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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I love graphic design, I love creating and also love Star Trek. Now being a designer could mean a lot to many people. Some think they are the standard for others, some just trying, some admires and more of us being unnoticed. Being a designer - for me at least - has been a very interesting journey so far. I've never thought about myself that I'm good... I'm kinda "OKay-ish" in the field. Despite that I love when I can create something that connects me with the show I love and admire soo much.
Teaming up with Sean from Trek on the Tube we have created something very unique that has never been done before... a proper timeline of the Star Trek Universe. We wanted to create a unique and simple chart that explains where the different series takes place and how the different timelines are interacting with each other, now of course these are the basics only, but never the less an easy to understand representation of the Star Trek timelines as they are today at the writing of this article. It may not be perfect for some of you, it may not be accurate for more of you, and who knows... maybe less of you will like it for some strange reason that it will make a good wallpaper. Either way, we are proud to present this little creation of ours for the Star Trek Community. You can use it, save it, print it out and all this or free. No charge, no secret clause or footnote as this is a gift. You don't even have to give us credit, however that would be deeply appreciated. :)
As a gift we only have one favour to ask if you use it and it does not cost anything... keep it as it is. Just as with any gift, we put hours of work to this to make it for you and we would both appreciate if it would be used for the intended purpose. This is made by Star Trek fans for Star Trek fans and we only hope that it will help you along the years to understand how the Timelines work in our favourite show. Enjoy. _\\//
Today I did something I was thinking about a lot recently: I've deleted my Instagram account. I know a few of you who followed me there and also reads this blog occasionally might think that something is wrong, or maybe you will get said over the fact that I've decided to end that part of my online/social presence. Well, there's a reason behind this, just like behind everything, so here it comes.
Being on a hiatus helps me a lot to re-evaluate my presence on social media and also helps me decide what is important in life. Since we moved from the south of England to Scotland with my wife my life has changed and I started thinking about things that really matters. I certainly know that YouTube is a platform that I love and I can freely create, share my view and opinion about things and generally connect with a wider audience. When I started Instagram I was simply uploading some meaningful pictures that went into travel/geek photos and other Star Trek related pictures that I loved sharing back then. Than my attention and time went into creating other things in life and my interest slowly dried out towards that platform. I'm not saying that it was bad to have one, but lately I certainly felt like I'm carrying a burden with me. Whenever I stumbled upon my phone and seen the app icon I kept thinking "Ohh, I have not been posting for a while..." and the pressure just made me look back at those pictures and then an hour later just realised that I wasted time and I did not even get a picture out. Was worth it right? :)
Over the last few months I was failing to upload anything or following up with things and generally kept forgetting about the app as well. The surprising thing what happened to me that I realised that not knowing much about what happens there at all did not even bothered me any more which was a very interesting feeling to realise. So after thinking about the "purpose" of my account, I arrived to the conclusion that I do not have the need to have that account any more. I went through a few changes in my life recently that helped me realise the truly important things in life and also my purpose as a content creator on YouTube. Preparing for Season 4 of Trekkerprise is a very exciting part of my life right now that I have big plans for already and I can't wait to share more details with you all. Part of developing a better channel comes with "letting go" something that I was not planning to continue any more.
Deleting the account surely does not mean that I will not share pictures occasionally, of course that is not going to change. The platform however will be in my web-blog where I will post a picture with my thoughts in the future. I believe that at the end of the day I'm glad that I did this. I feel happy that I don't have this burden any more that creates frustration for me every time I get a glance on my phone and I now can focus on more about the meaningful part of my social media presence. I'm happy that I was part of Instagram, I'm grateful for all my followers there and I have had good time interacting with people. Thank you Instagram and Bon Voyage. _\\//
Comic Con Scotland is known for it's amazing guests, many of whom have never attended a UK convention before! Here is a look at 2019 TV & Film Actor Guest List for Comic Con Scotland.
The convention does look a lot of fun with legendary guests like Chistopher Lloyd, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ray Park and the list goes on. The event will take place in the wonderful city of Edinburgh in Scotland in the weekend of 12-13th of October 2019.
Buy you tickets right here: https://www.comicconventionscotland.co.uk/ and see you there. :)
I remember when I first met Aron in a convention. I could not believe how fun and gracious he was. I have to admit I was very nervous meeting Star Trek actors as they are the kind of people who I grew up watching them through our TV and living my life by. Meeting them in person is always one of those moments I will never be able to prepare for and also never to forget. Meeting Aron was no different in any way. I was shaking a little bit thinking what can I say to him, how can I ask a question that won't make him feel he's answering the same thing over and over again... the moment I said "Hello" to him he looked at me with a smile, shook my hand and he started talking to me. My fear of not being able to talk to him instantly went away and we actually had a really good time. I ended up simply just saying "I really love your work and you are one of my favourite from Deep Space Nine." He said that he really appreciated it. After a few minutes we shook hands and I left with a smile on my face. "I've just met Nog!" :) I was extremely happy, but in reality I've met Aron who was just as friendly as his character. :)
When I woke up this morning and checked my phone I did not expect that the first thing on my display is a tweet that Aron Eisenberg passed away. I'm still not able to process this... It's devastating and it does makes me feel very sad inside. Aaron was a wonderful soul who always took the time for fans and made us feel a part of the Star Trek family. His loss is a devastating news. :'(
Over the years and being a Star Trek fan I grew to understand that being a Trekkie is not just simply loving a TV show, it is being a part of a bigger family. The franchise to me does really feel like my second family and I'm just as grateful to be a part of it than anyone else. Having all of these wonderful characters and wonderful people in our lives is something that I will cherish forever. Loosing one of them does make me feel I've lost a member of my family too. :( I know that meeting Aron once and seeing his work on screen does not qualify me to say "I knew him," however that does not change the fact that I miss him just as much as a part of my own family.
My heart, my thoughts and my prays are with her family in this difficult time. He will be truly missed World-wide, but he will live forever in our heart as wonderful entertainer, an amazing photographer, a very inspiring Ferengi and of the kindest soul that humanity ever encountered. _\\//
The year is 1999, and it was a typical day in November. The leaves fallen already and we been preparing for winter. I was about 12 that time and did not have many friends in school - not that I've had any apart from school - however we always hang out together in the classroom during breaks. I just go introduced to Star Trek and I became the nerd of the classroom pretty easily and fairly quickly.
Some days we had some other kids from a different class to share our room and of course some of them were mean ones. You know the kinda bully ones that target specific kids and shoot some nasty words and exercise subtle physical violence as well to prove their point. Well, there was a few of them who picked up on me and my other classmates and this was going on every day. After a good few weeks I was really on the edge of getting off track. I kept talking back to them, arguing, however that only empowered them to do more harm to me and my classmates.
I went home after a horrible school day and I was angry - if you know me, you know that getting me angry takes a LOT! I wasn't as calm when I was a child for sure. One part of me always wanted to fight back, to prove the good point and end the bullies. I remember one afternoon at home my Mom came to me and she asked me what is wrong? I told her that these guys picked me in school again and whatever I try to do to defend myself and prove them wrong it does not help, just worsen the situation. After telling her what is wrong and what was going on she told me "Maybe you should just see through them, pretend they are not there, like they don't exist. That will bother them soo much that eventually they will stop. There's no point for them to try if they can't get anything out from you." This really made me think and even though I was not really comfortable with that idea I though I go along with it. What could go wrong?
Next time when we had a joint class together they started their class act again. Coming up to me and my friends and telling their usual BS including some subtle violence. First time ever I just sat in my desk and I looked out of my head, not paying attention. They hit my head, my arm, they took away a pen of mine, but I just sat there quietly, not paying attention. The following day I've done the same thing, same happened. After about a good week and a half they finally did not bother to attack me. I was truly surprised. Sadly my friend did not take my advice and he just kept resisting and fighting back, so eventually they shifted their attention to him and I've left alone. Two weeks in and I was doing my thing, I was talking to my other friends and the bullies have gone. Things started to look up suddenly... :)
So, Why Is This Story?
I know you might gonna say that "Gary, you just made this up! Why do you share non-Star Trek related topic on your blog?" Well, the reason why I shared this story because recently I was going through the same thing, but the classroom drama was Twitter/YouTube drama. I did share my thoughts a few times about trolls and individuals online whom make up fake news and try to break down the happier side of the community with their stupid faces. You know the stories where Kurtzman got fired every single week, or the production team were having trouble filming, or Picard is going to fail, Spock has been abused, Data is not Data... and the list goes on. The recent thing is that altered Google search result shows that people does not look for Star Trek, like it does not exist any more... I know, the same s#!t again. :/
The fact is, I'm not bothered any more, as it should not bother you either. Remember the trolls from my class? Well, about a few months ago I started blocking every single one these individuals as I've got tired getting their faces popping up in my YouTube and Twitter feed. I looked at them and I've got frustrated, angry and over all passive-aggressive. I'm not saying that if I would see them I would slap them in their face - even though they would deserve it - but I've found the best way to treat this "fake-news-turds" to cut them out of my life. And I did. In a matter of seconds they were gone. A few days after I have had no recommendations, no pop-up news and no headaches. I finally seen everything about Star Trek as I always seen, through the eyes of those Trekkies who made a really big difference in my life: Trek on the Tube, Ketwolski, StarfleetBoy, The IrishTrekkkie, Kertrats, TrekkieRob and the list goes on. They are a few very talented individual who I've happened to come across because of Star Trek and they brought clarity to the madness that once haunted me from trolls like Frekrotics, MoccaRandom, FullMoon's Edge and even Herocrusing Fake Times just to mention a few - ohh I left MoodCock out, damn I'm so bad. :)
I'm not sure how may of you will read this. I have a feeling that maybe a few of you will and less of you probably will move on to watch a video on YouTube about Google Analytics - pun intended. :) Regardless, if you've made it here, I hope that I was able to show you how I'm filtering the information about what is happening out there and I how I handle it. It's not that difficult. Sure it will take time, but after you've got through it and cut out the crap from your life things will look a lot brighter. :) _\\//
Ok, well, technically this is not midnight yet, but hey... maybe it is for someone. :) Either way I suppose I'm just still excited about what we seen and heard about Star Trek Picard from SDCC2019. as I've mentioned briefly yesterday in my post things are getting really interesting with the show and just as 90% of the fans I'm super hyped ever since we seen the first real length trailer. It's still makes my heart beeping faster every time I picture Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner along the great Patrick Stewart. It's literally a dream come true with this crossover for the new show and I hope that we will see more people coming in.
The one thing that kind of bothers me in a sense that Picard got too big, and it feels like that Discovery, Short Treks and Lower Decks kinda got into its shadow a little bit. We seen the Short Treks trailer and the awesome pictures of the newest Animated Series, but somehow I don't feel them as much as I see Picard and I'm not the only one. Many YouTuber who I follow and know more focused on Picard than anything else. Eating new born Tribbles - which looks quite eek to me - and having Pike, Spock and Number One coming back for the series somehow got less excitement. While I totally understand the sentiment from my side I still don't really understand what happened? Did I get what I was looking for with this trailer for the new show and the rest is just not relevant any more? Does everyone feels this way?
I'm sure it's just temporary and we will have the excitement coming, up and running soon for everything that the Star Trek Universe has to offer. What do you think? Is that possible that we will blindly follow Picard where ever he will go? Let me know in the comment section below. _\\//
I wish I could made a video today, but being in a hiatus that gives us time to relocate from one country to another it has it's downside. Firstly my "studio" is super empty now and I've managed to break my tripod today while I was boxing things up... and speaking of breaking things, the freshly released teaser trailer for Star Trek Picard has been landed today and I just can't sleep after watching it about 5 times already. :) So, might as well take some advantage of my insomnia and write down my initial thoughts.
I'm honestly crying of joy right now as this trailer just felt right. The tone of the show felt right and gosh, how many surprises!!! Borg cube?, Brent Spiner as Data@ Jerry Ryan as Seven? Riker and Troi is coming too along with Hugh?? Picard wearing his old badge? He's even walking down at Vasquez Rocks - that could be used again as Mintaka from that TNG episode? Soo many question, but soo many good references and of course seeing him giving the order "Engage!" after all these years was just something. He still has that certain gravitas that he had in around Nemesis.
I try not to speculate too much here, but seems like Data - or as a matter of fact B4 - might be a hologram, or he is really the assembled version of the B4 unit? That last conversation just felt like he really misses space and his old crew. I have a feeling that he might has the same issue that James Kirk had in the Motion Picture: he is just not ready to settle down? He is just not ready to sit down and rest? he does not want the game to end! Does that mean that he wants to keep exploring or continuing that something that he was about to begin? Soo many questions.
The new characters looked cool and friendly, I don't really have much to say about them as we have no idea yet who they are - apart from their name and origin. Seeing Jerry Ryan though is just awesome, something that I have not seen coming at all. Let's be honest, we been all expecting TNG cast members to pop-up here and there during the show, but Seven from Voyager??? That is crazy awesome!!! :) I really wonder how her character developed ever since "Endgame."
I know there's still a lot to unpack there. but that being said I'll be back with more updates on what is happening right now. Well, not really reporting any new things as that comes out way before that I have a chance to sit down front of the PC to write my thoughts down. So I will be back with some more analysis about this new trailer. I might even do a quick podcast style video on it, but will see. :) What do you think about the Picard trailer? Let me know in the comment section below.
I remember my first reaction when I came across with Deep Space Nine. I was about 14 years old and all I wanted to watch is the adventures of the Next Generation crew. Picard, Data and Riker roaming through the galaxy, planet by planet and discovering something new, something exciting. That's exactly how the TV guide described the show before hand. My anticipation to finally see TNG was beyond measure. Well, as it turned out the TV channel had a different show in mind and the TV Guide got it wrong as they started showing the first ever episode of Deep Space Nine. I was disappointed, angry, and even said out loud "arrgh, I don't want to see this stupid space station, I want the crew of the Enterprise." As I mentioned I was 14 years old and only seen a little Voyager and some of the classic movies thanks for the reruns. I gave DS9 a try though and seeing the intro did help not switch the TV off and do something else.
I could not blame my young self as I was a slightly different person at that age. So, I gave a try to this new show and after watching the first half of Emissary I was blown away. There was something new, something deep and something really awesome about this show that made me stick around and catching up with the episodes week by week. Getting to know the characters like Sisko, Dax, Kira, Bashir or Quark; getting to know more about the different races, and just discovering the fact that it does not matter if you are in a space station, there still could be fun things to do around. Watching all the different seasons and the different characters interacting was just such a great time. I laughed, smiled, cried and cringed a lot over the 7 season and my love towards the series just grew episode by episode.
I don't watch as much DS9 or Star Trek in general these days as I used to - mainly as a I have an awful lot to deal with in general. However when I can, I often watch an adventure of this crew. I find that choosing an episode from DS9 is way easier than finding one from TNG or Voyager. My go to episode is usually the Tribbles TOS crossover episode that always makes me feel warm inside. The Ferengi episodes are just soo much fun to watch and if I'm dealing with a serious issue in my life there's also episodes that I can watch. ocial commentary is usually there in every Star Trek series, but somehow DS9 gave a little extra touch to everything that other shows touched on. Somehow the topic was more in your face.
The Perfect Wedding Anniversary
The show ended in 1999 and I ever since I've became a fan of Star Trek I've re-watched every series about two times - with the exception of TOS and TAS - and probably will start watching DS9 again this year at some point. Now the significance of the series never been stronger than before. As many of you know Ira Steven Behr and the cast and crew of DS9 gathered together thanks to all the effort and fans contribution towards the project and they've made this beautiful documentary called "What we left behind" that had one world wide premier and a second big screen showing recently (26th of June, 2019). I was not able to attend the first viewing and I was totally prepared to buy the DVD once it will be out. When I've got to know that the doc will have another chance to shine on the big screen i had to go... until I've just realised that my wedding anniversary is falling on the same day. Even though Mrs Trekkerprisie is not a massive Star Trek fan, she did watch a few movie and occasional episodes with me before, however I thought I will not torture her with anything behind the scene and interview about things that I knew from the show. As it turned out I had a big surprise waiting for me that morning: 2 tickets to the doc. I could not thank her enough for spending the time watching something that she barely knows.
Without spoiling a lot about the doc I have to say that I have left with a great sense of joy from the cinema. It was a very good 2+ hour well spent. Seeing all the cast and crew talking about how this experience was a unique for them it was such a joy. I really enjoyed the writers room segment, it was very energising and true to a great DS9 twist at the end of their season 8 opener. Seeing all these writers coming together after a long time and their process of continuing the story where they left it 25 years ago was just phenomenal. The whole process and brainstorming really showed that they still love the show so much and if they would come back, they would be just as awesome as they were when they been running it. Hearing the the little facts and stories from the actors, from the fans and their love/hate relationship was superb. There were some really eye-opening confession there for sure. The biggest surprise for me certainly to see the TrekCollector himself on the big screen. :) Chris introduced one of the most beloved recurring and fan favourite character Garak.
How was the HD?
Of course we have to talk about the elephant in the room, the HD footage. After the doc finished they had a writers room discussion and they talked about the whole process and why is is highly unlikely that we will get DS9 in HD - at least any time soon. The scenes they did remaster for the doc was clear beauty in every way. Seeing clips from the show in a big screen also something that is really once in a lifetime. Does it look good? No! It looks GORGEOUS! :) After seeing those clear, never seen before scenes I wish we could have the whole series remastered and also in wide screen as it has been such a bless to see more of the show. However as they discussed it, the process takes so much time and money that we will unlikely see the show any time soon in the near future. Of course if there will be any possible option to add to the cause and make it happen in the future I have a feeling that with the help of the fans, with the help of "us" it would be something remarkable.
"What we left behind" was one of the first Star Trek documentary I've watched in a cinema. I was overwhelmed, happy, sad and also touched in many ways. It really reminded me of that great TV show that I love and also what I left behind... and as it turned out I left behind nothing as they are still here with me until this day and hopefully for a long time. What did you think about the documentary? let me know in the comment section below and let's have a chat. :) _\\//
So today is the day, :( I initially wanted to start my hiatus the next weekend and release another video today of some Star Trek story or news we recently got, but I simply had no time and chance to do that. So my official long hiatus will start from today and one more video will be released to explain a few things about my break. I know that I'm not a big fish in the sea of YouTube and I probably make little noise with this, but I do feel the need to share a few things about what is happening with me right now. As I mentioned in my previous post I have a lot in my plate lately: currently working on a relocation, finding a new job, taking a training course and also working on the channel as well in the background when I will have time.
That being said I'm not going to disappear totally. While the YouTube break is necessary and logical in many ways I will be out there tweeting or writing in my blog... and I will try to do that in a weekly basis. If there's something that I will want to share I will here for sure. My plan is to return to the channel in late 2019, hopefully before all good things will happen with Discovery, Picard and The Orville. There's a lot to look forward to and there's a lot I really want to do aside that. Character data-files, regular Trek topics and also a podcast that I'm currently figuring out. So things will come back in a much better Season 4 and in the meantime I hope we will stay connected. Until then as always... Live Long and Prosper. :) _\\//
Keeping it simple...
I'm a full-time Graphic Designer; part-time Artist, Blogger and You-tuber! NO1 Star Trek fan and a lover of all sorts of geeky stuff. _\\//