A really polite request from a Justin Timpane popped up in the comments over the weekend, asking me if I’d promote a new film/documentary that’s just been released called Trek Off.
I went away and did my research, and after discovering a podcast lamenting the fact there are not enough tattoos, piercings and pink hair on Star Trek, I was sold. Being heavily tattooed myself, I admit to a bias!
If you are a staunch upholder of everything politically correct, this 79 minute film might not be for you. If, on the other hand, you completely embrace infinite diversity in infinite combinations (particularly where sense of humour comes into play), you’re going to love how random, hilarious and completely inappropriate this film is.
I loved it.
It’s unexpectedly raunchy in a couple of places… yes, raunchy… and full of laugh out loud moments.
The film surprised me, in so many ways – and all of them good. I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. The fact that the time sped by, and I found myself wanting more was a clear sign Justin and his team have done a great job.
The film features interviews with John Billingsley (Doctor Phlox from Star Trek: Enterprise) and Marc Okrand (the creator of the Klingon language). One phrase I will never forget, uttered by John, was “Trek Off, bitches!” Perfect.
My only criticism is the interviews with John and Marc weren’t long enough!
I’m officially now a fan.
I encourage you to check this film out, and make sure you don’t watch it with your kids nearby… and it might not be suitable to watch at work either, depending on your workplace! It’s light, it’s fun and at times downright silly, it’s incredibly inappropriate and it is in no way your usual Star Trek fare.
After all of the recent angst and seriousness surrounding fan produced content, this is just what the Trek Community needs.
I hope they make a sequel!
If you’d like to read a bit more about the film before watching or buying it, check out the article from Examiner.com.