Hulu began streaming every season of all five live-action incarnations of Star Trek on demand today. The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise are available to view free via those links through March 31st.
Also today on its Tumblr blog Hulu launched a bracketed March Madness showdown to determine "the greatest Star Trek character of all time". That's not so much a direct quote as it is a derogatory air-style quote, because while I appreciate that Hulu is just having some fun it's put up an awfully shallow field. Never mind that Q is the only adversary included — there are absences from the core cast of every series, including (or not) Uhura, Sulu, Chekhov, and McCoy, for crying out loud; I suspect that somebody somewhere is even upset that no-one from Enterprise appears. While I realize that to add more characters the number of extant brackets would have to double for it to all work, I can easily come up with another sixteen characters and I consider myself more of a Trekkie than a die-hard Trekker (which makes the Hulu brain trust that came up with this scheme a bunch of Treklodytes). More characters almost certainly wouldn't change the final rounds, especially if the presumptive favorites were seeded properly, but even casual fans are going to ask where Bones is.
You can check out Hulu's preface, bracket overview, and the categories open for voting so far to decide for yourself whether participation strikes you as fun or legitimizing a hopelessly flawed tournament. My knock on Star Trek Madness aside, Hulu is a great way to catch up on current and classic television.
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