Gerry Canavan recently turned me on to The Daystrom Institute, a Star Trek subreddit devoted to the most intricate possible examination of the franchise. As my life has been in turmoil the last couple months with The Girlfriend’s move, etc., I have found myself ever more drawn toward the comfort food of Star Trek and have become a prolific poster there — even winning a “Post of the Week” and getting a promotion to Ensign! (Yes, it is that nerdy.) Here are some of my greatest hits thus far, most of which are focused on Enterprise since I’ve been rewatching it:
- Does Enterprise change the way you view the Original Series? — in which I claim that the events in Enterprise should lead us to believe that the Federation is less stable during Kirk’s era than is generally supposed
- The Golden Age of the Federation — a follow-up in which I argue that the early seasons of Next Generation represent the period of the Federation’s greatest strength and stability
- Why Enterprise Did Not Start an Alternate Timeline — debunking a popular fan theory
- Are the Borg Terrorists? — yet another attempt to explain why the Borg only ever send a small number of ships to attack the Federation
Here’s a page with some of the all-time greats from the subreddit.