I’ve been looking forward to this for…almost a year? Since they first announced that Star Trek was returning to television. And then there were all the setbacks: producers leaving, production delays, casting delays…all sorts of troubles plagued bringing this show. It is honestly quite the miracle that it even came about, given all the problems.
Which, admittedly, seems rather fitting–all things considered. The original Star Trek had its production problems, too. Back in the 60s it was not altogether common for studios to give a show a second pilot after the first failed. The Cage was a massive failure for a pilot, especially back then. Theoretically, Star Trek should have been dead on arrival. Shockingly, Paramount gave Roddenberry a second chance (admitting that they had picked a bad pilot to begin with).
Star Trek is Born
Thus was the megalith born.
I went, 2 weekends ago, to the MoPOP (formerly EMP) in Seattle & enjoyed a weekend full of nerdy goodness and all sorts of geekery. I’ll admit that I generally do this kind of thing when I’m stressed & need some relaxation and a good time. See, immersing myself in my own nerdy/geeky interests makes me happy, and helps me feel better.
It was a lot of fun, obviously. But it was also kind of nice to bring myself back into those nerd-doms and geek points that have made me happy for so long. There was a lot of Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR and other fun things for me to see, which is always great fun. Just so I can share the fun of my weekend, here’s a few of my favorite photos.
This is a great article. Pardon the Star Trek jargon. But it really is a great look at struggles, obstacles and troubles that pop up in our paths and in our lives. And then our responses to those. How do we respond? How do we view those obstacles that come up? Just what do we do–and how do we grow from what we face and what it makes us confront in ourselves? It’s a great question–and definitely worth a read.
So no spoilers….but – this movie was amazing! I am in love with it. This was a great improvement over Star Trek Into Darkness. Major.
Basically I am just write-screaming my utter joy with this movie and how very much I adore it. So excuse repetitions on my part, as I just really don’t want to write any spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet.
I loved it. I mean…it was Trek–real Star Trek. Not Star Wars cloaked in Star Trek names and ships. No, it was real Star Trek, with the humanity, tone (updated, for sure–the movie scene has changed in 30+ years), and story that really was Star Trek. There was real humanity, real heart and a real plot line that was all Trek. I was deeply impressed by how respectful and honorable it was to the memory of what Trek was. I mean there is definitely an update–movies have changed in the 50 years since Star Trek first came on TV. Star Trek is about the plot, the slow burn, the moral dilemmas; which this one does begin to touch back on. It is a modern movie; a modern take that allows Star Trek to come to another audience, younger people who never knew the joy of The Original Series when it was on the air or in original syndication. Continue reading “Star Trek Beyond”
Sometimes I swear that if I ever were to practice “pop-culture” paganism–I’d go for Star Trek as my inspiration and home-ground.
It doesn’t really fit, not exactly…except perhaps mashing cultural religion or philosophical beliefs together. I mean, Vulcan logic-based culture is appealing, considering how emotional I am; and the logical philosophy would be something I could wrap things around. And well, there’s all the points about religion in the series. Admittedly I’d be more focused on TOS and TNG, because those are my favorites. From those two alone, I would have plenty of things to use for my beliefs…were I inclined. I just can’t get behind the whole Bajoran thing and anything from VOY or DS9…both of those just annoy me too much.
More likely though, I could wrap it as my standard jokes. I mean…who doesn’t love some of the TOS actors? Certainly me…I adore some of those actors. My family jokes that I worship DeForest Kelley (Leonard McCoy), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhura) and George Takei (Hikaru Sulu). Those were my favorite characters, and admittedly I do gush about favorite characters, regardless of fandom. – although in all honesty I love all the characters off TOS, they’re all just precious; but that’s a digression.
It would be a bit interesting. I do assume that there are people out there who use Star Trek as a basis for pop-culture paganism–I just don’t know about any of them myself.
But I could go for that. I mean…you have the empathetic heart, the functional and logical mind, the fierce communicator, and a cheerful personality that also had quite the wit. All pretty good parts to consider and things that could be looked to. Perhaps almost like “personifications”, which are common enough in paganism of all stripes. Sometimes, personifications are the manifestations of the gods…so it’s not too far off base to even consider this as a frame of worship and belief.
I have no real desire to practice pop-culture paganism. And I’d never actually use Star Trek for it either; it just doesn’t suit me as a polytheist, pagan, practitioner–not at all. But I do deeply appreciate these characters. They’re rich, complex and do make for compelling personifications.
I need something more complex and concrete than just personifications of aspects or deities. And if I ever were tempted into pop-culture paganism, for sure I would start here. It’s more appealing and less over-done than Harry Potter (the obvious choice) or other things, like Marvel and it’s portrayal of Norse mythology.∗
Today I went to the EMP Museum in Seattle and saw “Star Wars and the Power of Costume”.
So this is a nice little summary of my geeky weekend fun. I’m very grateful to my wonderful mom who (even though she hates both SW & ST) agreed to take me to both and chill out with me while I majorly geeked out over all the props, costumes, and set pieces that I saw. Also, she was cool enough to take this photo of me:
Sometimes it is difficult to be the weird one in the family. Not only in terms of my religious beliefs…but in all other ways.
I’ve been a geek/nerd ever since I was tiny. I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since 1997, when my school librarian lent me the copy of the British version one of her family had sent to her, following that avidly even through today (thank you J.K. Rowling for creating Pottermore). I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since about 5-6, when my uncle played Episode IV for me and my sister at his house, where Han Solo was one of my very first crushes. Then there was The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and all things Tolkien – which I first read the prequel Hobbit at about 7 years old, and started LOTR. I was fascinated by the Elves and the languages he created. And the final of my major “geek-doms” to be picked up – Star Trek. I remember seeing “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”, “Requiem for Methuselah” and “The Trouble with Tribbles” as the first episodes I saw…I was about 8 or so. I was home sick from school, and because I was sick my sleep schedule was screwed up, so I remember seeing these episodes on about 11pm or so, and being in awe of how groundbreaking they had to have been for being from the ’60s (which I thought was ancient history at the time). Continue reading “Familial Pressures”
So this has nothing to do with paganism or polytheism.
This has more to do with personal thoughts and ideas.
Woke up this morning to the news that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. (Link)
That is sad for a multitude of reasons. He was a brilliant actor, worked a director, and did a lot in the arts (photography chief there). I always thought he was inspiring. Continue reading “Leonard Nimoy”