The first review I wrote for a general audience was a movie review for my high school newspaper, The Inkspot, in 1993. I was co-editor of the paper that year, and that was the beginning of a long relationship with newspapers (which only ended just last year). I joined the staff of The Daily Illini in the fall of 1994 during my freshman year of college, where I discovered the Internet, which had just started to become graphical and mainstream (although I would get my online reviewing start in the text-based Usenet).
Jammer completes his website’s mission with the posting of the review for TNG’s series finale, “All Good Things.”
As I’ve mentioned in this space before, I actually reviewed the seventh season of TNG previously, in printed booklets that I never posted on the Internet (and never will). Jammer’s Reviews as you know them didn’t start until the fall of 1994 with DS9‘s third season. The official launch of my website came in March 1995, some 18 years ago. On the Internet, that’s an eternity for a niche hobby publication. Just ask the hundreds of other hobbyist website authors from the 1990s who have long since hung it up. That was before “blogger” was a word. I guess I’ve been a blogger since before the term for it existed.
It’s fitting, I suppose, that things have now come full circle such that the completion of Jammer’s Reviews under its original mission statement of being the Internet’s most comprehensive Star Trek review website comes with the posting of my reviews of TNG‘s seventh season, only this time with reviews I’m willing to actually sign my name to. God knows it took me long enough to get here. When I announced the TNG project back in 2005, I envisioned it as two- or three-year project, tops. Yeah, right.
Fast forward eight years and many delays later (granted, Battlestar Galactica ended up occupying much of that writing time), and tonight I finally post my review for TNG‘s finale, “All Good Things,” which holds up incredibly well after all these years. When you’re done reading this self-indulgent reflection on the conclusion of a project that would require far less reflection if I’d had the actual discipline to complete it in a time frame shorter than that of the actual series airing, you can go read the review.
But this is a big moment for this website, which has comprised many thousands of hours of my life. For so many years there’s been this sense that these reviews would go on indefinitely, that the “TNG project” would take so long to complete that it would always be out there in the distant future, unattainable, on the account of my schedule, real life, and perpetually shifting focus (and, well, the possibility that I’d always find something new like a BSG or Caprica to take on). But now I don’t see a new ongoing project for this site in my future.
So, then, what’s next for Jammer’s Reviews? The goal I set has been achieved. This website is as “complete” as it probably needs to be. Sure, there’s a new Star Trek movie coming in May, and you can be pretty sure I’ll be reviewing it. And, yes, I do still have the DVD set of Star Trek: The Animated Series sitting on a shelf, unwatched, which would make for a very logical addition to this website. I don’t know; we’ll see.
I do believe that my implied commitment to this site as it once was is likely over — as it probably honestly has been for some time now. Careers and parenthood mean that hobbies take a back seat. I will continue to monitor and participate in the comments section, and will try to keep Jammer’s Blog alive with postings from time to time, but I have no idea to what degree that will actually pan out. Or perhaps Twitter (@epsicokhan) is where I will try to shift my musings. I’ve been frankly awful with my Twitter efforts since I joined, but that’s always been because I considered it an afterthought compared to my website. Maybe Twitter is the place for people who don’t have time to write 800 or 1,000 or 3,000 words. Maybe it can be the place for me. (Follow me. Shameless plug. Hey, why not?)
I guess time will tell. I don’t have a concrete answer or plan. My only commitment now is to a lack of a plan. But I do have one last review of one last classic Star Trek episode. And it’s a true throwback review — a 3,200-word behemoth in the best tradition of Jammer long-windedness. I hope it was worth the wait. If not, too bad. Feel free to agree, disagree, or punch your computer screen.
Jammer’s Review: “All Good Things…”