodes airing in the incorrect order. But I think it is worth it.
     
  8. CorporalClegg

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    I just realized there's no TAS! :wah:
     
  9. Sans

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    Yeah, I don't know about TAS. Never seen it as for the longest time it wasn't canon
     
  10. JesterFace

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    Hey, isn't every year a Star Trek year. :)
     
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    I'm obviously not in a position to debate much of this with you, I still have so much more to watch, but as a first-time viewer, the thought of "what would it be like to have seen all of Trek as it aired?" interested me. I'm seeing it for the first time like how fans in 1966 or 1987 saw it all, I'm seeing it the way it was originally intended to be seen, and that's why I picked it.

    It just feels weird to have Enterprise as my introduction to Trek. To start with any series BUT TOS or TNG feels weird.

    If or when I finish going through all of it, and I feel that urge to do it all again after sometime, I'll go a different route, maybe chronological order, or maybe one series at a time, but watching it for the first time, I wanna go through the ride that original fans did, if you get what I mean.

    And besides, starting it all over again after three months of watching TOS, TAS, five of the TOS films, and nearly three seasons of TNG sounds insane. I'd never change it up now, and TBH, I'm glad I went with original airdate order (with the exception of TOS, which I watched in full production order)!
     
  12. CorporalClegg

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    Yeah. While chronological order does have its merits, I don't know if I'd recommend it for first-time viewers. It's like telling someone to start with the prequels. They'd miss out on so much.
     
  13. Shalashaska

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    In other news, I watched five episodes of TNG today, and guess what's next in line?

    The Best of Both Worlds!

    I'm pumped. The Borg are back! I've been waiting so long to watch these episodes!

    I'll sit down tomorrow night, get comfy, turn off the lights, and turn on Part One. Part Two will be watched next weekend, because people had to wait three months for Part Two back in the day, right? The least I can do is wait a week!
     
  14. CorporalClegg

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    You'll cave. :p
     
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    :lol:

    We'll see how it goes...

    I haven't watched The Clone Wars in a long time, so I thought I could get through a good chunk of that during the week. It might manage to hold me over.

    It's hard enough only watching one episode a day, I'm so used to watching two or three, but none for a week will kill me.

    First world problems at their best, ladies and gentlemen...
     
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  16. Shalashaska

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    I didn't even know that they split two-parter episodes between seasons until recently. That's just cruel!
     
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    "Cruel" doesn't begin to describe it. I clearly remember being on the edge of my seat when Riker said "Fire!" and then I realized that this was the end of the season.

    And then the phone rang. It was my boyfriend, and he'd just finished watching it, too. "I can't wait until next week to find out what happens!" he exclaimed.

    "You're going to have to wait a little longer than that," I told him. "That was the last episode of the season. The next one doesn't start until October" (this was in the spring).

    "October??!!" he wailed. "That's not FAIR!!!"

    True story. :)
     
  18. The Old Mixer

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    ^^It's been pretty common on TV in more recent times, though it was fairly unusual then.

    You're doing it the right way, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. :techman:
     
  19. Timewalker

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    The only comparable things I can think of were a couple of season-enders on Dallas, with the "Who shot J.R.?" episode (I should have put money down on that, since I figured out right away who the guilty person was), and another was when Pam woke up and found Bobby Ewing in her shower (for non-Dallas fans, this had people speculating all summer about how he got there, since he'd been killed the season before).
     
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    Ah, yes..."Who shot J.R.?" was huge...I was in elementary school and everyone was talking about it there.

    Interesting thing about that one, IIRC, is that the cliffhanger was well-publicized...everyone was watching because everyone knew he was going to get shot.