this is how deep i am in star trek

timelordfandango  asked:

I know that the future is unpredictable, especially when it comes to entertainment & culture, but reading your Dead Fandom editorials make me wonder if it's possible to predict which of todays big fandoms will stand the test of time & which will fade & obscure. Just a neat idea I had & felt like sharing.

Thank you for reading. As for what fandoms will be around in the future, I hate to say this because I love the show and I think it’s very high quality, but based on what I know about how fandoms rise and fall, I have a hard time imagining a scenario that Babylon 5 fandom will be alive in 5-10 years. It’s not a dead fandom yet, but one that has a terminal illness. 

Mostly, it’s due to the fact that it isn’t available for streaming on normal platforms people actually use, and due to the nature of the special effects (which you can read about here), there are challenges in converting it to High Definition (a non-negotiable part of rebroadcasting something or streaming it in today’s world), so as a consequence, an entire generation went by that’s never heard of it. Most fandoms don’t recover from a lost generation. Hell, Babylon 5 isn’t even available on Blu-Ray, which is a low bar to clear (I don’t actually know anyone in real life who owns a dedicated blu-ray player that isn’t a playstation or something). 

Combine that with the fact that, tragically and due to unfortunate happenstance, at least half of the Babylon 5 cast is no longer with us, you have a scenario where B5 can’t be legitimately continued, denying the fandom the oxygen of a revival or continuation.

Heck, Babylon 5 is already starting to fade from consciousness, which is amazing for something that was, at one point, like the second or third biggest active scifi fandom. Ask yourself: do you have a co-worker with a Starfury model on their desk? If you were to quote it, would anyone catch the reference? When was the last time you saw a Babylon 5 shirt? That’s kind of amazing when it comes to a show that does the Lilo and Stitch thing of repeating a phrase a dozen times until you get it (”Ohana means family”). 

Also, the most notable thing about Babylon 5 is that it was an arc show with one continuing story. That’s a problem because there’s nothing special about being an arc show now, with a single story through line; in the post-Sopranos TV era, every single show is like that now. Even procedural crime shows have arcs and season-long story through lines these days. 

Also, B5 is out of step with modern aesthetics about what TV shows are like (and I am not referring to the special effects). If you think of creativity as biological evolution, most modern genre shows are descendants of B5’s contemporary, Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: centered around quippy dialogue, Scream-type genre self-awareness, reversals of expectations. Babylon 5 is out of step with that, old fashioned, a bit overwritten; characters like to monologue about Winston Churchill. 

Again, I am not saying this is “bad” (I like B5 and it is what it is) but I can see how it can be offputting to someone looking at it with fresh eyes. TV fans are more oriented toward the new than movie fans are, so TV viewers are more likely to be pulled out by things like black and white, stylistic acting, and so on. 

Hey, remember how at the time, Babylon 5 was seen as a daring new breakthrough that would make television history, on the level of Twin Peaks or something, and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 was seen as an awkward middle child cash in for an increasingly tired and oppressively omnipresent scifi franchise? It’s amazing how the consensus view on both shows is now totally reversed; B5 is now seen as a good show but very, very much of its time and not a television breakthrough, and DS9 is now seen as, if not the best Trek show, as maybe one of the high points of the entire Trek franchise? Rediscovery on streaming made the difference for DS9’s reputation, something B5 unfortunately didn’t get. 

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So these last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard on another commission for the WONDERFUL @adangwolfe, who asked me to draw his favorite DS9 couples, and lemme tell you, I was HAPPY TO OBLIGE!!!! THANK YOU ADAM!!!

I cannot oversell how lucky I am to be commissioned to draw my favorite characters. Would you like to help me keep doing that? Because I would be incredibly grateful. 

If you’d like to get a set of drawings like the ones above, please let me know at csantos778@gmail.com! You can also find more information on my commissions at: 

http://noneedforsuspicion.tumblr.com/post/162450066883/hello-all-like-a-lot-of-you-my-financial

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[Not really a confession, but your recent posts made me think in how much I respect and am grateful for the DS9 actors. Be it Nana Visitor refusing to do the Kira/Dukat love storyline, Avery Brooks refusing to do Sisko abandoning forever his wife and unborn child or Alexander Siddig doing awful impressions of his lines until they stopped trying to change Julian’s personality, they seemed to be the ones to care the most about the characters and the fans, the ones wanting to do a good job in a way that most of the people in charge really didn’t care about doing.]
Things I Have Been Reading - June

It is the end of June already! During our little heat wave over here I found it difficult to sleep which did kinda suck BUT it meant I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading some awesome fics, some of which I present here to you in this list.  

For more fic recs feel free to follow my @girl-next-door-recommends which is a blog I set up fairly recently to keep track of all the great stuff I have been reading.  I also have a tagging system to make it easy to find your fandom amongst the many.

So, without any further pre-amble, here are my fic recs for June 2017…

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Nine Worlds Panel Call - Queer Dax

So @nine-worlds-geekfest is happening this year and put out a call for content a while back. I submitted three ideas not expecting to get even one and I’ve gotten all three. And at this point I need participants! There is a database some place of people who’ve volunteered for panels but accessing that is via remote and a lucky dip so I’m going for tumblr first.

I’m putting out a separate post for each as they’re different topics but you can find the post for ‘Dumbledore: Good or Evil?’ and ‘Redemption in Sci-Fi’ if you click through. 

This one is going to be harder though, because I’m looking specifically for participants who ID as a range of diverse LGBTQ+ backgrounds. 


Queer Dax

For those unsure if I mean Dax as in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, that is exactly who I mean. It has long occurred to me, and others, that there a lot to explore about Dax, and Dax’s impact on their hosts, in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation that is touched on for all of five minutes in the show itself.

I myself am a cis asexual woman. So I’m looking for people who are trans, non-binary, pansexual, bisexual, or gay. LGBTQ+ basically. I want to look into Dax themselves, and if their core identity changes over time with different hosts. How past hosts and identities impact a new host upon blending. What would a society formed around blended Trill be like in regards to its views on gender and sexual identity? And for this I want panelists from different backgrounds, with their own perspectives and experiences to contribute.

Its an aspect of Star Trek I’ve long wanted to see explored. DS9 is my fave of the Treks and Dax one of the most interesting characters around. And one of my favourites. So that I get to do this panel is amazing, and for that I need help.


If you’re interested, please drop me a message in my inbox with why you’re interested and your background. And if you’re not, or am simply unsure, please spread this post around. This is going to be the hardest of my three panels to fill, I think, so all help is appreciated.

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[I am just so sick of how much everyone loves Jadzia. Yeah she’s super smart and wise and spunky and brave and on top of everything she’s PRETTY and everyone wants her. But of course she HAD to be pretty. Otherwise none of the other stuff would have worked. Nobody writes a character who is all of those other things and not pretty. Everyone gets so excited about how Jadzia isn’t “just” pretty. But why did she have to be pretty at all? Why couldn’t she exist on her merits alone? ]
Pentecost and nerds! XD (Funny)

So it’s Pentecost today, which celebrates the Holy Spirit appearing as flames above the Apostles and suddenly everyone who saw them come outside heard their own language being spoken. It’s the birth of the church, basically.

To celebrate it, the priest giving the homily encouraged everyone to turn to someone and say something to them in another language.

So John (choir director) turned to me and says something in French. I replied, “I have no idea what you said. Anyway, nuq’neH?” *

John almost fell off his chair laughing. Like, he had to take his glasses off and wipe the tears off his eyes. I cracked up because he was laughing so hard. We couldn’t look at each other for the rest of Mass without getting the giggles. 

He later said it was hilarious to him because “you’re so tiny and you let out this deep growling Klingon voice, that’s not something I expected from you!” 

Awesomeness number 1: He recognized it was Klingon.
Awesomeness number 2: I surprised the hell out of him.

Sometimes, being unexpected is funny. :)


* I basically said “what do you want?” which is how Klingons say “Hey, wazzup?”


(I am NOT fluent in Klingon, btw :P)

Star Trek: DS9 Notes - S7, Vol. 6, which is just on 7x23

Occasionally I run into a piece of media that I decide is part of my personal stash of gifts from the universe, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 7, Episode 23, ‘Extreme Measures: Part 7’ is one of those.

So as you can imagine I had a lot of REACTIONS, enough to merit just posting these notes up on their own, ‘Doctor Bashir, I Presume’-style. ENJOY. I sure as heck did.

7x23 ‘Extreme Measures: Part 7’
- if this is remotely like what I expect it’s going to be I already know this one is gonna kiiilll meee
- I can’t wait
- oh bless, it starts with Julian recording his Chief Medical Officer log. wait have we ever gotten any insights into Julian’s personal log? THAT MUST BE A TREASURE TROVE OF HILARITY. someday he’ll probably give it to Ezri to listen to the way he gave Jadzia his old Academy journals, and she’s gonna be like, oh criminy
- Kira’s still wearing the Starfleet uniform Garak made for her, which means my heart still patters happily whenever I see her. well, more than usual I mean.
- Odo calls him Doctor in person but Julian when he’s talking to Nerys, oh Odo
- [breathes out] the way this show deals with pain and dying and loss is always so heartfelt, I’m just!

I don’t think I should have started watching this episode already one drink deep because every beat feels like I’m being hit with a new water balloon of feelings

- Sisko: “is there any other resource I can offer you?”
  Julian: “no I’m good, I’ve got Miles”
  Miles: “…and I’ve got something I think we should tell you”
  Julian: “MILES WHY”

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I got tagged by @mrseclipse9856 Hell Yeah!!

(remember guys my new star trek side blog is @some-like-it-ferengi so try to transition this stuff to that blog)

5 things you’ll find on this blog:
1. incorrect Star Trek quotes
2. Asks when i get them
3. nothing else if i can help it
4. thats it
5. I’m only an incorrect quotes blog

5 things you can find in my bag:
1. ID
2. medical insurance card
3. credit card
4. emergency $5
5. Lip balm

5 things you can find in my room
1. my funkopop collection
2. my prints
3. my pin collection
4. white noise machine
5. my girlfriend’s 2 million pillows

5 things I’m currently into:
1. deep space nine
2. Quark
3. Thrift store scouting
4. salamander identifying
5. bird watching

5 things I’d Like to do:
1. Have enough money to actually live *sweats*
2. Go to a Star Trek convention
3. Learn how to speak a new language
4. cosplay more star trek
5. Finish the fanfics I started

5 things You may not know about me:
1. I have a black belt in Judo
2. I cosplay for anime a lot
3. I have 3 cats 2 dogs 1 snake 1 hampster and 1 guinea pig
4. I am a military brat
5. I am Persian

i’ll tag @phantom-brushy and @welcometomytrashworld

frostedej  asked:

Soulmate AU Where timers are a thing except Vulcan timers count up, telling them how long it has been since they met their T'hy'la(I am not sure if it is spelled right).

So I think maybe it’s time to start being active here again? We just came back from MCM Comic Con in London a week ago and it was amazing! 

We cosplayed Kira, Jadz, Garak, Kirk and Spock so expect tons of shitty selfies in the future. Until then, here is my first presentable Major Kira Nerys *everyone claps enthusiastically*

(and please don’t call me Ro, I am not Ro and I have no idea how someone can mistake them that’s like saying Riker and Picard are the same person just because they are the same species and wear red, like, pls)

Sense (Bones McCoy x Reader)

Prompt: 350. “You deserve so much better.”353. “YOU DID WHAT?!”357. “You don’t need to protect me.”

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“YOU DID WHAT?!”

“Bones, calm down. It’s just a date,” you sighed, resting your hands on your hips.

“With Garret?” he asked, incredulous. “You’re really going to go on a date with a womanizer only slightly less notorious than Jim? What the hell’s the matter with you?”

Rolling your eyes, you scowled at your friend as you crossed your arms.

“Why do you care so much, huh? You don’t need to protect me; I can handle myself,” you insisted.

“Why would you agree to go out with him?” he pressed on, as if he hadn’t heard you. “You’re one of the only people on this God forsaken ship with a lick of sense; you must know that he just wants you for-”

“You know what?” you interrupted, shaking your head. “I don’t need to hear this. I don’t know why you care so much, but, frankly, you’re insulting me right now.” You started walking towards the door, intent on leaving, but you felt his hand wrap around your upper arm. “Let me go!” you commanded, but he just shook his head.

“You deserve so much better,” he growled. “You should be with someone who actually cares about you, not your body.”

“Well no one does!” you suddenly yelled, wrenching your arm from his grasp. “No one fucking cares! Especially not the man I actually love!”

“Then he’s an idiot, too, for not-”

“It’s you, Bones!” you cried, heart racing in both anger and shock at your sudden confession. “It’s you. I’ve loved you since we were cadets, and you never saw me as anything more than a-”

You were interrupted by his lips crashing down onto yours, and you froze in shock, unable to do anything except cautiously move your lips against his. Pulling away too soon, Bones cupped your cheeks and tilted your head so you were looking directly at him.

“I was right; you don’t have any sense,” he murmured. “Especially since you haven’t seen how absolutely crazy I am for you.”

Letting out the deep breath you were holding, you surged forward and claimed his lips with yours once again, pressing as close as you could to him. Smiling faintly against you, he pulled back just enough to speak against your lips.

“Now,” he mumbled, rubbing circles against your cheekbones, “Promise me the only dates you’ll be going on will be with me?”

With a small smile, you nodded, staring into the eyes you’d come to love so much.

“I promise.”