Ageing is a funny thing. You have certain views in your 20's that you think will stick forever, then in your 30's you change them, adapt them just as you change as a person. It's life after all, you always evolve... even when you get to your 70's just as Picard. When we got to know him 30+ years ago he said it Will Riker that "I'm not comfortable around children..." Obviously that has changed a bit over the years with many experiences interacting with various kids from the Enterprise and beyond...
I must say that following up on the episodes this adventure so far really does feel like a bit of a book that we read which is a good thing in my opinion. Each episodes are basically considered as one chapter in this first book and I do hope we gonna end up with a trilogy in this case. I love the show and how it presents the main character so far with all the returning guest as supportive cast. It's really just a joy to watch so far... definitely a Star Trek that I've been missing for a while.
With new Star Trek in the air and in development, I must say that there's a lot of excitement in every level. While that is all good and fresh there's certain things that I miss from this brand new era... episode titles. Somehow with Discovery we lost them and they seems to be missing from Picard as well. I mean it does not devalue the episode in any way, but it would be nice to see that episode title just like we got to know from TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT over the past 50+ years. I had to bring this up before we go any further as the second episode is titled Maps & Legends and the Legends are clearly missing from the show...
"Blue sky, smiling at me... nothing but blue sky, you remember me..." I know technically the lyrics is not correct, but watching the first episode of Star Trek Picard that is where we really left off. Star Trek Nemesis ended with Picard leaving his cabin knowing that B4 still holds some of Data's memory at some form and that his friend is still alive it is just a beautiful ending in my opinion. But we are here to talk about Star Trek Picard and not Nemesis, and there's a lot to unpack here, so let's see what we are at in the very first episode of this amazing series. Engage!
Ever since I'm a Star Trek fan, I think this is the first time I really feel frustrated with being a Star Trek fan. No, not the fact that there's a few active Star Trek series in development, it is great and that being sad having multiple shows in development is amazing. It feels really that we living in a new era of Trek that is being talked about publicly, not just in conventions and such. There's announcements for new shows, international attention and also a lot of material that is simply amazing. So, why I feel frustrated you might ask? Why am I not happy?
Social media can be brutal sometimes. Personally I've never really had massive fights with people who I did not agree with, or got accused of things. The shear presence on being in social media, following people and following news, keeping up with the news and all this excitement can be really overwhelming sometimes. I have been active on social media since 2016, so about 4 years now and it's been a very interesting journey. YouTube alone made me realise how much I enjoy creating meaningful content that I enjoy talking about - that is something that I am focusing on right now for the return for the 4th season of my show. Twitter has been an interesting journey as well, but the platform these days has become very aggressive... I don't necessarily mean people - however the taste of who am I following has been changed quite a lot in the few months/year - but the atmosphere is very busy that almost gives me a certain level of anxiety. That anxiety comes from the constant tweets and of course the newsflash and shenanigans about everything new that happens in Star Trek these days, which is good, but it is overwhelming. I remember "back in the days" I was eager to get to know more, but the information was not as easily reachable than it is in 2020. That initial excitement now sadly turned into a bit of an "online social media anxiety" of some sort.
As far as my hiatus, I'll be away at least till Star Trek Picard is out as I've heard that a few people already started spreading rumours and things they've seen in the early premiere. Not cool peeps, not cool. I was lucky enough not to experience anything in regards of the details also stopped watching trailers for a while, so I'm fine, but I have a feeling that this will not be the case all the time. So the officially declared hiatus is on and I will take it very seriously.
I know that a very few people really reads my blog in a weekly basis and I'm just getting back to publish more and more. I'm not even considered for being one of those people who's presence really matter online and I mean this with respect. If some reason any one of you want to reach out to me, I'm always happy to receive an email or you can even contact me through the "contact me" page. :)
I'm excited for what things to come both from what comes from Star Trek, also what I'm planning for this year with the channel and the yet not really discussed podcast... So in short, I'll be hiding here for a while and I'm looking forward to get surprised by what the future holds. :) _\\//
A bit late to the game, but I still wanted to share a few of my thought of the recent Short Treks titled Children of Mars which serves as a prelude to Star Trek Picard. No I must say that it was refreshing to see that the "Discovery branding" was not included to this one. I know I might get a few harsh word thrown to to my head for saying this, but if you think about it, it has "nothing" to do with Discovery. It does not happen in the same time period, so getting away from that visual intro was a great choice and very welcoming to see. Now that being said the episode was interesting. I was watching this short with my wife who has seen a little bit of Trek before, not a fan in any level, but joined for this few minute long little adventure.
To get this out of the blue it was short, about 7-9 minutes, not much time to tell a story, but they managed to show us two rivals in a school environment with different attachments to their parents. One has been missing her Mom and seemingly enjoying her calls whilst the other has a not so much positive attitude towards her father who will not be able to come home any time soon. Not cool dad, not cool. Their story collides in a fight in the school and while they were punished they were informed that Mars and Utopia Planitia has been attacked. Realising that both of their parents are probably now deceased, they come together under the probably darkest moment in their life so far. End of story.
The story itself was interesting, little tension and emotion put together in 9 minutes with not so much monologue that was new to Trek. It was almost like watching a "silent movie" but with better music and visuals. It was a nice setup for Picard in a sense that we probably gonna have a better understanding of why Picard will find himself in a darker place in the future. There's still a lot to be answered of course, but at least we got a nice tie in to the show that I suspect will come up at some point.
I mean, really?
Now here's the thing, and I do have to address the elephant in the room as seems like a lot of people in twitter addressed this "issue" that I personally find very exhausting... the shipyard scene. Now I understand that people were looking to see more of a 24th century design, and that the Discovery era technology should not have been represented... I must say I am sick of this constant fight about starships. I now this will surprise a few of you, but to be fair that 5 seconds we seen from the show was totally irrelevant for the episode. I see people fighting and arguing about the ships being wrong while we have had older TOS style technology present in later shows like TNG or DS9, but somehow no one gave a damn. And we should not give a damn either about this. The ships are a big part of Star Trek, but essentially they add very little to the story.
Overall this Short Trek episode was OK. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Mudd episode which is a big thing coming from me, not liking the character from the TOS era onwards. The episode didn't make me feel as a lot of people said it earlier, but hey, everyone is different and I'm happy if you found some value in it. For me and even for my wife it felt nothing like the Star Trek I know/she seen...
So here you have it, a little late, but it's better late than never. ;) I'm interested to see what did you think about the Short Trek and what are your hopes for Picard that just has been renewed for 2nd season? Let me know in a comments below.
Life is simply not fair... specially this year when we all had our fair share of troubles and difficulties and on top of everything we have lost a few very good people in the Star Trek community. Lately the passing of Aron Eisenberg shook us all, and now our beloved Rene Auberjonois has gone. This is just a news that I cannot simply process. It's a very strange feeling as personally I've never had the chance to meet him, but watching him playing that fantastic character on screen and having a little bit of interaction through social media gave me that extra touch of his presence. He was a great person who let us in to his life through his art, his pictures and never the less the performances that we were fortunate to witness, specially the one as Odo from Deep Space Nine.
I cannot help, but think of his character and all those wonderful episodes that was full of heart, soul, mystery and even laughter. We've seen Odo falling in love with Kira, getting childishly harassed by Lwaxana Troi, playing baseball in the holodeck and having all of those wonderful moments that we tearfully laughed at when he was on screen with Quark. Soo many good memories of his character and of course for many soo many great memories of him as a person, an artist, father and a granddad. Words cannot comprehend his loss and life will be difficult without him for a while. :'(
Being a Star Trek fan isn't just about loving the show, it's about having an extended family. For some of us long time Trekkies, a loss of an actor is more than only the loss of an actor... for us it's losing a member of our own family we deeply care about. My condolences with Rene's family, close friends and of course his extended family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace good Sir, in the Great Link. _\\//
Following up on my last blog post - and my recent tweet - I must say, things are indeed changing around the House of Trekkerprise. Some of these things I've been discussion with Wayne and Jude recently over the latest TrekMate podcast, but ever since I've got a few bits and pieces that I wanted to follow up on in regards what is going on with the channel and with myself as well.
Now that many of you probably aware that YouTube is changing it's ways about creators, the audience is changing no to mention keeping up with all thing Star Trek is quite overwhelming sometimes. Being a creative person and making videos as a hobby is amazing, but there's clearly ways of doing this better than before. While the whole change that is happening in the platform is likely not gonna effect me and my channel but as they say "one can never be sure what the future holds..." - more on this in a few days time.
I did make some minor changes for the website as well and currently working on a second one that will be essentially will replace Creative Trekkie hopefully in the beginning of next year. Becoming freelancer as a graphic designer was on my list for a while and next year I tend to take things up to the next level. That being said I'll probably will take more time on that too while adding some topics to Trekkerprise and of course to channel. That being said the site will have some extra segments from next year that hopefully will be something that a lot of you will welcome.
As for 2020, there will be some new videos on the channel as promised, but the format will probably will change up a little bit - probably for the better. I took quite a lot of time watching my older videos lately and seeing the development both in terms of visual and personal way I must say I've got quite emotional about it. It's been an amazing journey and getting where I'm at took a lot of courage, and determination... that I unfortunately lack of these days due to (mainly) personal development.
So in short, changes are coming. I know i'm not a big fish in the Star Trek community and this website probably interest only the few of you, but those who takes the time and reaching out here - you know who you are ;) - I admire you very much. I'll be sharing some more details on the progress in the next few days as there still some things I'd like to touch base on. Until then as usual, Live Long and Prosper. _\\//
Life is tough sometimes and it has been a very interesting few months for me lately. About 4 months ago I released my last video where I said that I'll be going away for a while and will be returning around late 2019. Now many of you who regularly checks my blog and keeps themselves updated with my journey - i really appreciate you people :) - knows that I've moved cross country, started a new job after being without one for a while and also taking on a course or two for developing myself and our future that we live by with my wife.
As of being offline from my channel and getting on with life has opened my eyes a lot recently. I've learned a lot about what matters and what can be dismissed. I've changed a few things around here and there and slowly, gradually I started working on my channel lately. now I promised that things will be better with the new season. They will be I promise as I'm really close now to finalise where I want to take you on board with my little ship called Trekkerprise. The content will be brand new, almost experimental in a way that no Trek channels have done before and I'm super excited to give more details on that when the times comes.
My early prediction that I'll return towards the end of this year has been very optimistic. The truth is that I see my life differently now. Responsibility and priorities have shifted over the last few months and YouTube is not there right now. I'm a bit gutted to say that my channel will not return for a longer period of time this year, possibly moving towards an early 2020 comeback. Now I know you might think that I'm secretly preparing for Picard and other juicy Star Trek shows they will embark on their journey, but the truth is... the direction will be different. ;)
There's plenty of content out there and some if the channels like Ketwolski, Trek on the Tube, Starfleetboy, Kertrats and many more do an amazing jobs already with what they do. I've received a lot of love and appreciation for my videos over the last few years and I still cannot believe how I achieved what I achieved, but it's fair to say that it is good to take a step back and refocusing my thoughts on my life and the promise for my channel that I almost forgot about...
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