Owner Of Star Trek Apartment May Lose It In Divorce
Starfleet has faced down nearly every imaginable enemy over the years. Klingons. Space-whale probes. Giant doomsday machines that look like ice cream cones. No matter the challenge, no matter how insurmountable the odds, the brave men and women of Starfleet have kept calm and carried on. Now, however, one of their more loyal Earthbound members is facing his very own Kobayashi Maru: his ex wants to sell his awesome Trek-modded flat.
The apartment in question is the work of Tony Alleyne, a British nightclub DJ and die-hard Trek fan. Alleyne spent years converting his flat in the town of Hinckley into something straight out of the U.S.S. Enterprise. His sci-fi digs have been reported on over the years by everyone from MSNBC to NPR to the documentary Trekkies 2, and Alleyne even set up an interior decorating business catering to the discriminating Trek fan who isn’t satisfied with merely watching their favorite show. Unfortunately, Alleyne’s Trek dream apartment is actually owned by his ex, from whom he’s been separated since 1994. Now they’re finally divorcing, and his ex-wife wants to sell the place as a “conventional property.”
Alleyne spoke to the British tabloid the Sun, who originally broke the story. “To say I’m gutted is an understatement,” he said. “It is my life’s work — and it looks like it’s going into a skip. I admit there were tears.” The Trek modder estimates it would cost him around $150,000 to recreate the apartment elsewhere. You can see some pictures of Alleyne’s work in the gallery below.
I’d be careful if I were this guy’s ex, however. He’s clearly a dedicated fan, so you can never sure just how faithful he was to the series…