Well, here we are again. It's been a while since I had a chance to write anything in my website. That's mainly because I had a few issue in my personal life that I was dealing with, also the YouTube/work balance was very tight that I had to make a sacrifice and that came to my website. Although I abandoned my "first child" I was working on it quite a lot in terms of structure and design that you might noticed.
I've added and changed a few bits over the last few weeks. The Captain's Log section transformed into a Warp Core. This will serve everything Star Trek including Discovery. The Mind Meld that used to be a geek related blog section, now called - guess what - Geek Zone. so all of Doctor Who and other Sci-Fi topic will be there, just as it was before.
There's also a new About Me page available now where you can read a little bit about me and my love towards Trek and other TV shows. :) The Contact Me page is also a bit more simple now. Overall the site is a bit more simple, yet still informative. As the first refit, I'm quite happy, but obviously there's still something that you can add or change in a website. This is a journey as well, just like making Youtube videos. :)
I've thought about this a lot and now as we have Discovery and The Orville that takes extra time from my life I will have to make some adjustments on this. Officially my plan is to release 1 Star Trek and 1 Non-Star Trek related article a week. Now all I need is time and some coffee to make that soo. :) I hope the much simpler look and the regular content will be something that you will enjoy here in this website. if you have any ideas for topics, discussion starter feel free to let me know. :) Until next time, live long and prosper! _\\//
This post from me a little bit of a shout out too, as I would love to promote the TrekMate guys with their upcoming event that will cover all Star Trek and Sci-Fi. TREK-ON the name of their event, and it's also their first one too. It appears to be a really fun even with writers, artists and even with a formal ferengi bartender... yes, that's true. The amazing Max Grodenchik is coming to this event! But there will be more interesting discussions ahead on everything Star Trek and beyond.
Personally I'm looking forward to the event and to meet the TrekMate guys, the members of one of the longest running UK Star Trek podcast! Join them in the 19th of July for a great day and TREK-ON! _\\//
I have to admit, I did neglect the website lately. It's a shame because the website itself it's one of the most unique thing that I've done since i've encountered Star Trek. I always wanted to create something that will help express my love towards the series and help connect with other like-minded Trekkies around the globe. This journey has been over a year and I've really enjoyed every bit of it. Sadly my life got a little complicated over the last few months, work and personal issues intereferred with the work that I wanted to accomplish here. Although I was very active on my YouTube channel, writing an article sometimes looked a very challenging task. I can not guarantee I will be able to write more often, but I'll do what I can and what I'm capable. I wish I could do more, but working in a full time job, editing 2 videos a week for youtube quite a task already.
In terms of the youtube channel I'm approaching my 1 year anniversary that will be a big milestone for me. I'm really looking forward to that. Also if you following me, you probably now I've started the "Character Datafile" project in my channel that I'm really keen to do and I'm working a lot to get the right content together in an informative and entertaining way. There's quite a few episode there already and I'm glad it already got a really good reception from a lot of you guys. I'm really greatful for this.
In this occassion I would like to thank you everyone for the support and for the patient towards me regarding the website. I hope a lot of you enjoy the content and I'm glad to see there's always visitors in the site. That makes me feel really good. Until next time... Live long and prosper! _\\//
I wanted to make an update on the website a little bit earlier, but I'm sure when it comes to holiday, usually we tend to slow down a bit. Yeah, we all human, we all need our little time to relax and wind down a little bit. I'm the same believe it or now, although feeling guilty is something that I experienced the last few days doing nothing but spending time with family. Well, that's totally acceptable and that's how it should be, but I try to keep up the good work in various channels as well, thinking and working on video ideas for the channel, posting pictures on instagram and even writing on the website as well. It's a hobby, but I still feel responsibilty toward to it as now I'm sharing. :) Sharing is great, and with sharing it comes to community that all round Trekkerprise already. So this time, I'll share a few little things with all of you.
The channel is going great thanks to everyone for the support and the kind comments on every video. It still something that I've never imagined will happen. Creating a youtube channel seemed easy when I've started, but it actually takes part in my life, like a part-time job aside my full-time one. Phew, not bad, right? :) Two weeks ago I made a statement as I'll have a little break from the channel, but saying I'll keep the Sunday segments what ever will happen. :) And here we are, just released a great video with a few beautiful ships in the line that one of my great friend owns and keeps in his place. This weekend I'll come back with a regular video as before. Although I've promised a new Wednesday segment on the channel from the middle of may. As my 100th episode coming up that special segment will debut just after the 100th episode, the following Wednesday. It's something that I've been working on and it feels like it's missing from out there. That's also a bigger project that I'm so keen about and looking forward to share it with all of you. :) Release date will be announced soon.
Doctor Who Reviews
As many of my followers aware of this, I've started a quick recap on the new season of Doctor Who. I've covered the first two episode online in my youtube channel, but sadly the 4th episode has been missed as I have no equipment at the location where I'm at the moment. The revirew will be up soon in the Whoniverse segment this week. So does the new episode from this week as i'm just flying back from my holiday at Saturday night. Future Doctor Who contents will be published soon in the website and in the channel as well.
The Journey Continues...
After all this I think I can safely say I'm really looking forward to the end of my holiday and get back to work soon. The Trekkerprise journey is something that I'm really passionate about and I'm working hard to make everything happen with the channel and with the website as well. In the future this journey will expand with a 3rd installment that will be a bit different, ut still will stay in the sci-fi/geek genre as that's really my main interest.
I would love to extend my thank you for everyone who follows me over my channel and other social media platforms and I'm looking forward to see you soon in the future. _\\//
Been a while since I was writing here. Personal life and other work related commitments happened and as it happenes with everyone. That's totally fine as I'm not getting paid for writing articles in this website, I'm my own boss and I'm only doing it to share my passion about Star Trek and other geeky things.
Introducing "Meet The Fans"
So far from last week I've started an interview series that I call "Meet the Fans". That segment dedicated to the fans of Star Trek. I always enjoyed reading interviews with actors and actresse, behind the scene personalls and creatives, but the fans out there are just as brilliant then those people who we can see on the screen. Starting off with Damien aka The IrishTrekkie was a big hit and this week we have a new guest on Meet the Fans: Chris, The Trekcollector. Interviews like these will be published every week, so keep checking teh website for more interesting articles.
Star Trek Discovery - What We Left Behind...
There's nothing really happened with Star Trek Dicovery in the last few week, but I happened to talk about the series with one of my friend and fellow youtuber over a great podcast. We discussed a few theory about the show and we also discussed the upcoming Star Trek DS9 documentary.
As in terms on the website articles will be more frequent in the future as now I happened to create a better schedule to work around youtube, work, and all the other aspects of my life. Keep checking the website as I have a few interesting article for the next time. _\\//
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. :) _\\//
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 _\\//
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. _\\//