Normal me: What are we doing here?
Apathetic me: Maybe they’re throwing us a retirement party.
Sports Fanatic me: That suits me, I just bought a boat.
Nerdy me: …no you didn’t.
Sports Fanatic me: Oh wait…yeah, that’s Scotty’s line.
Nerdy me: Was I supposed to be Uhura? But I’m not chairing a seminar at the Academy.
Apathetic me: If we’re all here, where’s Artistic?
Normal me: Mr. Artistic? On assignment. Where’s…wait, no, that’s all of us.
Normal me: No, we’re not retiring. In fact, this blog is just now beginning its second year of existence.
Nerdy me: (woo!)
Apathetic me: (woo…)
Sports Fanatic me: Yep, yesterday was its birthday. I’d say ‘our’ birthday, but we’ve been around in James’ mind far longer.
Apathetic me: And that explains why he’s nuts.
Nerdy me: Seriously, though, where’s Artistic?
Artistic me: Here.
Nerdy me: Gah! Where did you come from?
Artistic me: James’ brain. Next question? Seriously, though, I’m here with James’ most recent piece. He put it together last night during the game.
Sports Fanatic me: Fantastic game, that. Right down to the wire, up there with XLIII for the best Super Bowl ever. Incidentally, the Giants held off the Patriots to win the game 21-17, preventing the Pats from getting revenge for their loss to the Giants in XLII.
Artistic me: Yep, with the exception of an awful halftime, it was worth watching after all. Anyway, here’s the piece. Nerdy, analyze and discuss.
Nerdy me: Oh, yes, very nice. This is James’ CGI representation of the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “Beyond the Farthest Star,” incidentally the first episode of the series, premiering on 8 September 1973, seven years to the day after the first broadcast episode of The Original Series (“The Man Trap”). In this episode, the Enterprise encounters a massive, ancient alien vessel, built by insectoid aliens. After exploring it, they find it was possessed by a “magnetic organism” which follows them to the Enterprise, which it proceeds to try to take over. The crew outwits it and, after manoeuvring close to “Questar M-17,” tricks it into thinking the ship is about to crash. The entity abandons the Enterprise and affixes itself to the dead star (comprised of “imploded matter” with “negative mass”) as the Enterprise narrowly escapes, flying off and leaving the entity there forever.
Apathetic me: Where it continues to whine and moan to this day.
Nerdy me: Yes indeed. Anyway, it was a gem of an episode in the context of TAS (and no, not like the character Gem of TOS).
Artistic me: Yeah, so here you have it. The insectoid ship was a serious pain to build, but if it weren’t for subdivision, it would have been nigh impossible. As for the star… James intentionally switched it to a quasar, since that makes a lot more sense than that Questar nonsense.
Sports Fanatic me: Won’t you feel silly when they finally discover that nonsense exists?
Nerdy me: I won’t rule it out of the realm of possibility, but…okay, yes, I am doing just that.
Artistic me: Anyway, James has a render running of the Phase II Enterprise to do a revamped version of that episode as well. The only problem is that it’s taking bloody forever to complete.
Normal me: Plenty of time for James to do some homework.
Nerdy me: Oh goodie.
Artistic me: Ugh…
Normal me: Well, that does it for us today. Hope you enjoyed the pretty picture. See you on the flip-side. Ciao.