SFBall 2016

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The weekend 5th-7th February 2016 marked the 22nd SF Ball at the familiar venue of the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Guests of “Trek interest” were Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong of the incredible Enterprise Blues Band, and Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer of Enterprise fame.

Unfortunately we were a Trekkie Girl down as Sam had been hospitalised with suspected appendicitis! But the show had to go on, so Carole and I hot-footed it over to Southampton!

A beautiful sight to behold, the ever-expanding bridge of the USS Riker’s Beard welcomed us aboard – we even met their Captain – as well as the lovely guys from the Manchester based USS Phoenix.

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As ever the atmosphere was electric, and the costumes were top-notch! In particular the three Daleks were absolutely faultless and quite frankly scared the bejeezus out of me! Clearly Carole didn’t feel the same way…

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The talks as always were fascinating and at times absolutely hilarious. The highlights being Vaughn and Casey serenading us, and Dominic being somewhat heckled for talking about football in front of a crowd of Sci-Fi geeks…

The real “pinch-me” moment came when we entered the Carver Suite to be welcomed by the aforementioned four Trek actors! Connor Trinneer is HOT!!! What followed is probably the most highly unprofessional attempt at an interview ever, that quickly descended in to total madness at the whole TiT/TiTtie explanation – the guys were pretty much lost to us at that point – but I think you’ll agree it’s highly entertaining nonetheless…

(Apologies for the break up and difference in quality at the end, we waffled on for so long, my phone ran out of memory! Thank goodness for Mike, who captured our sign off on his phone?! Although I think the lens was still covered in tea personally…)

(I really must apologise to both Carole and Vaughn as I seem to have whipped them both with my new-movie-Uhura-esq ponytail on more than one occasion?!)

I must take this opportunity once again to say a HUGE thank you to Mike and Jon from Visionary Trek, for all their help and support, we literally couldn’t have done it without you! We love you guys…

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As always, a fantastic job by B, Annie and the whole SFBEvents team! Roll-on SFBall23, the Trekkie Girls will definitely be there, with bells on, and who knows, maybe all three of us will make it next year?!

Jonathan Frakes who…

Look out for the interview coming soon….

(P.S. The Casey Biggs bottomed pinching happened off camera, but I swear to you it totally DID happen, with Carole, Vaughn, Dominic and Connor as my witnesses!)

DSTE – first guests announced

Our dear Captain Kirk reported the correct information. The 50th anniversary celebrations will be held at the Birmingham NEC. 7-9th October 2016.

With William Shatner headlining (who else!?) the prelimenary guest list looks well on its way towards a starstudded event.

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Walter Keonig (Chekov), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker – probably best to announce two weeks before the show!), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax), Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge).  Plus more to be announced.

From reading the press release it sounds like they have taken the best bits from the previous shows and made them bigger!

The Enterprise D bridge will be there of course, and it looks like Martin Netters 1701 bridge may also feature. (This was at the 2012 event too).

Then there is the Klingon Bird of Prey! Our listening devices along the neutral zone have told us that this is a bridge set being built especially for the show. Qapla’

You can also ‘investigate a Borg hive’ – guessing this will feature around the alcove?

Plus the museum is back! – Martin Netters Filmwelt collection.

What is surprising is the packages. Now, every DST we expect a little rise in price. But most of the packages are the same price as previous years excluding the Lieutenants package (ohhh myyyy) which is £80 cheaper! Yet you get the same fulfilment in terms of goodies as last time.

Examining the Commander and Captain’s package (hehehe!) you are also getting slightly more talks and autographs from last time.

Admirals will be treated like gods as per usual so there isn’t much more they can offer those lucky peeps. Maybe their own personal Gorn man-servant??

Here’s the full press release wrote in events marketing speak:

DESTINATION STAR TREK EUROPE TO CELEBRATE
50 AMAZING YEARS OF STAR TREK LEGACY THIS OCTOBER

William Shatner Headlines Three‐Day Event with Star‐Studded Roster of Film and TV Alumni

LONDON, February 02, 2016 – Destination Star Trek Europe, the premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for a three‐day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7‐9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.

Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.

The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC‐1701 or NCC‐1701‐D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird‐of‐prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.

Tickets are now available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com.

“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will

honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons ‐‐ a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.

Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.

Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.

 

Destination Star Trek Europe – What we know so far

This weekend, we sat down to film our latest Trekkie Girls vBlog to record our reaction to the exciting news that Destination Star Trek is coming back to celebrate the 50th anniversary. At the time, we knew it was going to be held 7-9th October 2016 at a UK location. This was all specified in an email and the Destination Star Trek landing page which told us to wait until 2nd February to receive more details including exact location, first guests announcement and ticket sales.

But then things got exciting. Just before filming, William Shatner tweeted this gem!

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Not only does he give away the location, but he confirms his attendance! woohoo!

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But there’s still lots to look forward to with Tuesday’s email. We still need to know which convention centre, so we can make travel and accommodation arrangements. And from the email it sounds like there are additional guests to be announced too.

William Shatner is a fantastic first guest though. It wouldn’t be a celebration of Star Trek without him!Shatner annoucement

So what info have we been able to scrap together?

  • There is a change in the organisation of this years event. The operational aspects are being being ran by Massive Events in association with Showmasters and Media 10 who hold the license with CBS to run official Star Trek conventions.
  • This is the largest and only official 50th anniversary celebration event for Star Trek in Europe this year. AND IT’S RIGHT HERE IN THE UK!!!
  • When we asked the organisers what they thought about William Shatners tweet they were having a good laugh about it and couldn’t be happier that Captain Kirk of all people had announced their event! (We would have had trouble sending him to the brig too!)
  • the Trekkie Girls will be involved in this event, as we have been since DST first beamed down to London in 2012.

 

The reception from us Trekkies regarding this news has been incredibly positive and plans are being made across the continent to attend.

Here is our somewhat less coherent (and less sober) reaction!

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