First of all, I’d like to apologize for ignoring this blog. It’s the same thing every time I start a new blog, I get enthusiastic about updating it until I find my content too boring to post it. In the end, I deem myself unworthy of it.

Therefore, I’ve decided to give myself, and this blog, a second chance. I’ll try my best to post as often as possible. Right now, I’m packing up to attend Montreal Comic Con, this weekend. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find time to post here. End of line.

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To boldly go… – Part 2: Discovering Star Trek.

Here’s is the second part of my blog posts about Star Trek. Today, I’m taking a more personal look, at the franchise, from my own perspective. Mainly, how my first true Star Trek experience as a pre-teen. Here we go.

Where do I start? Well, when I first heard of Star Trek, I was a kid, and I only knew the franchise through the movies and episodes of The Next Generation, that I would partially watch on a neighbour’s television. We didn’t have cable network, back then, and the movies were aired at least once a year, on one of the five channels we where able to tune to on our television set.

For a long time, I thought that Star Trek only spanned from the first to seventh movie… and The Next Generation. It was only when I was 11, in 6th grade, by picking up a french edition of William Shatner‘s Star Trek Memories, that I realized that Star Trek was so much more. I was reading about a TV show that I’ve never ever watched before, and it made me want to follow the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. My wish was finally granted on a Friday past 5:30 PM, in 1997, when I was 12. After lots of enquiring from me and my sisters, my father finally gave in and subscribed to cable TV. As I was flipping through our newly acquired channels, I came across my very first Star Trek episode.

Well, actually, it wasn’t an entire episode, as I only caught the last half of it. But, I’ll never forget which one it was. It was the 15th episode of the second season: The Trouble With The Tribbles. That was at this very moment I got hooked on Star Trek. Everyday, I would come back from school, have dinner, do my homework, and be ready by 5:00 PM to sit in front of the television and catch Star Trek. Sometimes, that would alienate my sisters that I would “hog” the television set, in those times, I would have no other choice than to record the episodes on tape. Above all else, everyone ended up knowing that 5:00 PM was *my* television time and nothing would come between me and my beloved Star Trek. Nothing! Alright, I’m just kidding. I may be obsessed by Star Trek, but not like Gollum would be obsessed by the One Ring.

Eventually, summer passed and high school started. Unfortunately, the high school I was attending was somewhat far and the bus ride to my home would take more than an hour, thus missing the beginning of Star Trek every time. I had to resort to have the program recorded on tape. I so didn’t want to miss an episode that I would call my mom everyday at lunchtime to remind her to record Star Trek for me. I must have drove her on the edge of madness or something. Thankfully, the DVD release of series, happening a few years later, had me getting rid of my badly recorded VHS tapes, to finally enjoy the original series to the fullest.

The french edition of Star Trek Memories had a full list of all Star Trek series episodes, movies and books that were made at that time. Every time I’d watch an episode of the original series, I’d consult the episodes list and, using a pencil, grey out the number of the episode I’ve just watched. Eventually, all numbers were greyed out and, it was time for me to seek out other series, watch movies and read books, to boldly expand my love for Star Trek.

Finally, that would be all for today. Tomorrow, I may take a break and maybe review Adam Nimoy‘s movie For The Love Of Spock, which I’m gonna watch tonight. The movie is available to buy on iTunes and has been announced to come out on DVD and Blu-Ray soon. End of line.

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To boldly go… – Part 1: A small recap.

I was supposed to write a post on my trip to Fan Expo, but this will have to wait. Today is too important to miss out on it…

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first television airing of a small sci-fi show called Star Trek. Some of you may have heard about it but, for those who didn’t, here’s a small summary:

Star Trek was about a crew on a starship named U.S.S. Enterprise, led by Captain James T. Kirk, along with his loyal first officer, the half-Vulcan, half-human, Commander Spock, as well as the bridge crew. Each week, they would seek out new life and new civilizations, discover strange new worlds, and boldly go where no one has gone before. The first episode, called The Man Trap first aired on September 8, 1966. Afterwards, the original series ran from 1966 to 1969, until cancellation, spanning 79 episodes in all, and changing history of science-fiction forever.

Eventually, movies and new series were produced. With new ships and crews, as well as the original crew and the good old Enterprise. In all, it is seven series, which makes 726 episodes and 10 movies. Something to keep any newbie Trekkie busy on long winter nights.

Lately, a new series has been announced, which would be called Star Trek: Discovery and, although the first episode will be airing on cable TV, all episodes will be mostly available online through the CBS All-Access platform. It is a move I find questionable from CBS, as the series will probably end up being highly pirated on torrent websites. Well, it is their loss.

Anyhow, this will cover the first part if my blog entries about Star Trek, as I’ve realized that I had enough material to write a small novel, and I wouldn’t want to bore any of my readers with interminable blog posts. Stay tuned for the second part of this article, as I would take a more personal look about Star Trek and how it influenced my life. End of line.

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Getting ready for Fan Expo.

In two days, I’ll be boarding a train for Toronto, where I’ll be attending Fan Expo Canada. I have my tickets printed, I booked a nice room on AirBnB, and I’m starting to pack for the trip. I dusted off the pair of Converse I’ll wear and fitted them with gel insoles, because I’m gonna do a lot of walking/waiting in lines for four days. I also made a checklist of everything I’m bringing, hoping that I wouldn’t forget anything.

Truth to be told, only three weeks ago, I wasn’t imagining that I’ll go to Fan Expo. Therefore, I had little time to plan my trip. It is thanks to a guest that I’ll be attending this event. I’m not gonna name him, but let say that I’ve helped him selling prints, at his booth, during Montreal ComicCon and, to thank me, he promised that he’d get me free passes for the next time there was a con, in my area.

Anyhow, three weeks ago, I was telling him how I envied him to go to Fan Expo, and how I’d love to go there. To my surprise, he offered to get me in and, in return, I offered to help him at his booth again. Consequently, my “free time” will be spend selling prints but, at least, I’ll get a chair to sit on. Well, I’m sure as hell gonna get the time of my life during those four days.

Well, I was talking about how I was getting ready so, here’s a small report of my progress so far:

My suitcase is almost packed. I’m bringing enough clothes for five days, along with other necessities like hygiene products, makeup and my flat iron.

I’m bringing my “antique” laptop, so I won’t rely on my phone to do everything Internet-related. Also, I’m bringing DVDs to watch when I’ll be resting in my room. That thing is almost a decade old, it overheat a little but, it is still usable.

I’m bringing my ever-so-faithful iPod and my PSP, for the long train ride. Also, I’m bringing my pre-signed copy of The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy to have it dedicated by Sam Maggs. This book is a must-have for any geek girls, and it has an entire chapter about cons which include tips about how to prepare yourself, how to survive on the floor, the do’s and don’ts, and how to rock a cosplay, which is something I won’t get to do due to lacking time and money for that.

And lastly, this is my beloved cat that I can’t unfortunately bring with me. She may seems independent and all but, she’s super cuddly when I’m in bed and she needs to have me in her field of vision most of the time. I bet she’s gonna find the five days I’ll be gone to be the longest of her life. I’ll miss her to.

To wrap things up, I just can’t wait to be at Fan Expo. To think that, three weeks ago, I wasn’t imagining of being there and that I’m leaving in two days for Toronto feel so surreal to me. Well, I’ll try my best to update this blog during the expo but, I’ll also make small updates on my Twitter as well. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy myself. End of line.

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New blog!

Here’s to (another) new blog. I don’t know how well this one will go but, hopefully, I may get more inspired than on my previous attempts. Just don’t expect the blog to be updated daily, maybe one to a few post a week, or bi-weekly, I don’t know. Anyway, the first blog entry is never great, in my opinion.

Therefore, we’ll see how things evolve. Fortunately, with the Fan Expo coming soon, I might get to write a few interesting entries as a good start. End of line.

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