Star Trek episode titles: an interlude

All articles in the series Star Trek episode titles:

  1. Analyzing Star Trek episode titles
  2. What is the shortest Star Trek episode title?
  3. Star Trek episode titles: an interlude
  4. Single-word Star Trek episode titles
  5. Similar Star Trek episode titles
  6. An aside for the titles of Picard
  7. Star Trek episode title character miscellany
  8. Star Trek episode title word miscellany

Existing work

Firstly, after doing this much work, I have discovered someone already has done a similar investigation: How long is a Star Trek title? by Bruce Bennett, so check that out. One thing it does have that I don’t, is charts.

Improving workflow

The analysis so far has been done using a Google Docs spreadsheet. I then manually wrote the Markdown for the blog posts, which involved some tedious and error prone tables.

I was originally not going to include the giant list of every single-word episode title, since creating that table did not look like fun.

But… I also started working a little program to do more sophisticated processing, and realised I could also make the program generate the Markdown for me.

The program is a .NET 7 console application writen in C#, and writing it was probably quicker than the manipulation I had to do with the spreadsheet in the first place. It was definitely quicker than producing the Markdown tables in the first post manually.

The end result is I can generate tables of all sorts of random episode lists with different properties of varying levels of interest with very little effort.