Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy Birthday, TNG!

Twenty years ago today, September 28, 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered.

Every week for the first year, Carolyn and I had her brother David over, along with friends Norm Gall and Andi, and sometimes one or two others, to watch. After the episodes -- mostly, to be honest, painfully bad that first year -- we headed off for pizza at the branch of Mothers' Pizza Parlour at Steeles and Dufferin just north of Toronto.

The Mother's chain is defunct, that was two homes ago for us, and there've been three more Star Trek series since. Where has the time gone?

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At September 28, 2007 11:22 PM , Blogger TimothyPilgrim said...

OMG! I forgot about Mother's Pizza! Indeed, time has flown hasn't it?

At September 29, 2007 1:16 AM , Blogger Kirstin said...


You know, I was so excited when that premiered, in that way that possibly only seven-year-olds could be.

I didn't care about the space jellyfish. I was just happy to have more Star Trek. :)

At October 01, 2007 8:22 PM , Blogger Alan Sawyer said...

So the question is... how would you approach that today, given that you have a DVR? Would you still gather the same way (i.e. as a group)? Would you do it at your convenience, rather than at the time chosen by a network programmer, or would you still treat the air date as something sacred and tune in at the appointed time?

Inquiring media consultants want to know ;-)

At October 01, 2007 8:27 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Good question, Alan. Of course, I'm not the same person I was when I was just 27. There IS something neat about gathering to watch something when the whole wide world is watching it at the same time. But I suspect I'd use my PVR, so we could skip through commercials, and go back after one continuous viewing to check out things we were discussing about the show.

At December 08, 2008 1:29 AM , Blogger Diane Gall said...

And we cannot watch an episode of TNG without thinking of those times with Carolyn, David, and you, Rob. ;)

At December 08, 2008 8:19 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Yes, indeed! The weekly get-togethers to watch TNG when the episodes were new, being seen for the first time! The company and the conversation usually was much better than the episode. ;)


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