Line Rainville from Quebec, Canada turned her basement into her own version of the Starship Enterprise. She spent $30,000 on the suite which included the Enterprise’s bridge, transporter room, recreation room, observation deck and Spock’s quarters. Rainville told CNET that she was nine years old when she began watching Star Trek in French with her father every week. “I became addicted to this show and during the week, and I looked forward to each Tuesday at seven for another episode.”
“I enjoyed Star Trek because it was about space, unknown worlds, and aliens who often ended up being more friendly than expected. I enjoyed learning about Vulcans and seeing the interactions between the characters,” she said.
She spent more than a year perfecting her Star Trek suite, ensuring that her rooms came as close to the original as possible. “I had put in so much energy seeking what I wanted that to accept failure is difficult, even to this day. Although people say they are impressed with the decor, I know well each inaccuracy, the exact places that I could improve,” she told CNET.
“Standing there, being 51 years old, I 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,” she confesses. “All at once, I was aboard the Enterprise. The illusion had become my reward. I told my mother and my sister that it was so strange. I’m not sure they have fully understood how I was feeling. But they were there, supportive and sharing this unique moment.”