This weekend, we had the Star Trek: New Voyages Christmas/ Holiday/ Yule/ Channukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice party. We paired this with an open house for the public to tour our amazing sets and a viewing party for several movies and a “rough cut” of our next episode: The Holiest Thing. During this party, I got to see many old friends and got to experience a “Nerd Level Event,” which is sort of like an “Extinction Level Event,” only not as death-y.
We started the viewing with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. You know, the one with the whales? Watching this on the Bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise was a cool experience. Watching it with Carl Sheldon, our living, breathing, simulation of Montgomery Scott, the Chief Engineer of the Enterprise, was amazingly cool. The scene where Scotty and Dr. McCoy are “negotiating” for the plexiglass they need to build the whale tank was made so much more fun by watching Carl’s face. “Hello computer?”
Then, we screened Star Trek: Into Darkness, the latest “Star Trek” movie by JJ Abrams. Now, personal feelings aside, this movie was popular with many people, and did well at the box office. Not my taste in Star Trek though. Nor is it liked by many of the New Voyages crew. We screened Into Darkness in the grand style of Mystery Science Theater 3000. We “roasted” the movie, yelling out the plot holes, the mistakes, the “lens flare” problem, jokes about “Robo- Admiral” (the evil Starfleet Admiral Marcus was played by Peter Weller of Robo-Cop fame) and much, much more. Fun was had by all.
What made this day even more enjoyable was the fact that my wife, Mary, came along with me to celebrate with my second “family.” Mary likes science fiction in general, and likes Star Trek in all it various forms, but is not what you would call a Trekker. She puts up with a lot of nonsense from me. I am not an easy person to be married to and I get kind of obsessed with Trek. In supporting me to help make New Voyages, she deserves a huge amount of thanks. Anything that I have been able to contribute to the effort, in time, money, and ability, is traceable directly to her massive support of me. I love you, Pooky!
Finally, we screened an almost final cut of our latest episode, The Holiest Thing. Still needing lots of dialogue and sound work, and not color corrected, the rough cut was still coherent and the special effects and digital effects were perfect. This episode will “fill in” some story plots leading directly to events in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Carol Marcus, an important relationship from Kirk’s past, plays a pivotal role in the movie, as does David, Carol’s son by Kirk. This episode shows the beginnings of this relationship, and the “genesis” of a project that will have massive repercussions in the future…
This last screening was the most fun for me, as I was able to sneak up and sit in the Captain’s chair for it. This is one of the ultimate “Nerd Achievements” of my life. Sitting on the Bridge of the Enterprise, lit up and blinking away, and watching an episode of Star Trek: New Voyages that I helped to create, on the 80 inch Bridge viewscreen. Nerd Level 1,000,000: Achievement Unlocked!
Have a Happy Holidays, in whatever form you celebrate them.