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Fan Film Friday: ‘Red Shirt Blues’ (Star Trek)

Happy birthday to Star Trek, which celebrated 50 years of sci-fi excellence this week!

That’s more than half a century of some of the most quotable movie lines, emotional television moments (I can not even cite just one! Just watch every episode of every series! Ugh! My heart!), page turning books and comics, out of this world conventions, and shareable memes! So in tribute to all things Trek, we decided to watch and review David O. Rogers’ Star Trek inspired fan film titled Redshirt Blues.

redshirts2The short, which goes by way too fast at just nine minutes long, originally screened on the Sci Fi Channel‘s Exposure in 2001 and has been around a respectable 15 years itself! Don’t let the aged image and sound quality deter you from watching this oldie but goodie: there is a solid story there that stands the test of time!

Redshirt Blues tells the tale of Averson (Jack P. Dempsey) and Leeds (Erik Hill), two “hapless” security officers on the Enterprise. Averson is sick and tired of Kirk, the Federation, and the ridiculous red shirt he must wear every day. This guy is one bad day away from transporting himself to another planet! While patrolling, he meets Leeds, an enthusiastic, crimson clad new recruit who learns the horrid truth about what it means to be a “redshirt” the hard way (Spoiler alert: if you’re wearing a red shirt, you’re on Death Duty! R.I.P.).

Redshirt Blues is funny and self aware! It pokes fun at all the things Star Trek is teased for—often by Star Wars fans— including broken props and Shatner’s bad acting. But at the same time, it embraces and showcases everything that makes the fandom great: interesting dialogue, character driven stories, and just enough action/adventure/effects to feel like a “proper” sci-fi story.

This comedic spoof definitely made me smile, and I recommend Redshirt Blues to you, GeekGirl World!

Watch Redshirt Blues below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Fan Film Friday: The X-sy O-sy Files (X-Files Fan Film)

If someone had asked you a few years ago which was more likely: A) Being abducted by aliens or B) The X-Files returning to television, you’d probably have picked “A” (especially if you’re theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking). It seems funny now, because you’d have to be stranded on Mars to not know that FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) returned to the X-Files in all new episodes of Fox’s sci-fi thriller on January 24, 2016.

As a child of the 90s, The X-Files was everything to my nerdy little family. I vividly remember my parents and grandparents telling me that the show was too scary to watch. I recall scoffing at them, insisting on watching the program, and then having nightmares about monsters and space crafts and porcelain dolls (oh my). For years I literally could not watch the show because it gave me the heebie jeebies!

Now, as an adult, I am in full-fledged binge watching mode, catching up on a decade of television episodes and movies about adventures with the unexplained and mysterious!

So, in honor of the return of the program and in spirit of my current marathon, I decided to watch and review an X-Files themed fan film called The X-sy O-sy Files. Unlike it’s dramatic (and sometimes down right frightening) source of inspiration, The X-sy O-sy Files is a comedy that spoofs the original source material. 

Do I recommend it to you, GeekGirl World? The truth is out there! (No, really! The truth is in my video. Check it out!)

Watch The X-sy O-sy Files and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Watch The X-Files miniseries Mondays at 8/7c on Fox, now through February 22, 2016!

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Fan Film Friday covers How to Stop a Timelord

Before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, the Day of the Doctor, SilverWolfPet imagined what would happen if the 10th Doctor and 11th Doctor were one another’s companions in an adventure across time and space, in How to Stop a Timelord!

Allons-y/Let’s go and review this “cool” fan film, which won “Best Fan Film” at Phoenix Comicon Film Festival in 2012!

Watch SilverWolfPet’s How to Stop a Timelord here!

 

 

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