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The Geek in Me Can Not Be Stilled

Saw the Star Trek trailer. Okay--the machinery is all too shiny and pretty. Too plexiglass. Not enough "1940s aircraft carrier" and waaay too much circa 2008 ops room. But, well, I'm prepared to accept this "young Spock" and, well...I'm too much of a total Star Trek geek not to be overjoyed. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(How big a geek am I? Back when rocks were soft, before DVDs, before VHS, I put my cassette recorder in front of the speaker on the television and made audio tapes of EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of the original series, put the titles of the individual episodes on the tapes, numbered them (in the order originally aired), and listened to them. Repeatedly. They got me through my BA. That, and reading The Lord of the Rings twice a year. We won't talk about the posters. Framed. Or that model kit. Or the embroidered patches. Or the Enterprise necklace. I'm that big a geek. I guess the secret's out.)

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baronernst
Nov. 18th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Just watched the two of em myself. The teaser wasn't that great but it at least had Nimoy's voice. But I loved the opening of the real trailer!

I never got to watch the original series when it aired because I was overseas at the time but when it was in reruns in the 70's in was a staple in our house, Christmas ornaments and all.

I'm looking forward to this one.

Oh, and yes, we used to recite the names of all the dwarves (from the Hobbit) all the time. Just finished watching LOTR and the special features as part of our end of baseball season ritual.
ladybriant
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I have a Bjorian (sp?) earring, does that count???

I apologize for spelling errors. I've had a migraine all darned day.....
herooftheage
Nov. 18th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
(How big a geek am I? Back when rocks were soft, before DVDs, before VHS, I put my cassette recorder in front of the speaker on the television and made audio tapes of EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of the original series, put the titles of the individual episodes on the tapes, numbered them (in the order originally aired), and listened to them. Repeatedly.

Amazingly, I still have my cassette tapes from then, though I currently have no way to play them.

When I was in college, we used to play the identify this episode game, which I always won. My room mate quick the day the first frame came on and I said "City On The Edge Of Forever" (the standard orbit shot got done backwards, and so the Enterprise is orbiting the planet backwards from the normal way.)

And December 16, 1973 is strangely etched in my memory. That's the day the teaser came on, and it went, and went, and I didn't recognize it, and it suddenly occurred to me that this must be the one episode I had never seen - "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield". So even though it isn't really a very good episode, it still remains one of my favorites. Besides, it shows just how bad Starfleet security procedures are - it was the first use of the auto-destruct sequence, and years later, when they go through it again, THE DAMNED CODES HAVEN'T BEEN CHANGED IN THE INTERVENING YEARS.

Sorry, I'm better now.

meirwen
Nov. 18th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
"Besides, it shows just how bad Starfleet security procedures are - it was the first use of the auto-destruct sequence, and years later, when they go through it again, THE DAMNED CODES HAVEN'T BEEN CHANGED IN THE INTERVENING YEARS."
*giggle*
I suspect we love the imperfections as much as anything else.
hearne
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I saw it Saturday just before Quantum. (which I liked, by the way. Reminded me of Dr. No.) My first thought was that "they BSG'd it." Flashes of the challenges between Kirk and Spock have me wondering where it's going to go, but I will give it a watch with an open mind. :)

By the way, I learned to sew and to embroider so I could make my first Captain Kirk shirt. But then, it's been well documented that *I* am a geek. :)
hawkyns
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Back in the before times, James O'Neil, Baroness Morgan, Gwen and I all had Klingon uniforms (what, you thought I'd be a Feddy???). TV series uniforms, not Next Gen. And we spent way too many hours playing Star Fleet Battles. Must have had 70 or 80 of the ship miniatures.
msmemory
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
I'm a Trekkie too
Yes, I made cassettes too. And made my family talk in whispers at the dinner table so their voices wouldn't be picked up on the tape recorder in the next room.
Also wore an IDIC necklace, which I still own. And made little cardboard pins of the uniform badges.
patrikia
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
I made cassette tapes of Mel Brooks' Robin Hood series...-blush-
retiredmaj
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Watched all the original shows, own them all on VHS, and got to see Gene Roddenberry speak at Ithaca College. Saw the blooper reel for the first time there too.

Live Long and Prosper! (Oh, and James Tiberius Kirk will *always* be the best of the Captains for me...though Janeway is a very close second.)
ariannawyn
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Janeway?! Hah! I'll take Sisko any day.
meirwen
Nov. 19th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Yes!
ariannawyn
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Geeks, all of us. And children of geeks. It was the ONE show my mother let us watch during dinner. Otherwise, the TV was OFF while we ate.

And I got to serve George Takei breakfast at the dining hall when he visited Fredonia. He was very gracious. :-)
meirwen
Nov. 19th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Wasn't he wonderful. I was working at WCVF then, and I was one of the ones who got to interview him.

And yeah--children of geeks. I vividly remember watching the first episode with my parents. We were blown away. When it was over Daddy said, "Okay, that's one for this year." It was back in the day when we eagerly picked up the new season TV Guide, looked through and planned what we would watch during premier week, then watched our picks and gave them a thumbs up or down (very democratic TV house). That would set the TV viewing schedule for the year.

I kinda miss that.
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