Got plans this weekend? You do now.
Beginning Friday and running through March 31, the video streaming service Hulu is making every episode of the original “Star Trek” television series and all its offshoots — including “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space 9,” “Voyager” and “Enterprise” — available free for online viewing to celebrate William Shatner’s birthday.
The actor who played Captain Kirk in the original series and in several subsequent movies turned 82 Friday.
Fans have their work cut out for them: There are 693 episodes in all and just nine days to watch them.
For anyone interested in help navigating the “Star Trek” universe, Hulu has created a mini-playlist of episodes grouped together thematically.
Kirk Outsmarts Computers is a six-episode set that shows Shatner’s tough-guy facing off against technology (and inevitably gaining the upper hand), while an 11 episode set titled “Star Trek’s” Favorite Trouble Maker groups all the installments that feature the villain-turned-anti-hero Q in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Deeps Space Nine” and “Voyager.”
The incarnations of “Star Trek” are always available to Hulu Plus subscribers who pay $7.99 a month for premium content. But every once in a while, the company decides to “unlock” some of its content to non-subscribers for a limited time.
In addition to making the “Star Trek” episodes free for nine days, Hulu is also making 24 movies by famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa available free beginning today through Sunday.
Time to fire up your computers friends. You’ve got a lot to watch.