Okay, yeah… I’m most likely what the World, would call a Trekkie. I love to read, write, watch movies, all kinds, good movies, bad movies, and yes, Star Trek.
I am down with being called a Geek, or nerd, that is fine. Yup, big mean biker looking, guy, is actually a nerdy dad. Shh, don’t tell anyone.
CBS, A TV Network I have enjoyed watching several TV shows and movies on, over my lifetime, have decided to charge people money to watch specific television shows produced solely for Internet user consumption. I shall list a few other such people.
Netflix (Big Pharm here!)
HULU (Slow start but has become very successful the last few years)
AMAZON (BUT PRIMER’S GET TWO DAY FREE SHIPPING ALSO!!)
FREEFORM (Oh, ABC Family, is sneaking in under the radar! Though through another streaming service. How dare them!)
Star Trek Discovery is on CBS All Access. Yes, you need to pay a monthly Fee, like the above sites, to access their content. 5.99 a month with commercials, 9.99 a month without commercials No, I can’t afford it. Of course, I can’t afford Netflix right now either.
Is the show any good? That is an opinion. In my Opinion, yes.
Now the reason I am writing this. I read a WordPress article as of late. I was disturbed and upset by it. Of course, it was their opinion.
They were upset about how much they were a fan of Star Trek and dedicated to all their favorite seasons. Also, how they were boycotting the new Star Trek, because of having to pay for it.
Buying a bag of flour or rice etc.. 5.99 can buy a poor family food for a few days! I agree totally on this. It is why I myself did not sign up for it.
They also pointed out several other reasons. One being CBS would make so much more money putting it on regular TV. I don’t own “regular” TV anymore.
So, I got emotional and defensive, I know… It happens to me a lot. I also can’t believe I got emotional and defensive about a TV show. I suppose though it wasn’t the TV show aspect that I got defensive about, it was my family.
My response was:
“you guys are making me feel guilty and ashamed. lol.. I know about the bag of rice. The pasta and the pennies we count. We struggle to keep the internet on for kids these days. What a great excuse that is eh? Gotta keep the net so the kids can do homework and connect to the school from home. We haven’t had cable TV in six years I think. I don’t buy myself clothes. I own two T-shirts. Two pairs of shorts. Three pairs of underwear. I give up all the time to my children. To the food of the house. Too many health issues. Netflix has been gone for some time. Money is TIGHT! There isn’t any left. I haven’t received/given a birthday present to my wife or her giving me one in years… Same with anniversaries.
SO, I was angry too… WHAT? PAY CBS!? I watched the articles and news sites for over a year. All the while saddened about a pay site I couldn’t afford.
My wife paid for a present for me. As a Trekkie and more than a fan of Star Trek, I was excited and angry. I felt guilty that she spent the money on me. That could have bought pasta, or rice, or a gallon of milk! wow, milk, we haven’t been able to afford that in months. I made her feel guilty. She said it was a gift and I wasn’t supposed to question a gift.
The boys worked hard mowing lawns, raking.. yard work. That’s where the extra money came from.
Extra money? There is NO SUCH THING!
What about the PASTA! THE RICE!! THE MILK… Oh, the yummy milk. The milk I leave for the boys to drink, or cooking. I haven’t had a drop of milk touch my lips in almost a year.
I have watched seasons of star trek with my sons. Seasons obtained in good times and money. Currently, my fourteen-year-old son has watched with me, DS9, Voyager, almost all of TNG and a few episodes of TOS. A few of the animated as well. The first season of Enterprise!
HE is hooked.
Movies for one person cost way more than that. We haven’t taken the kids to a movie in years. My youngest is 11. He doesn’t remember what a movie theater experience is.
More guilt. Cancer guilt. A home recluse/hermit guilt. Stuck in bed most of the time, sick person guilt.
No camping or fishing, or hunting guilt. No bike rides or walking or beaches. the boys haven’t had a working bike in almost two years, GUILT!
That money could have fixed an inner tube tire. Bikes are too small anyway for them now…
EVERYONE was excited. Everyone gathered in my/our bedroom. We watched Star Trek as a family and we all fell in love with a TV show that shown ALL those things you expressed Star Trek was and represented.
Now, I am not too thrilled about the use of the, F, word. That made me frown.
It really is a great show though.
CBS has every single episode of star trek ever made on its site, You get them also. As well as I LOVE LUCY and MCGYVER. all their old great shows.
I hope as a true Trekkie, you will wait till the show is all done. Then pay, for less of the cost of a movie ticket, for a one-month subscription and watch all the episodes, then cancel Binging I think they call in now.
I don’t think you will regret it.
I still feel guilty. But those kids, they love it. We love it together, as a family.”
My comment still sits waiting for moderation. *Grumbles* EDIT: Update… Yay! My post was approved and the blogger was very kind of course. Felt bad for making me feel guilty. I assured her it was great she was willing to share her opinion. It is what blogging is all about. your own personal self. Putting it out there! No worries friend. I appreciate the article, if anything.
Okay, now my rant is done. It was a great present. I appreciate the amazing gift of being able to watch the show. CBS and the production company, as well as the actors and everyone involved, did a great job. I look forward to season 2!
I still feel guilty…