|The U.S.S. Enterprise at Star Trek: The Experience, an|
exhibit that was once the featured attraction at the Las Vegas
Hilton. Photo by Mary Harrsch.
For some reason Deep Space Nine is only available on Disc but I'm sure it will be added before too long.
Yes, I'm afraid all of you who thought I was this serious classical scholar will be disillusioned to discover that I'm an original Trekker going clear back to the first 1966 airing of the Star Trek episode "The Man Trap". I've even dressed up in a Star Fleet captain's uniform that I fashioned myself (circa "The Wrath of Khan") and attended a number of Star Trek conventions. I've had the thrill of meeting Worf (Michael Dorn), Sulu (George Takei), Chakotay (Robert Beltran), Quark (Armin Shimerman) and even Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew). I've
|Quark's business associates welcome me to|
Quark's Bar at Star Trek: The Experience.
At one point Star Trek even inspired me to consider majoring in biochemistry so I could work at the Ames Research Center and search for extraterrestrial life. But that was a lifetime ago. Now I'm content to let my computer do the searching with the SETI at home software and just revisit the worlds of Star Trek via Netflix, especially since most of my Star Trek videos are old VHS tapes. (Although two weeks ago I ordered the original collection of Star Trek movies on Blu-Ray that came up on Amazon as a Gold Box special for 60% off.)
|The bust of a Cardassian at Star Trek:|
Today, though, I discovered this walk down memory lane was going to cost me twice as much as I thought. I received an email from Netflix that informed me they were DOUBLING their subscription rates for people who subscribe to both streaming and DVDs by mail.
I watch far more movies via streaming than on DVD but I subscribe to both services (for $9.95/mo) because most new film releases don't make it to instant streaming for years. Of course I must admit I have other choices. Vudu only charges $2 per movie and have most new releases the day the DVD comes out. With the pathetically few movies being produced that I find interesting nowdays, it would probably be far cheaper for me to just occasionally rent a new release from Vudu than to pay Netflix an additional $7.99 per month. Dish Network also offered some new titles on PPV for only 99 cents this month. If that is not just a flash in the pan but a regular new product offering, that could be another viable option as well. I suppose I could also scale back my satellite channel package too since I hardly watch much on broadcast television anymore after the nightly news is over.