My Life As A Trekkie
Hi, my name is Michelle. And I’m a Trekkie.
I was originally going to write my post on superheroes seeing as how Wolverine (purr) is out and I’m actually working on my own collaborative superhero story with my super-agent writer-pal. But I just saw the new Star Trek film and I’m moved to write about My Life As A Trekkie.
So, without further ado…
I have a confession to make. Long before the days of ST:TNG (that’s Star Trek: The Next Generation for those of you who don’t know), I was into Star Trek. I watched the original series with humble devotion. Back then, there was no such thing as a DVR (horrors) and I set my VCR to record every episode of the old three-season show.
Was it cheesy? Yes, of course it was. We always expected at least one Red Shirt to get killed during the show. Because, as we all knew, Captain Kirk, Spock and Bones would never get a scratch. “The Trouble With Tribbles” was a natural favorite. “A Piece of the Action” another. I loved seeing Kirk & Co. in 1930s Chicago-esque clothes toting real guns.
When the ST movies came, we were disappointed in the first one and riveted with the second. Kahn, that old Space Seed, came back to haunt us! It was the first time we saw our heroes in real peril. And Spock’s self-sacrifice actually turned out to be quite logical.
After The Next Generation came on strong, the Star Trek Conventions started up. Anyone remember these? They were solely devoted to us Star Trek Fans. Yes, I admit it. I went. I toted my Star Trek Compendium and had some of the original crew members autograph it. (I still have it!) I got to meet Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, James Doohan, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart.
My friends and I played the Star Trek RPG game. I wrote fan-fiction.
Ah… those were the days.
I wasn’t much into DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise. By then, my interest in Star Trek had waned some. I was busy with my life, raising a kid, starting to write books again.
So when I started seeing previews for this year’s remake of Star Trek by Lost Gods J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, I knew my interest would spark again. It looked awesome. It looked amazing. It looked like I needed to beat a direct path to the movie theater.
Of course everyone had seen it before me but I finally managed to get to the theater this weekend to see it. It didn’t disappoint. There were a few things in the movie that bugged me as a die-hard Star Trek fan. But overall, it was probably the best sci-fi flick I’ve ever seen. It tops out anything the previous Star Trek films did.
I hear they’re making a 2 and 3. You better believe I’ll be in line at the theater to see them.
Michelle Miles writes romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America. You can learn more about her books at http://www.michellemiles.net.