Monday, June 6, 2016

Propworx Star Trek Auction VIII

This past weekend, Propworx had their eighth Star Trek auction on Liveauctioneers. This was an auction for the Robert Blackman Collection; 152 lots of artwork, costume designs and crew gifts from The Next Generation through Enterprise.

There were three lots of special interest to Vulcanologists. The first was sketches for Perrin's (Joanna Miles) costumes in the TNG episode "Sarek."

I think Blackman did a great job with this costume. It has some touches that throw back to Robert Fletcher's movie-era work (including re-using the jewellery worn by the Vulcan maidens in Star Trek III).  The bright pink makes Perrin stand out as a non-Vulcan. It's reminiscent of the bright colours worn by Sarek's first wife, Amanda, in "Journey to Babel".

The second lot also features work for the episode "Sarek."  These sketches are for Sarek's aide, Sakkath (Rocco Sisto).

The third lot is sketches for Tuvok's (Tim Russ) civilian clothing. We've seen Tuvok in pyjamas a few times but these look quite similar to the costumes he wore in "Riddles" and "Endgame".

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Fifty-Year Mission

I'm very excited to read these two new books by Mark Altman (Free Enterprise) and Edward Gross!

The first volume, covering the first 25 years of Trek history, will be released on June 28th. It can be pre-ordered here.  The second volume, covering the last 25 years, will be released on August 30th. It can be pre-ordered here.

Watch this space for a review once I've read them!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Book Review: Leonard

The good folks at St. Martin's Press sent me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

William Shatner has written a whole series of memoirs, most of them with a focus on his Star Trek experiences.  I have to be honest and say that I didn't really enjoy most of them.  I often felt overwhelmed by the voice of the Shatner Persona and I frequently felt an attempt by Shatner to distance himself from Star Trek and the fans that have given him the lifestyle he has.  This book is different.

Here, I sense a maturity and honesty that was lacking in most of Shatner's other memoirs.  There was some of this in Up Till Now but in Leonard, I have the sense that William Shatner is becoming more comfortable with himself and his role in Star Trek fandom and I'm tempted to say that some of this was a result of the example set by Leonard Nimoy.  In the other books, I sensed an almost desperate need for the writer to be entertaining but here, he is actually just sharing from his heart.

The book begins with Shatner setting up the parallels between his own life and Leonard Nimoy's.  They were of an age, both from Jewish families that escaped Europe and both became fascinated with acting in childhood.  He goes on to discuss how they met and worked on Star Trek and how their friendship grew, not while the show was on the air, but in the 70s when they began to attend conventions together.  It seems logical to me that they would grow closer through this experience. No one but those few people who were involved in the show could possibly comprehend the Star Trek phenomenon and even those people sometimes took decades to really understand and come to terms with it.

This book is a love letter to Leonard Nimoy.  Shatner outlines Nimoy's career and describes the pleasure that Nimoy found in poetry and photography.  He discusses Nimoy's family life, struggles with alcoholism and the results of smoking and he talks about what he learned from Nimoy.  Shatner shares memories and quotations from other actors who worked with Nimoy (mostly Steve Guttenberg and John DeLancie) and also from Leonard's son, Adam Nimoy. Those who haven't read either of Leonard Nimoy's memoirs will discover new things about the man in this book.

It has been nearly a year since Leonard Nimoy left us and during that time I have been unable to watch any Star Trek with Nimoy in it.  His death continues to have a huge impact on me but I think I've now had enough time that I can go back and enjoy the work he left in the world.

William Shatner's Leonard is a portrait of the artist who had millions of friends across the globe.  It is the story of two men who lived through an unprecedented cultural phenomenon and who found friendship in the process.  Like most people who encountered him, William Shatner is a better person for having had Leonard Nimoy in his life and this book is well worth reading.  Trekkies will note a few small errors in Shatner's memory but they don't detract from the overall experience.  I felt a sense of closure about the loss of Leonard Nimoy when I came to the end of this book and I think other Trekkies will appreciate the truths Shatner reveals about himself in this memoir.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

For the Love of Spock

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Adam Nimoy is making a film about his father, For the Love of Spock.

There was a successful Kickstarter campaign and the film is now on it's way! The official site is here. The Facebook page is here.

COPD-Highly Illogical. A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Julie Nimoy is working with Health Point films to produce a documentary about COPD and her father, Leonard Nimoy.

The official site is here.

The filmmakers are currently looking for help with finishing funds. You can donate now on IndieGoGo.

Like the film on Facebook and help spread the word!

Thursday, December 10, 2015


William Shatner's next book is entitled Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man.

It will be released almost a year from the day Leonard Nimoy passed away.

It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Watch for a review next year.