Wow! Check out this illegally shot 1988 fan documentary for Star Trek TNG

On March 10, 1988, at least two Trekkies snuck onto the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This footage shows what happened.

What you are about to see is cringeworthy, but amazing. During a three-week hiatus of TNG's first season, at least two superfans seemed to have gotten very bored. So, armed with a camera (and a pretty surly disposition), they snuck onto the Paramount set and onto the famous Stage 9 to film their very own documentary.

So, to be clear, somebody watched the episode Home Soil and probably thought, "Gee, we should probably check out those cool-looking sets before the show totally gets canceled."

What they filmed is awful, awful gold. The two guys speaking are absolutely terrible to each other throughout, especially the guy going by "Captain Stone," who decided he wanted to be the host for their homebrew documentary. They knock over a biobed, and they futz around with a bunch of the equipment, including the warp core (man, Geordi's gonna be pissed) and otherwise make a nuisance of themselves. While in fan-made costumes, no less!

It is glorious and has to be seen to be believed.

On the plus side, you get a close-up look at the ill-fated bug aliens from the episode Conspiracy, as well as the blown-up bits of Dexter Remmick. And the best part of all -- they totally got caught! In fact, since they never actually edited this thing down, it seems likely that the crew for the show may have just kept the interlopers' camera as a souvenir of the event.

These poor guys. If they'd waited a little while longer, they could have checked out the set during the lengthy period between seasons one and two due to the 1988 writers' strike. 

(via io9)

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