Total Amnesia

by Christina on November 9, 2009

Wow–I suck big time.  Last night I wrote up my reactions to the first four hours of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the matching chapters in Wil Wheaton’s book Memories of the Future.  And then proceeded to forget to transfer the posts to a disk drive so that I could upload them first thing this morning at work.  I was very excited to share my thoughts on Encounter at Farpoint.  What a letdown. 

Sooooooo…

Instead, you get a mini-summary of Saturday’s Star Trek-a-thon and we’ll start with the reviews tomorrow.  Sorry!  There will be also be two posts a day over the next few weeks as I don’t want this to become the “All Star Trek, All the Time” blog.  Neglecting actual book reviews will result in a glut of backlogging to take care of.

I should start by mentioning for those of you new here that I don’t own a television.  No interest in purchasing one.  However, an offer was made to bring over a 17″ screen laptop because, to quote Rik’s Twitter:

@rikomatic Friends don’t let friends watch Star Trek TNG season 1 on a 14″ laptop

Imagine my surprise when, while pulling cupcakes out of the oven, Rik shows up not with his laptop, but with a 26″ computer monitor.  My friends are awesome and continued to prove so when Heather and Ryan showed up with a pair of speakers. 

The cupcakes were a big hit and CAT makes a lovely feline Vulcan (view photos here).  If you’ve ever been to my house for a party, you’re aware of the fact that I take themes way too far.  Like that road trip to Hell, Michigan where I wanted to name the car “Handbasket” and create a Hell/Devil soundtrack.  Or the Mermaid Parade crafting party with Esther Williams movies and Swedish Fish.  So yes, Star Trek-a-thon had glitter badges (only Rik didn’t ”need no stinkin’ badges” because he already had his own…what a nerd) and themed cupcakes. 

Four hours were spent watching Star Trek.  It was pretty cool listening to my friends talk about why certain things that I thought were kind of cool were considered “like totally, incredibly, awesome” back in 1987 when the series first came out.  Like how the ceiling of the transporter in TNG is the floor from the original series, or that to transport people the effect was created by superimposing images of the people with glitter in water (yes, we tried it out, the glitter in swirly water part at least, and you can watch the long, boring, sparkly video here–and yes, my kitchen and living room look like a glitter bomb exploded; it’s going to take months to clean), and of course, the big cheer-raising moment when the saucer separated from the rest of ship.  There was also much heckling about banana clips, bad ’80s hair, and Wil Wheaton’s Cosby-esque sweaters.

I did have a great time watching the episodes, and while unlikely to become a full on Trekkie based on what I’ve seen so far, I was rather disappointed when the disk was finished.  Posts about the episodes and their counterpart chapters in Memories of the Future will be split in two–my reaction to the episode (NOT a summary, Wil Wheaton has that part covered in the book), followed by a mini-review of the corresponding chapter. 

In the meantime–enjoy the photos and video.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my first recap….if I don’t forget again.

Oh, and to everyone that has been or is considering telling me that I should Internet-stalk Wil Wheaton and let him know what I’m doing…already ahead of you.  He is aware of my blogging about what it’s like to watch Star Trek: TNG for the first time EVER.  My knowledge of his knowledge led to a minor freakout reaction similar to a cat on catnip during my watercolor class last week.  It was not a very productive class.  Whether or not he’ll be reading along, I have no clue.  But regardless, Wil Wheaton responded to me and that makes me cooler than you.  Sort of.  Except that I’m rather intimidated knowing he’s out there.  Maybe reading.

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mom November 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I love the vulcan cat and the cupcakes!!

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Marcelo November 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Man I would have loved to be at that party. Star Trek and Asimov were the gateways to my current geekdom.

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Camilla November 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

That vulcan cat is priceless! I would definitely keep the badge on as a conversation starter.

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Christina November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Vulcan kitty was shedding glitter.

Also, anyone who’s looked at all the photos on Flickr might be interested in knowing that the debate about thumb in or out during the Vulcan Salute is thumb out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_salute

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margie the first November 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

I think G.G. would be very amused, to see her kitty in a new role. She would have approved!

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Cousin Margie November 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I thought that was G.G.’s kitty! She does look Vulcanish!

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