There are people in this world who are such big fans of TV shows and movies that they want to fill their everyday lives with products tying into their favorites. And some of those people are lucky enough to be able to actually afford such luxuries. (Okay, so it probably has more to do with hard work than luck, but my jealousy is working just as hard.) Canadian social worker Line Rainville is one such Star Trek fan, avid enough after 42 years to turn her entire basement into an amazing recreation of several locations aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. I’d say it was priceless, but it cost around $30,000. So for me, it’s almost the same.
It all started a few years ago when Rainville decided to install a home theater, while also wanting to pay tribute to her childhood love. A non-Trekkie designer
gave her some input, and she eventually just started doing everything herself, creating not only the bridge, complete with widescreen TV, but also the transporter room, recreation room, observation deck, and Spock’s bedroom quarters. But don’t for a second think that she wants to spend a night in there with Spock.
“I was fond of Kirk and almost jealous of Spock because he was always around the captain,” Rainville said. Once the entire project was complete, she said she was “kind of beamed back into that 9-year-old girl’s mind who so often wished her beloved Captain Kirk could bring her aboard his vessel.” Huh-huh, huh-huh, vessel.
While she probably didn’t build all the couches and chairs, she did build everything around them. She searched high and low both in stores and on the Internet for replica panel buttons, a tricorder, a 3D chess set. And everything she couldn’t find — such as the perfect bedspread and throw blanket — she just recreated. Food replicators, Vulcan bells, random spray bottles with colored liquids, and food blocks; she has it all. And though she can pinpoint each and every inaccuracy, I doubt anyone else is as picky.
Because ogling is so much more fun than reading, let’s take a look at some of the awesomeness that she created. And by the way, the transporter room is equipped with a motion sensor which sets off the lights, and the doorway is set up to make a whooshing sound when it opens. So while it may not be as sleek and sexy as this home theater, it’s a hell of a lot more interesting and faithful.
If you want to see a few more photos, head over here, but I’m not sure it’ll explain why she has a Spock cutout when she’s so much more interested in Kirk, or why she doesn’t have this shower curtain. Or why she hasn’t let me move in there.