Could you recite the name of every original Star Trek episode in airing order (without the aid of a cheat sheet)? Well a Trek fan in New York took on that challenge (given to him by TrekMovie) and he not only did it, but did it in record time. Watch the video below.
79 episode titles in 98.9 seconds
Back in December Trek Fan Mack Elder sent TrekMovie a link to a video of him setting the record (at the Universal Record Database) for the fastest time to name all eleven Star Trek movies in chronological order. Doing it in 10.3 seconds was impressive, but via the TrekMovie twitter, Mack was challenged to recite all the TOS episode titles in order (with the promise it would be featured on the site if he pulled it off). Elder accepted the challenge, and last week at a World Record Appreciation Society event in NYC, he pulled it off (in 1 minute and 38.9 seconds). Check it out:
If you want, you can check his work against the list of Star Trek episodes at Memory Alpha (make sure to sort by airing order).
A music industry entrepreneur, Elder tells TrekMovie that he is a life-long Trek fan and when he became familiar of the Universal Record Database and their events in New York, his first thought was to do something with Star Trek. Oh and before you nitpick that he wore a Star Trek 2009 movie shirt to the TOS episode recital, Mack explains it was more a matter of logistics than a canon violation, saying he just couldn’t fit into his old TOS command shirt. Happens to the best of us Mack. Now with this two records, Elder says that he is retiring from Trek record-setting while he is ahead, saying "doing all the episodes was my Wrath of Khan."
Think you can beat it? Anyone can set a record at the Universal Record Database and each record also has a ‘beat this record’ button. You can do it at one of their events, or on your own (but there are criteria for verification). More info at urdb.org.
What about TNG? – A song to help
Mack may be retired, but TrekMovie thinks someone should take on Star Trek: The Next Generation. But with 176 episodes, reciting all those titles from memory would be quite the challenge. If you are up to the challenge, TrekMovie will put a successful (and verified) recitation on the site. And here is a song that will help you.