There was a blurb in my local paper today that gave me pause.
Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, has announced that he has attended his last Star Trek convention.
And I have heard that Vulcans never bluff, so it must be true.
So. Now my secret is out.
I am a Star Trek fan.
Don’t judge me.
I am NOT a trekkie.
Not that there is anything wrong with being a trekkie…
I have never attended a convention, dressed up as a crew member on the USS Enterprise, or purchased a replica tricorder. And I don’t speak Klingon.
But I did used to run around my backyard with my old-fashioned Dymo label maker yelling “phasers on stun!”
I am happy to say that I have never done this as an adult.
Star Trek was actually very important to me, and I really loved it as a kid. I am talking the original series. I never really got into the subsequent stuff. For me, it is all about nostalgia.
Let’s face it — if you loved something as a kid, you love it as an adult.
My children do not understand the allure of the original Star Trek.
They think it is stupid and fake looking.
I don’t understand what makes them say this.
They also cannot understand what it meant to me as a kid. They have so many shows that they can access just about any time they want.
We had to wait for something we liked to come on, and when it did, it had our full attention. I could hardly wait for Star trek to come on and I was glued to the screen until it finished.
My kids also expect things to look real. They don’t like it when the rocks look like styrofoam and the aliens are clearly just guys in costumes.
They don’t get that that was one of the things we liked about it.
This is a list of some of the other reasons I loved (love) Star Trek:
The idea of traveling to all of these new worlds was just so intoxicating. You could find virtually anything on any given planet. There could be lizard men or cave people or Abraham Lincoln or old-time gangsters. There were castles and Greek gods and hortas and gladiators. And the names – Rigel V and Alpha Centuri, Talous and Tiburon. Made me want to enroll in the academy and sign up for a lifetime of service in Starfleet. To go where no man had gone before.
I love boots. Always have and always will. And on Star Trek, everyone wore boots.
Often with those funny length pants.
Cabi is selling pants like that this year.
They are called “bootlets” and they are really cute. Do not, however, make like a trekkie and wear them with calf boots.
Back on the Enterprise, though, pair your high boots with your short skirt. I loved this look. On the Enterprise, the higher your boots were the more likely you were to be, um…bad.
This attracted me for reasons I didn’t understand.
James T. Kirk
It is sometimes easy to forget with all of those Priceline commercials and everything …
but James Tiberious Kirk was quite a hottie in his day.
He ended up shirtless or with a ripped shirt almost every episode.
At least now he has a sense of humor, though.
Even though Captain Kirk was handsome, I actually think I preferred Spock.
I have always had a thing for a smart guy. Besides, he could do that cool thing with his hands. I have never been able to do that.
Spock also said great things like:
“I am endeavoring, ma’am, to construct a mnemonic circuit using stone knives and bearskins.”
Spock could do the Vulcan mind meld to see what someone was thinking.
This often came in quite handy.
He even did it to the horta. Remember? The silicon-based form of life?
That’s right. Spock did a mind meld with a rock.
Spock could also do that cool neck nerve pinch.
This came in pretty handy, too.
My brothers and I were always trying to do the Vulcan nerve pinch to each other. We never actually made anyone lose consciousness, though. This is because we are full blood human.
The nerve pinch is a Vulcan thing.
I grew up in a very small town that was, shall we say, lacking in diversity in those days. I was always very attracted to people and places that were different from what I saw every day. Uhura fell into this category.
Uhura was unendingly fascinating to me. She was just so gorgeous and cool looking. And she was smart — really the only female member of the crew that was treated as an equal.
Uhura also hinted at a very interesting back story that I couldn’t quite comprehend, but I knew that it would be really awesome.
Uhura always carried herself with great dignity and presence.
This is not easy when you work every day with a weird metal thing sticking out of your ear.
It Was Sexy
Sexy on television meant something very different when Star Trek was originally on tv.
Sexy also meant something very different to me back then.
I really didn’t know what it meant, but I knew that there was something, ahem, a bit “grown up” about Star Trek.
I still remember the first time I saw things like this:
Captain Kirk got around.
Ok. One hairdo.
No wonder Yeoman Rand could never quite make it work with Jim.
Everything Always Turned Out In The End
No matter what kind of peril the crew of the Enterprise found themselves in, they always got out of it, and everything could end with some humorous banter on the bridge.
Even if Jim had to go down onto the surface of the nearby planet and engage in hand to hand combat with the Captain of another ship…
it turned out fine.
Even if the Klingons attacked with Photon Torpedoes, the Enterprise’s shields were down and Scotty thought he couldn’t hold ’em any longer…
it turned out fine.
Then they had plenty of time for joking around and a few laughs with the guys on the bridge.
In fact, I suspect…
that life on the Enterprise was really just one big frat party.
Beam me up, Scotty.
P.S. What is your favorite Star Trek episode?