Archive for May, 2008

Another great YouTube Video: Data’s Cat

Posted in The Next Generation, YouTube Videos with tags , , , , on May 16, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

In my spare time I was browsing YouTube for a Next Generation themed video (I’d hate to confine this blog to just talking about DS9!) and ran across this great video GeneralGrin made about Data’s cat, Spot.

I’m not a cat person myself, but I love Spot! Even if she/he (they never could make up their minds, could they?) would try to claw my face off…

What I really loved about this video was the use of Riker’s scenes from “Frame of Mind”. Spot is really out to get Riker, isn’t she (She did eventually give birth, so I’m gonna stick with she)?

And who doesn’t love all of Data’s attempts to train Spot?

So here is GeneralGrin’s video (No, I didn’t make this, I wouldn’t have been this creative!):

Has anyone else found any good Star Trek videos on YouTube? Send me a link!

Live Long And Prosper…

=/\=TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

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1998 Convention Report

Posted in Conventions, Deep Space Nine with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

Well a few posts back someone asked if I had ever been to a Star Trek Convention before. And yes, I’ve been to 2 conventions before. But I’ll start with the most recent one I went to back in 1998 in San Francisco.

This was a convention put on by Creation Entertainment. Honestly, I don’t know who else does them, and I always go to Creation’s website to look for other conventions.

I’m not sure if this was the last one Creation did in San Francisco, or if it was just the last one I went to because the next year they didn’t have any guests I was interested in seeing. But in 1998, well I had been to the same convention the year before and wasn’t quite so much of a newbie this time, so I bought my ticket in advance when the guest list came out.

Don’t ask me why, but the Ticketmaster outlet I had gone to didn’t have any of the gold circle seating, so I got stuck with preferred seats instead. But I was able to shell out a little more $$$ and upgrade to Gold the day of the convention. And it was totally worth it as I was front and center… well, second row actually, but I was in the center. Awesome seat!

I only went on Saturday, even though it was a 2 day convention, because the DS9 actors were going to be there Saturday. Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman were there, and I had little DS9 autograph collection going that I wanted to add to. Garrett Wang was also there, and while I wasn’t a huge Voyager fan at the time, I figured I had a close-to-front row seat and thus a guaranteed autograph, so I plunked out $5 to get a photo for him to autograph.

Most of the other stuff at the convention is kind of a blur. It was 10 years ago almost, and I was really going just to see the actors on stage and get autographs. Garrett Wang was great though. Like I said, not a huge Voyager fan, but he was great. He also did a great Tuvok impression, was very creative in dodging a question about his age, and when asked if he played any sports he said something about the producers not liking that too much because it’s tough to explain sports injuries in the show. He mentioned that one time Tim Russ had sprained his ankle playing something and it made filming pretty interesting since he couldn’t exactly walk right for a few days.

A few hours after Garrett, Armin Shimerman came out. They were running a bit late, but Armin took his time taking questions from the fans and I remember him being a whole lot of fun as well. And since they were running late and Rene Auberjonois was supposed to come after Armin, well, Rene finally figured he just come out on stage too! And man I have never seen so many cameras flash in my life with those two on stage! I immediately regretted not bringing an extra roll of film, but managed to get a few shots of them together on stage anyway.

They were both on stage together for a while and then it was just Rene for a while taking questions from the fans. I got the courage to go get in line, and wanted to be more creative than “What’s your favorite episode?” so I asked him “What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on the set?”. He told a story about how it takes hours to do makeup, and how lots of other actors have really crazy make up that you can barely talk through, and after spending hours getting their makeup put on they’d have to eat lunch. So yeah, seeing everyone with their faces covered in prosthetics and makeup trying to eat lunch was the strangest thing he’d ever seen on set!

So after all the actors were on stage, well everything is kind of a blur again. I think they brought somebody out to talk about DS9’s upcoming 7th season and gave us some sneak peaks at the new Dax host. Yeah, well, it was nothing I hadn’t heard on the internet already. And then they decided for autographs, instead of taking everyone backstage, they had them done on stage, and we went up row by row, with all 3 of the guests on stage at the same time.

Usually when getting autographs they want to keep the line moving quick, especially if the guests have to be someplace soon after or they’re getting really tired. So you don’t get much of a chance to say more than “Thanks!”. But for some reason the line was moving a little slow, and I was pretty close to the beginning of the line, so I had a chance to chat with each person for a moment.

After getting Garrett’s autograph I joked with him that I must have hit my head recently because I’d been seeing a lot of stars lately and had run into Kristi Yamaguchi at my local ice rink (true story, btw, I had started figure skating 8 months earlier and have since run into several famous skaters at my home rink, including several close encounters with Brian Boitano on the ice, and getting Michelle Kwan’s autograph while we waited in line at the snack bar). Garrett asked how Kristi was doing and I mentioned that I’d seen her out practicing and still popping off triple jumps like they were nothing.

Garret Wang's Autograph

Next in line I think was Rene, and then Armin. I can’t remember if it was Rene or Armin, but one of them (or maybe both) noticed that I already had two other autographs in my collection. And I remember Armin was offering to personalize autographs for everyone without people even asking him to, so he found space on my group autograph to do just that. Man, I wish I’d gotten solo photos of him and Rene if I’d known I’d have time for them both to sign that and the group picture. Oh well, maybe in Vegas… I think they’re both on the guest list.

TrekkieGirl's DS9 Cast Autograph Collection

After autographs I ran into one of my friends from school. Yeah, ain’t that a coincidence! And this is the same person that I’m going with my boyfriend to visit in Vegas this August. So if he can get the day off from work then I’m sure he’ll be at the convention with me, and my boyfriend… Well he can go to some car show or the atomic testing museum since he wouldn’t appreciate being at the world’s biggest Star Trek convention!

Then I made my way downstairs to where all the vendors were. Everything was really too rich for my teenage blood, but someone that I sat next to at the convention saw me drooling over an autographed picture of Alexander Siddig (autographed before he changed his name for Hollywood, and with the character name as well!) and she gave me the $20 I needed along with the $20 I had to buy the picture! That was so sweet of her! And of course I was saying, no really, she didn’t have to do that, but she insisted and just told me that if I ever ran into a little kid who was really a nice kid and really wanted something but didn’t have the cash, if I had something extra on hand then to do the same thing for them (and if you’re that nice lady reading this, I just want you to know about all the kids that I’ve given passes to the ice rink! And the people at the rink would see it and then whenever I prepaid for 10 sessions in advance, they’d throw in a few extra freebies. Pay it forward…)

So after all that… well I sure didn’t want to go home, but I did and made sure to put all of those autographs in a safe place and got my pictures developed. And I was right back on Creation’s website looking for another convention to go to. Unfortunately that’s the last one I remember in San Francisco, and just getting a ride there was hard enough, let alone getting someone to go with me out of town just for a convention. So I haven’t been to any conventions since then. Well, until Vegas this year. I can’t wait!!!

See you in Vegas…

=/\=TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

Another Great YouTube Video – Morn’s Chug-A-Lug

Posted in Deep Space Nine, YouTube Videos with tags , , , on May 8, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

So I was looking through my YouTube favorites to see if I had spotted any other great Star Trek videos to share, and I ran into Morn’s Chug-A-Lug Version 2.0.

I love this video!!! Well, duh, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be posting it here, now would I? This video has a way of brightening my whole day. Morn is such a lovable guy and has so many great scenes, even if he never says a word. Who knew that keeping quiet could make you so popular? I’m with Jadzia on this one, he is so cute!!! I think I’m in love… lol!

Although I do want to punch Worf after watching this video. Sheesh, Klingons, what is it about beating up someone smaller than you that they might find attractive?

Well without further adu, here is Morn’s Chug-A-Lug, Version 2.0, thanks to greywolfe359

I love you Morn! Call me! 😉

=/\= TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

Episode Review #3: DS9 – Equilibrium

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews, J&J with tags , , on May 7, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

One episode leads to another, and “Equilibrium” came right after “House of Quark” on the DVD. I find it difficult to pick a favorite Deep Space Nine episode, but if I had to this would be on the list of top contenders, if it didn’t win my pick for favorite DS9 episode.

Once again, my obligatory spoiler alert. SPOILERS! Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the episode because there are spoilers, and I’m not going to provide a summary so my review makes more sense if you’ve seen the episode.

There are just so many things I loved about this episode from the first time I saw it. First time I saw it… I was in the 5th grade… I guess I’m dating myself here, huh? Oh, and mind you, I watched all of DS9 as each episode premiered for the first time, so I saw each preview and waited for a week, dying to see a new episode. This was one of those episodes that after school every week I’d run home and watch the preview again and again (we taped every episode and the preview for next week’s episode. I still have the original tapes too). And this episode did not disappoint.

So I’ve never been insane about Odo/Kira the way I’m insane about Julian/Jadzia, but the couple makes sense to me, unlike Worf/Dax… Anyway Odo and Kira have the cutest scene in the teaser when he’s stirring the soufflé. Unlike Worf, I can see what Kira sees in Odo. He is soooo *cute* in this scene, and cute isn’t a word I’d often use with Odo. So very “Data-like”…

This episode has one of many scenes that makes a great case for Julian and Jadzia to have been a couple. When they’re on the Defiant heading to Trill and Jadzia stops by to talk to Julian, you just couldn’t see her being able to confide in anyone else like that. Julian was one of the few characters who really saw Jadzia as Jadzia, not as a reincarnation of a past host, but just someone who carried all of those memories and whose life was enhanced by that experience. Julian would have been head over heels in love with Jadzia no matter who her past hosts were, but I think most of Worf’s interest in her (and perhaps her interest in Worf) was only there because of Curzon.

Getting to learn about previous hosts is always interesting, but a Trill does have to move past them to gain new experiences. This just doesn’t happen with Worf, all we get to see is more of Curzon. Julian, on the other hand, would have given us a chance to explore Jadzia’s character as the series went on. And their scene in Julian’s quarters gives us a glimpse into what the writers could have done with Jadzia’s character but got sidetracked with “The Worf Show” instead.

Aside from my rants about why J&J would have been great together, discovering Joran gives us an opportunity to see a darker side of Dax, and a darker side of Trill society. The great secret the Symbiosis Commission has that nearly half the Trill population is suitable for joining, not the 0.1% they claim, and yes, sometimes the commission picks unsuitable hosts, and they don’t immediately reject the symbiont. This secret has to remain a secret at all costs, even if it means that innocent hosts have to die, not to protect the symbiont, but to protect the lies upon which the Symbosis Commission operates. Fanfiction writers and the Relaunch authors have had soooooooo much fun with the various secrets the Symbiosis Commission is keeping! And I really wish the television writers had done at least another episode revealing yet another terrible secret the Symbiosis Commission would kill, or had killed people already, to keep quiet.

This episode ends with one of my favorite DS9 quotes, “If you want to know who you are, it’s important to know who you’ve been.” I’m sure this is true even for those of us with just one lifetime…

Live long and prosper… and J&J Forever!

=/\=TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

Vegas 2008 – Alexander Siddig Added to Guest List!!!

Posted in Conventions, Vegas 2008 with tags , , on May 6, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

So I was checking http://www.creationent.com and found the other day that they posted the prices for autograph tickets for Vegas 2008!!! Since I’m working on completing my set of autographs from the DS9 cast, I was jumping for joy when I saw that Avery Brooks will be signing, $50 bucks a pop. Hey, even on my college student’s budget, I will make the $$$!!! Even if I have to eat Top Ramen in Vegas!

I went back to the site today to see if there had been any schedule updates, and I saw that ALEXANDER SIDDIG IS GONNA BE IN VEGAS!!!! Too bad my dad was home when I read that, otherwise I would have been jumping up and down screaming!!! Well, it’s tentative according to the site, but still, I don’t have his autograph yet either!!! Okay, so that’s $95 bucks to save up… and Nicole DeBoer will be there, so make that $120+. And I’ll also need to buy at least one general admission ticket, which looks like it will run anywhere from $30-$40 since general admission for all 5 days is now on sale for $149.

On my college student’s budget, and since we’re driving to Vegas on Wednesday or Thursday, I’ll probably be going on Saturday, and maybe an extra day if I need it to get an autograph. In the meantime, I’d better start eating more Top Ramen and saving up some $$$ for this… Anyone need a math tutor?

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

New J&J Video on YouTube!

Posted in Deep Space Nine, J&J, YouTube Videos with tags , , , on May 6, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

One of the biggest mistakes the writers made with Deep Space Nine was never getting Julian and Jadzia together. So many reasons this would have been the best couple on DS9… And then that Klingon came along.

Well, that’s why we have fanfiction, so when the writer’s screw up, the fans can fix it. And that’s also why we have YouTube, so the fans can create music video tributes to the couple that should have been. I made two videos myself, and then for a long time couldn’t find anything else J&J on YouTube… Until now!

Just so everyone knows, I did *not* make this video. Many thanks to Allure75 for making this video and posting it on YouTube! Keep up the good work, we need more J&J on YouTube!

Live long and prosper,

=^=TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***

Episode Review #2: DS9 – House Of Quark

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

Once again I had some spare time over the weekend and found myself watching DS9 again. Funny how that happens… This time I pulled out my season 3 DVD set and popped in the first disc to watch “House Of Quark”.

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers! Read further only if you’ve seen the episode, because: 1. There are lots of spoilers and 2. I’m not gonna give you a summary, just some of my random thoughts about each episode, so it helps if you’ve seen the episode.

This has got to be one of my favorite Quark episodes. Oh sure, there are other good Quark episodes, like “The Nagus”, “Rules of Acquisition”, “Profit and Loss”, and some others in later seasons. And Quark will have the occasional great scene, like in the teaser of “The Quickening”. But overall, this has to be my favorite Quark episode.

What seems like a simple bar fight and a tall tale to boost business lands Quark in front of the Klingon High Council. Quark’s way out of the mess relies on his business sense at first, but eventually a risky gamble and some bravery saves his life, and gets him a divorce. The divorce scene was classic, if it were really that easy I’d consider getting married! Klingons definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to a divorce! And if only we ever saw a scene like that with Jadzia and Worf, but I digress.

The subplot with the O’Briens… eh, it was okay. Of course Keiko leaving for Bajor was a big catalyst for all of the great scenes and great friendship we’d see between Bashir and O’Brien since somebody had to keep Miles company while his family was away. But my favorite part of that whole subplot was the scene where Julian tells Miles that Keiko is not going to be happy running the station’s arboretum just like Miles wouldn’t be happy playing with tricorders. For Keiko to be happy, she has to be a botanist, and for Miles to be happy, he’s gotta be an engineer.

I always come back to watch this scene between Miles and Julian when I’m trying to figure out what to do with my life and people are telling me to take what I’m passionate about and make it a hobby when I know darn well I can make a living at doing what I love. Maybe I won’t end up filthy rich, but money isn’t everything. And if Quark heard me say that, he’d wash my mouth out with soap!

Speaking of Quark, even after his trip to the Klingon homeworld and near execution and brief marriage and divorce, he *still* hasn’t learned his lesson about tall tales, as the episode ends with him inflating yet another story. If you want to teach your kids that lying gets you into trouble and you shouldn’t do it, this is not the episode to have them watch since Quark just never learns that lesson…

Live Long and Prosper,

=^=TrekkieGirl

***Disclaimer: Star Trek and all the shows and characters and etc. are owned by CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement intended. This blog is a collection of TrekkieGirl’s opinions and commentaries on the show, conventions, and other Star Trek related topics. TrekkieGirl writes about Trek for fun, not profit.***