Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Convention

The schedule is finally out, but not final. I have made my notes on my plans based on the schedule they sent us, though.

Sounds like they'll be playing a music video every three seconds. Hope those aren't crap.

So, on my birthday, I'm going to go see Scarlet Pomers (Naomi), Susie Plakson (K'eyhlar and others), and Patti Yasutake (Alyssa Ogawa); then Tim Russ (why is he on so early?); Bob Justman; Rod Roddenberry (Malachi Throne is on at the same time and I had a serious debate about that so Rod had better be good.); Dwight Schultz (Barclay); Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn); Catherine Hicks (Gillian Taylor herself, who I'll be missing the blooper reel for); LeVar Burton; Gates McFadden (but only because I don't have anything better do to, I don't like her that much); Richard Arnold (The World's leading Star Trek scholar); and then Wil Wheaton.

The next day is going to be George Takei; Walter Koenig; Ronald B. Moore (one of the producers); Nichelle Nichols; The Borg War Trailer (more about this later); D.C. Fontana; Dominic Keating and Connor Trineer (but again, only because I'll have nothing better to do); Terry Farrell (who is on at the same time as the De Kelley tribute and I really had to think about that. In fact, I may change my mind when I get there); Gene Roddenberry interview clips; and then the problem. See, Michael and Denise Okuda come on ten minutes after the start of Borg War. I think I kind of want to see Borg War. I also really really really really want to see the Okudas. My problem, ladies and gentlemen.

Anyway, Saturday will get me Nana Visitor and Rene Auberjonois; Kristine M. Smith (the woman who was De Kelley's caregiver and is the reason I feel I can miss the memorial thing for Terry Farrell); Marc Alaimo (Dukat), Casey Biggs (Damar), and Andrew Robinson (Garak); Brannon Braga (who shall be put to death if he doesn't apologize to us); Larry Nemecek; Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner; Kate Mulgrew; Avery Brooks, Penny Jerald, and Cirroc Lofton (the Siskos); David A. Williams (presentation on SETI type things); and the concert.

The last day features Robert O'Reilley (Gowron); Nick Meyer; The State of Star Trek address; Leonard Nimoy; William Shatner; Leondard Nimoy and William Shatner (together); Nicole de Boer; Jeffrey Combs, Wallace Shawn, Armin Shimerman, and Max Grodenchik (Four of the five regular Ferengi from DS9); Some awards; and then the farewell.

I leave one week from today.

Kirk/Spock Shippers

I've been reading some K/S fanfic lately, mostly to see what I'm missing. The majority of fanfic, I should say first, is crap. It's dull and boring and enitrely lame. Generally you want to find a website that accepts submissions, not someone's personal website, which is usually a festering crapfest.

I went looking because I was curious. Someone had asked a question on one of the boards about how Shatner and Nimoy feel about K/S fic. The consensus was that they are amused by it, by the way. Anyway, it was something I've never considered before. Not that I've never thought about it, but seeking K/S out to actually see how people would possibly make it believable.

Which is when I discovered the online K/S zines. And you never know, until you read it, whether it's going to be as borderline offensive as Harry/Hermione or as ridiculous as Harry/Ron or as believable as Will/Deanna. But after I read it, I knew it was somewhere between Harry/Ron and Harry/Hermione.

First there's the fact that Kirk is something of a galactic playboy, and no one seems to be writing them in an open relationship. In fact, there's some people who would have them bonded just after "Amok Time". And then there's the relationship itself. I can't see either of them actually saying many of the things these fanfic authors say. In the fanfic world, we call this OOC - Out Of Character. And then there's the one where Kirk and Spock go to Pride weekend in San Francisco.

You heard me.

Now, I have no problem with the concept, and I think that Kirk and Spock obviously had a very strong relationship based on mutual respect and affection. Whether this resulted in smoochies is anyone's guess, but what I don't understand are the people who, when this topic was raised on the boards, said they were offended by it. So what if Kirk and Spock were screwing - we love them anyway.