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. :) _\\//
I was up all night last night as I could not sleep. Not because I was not tired, it's just that my mind was going on and on, thoughts were running through my head and I was trying to figure out things about myself, about my life as a husband, a professional and as content creator. Recently I did have a lot of thinking about all the things above and the more I think the more my brain end up in an infinite loop of mess. I usually get things sorted, but it's a bit tricky this time round. I reached a point in my life that I have to concentrate on things that really matters.
Being on YouTube and twitter is fun, but it is a lot of work too. I know when you see a video popping up from me every week it's kinda regular. The average length is about 8 minutes, it's easy to produce it, just talk, edit, add some picture and boom, done. Well, that 8 minutes takes usually up to 6 hours - sometimes not including upload time that thanks for our internet provider can take hours. :S Well, hopefully that will change soon. Anyhow, even though I enjoy talking about Star Trek, discovering and covering characters from various TV shows I feel that I miss something from the content that I'm producing. Somehow that "spark," that "life" is fading out and I don't like that.
As a professional, as a graphic designer I do my best as well, but lately I've found myself being "obsolete" in a sense. I was trained as a designer who does design and I think I do a good job when someone ask me to create a logo, an artwork or even YouTube profile. I love doing those things, however as a professional in today's world when there are templates that you can fill out, and you say "I've designed it" I'm not needed any more. I do love creating, but I've found that I love doing that for myself and for close friends even more.
As a husband I really enjoy the time that I spend with my wife. Travelling to places, cooking together, watching a movie or TV series together, planning our future... all of those things that I don't really talk about in my social media channels as I try to separate personal life with the hobbies that I do. I certainly did not start making videos or writing this blog to put my life out there, but to share my passion about the things I love, free of charge. :) Planning our future is really exciting and there's a few big thing that is going to happen soon with us starting from new jobs and a relocation that does preoccupy our mind. I personally find myself in position that the life I have outside YouTube and social media in general it is something that I want to focus on, more than ever.
So I guess by the end of this you kind of realised what I'm about to say here or do next. I'm going to take some time away from my channel and from social media in general. I think it's time to switch off the camera and let things go for a while. I will not delete any of my videos, the channel will be up and running, so does this website that I'll try to get back to in a regular basis, but from July I'll be less active in the community. I'll be back for sure and hopefully in the meanwhile I will be able to participate in other channels as a guest like Trek on the Tube or StarfleetBoy just to mention a few. But my priority is my life, more than ever. I'm not sure what will happen when the Picard series will come out or the new season of The Orville and Discovery, but I will worry about that when we are a bit closer to the date. In the next few weeks till the end of the month I will publish a few more planned videos, but from July this will pause for a while...
I must say a massive Thank You for everyone who supported me ever since. I know a lot of you being my faithful subscriber from Day Zero and some of you even read my blog that I'm still super happy about. I'll be back one day with new content and maybe a better production value, but until than I wish you all the best and as always... Live Long and Prosper. _\\//
After 25 years of the last episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, All Good Things aired and we seen the last adventure of the crew of the Enterprise on TV. The movies of course gave us many more adventures and sweet little moments, but the show itself, an era ended. Now CBS released the first teaser trailer for the new chapter of one of Starfleet best known captain... ehhm, now Admiral Picard. :)
So, the video footage itself is no more than a minute long and it gives us fantastic and bright images about a vineyard, Picard walking down the lane, a box of Chateou Picard, and finally the man himself while a voice over goes as it follows:
“Fifteen years ago today, you lead us out of the darkness. You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history — then the unimaginable. What did that cost you? Your faith? Your faith in us? Your faith in yourself? Tell us: why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?”
We get to know a few things from this little speech, that something big happened that is possibly happened after the destruction of Romulus and that might involved Picard. I wonder if we ever going to see that in the series though. He also became an Admiral which is something that apparently he did not want after he met Kirk and he told him "never do anything that can take you away from that chair" but I suppose things can change.
The voice over indicates that he is no longer in Starfleet and that certainly made me think, when did he leave? Maybe after that dark battle he could not take it any more? We all remember when he was transferred into Locutus he did have a little change in heart and he almost gave up Starfleet. Maybe this time his loss was far greater that he was able to handle? Maybe he did realise something that lead to that moment when he lost his faith and decided to quit Starfleet?
There's certainly a lot of question that I'm really intrigued to find out more about once we going to see this new series. Of course my hopes are high just as yours, and I have a feeling that we won't be disappointed with this series. I know we have to wait and see, but this show could not come fast enough.
I know most of you who read this and follows me on various social media platforms expect me to do a video about this footage and talk about what we seen, but to be fair there's already a lot of very good video out there that I do not want to repeat myself. I personally would recommend to check out my dear friend Trek on the Tube's fantastic breakdown of the teaser trailer that you can watch below or in his channel that I would highly recommend to check out.
Alright, that's it from me for now. I'm very excited about Star Trek: Picard, even more than about Star Trek: Discovery. I'm eager to find out what do you think about the show and about this teaser that they released. Please let me know your thoughts on the comment section below and until next time Live long and prosper. _\\//
After all those months of thinking and waiting for CBS to announce a title for the upcoming Picard show, we finally got one last night. The show is officially called "Star Trek: Picard" which is quite nice, straight to the point that finally puts down the rumours that the show will called Destiny. Not that I would have been just as happy with that too. :) I imagine that this could easily not be the final title style for the show just as it happened for Discovery. A lot of people already pointed out the "Star Trek" logotype that is the TOS style. This is perfectly OK considering that CBS going towards a universal brand image for all Star Trek, so having that above PICARD is just fitting. :)
There was also a leak photo online about the series that we been able to see how he will look like in the new series and also a filming photo that I was excited about. Seeing Patrick Stewart and all of those colourful, great costumes is just what a fan could wish for. Obviously the still images have no indication about the series itself, but it certainly made a big buzz in the online community. I'm more than happy to have this show coming up this year to our screen even though there's been news about the streaming services that made some of us had our eyebrow raised. One would wonder, when we will get a single, universally accessible platform to watch everything. Frankly, living in the UK has its disadvantages already as CBS geo-blocks content on twitter and we have to wait days to get what everyone is talking about in North America. No offence but more people would pay for a service if there would not be a difference between the regions.
Above all this, I'm more than happy that things are going well for Star Trek and this show can not come fast enough. I would love to know what do you think about the first pictures and what are your hopes for this series. Please let me know in the comment section below and I'm looking forward to have a chat about it. Also make sure that you check back often to read more of my upcoming thoughts. Until then, Live Long and Prosper. _\\//
Disclaimer: I do not own the images above, all of them belongs to CBS and NO copyright infringement intended.
Such a title, I know, but to be honest that's exactly what I wanted to write about. :) If you know me I try to do my best to create videos for my channel. Reviews, Character Datafiles and other topics that connects with Star Trek, Doctor Who and with the Orville. Now, I had a few ideas to make a live stream possible and work in my channel as well every now and then, but my very first attempt was simply, well... it failed. The place where we live in England, Somerset is beautiful. Nature is so close, the air is fresher than it was in the big smoky London, the life/work balance is relaxing... but the internet connection is terrible. The whole city has the most basic internet connection in sky-high prices. I guess there's always a downside to everything, right? Well, I guess I would have thought this through before hand as generally speaking uploading one of my video takes about an hour and half, and I want to do a live stream? Who am I kidding with? :D I would love to do this in the future, it would be awesome to have a live discussion about something that we can all join in and analyse. Will see how things will go, but I hope to do something similar or different in the future.
The Future of Reviews
As The Orville and Discovery is still in the air I'm mainly focusing on these videos. Even though as I mentioned I have a better life/work balance I still feel that creating these reviews is a responsible task. I don't want to screw them up or anything. In a few weeks however I won't be able to do it for 2-3 weeks in the classic manner as I'm currently doing this, hence as I have some upcoming travelling. I will probably have more information about the format once we are closer to the time, but until than... I hope you'll enjoy what I have to say about the episodes we are all so excited about. :)
What a pitty! :( No more After Trek... Well, don't feel sorry, there's gonna be a "facebook live feed" instead. Phew, what a relief. :) Ok, let's be serious for s minute here, I've never been a big fan of After Trek. I do like extra content when it comes to Star Trek. I can watch documentaries all over the place and for days about our favourite show, but After Trek always felt like an excuse to me. They knew that they will have to apologise and explain why things happened or what is that they want to do with it here and there... now that is not coming back I'm not sad at all. Although I hope that the facebook live feed will be available for worldwide audiences to enjoy, _\\//
Check out the article for more at TrekCore: http://trekcore.com/blog/2019/01/star-trek-discovery-facebook-live-show-replacing-after-trek/
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. _\\//