Roll it, Aidan!
Films have crept into my Star Trek fanfiction in a lot of different ways.
In the most obvious manner, they have been the subject of the stories Movie Night and Broken Seal. I love the idea that Enterprise had a Movie Night. Canon puts it during a weeknight, but I have changed it to the weekends so that it can be the centerpiece of date night. I have also added a Master of Ceremonies, Chip Masterson, and a projectionist, Aidan MacKenzie. Chip even holds a discussion of the film afterwards if anyone is interested, but the talks are only sparsely attended. Every film in my stories, if it is shown on the NX-01, begins with, “Roll it, Aidan!”
Films also, often, reflect a plot or inspire a character name or even something else. Here are a few films, and where they’ve led me.
In Reversal, Lili goes on a disastrous blind date for Movie Night, but the film is important because it’s about a man trying to drive his wife mad with untruths. It’s an oblique reference to plot points to come.
The King of Hearts
This film is referenced twice. Once, as a quickie Shakespearean reference to Arden (Eve Arden, invoking the Forest of Arden from As You Like It) in Intolerance, and again in Fortune, where it’s used to essentially babysit an ailing elderly character who is losing memory.
This film is the subject of a future date in Fortune, and is referenced as one of the most romantic films of all time.
This film, with its differing perspectives, is called upon to determine whether any portions of several conflicting stories make sense, in Fortune.
In Movie Night, Malcolm and Melissa make plans to watch this film – it’s one of the few times I have Malcolm going to a movie that he may very well have picked out. This film is also referenced in Day of the Dead and characters Herbie Shapiro and Stanislaus Kuzawa.
The Seventh Seal
In Broken Seal, Chip Masterson hypes this highbrow film, but not too many people show up. T’Pol does, though, as it’s intended to be a film that would probably be more likely to appeal to her than to anyone. Phlox talks throughout the picture as he and Malcolm try to figure out the symbolism, and then Malcolm talks to his girl about it, and asks a bit more about the symbolism.
Little movie references also abound – Claire Crossman is a reference to Molly Ringwald‘s character in The Breakfast Club. Jeremiah Logan Beckett is, in part, named for Logan’s Run. There’s even a small shout out to The Wizard of Oz in Reversal.
In a small way, too, the Terminator films are also an influence, as the temporally paradoxical character of John Connor is referenced a bit by the equally temporally paradoxical character of Jun Sato.
Undoubtedly, more films will creep in and I’ll have to revisit this topic. Why, I haven’t even mentioned Kramer vs. Kramer!