So, I saw this parody video on youtube the otherday. It was a tax – Star Trek parody. It wasn’t very good, but it was sweet – like most fan productions. So I dismissed it as some tax people making something to blow off steam. Then I found this news article:
IRS: Mistake to Have Filmed a ‘Star Trek’ Parody
Then I was interested.
What was this video and why was it making the IRS blush? I had to know. So, I found it again and rewatched it:
All I could see what bad jokes that turned into boredom – exactly as it was the first time. Now it could be funny if you edited it a bit differently, but does such a video exist? Well, yes it does . . . I think . . .
Hmm . . . it’s not good, but at least it’s funnier. Of course, it cut out one of the best jokes, so I dunno . . .
WAIT >>>> OH, CRAP >>>>
I forgot that this was made using tax payer’s money. Now, I am all for letting IRS people have a little fun at Star Trek – even if it is bad. So, long as they use only the minimum of tax payer’s funds. They could have used Greenscreen for the sets or had it entirely set on a planet and used real places for sets. But they didn’t and they wasted a crap load of money doing it. This isn’t a normal fan production and I have to remind myself of that.
It’s okay for fans to make bad films based off of the show they love so much. Being creative is a part of fandom. (Don’t believe me? Watch William Shatner’s Get a Life. Also available on netflix.) It when you waste public money on this that I take issue. I get that they require training videos and that Star Trek is a great medium to communicate that with. They just didn’t need to spend 60,000 dollars of our money to do it.
But don’t take my word for it, take theirs:
So, I made a sound-file today. It’s not perfect but it does share my thoughts about Star Trek & Trek Nation (A documentary by Gene Roddenberry, JR). So without further ado, allow me to present my essay: