Hi everyone my name is Marcus! I've been a Star Trek fan since I was little, and I confess I wasn't born when TOS was on the air. But TNG was on the air and I did watch it. It wasn't until DS( came out and later Voyager and Enterprise did I watch it every week and tape them. Just recently did I toss all the tapes because I have them all on DVD. I went to my first Star Trek convention back in 1994, when I was in the 5th grade. This was back when the Grand Slam cons in Pasadena were mostly Star Trek cons and the autographs were mostly free..you just had to wait in long lines. I mean 1995 was a damn good year dont you think? Generations hit theaters, things were heating up on DS9, Voyager just premiered...for a ayoung Trekkie you couldn't ask for more. Like others on here I have tons of Trek stuff, whether it be action figures, ships, books and magazines, uniforms, soundtrack music, posters, shirts, video games etc etc etc. You name it I have it...or know of it.
I live in Downey, California and to be quite honest it sucks because to my knowledge there arent any Trek fans over here. I usually go to conventions alone because I dont know anyone, and I hope being on here will change that.
Being a Star Trek fan growing up I got picked on alot, especially when I was in Catholic School. But being a Trekkie has made me very accepting and tolerant of others, and as a result I am easy to please and like just about everybody. I'd be lying if I said being a Trek fan wasn't a lonely one, because I ws usually the only one around with enough guts to admit publicly he loved Star Trek. I often went to school with a Trek magazine in my backpack (back when Starlog used to put out magazines for the series) and when my grandparents gave me a box set of the Star Trek MicroMachines for my birthday I carried a different ship to school everyday. Basically I was one of those kids who didnt have much of a life, as I was very sheltered and I come from a good family. My folks didnt let me go out much, and as a result I didnt go to parties, drink, smoke and all that other stuff. I had trek on the brain ALL the time. Too much now that I look back on it. I remember carrying the U.S.S. Voyager in my pocket when I went to Prom! Talk about a guy with no life! In fact I didn't even loose my virginity until my 20th birthday! Anyway it wasnt until my father passed away and I was on my own did I start doing things, and going to cons every year. And since I was working I was able to buy my own stuff, many of the things I saw as a kid that my parents couldnt or wouldnt buy me at the time. I know some pretty important people from the studio, and I've been blessed and lucky to have been able to meet and in many cases hang out with some of the actors and crew. One of my close friends is the "Official Trek Expert", and he makes his living as the official Paramount Star Trek consultant.
Ok so I know most of us have seen the new movie, and to be honest I have mixed feelings. By now Ive seen it 5 times and after each viewing I liked it more but the first time I was really upset because they changed everything and made it too damn sexy and "hip" for the audience. I went dressed in unform to 3 of those showings and would you believe I was the only one dressed up? JJ pissed folks off by adding Star Wars references in the movie, especially since we as Trek fans are locked in Mortal Kombat with Star Wars fans on which is better. Trek obviously is of course. But JJ's movie seemed like it totally erased the last 40 years of Trek and I had a serious problem with that. I mean...the destruction of Vulcan? No Romulas in the late 24th century? Personally I think they shouldve made the movie based on the Countdown comics which lead up and basically give the background into the events in the movie. But like I said with each viewing I liked it more and more and it wasnt until my 5th time did I actualy walk out feeling better. Then I went home and read a Q &A session with the producers and it answered some of my questions. But still...I hate the fact how Time Travel is used to fix bad writing. So even though the "normal Star Trek universe" is still intact, it seems we wont be seeing much of that from here on out.
I'm here to meet new friends, pretty Trek girls and all that good stuff. I'm very easy to talk to and I have many interests outside of Star Trek. Hope to see you out there. Drop me a line or open a channel.