I'm back with an interesting interview today. There's something I really wanted to do for a long time now and I think finally we got to the point when I can can give you an insight of the fan's of Star Trek. We always looking forward to interviews with actors and their connection with Star Trek. Although we all know that Star Trek is personal in many level, and we fans have our connection too. I have had the fortune to do collaboration with Damien aka The Irishtrekkie, He was very welcoming when I approached him with this interview.
Favorite series, movie, episode, captain, villain?
TNG will be my favourite series, first contact would be my favourite movie, I have too many favourite Episodes to just pick one, Picard would be my favourite captain and Lore would be my favourite villain.
Any memorable encounter with a Star Trek actor/actress did you meet?
Meeting Gates McFadden was an absolute pleasure but the most memorable encounters have always been with behind-the-scenes people like John Eaves to mention but one.
What made you make videos on YouTube?
I simply wanted to share my passion of Star Trek starships and I kind of thought I'd be good at it lol....
As a youtuber which of your video are you the most proud of?
My very first starship review, the Genesis of everything that is me so it still holds a special place for me and it's the one I'm most proud of.
Which part of your Star Trek collection that you the most proud of?
My Funko Pop Picard and Riker as they were gift from a friend I met through YouTube.
Any dream collectible on your list?
Would love Kirks survival jacket from Beyond.
I would like to extend my thank you for Damien aka The IrishTrekkie for this interview. If you never heard of him please search for IrishTrekkie on youtube and check him out on Instagram as well. This interview hopefully will become a series in the future, so keep looking here as yoiu never know who will be our next guest. :) _\\//
Since I started this blog and my YouTube channel, I happened to meet with a lot of amazing person. Sohail, aka Starfleetboy is one of the few person who I happened to get in touch with. He has his own podcast show Starfleetboy and Drunk Space Nine. He's is a big Star Trek fan, just as myself and he happened to have the idea of rewatching The Next Generation and make an informal discussion with his dear friend, the Doctor. It's always exciting to talk about Trek and the way how he carries the conversation is just something brilliant. :) I remember the first time when I listened to his show, the discussion was mind blowing for me. It kept me entertained and kept me curious about the conversation. Suddenly I felt myself home, the place I can have a conversation about Trek with someone who loves Trek as well. :)
I remember I was listening to the show, and I had my thoughts as well about the things they were talking about, but I wasn't able to say anything. So I knew I had to contact with them as soon as possible, as I believe what he does it's amazing and I doubt it's ever been done before. So after a few email, we arranged my very first podcast. :) I was just soo excited to be part of this discussion and I'm glad they "adopted me" to the gang. :) In our very first collaboration we talked about the TNG episode The Samaritan Snare that you can watch right here:
I really enjoyed the discussion and I'm looking forward to the future collaborations with him and the Doctor. If you haven't heard of them yet, than go ahead and check out his website starfleetboy.com for more interesting episode discussions about Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. I would like to extend my thanks to Sohail over Starfleetboy to had the honor to join his journey. Live long and posper my friend. :) _\\//
What a sad year is 2016. :( We lost soo many great actors and talents this year: Ali, Alan Rickman, Kenny Baker, Gene Wilder, George Michael and now our all time Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. I never really followed her work apart from Star Wars. As a Trekkie I know how difficult could be facing with the loss of someone who is almost like a family member for us. When Leonard Nimoy passed away, I had to deal with difficulties and with a really rough time. Suddenly I started to watch all the Spock specific episodes from Star Trek to keep him in mind as long as I can...
For a lot of people - especially for Star Wars fans - Carrie Fisher always will be Princess Leia. And that's all what we really need to know. A beautiful actress who had a major role in a pop culture movie that became a iconic part of our society. As long as those movies there for us, we are all able to celebrate her life and her achievement. She was a beautiful actress, a great character and a good human being. In Star Trek 2 Doctor McCoy said to Kirk: "He's really not dead as long as we remember him." That really helped me accept the death of Leonard and I hope this will help all the Star Wars fan out there: "She's really not dead as long as we remember her."
All of my condolences with her family and with all the Star Wars fans across the globe. _\\//
If you follow my blog, you sort of know me as much as I do myself. I stated at the very beginning of this journey, my reason to do this blog is simply to share my passion about - mainly - Star Trek, Doctor Who and other sci-fi and geeky stuff. Today I'm going to talk about one of the movie franchise that I do LOVE just as much as I love Trek. That is Ghostbusters. I remember watching the movie back then when I was younger and I fell in love with it. The fact as you have cool guys chasing ghosts with a cool car just had my mind blown away that time. :) Here's a shocking secret from my little life: I was probably a Ghostbusters fan before even being a Trekkie. I know, what are the odds? :D
Somehow, when you are not really able to make friends in real life, you obviously looking for answers. Seeing movies back than like Ghostbusters, Men In Black, and Star Trek of course, always had the implication to want to be there and have those people as friends. All I wanted to do just to be like them and hang out with those people, be part of the gang! :) After all those years... I still want to do the same sometimes. :) The best thing about Ghostbusters as you can still watch it this day and it will make you feel awesomely good inside. :)
Who Are The Ghostheads?
While I was watching the film I had quite a few emotional state. Listening to the stories of the fans, how much the movies and the series means to them, the personal attachments and the experiences is just something extraordinary. I can clearly see a similarity between Star Trek as it affected many lives. Some people recovered from being an alcoholic, it helped others to overcome social anxiety, or dealing with hard emotions... some of the story was quite touching and I did feel the personal connection with everyone.
Living The Dream
Proton guns, Ecto 1, and of course the friendship. This 3 things describes this franchise for me the most. The proton guns are one of the most awesome technology ever invented for hunting paranormal beings. That old, sexy Cadillac just something that will turns your head if you see that in the roads, but at the end you really have to admire the friendship between these people. They have their problems and their struggles, but they are fighting over something that helps other people. A fantastic friendship between the main characters, and that unbelievably great atmosphere behind the show that makes Ghsotbusters very much lovable.
I never really had any problems to use my imagination - and my money - to have those things closer to me as they were before. Sadly I don't have any proton gun, the suit, or a Stay Puft marshmallow figurine in my collection, but I do own a 1:18 scale Hot Wheels Elite Ecto 1 that I'm really proud of. :) She's a real jewel and every time I look at her - pictured above - made me feel extremely good inside. :) Sometimes people can put you in a box as geek, nerd or just weird. I never been ashamed about what I love and why I have the passion towards these things. I love them and I think in a way they help me maintain that kid in me... and that worth everything. :)
If you haven't seen Ghostheads yet, please do check the movie out. It's a must watch for fans and even non fans. :) _\\//
It's been a while since Star Trek Beyond came out back in July and we were all amazed about the movie. My initial reaction was great after seeing it, despite the fact of the "Sabotage" that I'm still digesting! :) It was such a big difference between the previous two in terms of plot, theme and respect to the original timeline. I decided to buy the DVD and I've just got it recently, so I thought it's time to catch up with the movie and see if my feelings are still the same or not. :)
An Episodic Adventure with References
So, before I start this part make sure you watch the movie first as there's some spoliers coming soon. Not going into two much details, but I warned you. :) The movie starts with a usual mission for the crew of the Enterprise. It's been 3 years of the 5 years mission and as Captain Kirk said "Everything starts to feel more episodic now." Funny enough watching the movie it did feel like an episode from the Original Series. The characters were more together, the scene was more homely - the less lens flare definitely helped :) - and just the over all feel of the whole movie was "familiar." There was many reference in the movie towards to pay an homage to the original series. Kirk said at the beginning of the movie "it's the 966 days of our 5 year mission." 1966 when the series aired at the first time... so this is a nice touch. Scotty even mentioned regarding the Franklin the "Giant Green Hand" that also happened to be in the Original Series. Checkov and his historical correctness... wow. :D "Scotch was invented by a litle old lady in Russia!" That just made me smile. The banter between Spock and Bones was simply amazing and Kirk was more Kirk then before. :)
The visual effects obviously important but not as important as the stoy and characters. The 3 things I would like to adress here: Enterprise, Franklin and Yorktown. The Enterprise looked amazing! Seriously, the ship in Beyond is a magnificent looking spacecraft. The pulled back nacelles and the thinner pilons made her looking gracefully in the big screen. The overall feel of the interious was also just warmer than before. No lens flares, and the light was dimmed down a bit and I think that certainly helped enjoying the movie more. :) I'm just sad they did destroy the ship when finally it looked amazing. :(
Than we had the USS Franklin, that supposed to be a NX01 class looking ship... There's been debates about the ship itself back then as its rather fits to the timeline or not. I think we can totally fit her in as we don't really now much about what happeed between the NX01 and TOS. And after all it was a MACO ship, so I think I'm totally OK with the ship. The Franklin definitely a nice construction, would be nice to have one in my shelf and hopefully I can get one for christmas. :) A little touch on the Space Station Yorktown... as Doctor McCoy sad "It's a giant snowball in space that's about to crack." While I can see the point of our good old Doctor, the station itself is a very magnificent looking one. Quite advanced in he own way, literally a never seen before. I believe my beloved DS9 could look somewhat different and week looking after seeing this snowball, the so called "giant monstrosity."
It's Still Amazing
Over all I'm really happy with the movie. I know some of you didn't really like it. I know one of my friend finally got satisfied over the fact as the JJ Enterprise got destroyed... I was just sad it happened when the ship just looked the best. :( The movie was amazing, the characters were true to their predecessors, but keeping themselves open for new posibilities. After all we are in an alternative timeline. If you accept this, the JJ films, but specially Beyond it's a really great movie.
I'm not really a critic, but apart from the "Sabotage" I believe the film from me deserves a 9/10 score. Great references for a hard core Trekkie/Trekker/Fan with aaction, humor, and sadness... the loss of Anton and Leonard surely something that present on the movie. :( But we have to be positive and see it in a way as Beyond is a celebration to their lives and for a brighter future that we have to work our way towards.
For the video review please go to my YouTube chanell!
As you probably noticed I’ve done several videos in this subject, but there’s still some gaps which I had no chance to cover in the videos. Or maybe I simply forgotten about... that can happen too. J I’m sure I do have a solid audience though who rather read my occasional nonsense than watching my face on YouTube, so here I am. ;) Writing was always a precious hobby of mine. I like literature and creating stories. I meant to do this little review earlier, but as many of us in had a lot do. I’m a full time designer and after all this is just a hobby. I do love to do this and as you probably noticed, just now I revamped the design of the website as well. It’s been something as a designer, and “artist” I was very keen about. So on this note let’s jump in to this. Set some cold drinks and enjoy the following bits and pieces.
Meeting the Actors
I have to admit, the focus point here for me at least to meet the actors who I’ve only seen on the screen, and also the people who love the show just as like me. :) I think I can safely say I did have a good weekend. If you’ve seen my videos you probably noticed I’ve got photo’s with Armin Shimmerman, Jeffrey Combs, Vaugh Armstrong, Walter Koenig and last but not least with the super wonderful George Takei! Meeting them was extraordinary. I had a chance to talk with a few actors over their place when they were signing autographs. They are all very lovely and friendly. I remember it was a bit silly as I went there telling them I just wanted to say “hello” and just thank them about what they’ve done over the series. The hope what they gave us, the laugh that they shared with us. Many of them happened to be a very welcoming and of course very humble about this. I didn’t go for autographs this time as now I started to realize the pictures has more meaning to me. Remembering a moment what I’ve spent with that person front of the camera is priceless, a timeless moment in time, something what I will be able to remember when I will be old and grumpy! :D Just kidding. ;) So going to talk with them without buying anything was a more personal experience. :)
Meeting with Fans
It’s sound a bit hars, but meeting Star Trek fans here in London, it’s a bit of a challenge. :) I remember a while back then, I had a visit to Forbidden Planet where I asked the staff if they know anyone, or a club where I can meet people with similar enthusiasm about Star Trek. Despite all the questions and my initial research, it looked a very tough job. All those people who love Star Trek, and yet they are hiding. :) But two years ago I happened to attend the third Destination Convention, and now the fourth one and I’ve met several people whom shared their love about this wonderful world. I know myself, I have an attachment to the show that is hard to describe with single words. It means a lot to me, a LOT! It helped me through different phases in my life, it guided me when I needed the most, and gave me a lot of hope as humanity can be better then as it is now. Surprisingly the majority of these people who I met had the same thought about it. All these different people and all those different words in the same sense: hope, joy, friendship, laugh, curiosity. These are the main factors what connects us to this series. :) I’m glad I had to meet some very nice individuals over the 2 days. If you, Dear Reader, happened to be the one whom I had the fortune to meet I thank you again! :)
The Star Trek Rat Pack
As I’ve only attended the event at Saturday and Sunday I happened to be present in the Rat Pack concert which I really enjoyed. This literally was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. I loved the James Darren and Tim Russ concert two years ago and I was super excited to attend the Rat Pack this time. Casey, Armin, Max, Vaughn, and Jeffrey… 5 wonderful person whom I loved in the show in their character as well. I might not be the only person who thinks the same, but the relationship between me and the series is sort of more like a second family experience. I have my parents, brothers and grandparents, friends as every one of us, don’t worry. :) But when I happened to watch any of the series any time, basically I went to my second home. Somewhere, where I love to be all the time. Somewhere, where I feel myself home away home. That’s one of the many ways how I can describe my affection to this show in general. :) Seeing these people on the stage having fun, singing songs about Star Trek in a funny way, just something that a Trekker/Trekkie can’t even ask for. Witnessing this wonderful friendship what they had between them, the chemistry what was present… something what you have to experience. It’s like a WOW moment. :) It was literally a WOW moment. I’m glad I saw them and of course I almost forgot to mention the super delightful Chase Masterson who just happened to be playing before them. She was just perfectly adorable, sweet and a total delight! :)
This is the point where I have to say I have mixed feelings… ok, I was a bit disappointed. The fact that we had a big gap between the last and this convention, made everyone wanted this soo desperately. In Europe we don’t really have that many opportunity to gather together in an event like Destination Star Trek and just have fun celebrating our beloved TV show. There’s Fed Con though in Germany, but even being here in London sometimes it’s hard to make a move there. I’m glad though they arranged the event for the 50th anniversary. The other hand the place was not really used to its full potentials. The area in NEC was enormous, but exactly the same size as the Excel one two years ago. In comparison to the previous convention this had the original Enterprise Bridge set along with the Klingon Bridge which were cool. I try to be more positive about the venue, but to be honest it’s a bit hard. They had a massive place with small engagement involved. The merchant area was disappointing as half of them were selling cakes and biscuits. The others had small amount of merchandising for sale and of course in a horrible price. The Klingon Zone was a bit more like a lunch place for hungry Tribbles… no offence towards them though. :) The autograph section was very close to the exit and very much together with the 2 bridge set. The museum was just a single wall where the walking fan only could see some spacesuits and uniforms. I remember the last one and it had some very nice pieces in display and it was over all more engaging. They planned and it was advertised on the website, a Gaming Zone… that seems to be vanished from the event. Wonder what happened in that section… :/ The “50 Years, 50 Artist” exhibit was very pleasant though. I enjoyed the different sort of art pieces and sculptures. I saw a Borg cube made out of used Hot Wheels cars and even the famous photo from Leonard Nimoy who was posing with his car as a 3D sculpture. So at least there were interesting pieces.
My Final Thoughts
Despite the lack of the merchant section, the week museum walk and the very under organised area, I had a good time. Thanks to the fantastic people who I had the fortune to meet and see. If I would give a score for the whole event I would give 3 out of 5 which isn’t that bad after all. The fact, as I have a big smile every time when I check the pictures with the fans and actors makes me feel really happy. :) Overall it was a good weekend, not phenomenal, but a good weekend. And now thinking about the merchant area, maybe it was meant to be like this… they saved us spending too much gold pressed latinum this time. ;) LLAP _\\//
I know, I know... it's been a while. As as before, work and youtube took over my writing schedule. I don't promise anything, but I try to get back in track this month. I will be a little bit hard as I have a few things coming up. I'm working on Inktober, also a holiday is coming along at the second part fo the month. I'm quie busy as it turned out. :) Also this weekend I'm attending the Destination Star Trek Europe in Birmingham, so I won't really be around, but surely there will be a few video next week about my experience of the weekend. :)
It's hard to tell at the moment when everything will come back to normal. I think i'm kind of overscheduled myself. :) The writing and drawing will take place as it's been before. The videos are getting more attention now in youtube, so I try to focus on that as well. Also I have work to do... interesting time, indeed. :) I do would like to thank everyone again who visits the website and care about what I do. :) It feels really good and I'm more then happy. :) I'll be back soon as my inner geek is getting hungry for a more exciting journey... ;)
Live Long and Prosper _\\//
What a beautiful coincidence. :) My original plan was to publish an article today, but funny enough, today is happened to be the 15th Anniversary of the last Star Trek series, Enterprise. I'm one of the very few people who consider themselves the fan of the show. Well, to be honest with you, I truly love all of the Star Trek series, and the movies. It's really hard to pick even one as a favourite. So, sometimes I do have a problem when people ask me, "Who is your favourite Captain?". I just can't really answer to that question. The same situation applies to the 5 television series. Personally, I believe every one of them has it's own purpose, and place in the Star Trek universe... Enterprise included. :)
I do love the series. :) It shows us an era, where all the technical advantages from the 24th century, or even from the 23rd century is not available. Something incredibly charming comes along with this series. I still can't forget the face of Travis in the first episode when he said: "Warp 4.5!" :) A little moment, but it made me realize what's the message of the show. Or the moment when Captain Archer made his speech in the end of the episode Terra Prime:
"...no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there, the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They're within us, woven into the threads that bind us, all of us, to each other. A final frontier begins in this hall. Let's explore it together."
The ship true to her name, the crew is a well picked/multicultural one, and the adventures are just soo... human. :) The show had some really good potentials, and I loved how it reflected on the current situations, also bringing back some of the core elements of the Original Series. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes dark, but still a loveable series. I truly hope there's a solid Trekkie group who still think the same way about Enterprise as I do. It might had some issues, which we could rip apart and examine, but which series doesn't? For me it was still a wonderful world, a wonderful place to excape from the chaotic mess of the every day life... I truly wish it could have stayed longer in TV. Sadly the writer strikes and most of the statistic swere against the show, which ended in a very fast paced finale. :(
With this little tribute I just would like to wish a Happy 15th Birthday to the show, the actors, and the creators. They gave us a series which answered old question, gave us new questions, and overall made us feel hopeful again. :)
Happy Birthday Enterprise! :) LLAP _\\//
I have to admit, my relation with the new movies highly questionable. I'm not saying I hated them, but they weren't the same sort of concept like a classic TOS or TNG movie. Every one of us still compare every Star Trek movie to the fan favourite, Wrath of Khan. No wonder why: the story is great, the cinematography brilliant, and it's just a part of a timeless journey. Personally I feel a tiny bit dissapointed, as apart from the second movie there's many more which was great. Yes, even The Final Frontier, which I know some of you hated, but I believe it has its place in the storyline. The new Star Trek movies however always made me asking myself: "why do we need this?" We had a brilliant system what lot of us loved and now we are changing reality, altering lives and the world what we love. I'm not going deeper inside to this idea, that's a story for another time. :)
Something Changed Within Me
Althought I said above, I didn't really like the new JJ Abrams movies, I have to admit Star Trek Beyond gave a light at the end of that tunnel. Finally a good movie which made a really good tribute to the original series for it's 50th Anniversary, and also helped me realize: this is actually start to make sense now. Soon I've found myself actually like the movies, and understanding this new concept. I was comparing the new movies with the classic ones, but that was the point where I made a mistake. They are a new and alternative part of the franchise.
Chasing The Infinte Sky
During my "education" about the new timeline I discovered a really interesting video concept what fascinated me since the first second. Chasing The Infinite Sky, a fan film where we can se the test flight of the USS Albatross and her crew. It's a short fan movie which made by fans... although if I don't read the description I firmly believe it's coming from Paramount. Yes! The models, the visuals, the whole experience is a remarkeable job from the designer team. The title itself has a really deep and philosophical statement as well. Chasing The Infinite Sky. Just think about it... isn't this one of the main message of Star Trek? Going boldly where no one has gone before? I think it's a brilliant way to wrap up a new timeline and also make a connection with the original one.
I fell in love with the concept. As I sad above, for a moment I thought I was watching a proper Star Trek movie from Paramount, but no. This movie is purely fan based. Many and more people worked on this in their free time, making sure every detail looks very great, and I have to say the final version is spectacular. I'm sure they spent countless hours building up each ship, each shuttle, the starbase, and the environment as well. Such a wonderful group. The cinematogrpahy and the way of telling the story is simply amazing. It kept the feeling of a JJ style movie, but with less lensflare effect, which we couldn't be more greatful. :) The space phenomenons are very detailed, every nebula, every dust cloud, and planet looks clear and realistic. Overall I have to say, it's a brilliant and true tribute to the movies concept. In the first scene of the movie we see a JJverse Miranda class starship, the USS Texas. It's a remarkeable design compare to the original Miranda class with the elements of the new pilons, the deflector dish, and the hull structure as well. Than we have the USS Albatross, which for me at the beginning looked like a modern NX class Enterprise. Ok, sort of... as the pilons were above the saucer section and also pulled back a little bit. It's a very excellent concept. With a short apperance we also see a Spacedock orbiting earth, also a Drydock where the Albatross waiting for her signal to boldy go into deep space.
Is There Any Negative?
I'm not a critic! I never have been and I don't think I will be. I always believed if something is great I will enjoy it, rather then just over analizing it. Although one thing stands out more, and it's only a small factor in this video: there's too many warp jump. :) I really love the effect, but personally I found it a little bit to much. But that's not a negative fact, only a simple opinion. There are no mentionalble negative elements. :)
My Final Thoughts
Do I like this fan film? Hell, yeah! :) Simply an amazing tribute for the movies, for Star Trek itself. The creative group behind this project deserves a big applause as their work is highly admirable. I hope they keep up the good work and they going to do some other extra bits in the future. :) If you didn't see the movie please check them out on youtbe clicking the video below.
I would like to say a massive thank you for the creators, as they allowed me to make this review. In the future I will make more, as many fantastic Star Trek themed fan production out there. Many fans celebrate the show and make their tribute to this fantastic universe where we all would love to live in. A Special thank you to Mr Albert Martinez and his team to gave us a wonderful piece of art, a wonderful tribute to this franchise. May their work go boldly and beyond! LLAP _\\//
I would love to say a massive Thank You for Star Trek to be here for and with us in the last 50 years and wish a Happy 50th Birthday!
Live long and prosper Star 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. _\\//