When I was about twelve years old, I got hooked on Star Trek. Over the next three years or so, I absorbed all the Star Trek stuff I could find. I joined fan clubs, subscribed to zines, purchased every “special edition” magazine that was sold by the local magazine/cigar store. I built Testors models, painstakingly painting black or white windows on the Enterprise D. Thanks to a friend and his obsessed family, I attended convention. I ordered many items through the mail via catalogue. I taped every episode of TNG, which was easy because TNG was on three times a week at that point thanks to an amazing television station we could receive unless there was a storm over Lake Erie. In the centre of everything was the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek.
What will follow serves two purposes:
First, it is a photo essay and study of Star Trek culture from someone who once cared deeply about the difference between Trekker and Trekkie. It will combine writing and photos. Some items will be rare and unusual. Some will be valuable. Some may even be for sale.
Second, it is an outlet for my thoughts on Star Trek. I can’t say I’m happy with the direction that Star Trek is going. Some things are great and I’m very happy with, but there are key things about what about Star Trek that made it what it was. I’m not talking about alternate timeline stuff as much as how Star Trek approached storytelling, discussed social issues and dealt with controversial issues of the time in a futuristic context. Topics such as racial inequality, sexuality, identity politics, terrorism, fascism, drug addiction and religious cults were frequently explored. Okay, “save the whales” wasn’t a particularly deep message but it made a pretty funny movie.
Come on this journey as we slingshot around the sun and visit teenage Noah in the early nineties, and come back around to look at Star Trek in the present.
BTW, the photo is not from the nineties, it is from Movember.