Star Date 9561.6. Captain’s Log USS Little bordello in the big woods. Captain Marika Christian commanding. I’ve concluded my first assignment as master of this vessel. I’m pleased to report that my needle, floss and scissors have functioned well.
Let’s talk Sulu. Like Uhura and Chekov, Sulu didn’t get a lot of play on the Enterprise. He did some stuff with thrusters and shields, and he sat around a lot, which was a big waste, because when Sulu sprang into action, we got this:
And that’s pretty groovy. One of the best episodes ever. While Scotty is my favorite character, Sulu comes in a close second, because in his heart he is a swashbuckler, and who doesn’t love that?
George Takei is a swashbuckler too I suspect. As a child he and his family were forced to live in horse stables in Santa Anita Park, a race track in California, before they were sent to a Japanese Interment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas. He took a small role as helmsman on the Enterprise and used it as a stepping stone to great work as a human rights activist and a spokesman for Japanese American relations. He and his partner of 18 years, Brad Altman, were the first gay couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood. He’s been called the funniest man on facebook and twitter. He is one of the founders of the Japanese American National Museum. He uses his sense of humor and wit to bring attention to issues and actions that might go unrecognized.
Here is my Sulu
And here is the whole gang
One of the things that I really liked about doing this project is that I learned a lot about Star Trek, and more importantly the people who wore the uniform. All of them went on to other acting gigs, but this is the one that they are always going to be remembered for, and they’ve embraced it. I don’t think that’s always such an easy thing to do. In fact they didn’t just embrace it; they wear those roles like a badge of honor. Star Trek changed things, and it changed people’s lives, and yeah those conventions seem a little goofy at first, but when you get a peek inside, there’s a whole lot of good going on.
Anyway, I loved this project, and if you love Star Trek – of any generation, you should check out one of my favorite design shops PixelPower. If you are part of a fandom, or love someone who is, chances are they have a pattern there that’s perfect for your crafting. Bands, movies, tv shows, famous people: they have it all. And if they don’t, email Sergei and tell him what you need. He’s done plenty of custom designs for me, and they’ve all been wonderful and so so affordable. So please, check them out; I promise you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for the awesome chart guys!