Here's a little anecdote that may amuse fellow XL fans...
A couple of days ago I had an appointment with my optometrist. If you don't go to yours often, you may... not know this, but a standard checkup involves special eyedrops that dilate your pupils, making it easier to get a snapshot of the eye's blood vessels. As a side effect, the drops make you incredibly sensitive to light for a few hours. This is why the office will remind you to bring sunglasses, and if you forget, they'll give you a cheap cardboard pair. The drops also leave you severely farsighted -- nothing close up will stay in focus.
Now as a diabetic, I have to get checked once a year. (Our blood can damage the vessels it's in if we're not careful. Worst superpower ever.) So the last time I had these drops in my eyes was about a year ago. I figured I would relax a bit until they wore off, but I was quickly reminded that just about everything I do to relax involves looking at things. Forget screens -- you can't even read a BOOK in this condition.
But then I remembered that "Tomorrow's Excelsior" had just come out! I hadn't got around to listening to it yet (I got to see the script early, as some backers did). So I listened, and it was a fine way to spend that time. As I've said to James, it's an episode that stands up to Trek's own anniversary eps like "Timeless", which is no small feat.
I would've loved to do the same this year, but alas, I am out of Excelsior. There is no more.
So I took a nap. That works too.
And now, a comprehensive list of Star Trek episodes where a key dramatic pivot is whether the captain is willing to divert power from the holoemitters:
1. "Fair Haven"
2. "The Graceful End"
A friend pointed this out. We embrace this kinship.
#ExcelsiorFact: During his brief posting as helmsman aboard the U.S.S. Defiant in the 2370s, Lt. Alcar Dovan enjoyed reminiscing with commanding officer Worf about life on their shared homeworld of Gault.
Commander Worf did not.
The posting was *very* brief.