Over on Patreon I’m giving my Patreon backers the opportunity to help shape the last 70 illustrations in the Star Trek 365 project. They’re each getting one episode / scene to put forward (with some ground rules) and I’m going to work my way through them with occasional breaks to follow my own ideas.
A pretty strong start to this “sub-project” was Cameron’s pick of Living Witness featuring the dark and grim Janeway whom I’ve now dubbed “Grim Kathy”.
I was reminded recently of how much I enjoyed Captive Pursuit when it was first on. I think it was a peek at the potential of the series, the idea of a whole new alien quadrant with new cultures coming through or being discovered on the other side.
O’Brien shines here as the officer who struggles with the idea of another culture that seems unfair or wrong. Ultimately, he does kind of facilitate this by letting the Tosk go.
I find the way they handled Geordi’s love life to be somewhat cringe worthy however the fact that Worf is a poet and a lover at heart heart pleases me greatly.
When I first watched TNG I didn’t think all that much of Worf but with every rewatch of TNG I find so much more to love in this character. He is easily one of the funniest characters without being a buffoon.
Transfiguration is an odd episode, there’s this whole storyline about Geordi becoming more confident and it’s actually set over the course of a couple of months. I’m not saying these are bad things, the episode just feels a bit odd. Worf giving Geordi love advice though is amazing and his disappointment at Geordie’s sad attempt at conversation is the best.
I don’t think I could have just drawn the destruction of the Enterprise without visiting the spectacular end of the Enterprise D.
They certainly went out with a bang with an amazing destruction sequence. It’s interesting as well because when they reset everything with the Nexus you could be forgiven if you assumed they’d somehow stop the crash but of course they didn’t and this was the last flight of NCC-1701-D.
I had the making of on tape that showed how they shot all this using practical effects – it’s amazing really and the shot still holds up today. Though if you freeze frame the scene you do notice that the whole valley is spray painted one green.
I thought I’d have another go at drawing some ships before the end of the project.
Still an exceptionally powerful sequence, the destruction of the Enterprise is an amazingly well paced sequence with a really powerful pay off. The dying Enterprise streaking through the Genesis sky whilst watched by the crew is a wonderful shot.
I wasn’t going to paint the background but it felt weird without it.
For all the film’s flaws, I do love the end of Star Trek Generations and I think it was nice to have a quiet moment between Riker and Picard. Something that is missing from the later instalments.
Although I think my Mother has ruined this scene for me as she once commented that the chair is right there, he should take it with him. Which I think is hilarious and I’ve never been able to get out of my head.
I like Generations despite killing Captain Kirk in a really shitty lacklustre manner.