Welcome to
The Celestial Temple

Hi there -- and welcome indeed! This is just a little introduction to both myself and the site.

The Reviews
I've been writing Star Trek reviews for upwards of two years now. In this site you will find an archive of these reviews, which currently span The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. The reviews themselves are fairly easy-to-follow (I should hope, anyway!). Each one includes writing and directing credits, casting and a synopsis of the episode itself (if not a full synopsis then a plot outline). Then we have the actual review, followed by a score out of 10. For a general idea about scoring, take a look here:
The Reviewer:
I really wouldn't want to bore you to tears with my life story, but if for whatever reason you'd like to know a little more about me -- here's a Q and A session with your very own host, Mr Scott Andresson!

Q. Why do you review Star Trek?

A. I guess it's a good way to combine two of my great loves -- writing and Star Trek! Although I've never tried to get any of my work published before, I love writing and writing these reviews gives me a good opportunity to practise and develop my writing style and ability.

Q. How long have you been into Star Trek?

A. I've been an avid viewer since the BBC started showing The Next Generation over here about 10 years back. Although a lot of TNG's earlier episodes weren't quite up to scratch, it was the only major (new) sci-fi series on air at the time and thus filled quite a void in the TV schedules. Gradually, of course, the quality improved and I became a fully-fledged fan.

Q. What's your favourite Star Trek series?

A. That's probably not a good question to ask a reviewer. I don't want to seem biased! But, it's probably no great surprise to many of you when I admit that I find DS9 the most interesting and compelling of the Trek shows. It has a depth and richness that sadly eludes much the rest of television. I also have a great fondness for The Original Series and The Next Generation, but DS9 is really the one that's closest to my heart.

Q. How do you feel now that Voyager is the only new Trek show on the air?

A. Frankly, I feel slightly depressed. But that could just be because I miss DS9. Voyager is a poor substitute.

Q. Any feelings about the next Star Trek series?

A. Apprehension, to be honest. I'd be a lot happier if it weren't Brannon Braga and Rick Berman at the helm. Besides, I really think Star Trek deserves a break. Why not wait a couple of years and give the franchise time to catch its breath? Series V will, in my opinion, either be the death of Star Trek or, hopefully, a rebirth. Time will tell...

Q. Any plans to review The Original Series?

A. I'd love to review TOS, but sadly I simply don't have the time and energy to devote to such an undertaking at present. But it's a possibility for the future, albeit a quieter future. To coin a phrase, "there are always possibilities".

Q. Okay, do you have a favourite Star Trek character?

A. You know, I don't actually. There are a lot of characters I like -- some more than others -- but no overall favourites. I guess that's a plus when it comes to my line of work. Means I'm not too biased when it comes to character development (or, in some cases, lack thereof).

In TOS, I love the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triad. Though they've tried, TPTB have never since matched that wonderful character dynamic. In TNG I particularly like Picard and Data and my DS9ers include Sisko, Odo, Kira and Jadzia. As for Voyager, I must admit I'm quite partial to the Doc and Seven.

Q. And a favourite episode?

A. Stick around, I'm planning to compile what I think are the 50 all-time greatest episodes of Trek. In the meantime, I won't spoil things by divulging the top 10!

Q. Anything else you'd like to say?

A. Just a heartfelt thanks for anyone still reading this self-indulgent twaddle! Thanks for all the support I've received and above all, thanks for reading my work! You may not always agree with my opinions, but I do hope you enjoy reading them all the same. Cheers, m'dears!

Onwards, brave warriors, to the reviews:

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