It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Fan Film Friday is celebrating the season by providing not one, not two, but THREE independent productions to help you get in the holiday mood. Bank holidays are just too great to miss out on, there’s so much to catch up on.
First up is a vignette entitled “Star Trek Christmas” as posted by ruqsaq, and it begins with the U.S.S. Enterprise D heading for Earth since the crew has been granted special leave to return home for Christmas.
“I can’t wait to get back home for the holidays,” the First Officer says excitedly. “Snow, eggnog. Man, it’s going to be great!”
However, Captain Phillips then receives “terrible news” from Admiral Kipp, who says: “It appears that Christmas has been stolen!”
“Stolen?” the captain responds.
“Sometime between nestled in bed and visions of sugar plums, every present, every tree, every shred of Christmas was taken from the Earth,” the admiral says.
“Who could have done such a thing?” asks the First Officer. “The Romulans, the Borg, the Klingons?”
“We don’t have a clue,” the admiral states. “We’re asking all available starships to assist us in intercepting this horrible enemy.”
“Mission accepted,” Captain Perry says.
Before long, the ship’s sensors detect an unidentified vessel leaving the solar system at Warp 10.
The captain orders the crew to set an intercept course and increase speed to Warp 12, quickly catching up with their enemy.
“This is Captain Phillips of the United Federation of Planets,” the commander says. “Identify yourself.”
“My name is none of your concern,” the Grinch says as his image fills the main viewscreen.
“We have reason to believe that you stole Christmas,” the First Officer states.
“Perhaps,” the Grinch responds.
“We have orders to commandeer your ship and return the stolen merchandise back to Earth,” the captain says..
“You’re not getting it without a fight!” the Grinch growls.
Spoiler Alert #1: If you’d rather watch the fan film’s ending yourself, skip down to the link at the end of this article. If not, just continue reading.
With that, the Grinch’s sleigh fires energy weapons at the Enterprise, knocking the ship and crew around the bridge.
“Push some buttons and make more beeping sounds,” the captain says in response to the emergency.
Also, the Enterprise fires photon torpedoes at the sleigh, causing it to blow up in a spectacular blast.
Even though the starship won the battle, the First Officer remains concerned: “But what about the Christmas toys that exploded when the enemy ship was destroyed?”
The captain replies: “I had Ensign Ro transport all the gifts aboard just seconds before the explosion.”
He then puts on a Santa hat and states: “We’re going to have a busy Christmas Eve beaming presents to all the children on Earth. Plot us a course for home.” End of Spoiler Alert #1.
One of the most enduring (and endearing) traditions of this time of year is the wide variety of Christmas songs and carols.
As part of the holiday season, Strekonline.com posted a video entitled “A Merry Star Trek Christmas” that features images from the five Trek series with a great version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Deck the Halls” as sung by Shedaisy in the background.
If you want to see this production, just click on the box below and enjoy!
Our final vignette was produced by Go!Animate creator The Doctor aka SO T Mira, and it’s entitled, appropriately enough, “A Star Trek Christmas” with word balloons instead of dialogue.
The episode begins with Scotty catching up to Spock in a corridor on the Enterprise.
“I need you to help me recalibrate the antimatter inducers,” the chief engineer says. “It’s Christmas Eve, so of course I can’t find anyone on duty.”
“That is unfortunate,” Spock:states. “I will assist you.”
But when Scotty and Spock enter engineering, the room is full of officers celebrating the holiday.
“Merry Christmas, Mister Spock!” Kirk declares. “I’m not going to let even my Vulcan first officer miss Scotty’s party!”
“Bringing me here was illogical,” Spock says. “I do not acknowledge the holiday of ‘Christmas.’”
“Oh, come on Spock!” Kirk says. “Have some fun! Enjoy yourself!”
“I got you something, you green-blooded hobgoblin,” Bones states, which leads Spock to ask: “A gift, Doctor McCoy?” “Just open the present, Spock,” Bones says.
Spoiler Alert #2: If you’d rather watch the fan film’s ending yourself, skip down to the link at the end of this article. If not, just continue reading.
Inside the package, Spock finds a lyre.
“McCoy traveled all the way to Vulcan and picked out the best he could find,” Kirk adds.
Despite his best efforts not to react emotionally, Spock responds with a small grin.
“Ah, success!” McCoy declares. “We actually got Spock to smile on Christmas.”
“A truly unique moment,” Kirk states. “Merry Christmas, Bones.”
“Merry Christmas, Jim,” McCoy replies. End of Spoiler Alert #2.
So let me add my wishes for a Merry Christmas to everyone who views Fan Film Friday. It’s a pleasure to share with others the wonderful productions available online, and I hope this column provides some publicity for great but little-known projects and encourages others to take the plunge into making fan films themselves!