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  #547 New May 17th, 2019 03:22 PM
Star Trek III, the Search for Spock. Opening day. I see it after school with a fellow Trekkie. Some time later FASA puts out their miniatures for their ST RPG, and another friend gets the Excelsior mini from the movie. My fellow Trekkie looks at the secondary hull, sees the bulb form factor, points to it, and says "that must be the trans warp drive" *face palm*.

Okay, we were high school students, and HS age types are prone to making a lot of assumptions, but even to the non Trek fan audience member, I think it might have been clear that the two huge engines probably had more to do with the Excelsior's trans warp capability, than something not related to the drive system.

Early to mid 90s, I'm at CompUSA and I buy Lucasarts' "X-Wing" for the PC. And inside is that flame / bird red emblem that some software coder or developer saw on Luke's helmet as he flew his X-Wing in the movie, and for some reason decided that that was the emblem for the Rebels. Ignore all the other helmet designs patterns, that red flame thing is the Rebellion's banner. *face palm*

I often wonder what goes through the mind of fans or developers when they addon what they think are good things for another author's work, and take something totally innocuous, and turn it into something that's big, noticeable, and into a thing it was never meant to be.

When I wrote that fan-fic thread for Traveller in the Cleon Memorial Library, I didn't take too many liberties with any established canon. I didn't have Richard Aston visiting the Emperor, saving his daughter, marrying into the royal family, and then somehow heading back to the Marches to help Norris in whatever capacity. I didn't alter any symbols, I didn't add anything that would deeply or significantly affect established fiction not too much anyway, and yet I see companies and individuals really just going hog wild when it comes to creating fan junk.

I remember a trip to Disneyland with my buds after graduation, and we ride on Star Tours. One of our dude, Big Dave I think we called him (he was tall and big) speculated about another Death Star after the ride was over. Sure pal. It's just a ride. Maybe you need to get out more.

I remember being in Tower Books back in the late 80s or early 90s (love book stores), and going through the science section (next to the scifi section), and I some how get into a conversation with two others, and I think I ran into Big Dave there, and we were talking authors and books. And one of the guys we were talking to really got the characters, and started grabbing all kinds of titles. I think Star Rigger and Hero of the Galaxy were first published, if that gives you the reader any indication of the year.

I remember being at a creation convention after The Next Generation pilot aired, and I was going to go all fanboy on Johnathan Frakes and Roddenberry's personal assistant (but no, I never did), and some local Trek fan type, with his standard definition home video camera and Amiga (a computer designed for graphics work, sometimes used for low grade editing) offered his services to the ever so well equipped (Panaflex 35mm camera packaged with Arri and Mole Richardson lights, and professional Sound Stages) Next Generation production team. Well, you can't fault a guy for trying but still

I remember being at another convention years before and some ugly nut case grand mother identified herself as a concerned sentient of the world to the dude who played Kahn's son "Juoquin" ("J" is silent in Spanish) as she vented her spleen about some world issues I can't remember what she said, just that she was a basket case. A quick lookup sees that Judson Scott played the role, and I seem to recall that he felt himself too cool to be associated with a "geek film" like Star Trek. Whatever. Maybe he should have stuck with doing Falcon Crest or whatever dreck programming was on at the time.

A few years after The Phantom Menace came out some dude did his car up like an A-Wing fighter from Return of the Jedi. You know, the women I've dated would have dropped me like a hot potato had I done that to my ride. I can only shake my head.

There was a scum bag who was briefly part of my gaming group who touted himself as a Trek fan, then really derided some Trek fans who came into his place of work as they talked about the movies, and according to him, pretended to have phasers and tricorders. I'm not sure which is worse, being an adult and pretending to have gear from the future, or being a fan, flip-flopping, and then really putting down fans. Whatever.

I think the epitome of fandom strangeness was the "Jedi Wedding" at the opening day of the second Star Wars' prequel in I believe Boston. Triumph the Insult comic dog covered the event, and it was there that I saw fully grown men act out The Phantom Menace along with the movie playing on a screen in the background you've, got, to, be, kidding, me.

Truly, for me, dressing up as a character from some media property stopped at age what, ten? And to see post-grads gallivanting around in public, on MAIN STREET USA, as some goofy Star Wars character, not even one of the cool ones, is the epitome of "no thanks." I love good fantasy films, but my engagement of the fantasy stops there and with writing.

So, when I used to surf DeviantArt I was amazed at the enormous amount of costume players dressing up as anime characters, superheroes, or even gaming icons (I saw a dozen Asian gamers of both sexes dressed up as Battlefield 2142 soldiers some group calling themselves gamers for equality), I tend to furl my brow. I even saw a group of girls dressed up as the female versions of the original Star Trek Enterprise crew; i.e. female Kirk, female Spock, female Scotty, female Bones but wait, no male Uhura? Discrimination.

I've mentioned this before in previous web log entries, but the biggest idiots (and you can call me sexist for this) are the female cosplayers who dress up in costumes with massive spikey stiletto heals, massive shoulder pads, armor that reveals their legs and midsection, and then they pose for a picture with a behemoth weapon or scepter of some kind. And so I ask, "How do you fight in that?" And the reply I get is some condescending "It's just a costume." Well, okay, but presumably you're basing it off of some action character who fights in that getup. Whatever.

I remember chiding some D&D fanboy who dressed up his fantasy woman in some leather lingerie she was holding a fireball or flask with a potion or something. He fired back at me, and then I explained the context of Dungeons and Dragons, and how no woman in the middle ages would be caught dead without at least one layer of clothing, probably two or three. His response was terse, but I can't remember what he said.

Most fans are well adjusted normal human beings, though I do imagine that part of the formula for Hollywood media is to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of sanity when it comes to fanboys who dress up as Darth Sideous with makeup and double bladed light saber staff thingy, and those of us who just came to see some of the lectures and buy some schlock.

I mean, in the 50s and 60s no one dressed up as I don't know any of the DC superheroes when going to a movie. Dressing up as a character for a convention usually meant that you were in a contest, a kid, or just out of your mind But today it's a big thing, and where I don't really fault people for engaging in their fantasies too much, I do think it's kind of out there.

Well, if I ever do attend a Comic Con or anything similar, I'll go as an out of work grip / game author, and wear my work jeans and a t-shirt, along with a NEW pair of sneakers.

Just call me crazy.

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