I know there are many important issues that need to be talked about in this world but nothing I post here is going to change anything so apologies for the inanity of this and all other posts.
I am a Star Trek fan. And I can’t help it.
I spent some time yesterday roaming the corridors of Youtube on a quest to find some fan made Star Trek films. I found many. Some of them were laudable works of love, others not so well realised. For me, most suffered from the same problem of vfx and audio quality. Script writing doesn’t seem so much of an issue now that mainstream ‘shows’ are so poorly written. It was great to see so many ex-official-series’ actors involved and I hope that Michael Dorn gets his “Captain Worf” series off the ground and running.
I also spent some time watching the Next Generation actors in action at comic conventions. This was a bitter-sweet experience. Sometimes the actors seem to appreciate the fan base attention other times, I’m sorry to say, I thought them downright rude.
Finally the point of all of this: I watched an entertaining dialogue between William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart at a convention in Montreal. In the video, there is a good deal of joking about the question of which episode was Patrick Stewart’s favourite. He explains that it is an episode which was a speculative script – one which was submitted by a writer in the hope of being made into an episode rather than travelling via the usual commissioning process. I almost punched the air with joy – “The Inner Light” is one of two my all-time favourite Star Trek episodes. The flute theme from the episode has even been expanded into an orchestral arrangement.
The reason I mention this at all? In the manner in which the universe conspires to pull itself together and join its own dots, it just so happens that this particular episode is being broadcast this evening on the UK Sky channel at 6.00 p.m. GMT. Despite the fact that I own the episode on DVD, I shall be setting the timer to record (Captain) and, if the boss lets me, watching it in real time too.
What a happy end to my summer break.
Have a happy bank holiday fellow UK dwellers.