ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Trekkies unite for a show
By Marshall Bellamy
"To boldly go where no man has gone before..." These opening words set the pace for the original Star Trek series during the '60s and a small group of actors paid homage with A Celebration of Star Trek this weekend.
The Gazette sent two writers to infiltrate the ranks of the 10-year-olds dragging their parents along for a show past their bedtime and the 30-year-old Trekkies who were visibly disoriented by the fact they were not in their moms' basements debating online whether Kirk or Picard was a better captain.
The one-hour play was based on a particular Star Trek episode - the one with the flying pizzas to be exact - which followed the plot of the original episode, but with humour and some good ol' fashioned schtick thrown in for good measure.
The jolly crew of the Enterprise respond to a distress call from a colony where flying pizza-like creatures are driving the poor colonists insane. Kirk and company arrive but find that his brother is dead and many of the colonists are attacking them for some sort of space-like insane reason.
All seems lost when Kirk's Vulcan sidekick Spock is infected by one of the flying pizzas, goes insane and gets blinded, making it seem there is no way to defeat the flying comestibles.
The crew comes through and the day is saved as the problematic foodstuffs are wiped out, Spock regains his eyesight and all of the loose ends are tied up by the end of the hour, thanks to the efforts of a clever Star Trek screenwriter who had to wrap up the episode in less then 60 minutes.
Making fun of Star Trek nowadays is just far too easy, but the homage pulls it off admirably and not to the point where only Trekkies will get the joke. In fact, there was a great balance between silly jokes and gentle poking fun at the original series.
The play itself - in London fringe style - has no real set and the few props seem to be lifted from home, while the use of smoke and strobe lights entertains and induces epileptic seizures of Trekkie joy.
All in all, the show was cute, funny and did not even get in the way of drinking time.