I'm a freelance writer, designer, and game developer. My name is Will Hindmarch, and this is a notebook I keep on the web.
Star Trek: The Next Generation is 25-years old this week. I gave myself the length of the soundtrack to the landmark two-parter, “Best of Both Worlds,” to write about it.
Thinking about The Next Generation (TNG) feels like recalling a favorite schoolteacher or remembering old dorm pals. I was nine when TNG debuted. I was, what, sixteen when it took its final bow in 1994.
I watched TNG on broadcast television, when the episodes were new. I watched it on video tapes, noting hints of the larger galactic backdrop and studying how the stories were built. I watched late-night re-runs of the show on the couch in my college dorm’s common area, canoodling with the woman who would become my wife.
Once, I was stoked with fervent fandom. I didn’t watch the show every week, I read it, text and subtext, drinking in what was on stage and behind the scenes. We had a subscription to Starlog at the house, when I was growing up, brimming with TNG news and interviews.Read more
A piece of music called “Surprise Attack,” from James Horner’s musical score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan came on via iTunes a few moments ago. With it came memories, beamed back to my brain after time spent on an away mission, of me sitting in my first office-style swivel chair, in my room as a boy, issuing commands to an imaginary bridge crew and battling the hostile starships of Klingons, Romulans, and made-up aliens of my own devising.
I banged my palm on the armrest. I made a fist as I gave the order: “Fire photon torpedoes!” I whispered to indicate (to myself) the responses from my loyal crew. (“They’re coming around for another pass, sir!” and “Shields at 71%!”)
Helm, hard to starboard. Bring us about. Target their engines and fire phasers.
Then I realized that as recently as this morning, on Twitter, I was using what was essentially the Mutara nebula as a metaphor for diving deep, going offline, and getting work done.
Geek is as geek does.
Rare “Next Generation” behind-the-scenes photos. Sorry about that 20 minutes you’re about to lose. http://bit.ly/927a0B (via @hangingfire)