It’s closing up time here at DSTG and we are sad it’s all over. We spent the afternoon doing our Women of Star Trek panel which we hope raised awareness to the role of women in Star Trek and in the audiences that watch it. We are very grateful to all who came and especially those who shared their insights with everyone else.
The William Shatner talk was captivating. He has an ability to answer every question with a remarkable and relevant story from his past.
Karl Urban talked about his other work and quoted his own lines in character much to the audiences delight.
This was the moment we had been looking forward to all weekend. William Shatner hosting the TNG reunion event. We wanted to see how this would play out. How would the personalities of the high energy crazy TNG bunch gel with Bills larger than life persona. And we weren’t disappointed, it was an hour of belly laughs that would make a Targ smile
Whilst Bill was the moderator, it was Brent who got the first question in asking how Bill felt when he heard about the Next Gen being made? You got to admire his honesty when we said “with great envy and jealousy”!
Mornings are not our friend but fortunately we have a timezone shift on our side. So we just made the first talk of the day with Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton, followed by Gates McFadden and Michael then Brent Spiner. This gave us an envious insight into what life must have been like back on the TNG sets. We say envious because we would have loved to have been part or that comraderie. But it’s a privilege to have them share their stories with us fans.
We arrived a few hours before the convention opened via a sneaky site to site beam in. As we walked in the opening vista is the beautiful Enterprise D bridge. We were a bit nervous when we heard the organisers had commisioned their own bridge to be made, could such a venture be trusted in a commercial venture? (typical lefties) but we were stood relieved on the bridge which is a sympathetic tribute. Most importantly, you feel like a boss sat in that chair!
Up to our usual shinnanigans we explore the Borg Regeneration chambers and the museum. Sadly the video doesn’t showcase how well made these are. They were commisioned especially for this event, there’s two and they look like something out of Voyagers cargo bay… Or Jeri Ryan’s games room apparently!
No sonner does the TNG conference finish as nearly every other guest arrives on stage. We find press conferences a bit weird because there is no fan spirit just photogs gawking!
Dominic characteristically gets the first joke in when they ask for questions he asks “when’s lunch?” – well we laughed!
Trek radio ask Jeffrey Coombes about difficult makeup. But Jefferey doesn’t have a favourite, he said it would be like picking a favourite child.
We asked Dominic and Conner about the campaign to bring back Enterprise which they felt was very flattering, especially seeing people standing outside the studio and actively campaigning. But they feel it is unlikely with the industry being as it is. – shame!
We just sat in the TNG press conference with Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis and gates McFadden
It was a bit tough at first as no press were asking questions which is the opposite to when fans are present so we thought we’d get the ball rolling by asking he first question. So we asked if they had seen the Enterprise bridge yet. Marina with her brilliant British humour informed us that she used to work on the real Enterprise bridge so no big whoop!
A slightly more serious question about why the TNG crew got along so famously, Marina spoke about how rare it is for Hollywood but it was luck and chemistry and trickled through the cast. But Patrick Stewart was a serious actor, something that took 6 months to break! Then he was the ring leader!
If they could go back to the TNG days, what would they do?
Gates redcorate the bridge!
Marina would like to go back to the episode Disaste. She was miffed as to how little Troi knew and asked “didn’t I go to Starfleet academy?” But Frakes told her she was getting her legs waxed that day. So she’d like to be captain for a day and have Partick Steward give her advice all day which shed promptly ignore.
LeVar would like Geordi to have a successful date
And Dorn would like to have made out with Troi Klingon style!