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  • Trek In The Parkers

    The kids and I went to Cathedral Park in St. Johns Sunday to finally catch Trek In The Park, the sci-fi theatre experience born in the mind of Adam Rosko and put together by the cast itself, volunteers and the support of Portland businesses (like comics shops Bridge City and Things From Another World). The weather was perfect, the audience was big, and my friend Matthew Clark magically had some blanket space near the front that he was kind to share. The episode presented this year is “Journey To Babel.”

    Who else could be Spock’s parents but Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan?

    I don’t think I can adequately describe how much fun this production is. Seeing a cast enjoy themselves this much is a truly special thing. Oddly enough, considering how Trek-obsessed I was from childhood, my kids have never seen the show. We don’t watch much tv and I’m trying to not push them to be into all the same things I was, but I knew they’d enjoy the TITP even if they didn’t understand why everyone cheered when the green Vulcan blood pumped from Spock to Sarek. It only took one fight with an Andorian for my son to turn around and proclaim I LIKE STAR TREK.

    Don’t misinterpret my daughter’s stoic look- she was taking Jesse Graff’s direction of how to do the Vulcan Live Long and Prosper gesture very serious. After all, Spock himself is demonstating this! Now I’ll break out the original series shows so the kids can experience more Trek. But for all time their first Captain Kirk is Adam Rosko.

    There’s two more 5pm showings this coming weekend. If you’re around the Portland area, it’s a guaranteed great time. And next year is the final show, which you’ll see a preview of at the end of Journey To Babel. I already can’t wait.

    Yes, Dylan Meconis now wears that Vulcan cloak to Periscope Studio every day.


    Comment from Michael May
    Time: August 21, 2012, 1:31 pm

    That’s so awesome. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my boy into Star Trek for a couple of years. He liked the reboot movie okay, but Trek in general suffers from a lack of giant reptiles. Wish we had something like this to take him to.

    Comment from Zeno
    Time: August 28, 2012, 9:12 pm

    It is too bad they do not have this were I live. Journey To Babel is one of D C Fontana’s best Star Trek scripts. Did anyone film this and is it on Youtube?