So back in January of 2012, a very close friend of mine told me about his experience with watching everything Star Trek in chronological order according to the Canon. This consisted of watching everything that has ever been released in the official canon in order of stardate from beginning to end. I didn't really think it was that big of a deal at first Considering that there's only been a few TV shows and of those TV shows i knew for a fact that 2 of them hadn't made it past their 4th season (The Original Series(TOS) and Enterprise(ENT)). He encouraged me to do it with him seeing as he wasn't too far into the journey. He had finished ENT, TOS, the first 6 Motion Pictures and the first couple seasons of The Next Generation (TNG).
So i started my search for someone on the internet who had compiled a list of the entire star trek canon in chronological order, i found one, wasn't satisfied with his work and modified it a little bit to become more accurate then began my journey. That was on January 27th, 2012. Now, February, 20th, 2013, i have officially finished my journey. I went from cover to cover on the current canon, accounting for all of the time travel in the series and have finally finished.
I am so proud of myself for sticking with this Arduous journey that i figured i'd write a blog about it as a matter of fact. My last journey was one through the entire Dragonball canon in which i only made it through Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and half of the first season of GT. And that in itself was a significantly smaller undertaking than what i have now finished.
To put what i have done into perspective here are some stats:
The Dragon Ball canon had 3 TV shows(Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT) and about a dozen different movies. which when rounded up generously (i was too lazy to add the run times of all the movies) comes to about 15,220 minutes which translates to 10 days 13 hours and 40 minutes.
The Star Trek canon had 6 TV shows (ENT, TOS, The Animated Series, TNG, Deep Space 9 and Voyager) as well as 11 movies (not counting the 2013's Star Trek: Into Darkness). which comes out to exactly 33,533 minutes or 23 days, 6 hours and 48 minutes for those who are keeping score.
Anyways, the moral of the story is that it was a LOT of film to cover. resting comfortably at 733 individual episodes and movies until May of 2013, I have completed a life changing journey. I have noticed some of the lesser mentioned Star Trek cliche's, grown attached to 5 different crews, watched their lives evolve around me, and had all of their stories come to an abrupt halt. And each time it hurt, but then it felt good to have experienced their journey from point A to point B.
Anyways, i'm trying to keep this short. If you're interested in having a life changing experience and get some very worldly views from the 22nd/23rd/24th century. I would highly recommend undertaking this nerd pilgrimage. If i get enough responses in the comment section, i will post a direct link to my Excel file containing the entire chronological list so i can share this wonderful experience with as many people as possible. I'll post a "loremaster" blogpost later in regards to the entire star trek storyline.