Ever since I'm a Star Trek fan, I think this is the first time I really feel frustrated with being a Star Trek fan. No, not the fact that there's a few active Star Trek series in development, it is great and that being sad having multiple shows in development is amazing. It feels really that we living in a new era of Trek that is being talked about publicly, not just in conventions and such. There's announcements for new shows, international attention and also a lot of material that is simply amazing. So, why I feel frustrated you might ask? Why am I not happy?
If you follow me for a while you might get the feeling that I'm a positive Trekkie aside being a Trekkie. I really feel positive about anything new in relation to Star Trek and I try to keep my final judgement after the show ends. I never understood why people judge the shows prior it's release and have negative opinions about something that they did not even see. When I've got into the series I was diving deep into Voyager and I loved that a lot of it was new. I knew nothing about the next episode and I had a big anticipation towards it. I loved every single one of them I watched week after week. When I occasionally got front of the internet I could not wait to get my hands on some crew wallpapers or the theme music… and when I've got a video I was extremely happy re-watching it a million times. Awww, those were the days. No social media, just the good old StarTrek.com website that had a lot of interesting information about the different shows and characters that I loved soo much looking at. I even discovered a fan club for Star Trek that I got to be the part of which was amazing. Good old days… good old happy days.
When I've started using social media such as twitter the landscape of the online world was different. I've never been a Facebook person, did try it once, but after 3 days I've got out of it as I felt it was a fake reality… still does feel like that and I had no intention to join anytime soon. Twitter was the only thing I've started enjoying using as you've had more of a conversation between people. Something I was missing being physically far from fans I was able to talk about the episodes, the characters and generally just sharing my love. I've got to meet a lot of fantastic people - some of them even became a really good friend - from all over the globe thanks to Twitter and I could not be happier that there's over a 1000 people who follows me there… not that I get any benefit from that, but being able to reach that many people who find some value of my tweets and my thoughts that I share is truly wonderful.
So what changed now? Why all this started to be a frustration and a pain in the backside? Isn't that good that the information is easier to reach than ever before? That you can talk about your favourite show real time with real people? Well, yes and no… I still enjoy the interaction, but Twitter - and even for a certain extent YouTube - has created an unfriendly atmosphere for me. A lot of people might get offended by this, but the amount of sharing and who share it first became a bit of a race, a popularity contest, not looking over the fact that now everyone must have an opinion and that must be the only valid one - respectfully to people who does not think that way. With the new shows are upon us, there's an awful lot of shenanigans are happening from sharing articles, new videos, pictures and with all that spoiling the experience of the new. There was a time, when I was fascinated by these, but those were back in the "i'm only getting an hour an internet a day" times.... I know, dark ages. :)
I could not help, but having all this constant talk about Star Trek Picard did make me feel really frustrated, There was no moment when I was checking Twitter and people talk about a new never before seen video clip or TV promo or dissecting a picture from a different angle... and constantly. I personally found it too much and the constant analysis about the new show and the spoilers after the premier just gave me the final kick in the head that it's enough! One of the main reason why I declared Twitter silence over the last weeks - if you got here from Twitter though, FYI I can send out tweets from here without entering the platform. ;)
Recently through my wife I've got introduced to a handful of shows that I have never knew existed and let me tell you, the excitement was beyond extraordinary. I was thrilled watching something I had no clue about and just enjoying the episode without getting spoiled was simply fantastic. :) Something similar is happening with Doctor Who as well. I love the show and I love watching the episodes and what I've never really did is to check out every single reaction or pre-episode analysis, not a single trailer or short clip and I could not feel happier. I realised that "not giving a damn" is so much fun for me. :)
I know I've been saying that changes are gonna come to the channel and I'm sure a handful of you are looking forward a video review of each episode for Picard, but it will not happen. I will be sharing my thoughts here in the website in a weekly basis and hopefully in a podcast at some point, but no videos. This is simply a way of balancing out the online shenanigans and keep my opinion free of influence... and not giving a damn which is extremely liberating. ;) _\\//