Star Trek: The Next Generation set a lot of sci-fi standards. Its costumes on the other hand ...
Bless poor Wil Wheaton. He endured a great many injustices during his tenure as Wesley Crusher, but worse than any Gary Stu stereotypes, the costumes he wore before becoming an acting ensign were probably the most tragic of them all.
Do you remember the very first, horrible Crusher sweater worn in Encounter at Farpoint? Here -- have a blinding reminder.
In fairness, other than the weird details on the shoulders, there's a good chance I may have owned a sweater a lot like this one in 1987. A lot of geeky little kids probably did, but that doesn't make it any less mind-splittingly repulsive.
Maybe you've given a passing thought to this particular wardrobe choice and wondered what ever became of it. Wil Wheaton himself was the one to discover the answer to that particular query while in New York City at a convention earlier in the year.
Apparently a fan purchased the sweater at auction, and then brought it to the con so Wil Wheaton could see it -- for the first time in 25 years. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well?
For some, this sweater heralds only an itchy burning sensation, but for Wheaton, it brings nostalgia. And probably also itchy burning.
As I held that sweater for the first time in 25 years, a flood of memories washed over me: the first day I worked on Next Generation, on Stage 16, walking through Farpoint Station with Gates … the first time I walked through the Enterprise, on stage 9, pretending that it was a real spaceship … the first time I walked into the bridge, while it was still being built on stage 6 … the first few months of working on Star Trek, being part of something I’d loved my entire life, and wearing truly awful sweaters in the middle of summer.
But that's not where are story ends, gentle reader. No. Because this story isn't truly complete until Wil puts on the sweater. Which he did.
Truly, that is the face of a man overcome with joy ... because he's going to be able to take off that infernal thing the moment the picture's done being taken. Our hat's off to you, Wil. And our sweaters, too!
(via Wil Wheaton)