The first episode of Tales from SYL Ranch – LIVE! is now in the archive.
Streaming begins five minutes before the show, so you can skip to 05:00 if you like.
The Old Fan’s Review of Star Trek: Discovery, S01E04: “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry.”
After the review, Q&A!
Going forward, The Old Fan’s Reviews will be livestreamed at the following times:
- UTC: 1am
- Eastern: 9pm
- Central: 8pm
- Mountain: 7pm
- Pacific: 6pm
All episodes will be available for viewing on my YouTube channel.
“Battle At the Binary Stars”
Star Trek: Discovery has had a wildly-polarized reaction among fans. Some like it some hate it, but very few fans are completely ambivalent.
Power Records Star Trek Audio Adventures
Star Trek and Dimension X Album Art
With all the movies and serials and cartoons I’ve been commenting on, we’ve fallen behind on audio adventures. We’ve got a bunch of doozies today.
We’ll largely listen to Star Trek — though probably not the Star Trek you were expecting. We’ll listen to what Memory Alpha rather generously calls, the “Peter Pan Records Star Trek Audio Adventures.”
In the mid-1970s, Power Records subsidiary Peter Pan Records produced a series of records for children. As was common at the time, such records were cheaply-produced. The assumption was that children wouldn’t know the difference.
Ohio Scientific Model C8P-DF
As a boy, when my friends and I played Star Trek in the back yard, I was always Spock. The character held an “A7 computer expert” rating. When questioned about his qualifications during Kirk‘s court-martial, he testified simply: “I know all about them.” He was an expert with a Tricorder, able to extend its functionality using primitive technology.
In 1979 (I was 14 years old), my father purchased his first business computer. It was a state-of-the-art Ohio Scientific C8P-DF, notable for its dual 8″ floppy drives capable of storing a massive 275K.
I was hooked.
I’m willing to say without any fear of being eventually disproven:
This is a contrail.
I like to a site below that explains this, but I’ll explain why I’m convinced it’s a contrail:
First, you need to do what I did when you watch this video, which is mute it and ignore the words on the screen. Ignore all the video accompanying it and just watch the footage of the object.
I’m a lifelong Star Trek fan. It was much easier to be a Trekkie (a politically correct term when I became one—I’m barely First Fandom) when I was a communist actor.
You know, I think I’m getting old.
I’ve had this feeling increasingly, particularly when talking with newer fen – the ones who find the original Star Trek (no bloody A, B, C, D, E, or NX-01) quaint at best and ridiculous at worst. I admit that it bothers me to hear the TV show that I’ve been following for my entire life dissed by kids who can barely remember the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation.