Thursday, September 14, 2006

Star Trek 40th anniversary

I've been watching some shows over the last few days celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek's arrival. It's a show I've always loved and it certainly examines some issues in a unique way.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered an old VHS tape of a Star Trek film that only 4 people know about. It's actually a souvenir tape we made when we went to Universal Studios about 10 years ago. They blue-screen you into a short episode and it's actually quite thrilling to see yourself on-screen with those famous characters. Especially if you're a total geek - which I am.

My one consolation about being pure ham on the bone in the 'film' is that my sister was sliced ham. Acting so bad it looks like a parody of a spoof of a B-film. My kids saw it for the first time yesterday and they believed we'd actually been in a Star Trek film, bless 'em. They also thought it was funny.

One poignant moment was seeing my mother alive and well - she died just over 5 years ago - and acting even worse than me and my sister. My wife's acting was worse still.

To be fair, neither of them was a Star Trek fan at the time - and it shows!


At 7:15 PM, Blogger Izzybella said...

Hey, your blog is a good read. I've just barely gotten interested in science fiction having fallen head over heels for Joss Whedon's "Firefly," admittedly not your traditional science fiction.

I liked Star Trek, growing up. My mom stopped just short of being a true Trekkie (there was a Halloween costume but we never attended a convention)and she shared the love.

Nice memory. Thanks for sharing!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Minx said...

Oh Amin, what a lovely memory to have and to keep. I also lost my mum, and my dad, five and six years ago. We have one tape of them and the MD is going to tranfer it to CD before we lose it altogether. The nicest thing about having it is that I still get to hear their voices!!

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Amin said...

Minx, I know what you mean about hearing their voices and seeing them move.

When my mother died, after a long battle with cancer, my siblings (2 sisters and 1 brother) were devastated, as was I, but they could only think of her suffering. I had recently done a self-help course called Sedona and all I could see was my mother vibrant and alive and joyful. I know it was much more helpful to me to have those happy memories, rather than the agonizing ones my siblings had.

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Amin said...

izzybella, thanks for visiting. Have you looked at my main blog at

I had a visit to your blog and I loved your post about mispronunciation. I've left a comment there about that.

I love the idea of your mother in as Trek uniform for Halloween! I, although a big fan, would never dare to wear a uniform or dress up. Well, not since doing that little film, anyway!


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