Through the Periscope

Following on from last Saturday’s successful Live Chat, we have decided to make it a regular thing. Looking at all of the platforms for streaming we have chosen to trial Periscope as it’s simple, free and can be linked to Twitter. If you’re a Periscope user, be sure to follow us @TrekkieGirls.

We’ll be sampling it for the first time this Sunday as we report live from a Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage at The Royal Albert Hall. 

Dare we admit that we have even bought a selfie stick so we are no longer reliant on the kindness of strangers to record us! … Although whether we are capable of revealing our selfie stick in public is another matter. The shame!!

Stand by for dates for our next live episodes.  

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Wishlist

After our cheeky question to Ron Jones (Star Trek TNG Composer) asking what can we expect from this Sunday’s concert being held at the Royal Albert Hall, we have been wondering what we’d like to hear.

We were pleased and fascinated by something that Ron said when we spoke to him, that they’ll be a lot of surprises and that they dug deep to find the pieces of music that aren’t embedded into the fans consciousness.

This makes it particularly hard to pick out the ‘best musical scores’ over our favourite scenes across the Star Trek franchise. But here’s a few!…

The Corbomite Manoeuvre

This is very familiar to the fans but there is something iconic about this music. I’m not sure what feeling it was meant to evoke or what atmosphere it was trying to create but it goes wonderfully with Kirks blasé attitude towards Blalok.

Star Trek The Search for Spock

Here we felt the music when Kirk and the crew steal the Enterprise,moist perfectly. It adds to the suspense of if they’d get the space doors open in time. It is quintessentially Trek, emphasising that even though what they are doing is technically bad, it’s THEIR ship!

Star Trek Insurrection

Whilst not our favourite movie, this has one of the best sound tracks. The opening credits are pretty and sweet. In fact, Sam used this soundtrack for her wedding. Starting off all sweet and wedding like, it builds up to the TNG theme tune. But it’s grander than the TV version. Next time you watch Insurrection, listen to the closing credits right to the end. Make sure you turn up the volume very loud. You won’t be disappointed.

Badda Bing Badda Bang

This!

The Inner Light

If they don’t play this, we’ll eat our tricorders.

So there’s just a few we’d like to hear. The more we though about it,  more scenes kept coming to us from all series and all movies. But we found ourselves falling in to the trap of picking the most popular scenes. We are looking forward to experiecing Star Trek from a new angle. An angle that has always been there, but perhaps we haven’t appreciated as much as we could have before.

What are your favourite scores and soundtracks?

Hopefully see you this Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall

 

Ron Jones Interview – Star Trek The Ulimate Voyage

Ahead of Sunday’s trektastic concert at the Royal Albert Hall, we were kindly offered the opportunity to talk to Ron Jones who was the composer on Star Trek The Next Generation on seasons 1-4.

Ron will be appearing as a guest conductor at Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage on Sunday 1st November and we understand there are still some tickets left, but be quick!

TGs: You continued the theme of classical music scores in to TNG, do you know how that decision came about?

RJ: There was a lot of discussion between Gene Roddenberry and Bob Justman. Paramount and the executive side were worried as TNG was so different with a bald British captain, a Klingon on the bridge, a different cast. They were worried that the TOS fans would see this and be in shock. They told us liberally to use weed out the theme from Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage’s themes from the movies.

As the show progressed, we got our legs in the the middle of the second second and defiantly by the third season. Then the music got its own thing.

TGs: So much like how TNG is believed to have come in to its own by season 2/3, you felt the music had also came into its own by then?

RJ: As characters, when they started, they didn’t really know each other then after a while, they would add a sense of humour, become much more relaxed and figure out what they were all about. The writers too had to figure out what the show was all about. It evolved weekly but it hit critical mass about that time.

TGs: How connected were you to the development of the show?

RJ: I can’t tell the story visually so I have tell the listener and inform them as to the emotional content. I would read the script and before I start writing a note I would ask, ‘what is the show about? What is this character about’. If that character was a melodic device, turn it into a musical thing or that feeling, what would it be? What would the feeling of the situation they are in be? So I do a lot of work, I become totally submerged into the emotional content and tried to decipher as much as I can of those emotional queues, those emotional keys. And so those ideas start to collide. If it starts of they’re in adventure mode, They can be in in a scene that is scientific and exciting and then all of a sudden something crazy happens and it all changes. So I have to bat that all out, which is my own personal way. A lot of composers sit down and look at the show and do the first thing that come to their mind and there’s not any thought about it. for me I do so much work, it’s like building a giant structure and so even now when I look back now I have a portfolio of notes where I wrote down all of the characters and I think when people that really listen to the scores they’ll hear that, they’ll hear that jerry goldsmith style, they’ll hear my style. Some of the composers were sensitive to that and other composers have that all unique approach to it and don’t go to all that trouble.

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My Year As A Trekkie In Training

I cannot believe that my first Star Trek convention was a whole year ago today (3rd October 2014)! I feel like I owe it to myself, my TiTties and those gorgeous TrekkieGirls, Sam and Carole, to just take a minute and look back, to reflect upon my year as a “Trekkie In Training” (TiT).

Green Girls

 DST3 was undeniably one of the best experiences of my life. I was really thrown in at the deep end, but vowed to enjoy every single minute of it, and that I did. Even when that meant being painted green and parading around in a bikini all day! I did get to have my photograph taken with the uber gorgeous Karl Urban after all?!

Karl Urban

And I will forever cherish the time I Skyped the one and only, unforgettable Leonard Nimoy! May he rest in peace.

I have met some amazing people in the past year including Tim Russ (twice!), Larry Nemeck, the guys from The Engage Podcast and Star Trek Risa, Mike and Jon from VisionaryTrek, Alan Stuart, to name but a few, and some of whom I am still in contact with. More than that, I even consider them ‘friends’.  

People Collage

I attended my first Comic Con (LFCC), and then of course, there was the SF Ball in February, where, sadly a Carole down, Sam and I got to interview the incredible Robert Duncan McNeill and Manu Intiraymi – a fact I still pinch myself of everyday!!

Being a TiT is of course, not all about the away missions, it’s first and foremost about the Star Trek, currently (still) TNG. Although live tweeting sadly means it’s rendered me at an almost impossible distance away from reaching my original goal of having watched every single episode of Star Trek by the 2016 50th anniversary, I now wouldn’t do it any other way. I love the interaction that watching them with you guys brings. We have the funnest of times. And I guess you all must agree, as 1 year on, I have almost topped 500 followers! Wow!! #humbled

A HUGE thank you to every single one of you! But especially to @Captain_Revo, @TheeeRealBigDan, @moonman1970, @laura2215, @TheOnionMaid, @_Seal, @JaffaStar, @Drogun1701, @therealrobcook, @sezduck, @witchyMishi, @CNNbelle and @SpocksUnite, for sticking by me and joining my in almost every #TNGrevisited – it honestly wouldn’t be the same without you guys! THANK YOU!! (SO sorry if I’ve missed anyone!)

I can’t believe how excited I am to reach DS9. It was genuinely a series that never sparked my interest before, but now, over halfway through TNG, the anticipation is definitely building – I need to see what all the fuss is about over the Alexander Siddig guy?!

Bashir

I’m sure the next year is going to bring even more experiences that, believe me, I am truly humbled to be a part of. And no, I’m afraid I don’t know what the big Showmasters announcement is – I’m just as excited as you all are to find out!! The suspense is killing us!! I know there are a lot of Trekkies/Trekkers that would love to be able to experience the things that I have in my relatively short fandom, I don’t take any of it for granted and love sharing them with you!

From assigning me to the “away missions”, to including me in the vlogs, from the very beginning Sam and Carole really made me feel like part of the team, an honorary TrekkieGirl. I love these girls with every fibre of my being, they are the best friends a girl could wish for.

Although I am still and will always be @TheOriginalTiT, I am super excited to announce that Sam and Carole consider me now to be a fully-fledged @TrekkieGirl!! (I’m in the icons and everything!) I hope I have, and continue to, do you all proud! I’m having so much fun, and am blessed to have met some amazing people, both in real life and in the Twittersphere! Long may it last. LLAP x  

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The Original TiT’s Season 3 TNG Review: Pt 2

Well, if they upped the ante with Season 3, then they completely smashed it through the roof with the Season finale cliffhanger! How on EARTH did you guys wait an entire year for the new Season to start? I could scarcely get the DVDs swapped over quick enough!

From the off, you just know there’s something a foot – the music is eerie and there’s a certain note of desperation in Picard’s voice as he records his “Captain’s log”. I don’t recall an ‘opener’ (before the credits roll) as short as that in any of the episodes I’d watched up to that point? It’s like, okay, brief introduction, let’s get the hell on with the story! And by God, didn’t they do that?!

I could literally bang on about these two episodes FOREVER! So much content. So many unanswered questions. Terrific acting (and directing!).

My highlights of TBOBW included: –

  • Meeting (the namesake of one of TrekkieGirls Sam’s two braincells) Shelby
  • Wesley’s poker night facepalm
  • Data failing to understand “the early bird catches the worm”
  • The way Picard makes the little hand movement when he says “engage” (I hadn’t particularly noticed it before?)
  • Geordi’s “drop and roll”
  • Borg. On. The. Bridge. – scary stuff!!!
  • Troi stepping up (standing up to?) and pointing out the error of Riker’s ways… to Riker!
  • That single tear…
  • The ‘promotion’ scene – the “knowing look” between Worf and Data when Shelby is made acting First Officer
  • Guinan’s pep talk with Riker
  • Riker actually sitting down in a chair properly and not “leaning”
  • Picard flashing a bit of flesh at the end
  • And the look on his face when Data pulls his Borg hand off…

 Locutus (2)

…to name, but a few!

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