On Saturday, Rita and I discovered that the Paley Center was having a Star Trek Tribute celebrating the 50 years since the show first aired.The exhibit itself was filled with a wide range of artistic styles. After seeing it all, I even wanted to purchase some prints. While I have limited knowledge of Star Trek and could only point out certain characters or generations, it was fun to see which version of the series these artists were inspired by. There was a strong mix between the Shatner years vs. the Patrick Stewart years. From this observation alone, I immediately thought of the sub-classes that probably existed within Star Trek fans. More explicitly, I wondered if how fans of the series argued when it came to which series was better. Take for example, I wasn't old enough to see the Shatner years, but I did recall vaguely watching the Stewart years on TV growing up so this series is higher up in my memory.
It was at the Klingon class that I actually felt like I was part of this fan group. Roughly 20 or so people attended to hear an expert from the Klingon Language Institute teach us. The whole experience was very much treated professionally where she walked us through verbs, syntax, to even pronunciations. It was amazing to see how a language fabricated for a show built such a following that a non-profit organization was created to expand the language itself.
|Overall, this event was a nice mixture of content making, socialization, and a pilgrimage. One feeling that came from this exercise was, if I decided to become a fan of Star Trek today -- what kind of acceptance reception would I receive? Hypothetically, if my involvement is relatively new, would I be viewed bottom of the totem-pole or welcomed with open arms no matter when I claimed fandom.|