If I'm avoiding a deadline, it must be time for a few random Star Trek items that have crossed my, uh, desk, today.
The Really Super-Awesome Trust Us You Totally Need To Have This One Even If You've Already Bought All The Other Ones DVD box set for Star Trek: The Next Generation has been shipped to retailers, and TV Shows on DVD got their hands on one of them.
I think it looks really cool, especially the reproduction of the plaque we had on the bridge (I wonder what happened to that? I hope it wasn't auctioned, or if it was, it belongs to someone who cherishes it) and I already know that the special features are outstanding (even if I am not the most impartial observer on this particular point). Still, I would have a very hard time justifying the $395 price tag, especially since I already own the existing individual seasons. Yes, I see that it's priced appropriately when compared to other complete series collections, and I assume it has lots of spiffy commentaries and other extras which aren't included in the current description, but goddamn that's a lot of money.
Also, I don't know if it's intentional, but it also appears that TPTB got in one last "fuck you" at me by including images of every series regular but me on the individual DVDs. I'm not entirely sure, because I can only see the images of one season, but it certainly fits a pattern of exclusion since I left the show during the fourth season.
I can understand excluding me from seasons 5-7, since I wasn't on the show then, but since this is the Really Super-Awesome Trust Us You Totally Need To Have This One Even If You've Already Bought All The Other Ones Because This Is The Last One, We Mean It, DVD set, shouldn't they include everyone who was on the series? Put Denise Crosby in season 1, put Diana Muldaur in season 2, etc. Maybe it's too expensive to do it that way? I don't know, I'm not a doctor.
Anyway, though it's a different classy move, it does remind me of the time I was invited to a special party honoring a Star Trek anniversary, and Rick Berman invited everyone except me and Denise Crosby onto the stage, even though he looked right at us while we were surrounded by empty chairs that moments earlier had been occupied by everyone from every series who was now standing next to him on the stage. Or the time I was invited to the special studio screening of All Good Things and Rick Berman introduced all the Star Trek cast members who were there, except for me. Man, it was totally awesome to be the only actor sitting down in an entire row, while the rest of the cast stood for applause. And by awesome, I mean shitty and humiliating.
Moving on to happier and cooler things, I did another video for FanLib last week, which has been posted to the KvP blog. This is a Q&A session with a few of the writers and reviewers in the KvP contest, and I think it will be interesting to Radio Free Burrito listeners and WWdN:iX blog readers alike.
If you're still with us after that, you may enjoy my further efforts to, uh, perform . . . some more dialog. And if, after all of that, you simply must watch me talk and talk and talk some more, check out the final mission intro, or look at all the videos we did for KvP.
Okay, one last Star Trek thing before I stop avoiding this deadline and go back to finishing this week's GiR:
You know Parade magazine, that comes in the Sunday paper? Something like eleventy bajillion people read it each week? They asked me to write a column for them, which I turned in this morning. I don't think I can say exactly what it's about, but it's related to Star Trek, and will be published very soon. Can I just tell you how excited I am to get my writing and my name in front of eleventy bajillion people right as I have a new book coming out? It's hawesome.
UPDATE: You know what's even more hawesome? Not realizing that you're actually writing for Parade ONLINE, not the magazine. So, not so much with the eleventy bajillion people, but still pretty cool.
Sweet. Dub Deuce out.
I don't know where that came from. Let's never speak of it again, mmmkay?