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#DSTE Day 3

 

Late night early morning. That’s how we roll at DST. We are still a bit green in places from yesterday’s Orion look but we head straight to the Excelsior stage where we are hosting our second Cosplay panel with the wonderful Misty Chance (drag queen and Star Trek cosplayer) and Liam Dillon, Star Trek fan and Facebook costume group.

Cosplay Panel

In this panel we highlight the connection between cosplay (grown up talk for fancy dress) and Star Trek. What we discovered is that there is a close link between the two. Cosplay originated at Star Trek conventions (contrary to popular belief that it stemmed from manga/anime and Japanese culture).

We asked each panellist and the audience why they choose to dress up as Star Trek characters and we found and wide array of answers. For Liam, it is a challenge to recreate the styles, to source the material and obtain the details. Misty was blatantly honest and said it was for the attention! Misty has had access to the actors and fans in a unique way because she is more approachable in character than in his normal clothes dressed as Christian.

Sarah and Carole had similar reasons. They joked it’s because Sam makes them! But as we explored it further, they enjoy participating. Like many of us we see others dressed up, we wish we were brave enough because it looks like fun. And eventually we take the plunge.

For myself (Sam) and also our new honorary Trekkie Girl, the adorable Beth the reason was that we enjoy the play element of it. For a moment in our lives we can allow ourselves to get swept up in our imaginations and we are captain of the Enterprise (instead of hoovering or searching for quotes on car insurance!).


We’d like to thank Liam, Misty, Beth and everyone else who was involved at this fun panel.

Also check out Misty’s blog for more details on the construction of the Martia costume.

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#DSTE Day 2 pt2 –  Party!

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Last night was the second of the Destination Star Trek Europe parties. This one was themed ‘Quarks bar and casino as was the venue for the official celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.

The party was held at the Hilton Metropole which was a superb venue and conveniently close to the NEC. You have the added advantage of being able to access the main bar.

The Star Trek Rat Pack performed who were brilliant and hilarious. They had edited their routine for the British audience. For example at Star Trek Las Vegas they sang “you can’t get a good drink at Rio” to “you can only get a good drink in England”

Apparently Chase played before but we were in the queue at the bar (longer than Shatners autograph line!) but we hear she was incredible.

After the performance Walter Koenig cut the specially commissioned birthday cake which featured Kirk, a Gorn, enterprise, Klingon battle cruiser.

 

#DSTE Day 2

**We are live blogging, please excuse any lapses in spelling, grammar and accuracy**

 

Day two is off to an amazing start. The event has sold out! We started by greening ourselves up because today we are Orion Slave Girls! … Technically we are Orion officers!

The additional makeup and dressing requirements meant we missed some early panels (that’s the reason, honest!). But nothing was going to keep us away from Wil Wheatons panel!

Wil Wheaton’s Talk

Here’s what happened…

  • This was the first time in 20 years that he had appeared at a UK convention!
  • He spoke with such passion and enthusiasm it was infectious.
  • Defined by the entertainment industry as “he used to be an actor”
  • He loves to write and found he preferred directing
  • In 2000 – started website / blogging and reinvented himself that way
  • He has proved you CAN have a second act in Hollywood
  • Stranger Things will NOT take his call and yet there is a character in S2 that basically IS him
  • He is a great “maker” and says now is the best time for creative people.
  • He is THE most gracious / humble person!!
  • “The Doomsday Machine” is one of his earliest memories of a Sci Fi show being both entertaining and socially accountable
  • “Tapestry” is his absolute favourite episode. Great episode and even better to have a Star Trek actor tell us without being asked!
  • He came up with the particular order of buttons to press to get the ship in to warp speed or into orbit, etc. It made it more real to him!
  • He spoke about voicing the off-screen Romulans in the new Trek – where he said “Captain, if we ignite the red matter”. JJ Abrams pitched the film to him and he was blown away!
  • He likes to play “Where’s Greg” – drinking game in JJ Abrams movies

A request came from audience member to Sing ‘Soft Kitty’ and Wil delivered! 😍

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“Stand By Me” is the career high that he will never hit again, but he has learnt to accept that. A lesson learned from episode Tapestry. We however beg to differ. As Vic Fontaine says “the best is yet to come”!

The writers didn’t take advantage of where Wil was at whilst playing Wesley – they got stuck in the character as “an idea” and not as him as a 3D/4D being

The was a huge distance between him and the older actors, he wanted to emulate them

There was a time when the ST community was awful to him, because they didn’t like Wesley, so they didn’t like him. But now he is older he is able to meet fans who are a similar age to him who were inspired and could relate to his character.

We managed to get in a question ourselves. We asked how he deals with internet trolls. To which he replied “block, and shine a light on how stupid they are”!

George Takei

When George takes the stage he has a remarkable presence. He loves the audience and we love him. He describes the conversation he had with Gene Roddenberry when he set out his vision for Star Trek. The bridge crew was to be made up of representatives of all of earth continents. The actors paralleled this demonstrating Infinite diversity in Infinite combinations.

Talking about the origins of “”ohh myyyy” it was a reaction from an interview with Howard Stern when Stern said “someone with a voice that deep must have a big dong!”

George described his scene Excelsior command scene in Star Trek 6. It felt like he was recreating it in front of our eyes! George loved telling us as much as we enjoyed listening which is what makes him an A* guest.

Speaking about his hit Broadway show Allegiance, George reminds us how important it is to constantly fight for our liberty, a message that Star Trek also delivers. He is in talks to bring the show to Londons west end. We’ll be first in line George!

When asked if Star Trek could have gone further with its messages of equality (alluding to issues of sexuality) George responded that he spoke to Gene about raising the issue – the interracial kiss was the lowest rating and caused so much controversy, the network wouldn’t let him address any more controversial topics or they would have kicked him off the air!

So far it’s been an amazing day. The cosplay has been a whole new level!

Next up we are going into the Guinness world record attempt to be the largest gathering of Star Trek characters in one place. Let’s smash it! Then we’ve got our own cosplay panel at 4.55!

Highlight:

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Weird bit: painting each other green -got a bit awkward!

#DSTE – day one preview

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The doors are open! And like Scotty spying on the USS Vengence, we snuck behind the bridge crew to take a look at things at Destination Star Trek Birmingham before it opened to the public….

Here is our live periscope….

 

We have had an incredible morning so far having appeared on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, radio stations all with the marvellous William Shatner. He was hilarious and so hard working.

#DSTE – Press conference

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Press conferences at Star Trek conventions are weird! Their primary function is to give major press outlets access to Star Trek’s finest so they write about the event and get extra people through the doors.

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They are similar to panels but as the questions aren’t from hard core fans it has a totally different feel from the fan orientated questions.

Still, we feel very lucky to attend these. Here’s what happened…

William Shatner is first up talking about social media – Kirk wouldn’t use it.

How he feels young, but not as young as he used too.


About 50 years of Star Trek. There is a magic about Star Trek. He then even said that he saw an interview this morning with “these girls” (pointing to us in the first row) and that we said one of the reason we go to conventions is to see our friends and that he had reached the same conclusion in his documentary that fans like to come  together. Yep Shatner quoted the Trekkie Girls at a press conference!

 Marina and Dominic are straight in with the politics! Attributing Star Treks success to its ability to stay relevant.

Armin Shimmerman also spoke eloquently (as always) about the #TrekAgainstTrump campaign furthering the point about how necessary star treks message remains today.

Most questions of the press conference were about the longevity of Star Trek Alice Krige made a very poignant point that ‘Star Trek reruns are to remind us to keep working towards a perfect world”.

George Takei and Walter Koenig were entertaining and spoke about how they are fortunate to still be working, leaning and perfecting their craft.


  
  
  
  

One week until #DSTE – Schedule available

One week until our favourite every-year-or-two event; Destination Star Trek. The schedule has been released and so begins the mission briefing!

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As you might see we have a couple of panels ourselves. Which we have began frantically preparing for! Please remember the details can change at anytime!

Cosplay panel – We have been asked to host a panel on cosplaying and we are delighted to do! We don’t claim to be expert cosplayers ourselves but we do dress up at conventions and are fascinated by the phenomenon.

We have invited some of our friends as panelists. Misty Chance, the Trekkie Drag queen and Cosplay legend. If you have been to any of the DST’s or the recent Star Trek Las Vegas convention you would have seen her sporting one of her many pro costumes including the Intendant, Seven of Nine, T’Pol, Queen Aracnia and Lwaxana Troi. Looking at her twitter feed she has a real treat for us next weekend!

Lets hope she gets a kiss from William Shatner!

Trek Talks: A Pop Culture Icon

In this panel we will be looking at the long standing relationship between Star Trek and cosplaying, the chance to ask questions and share your knowledge. And how Star Trek should be taking cosplay serious as it ventures forth with its new series.

The panel is right after the World Record attempt (yep that’s happening!) so hopefully we’ll have plenty of people in the mood for dress up!

When: 16.50 Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th 09.40

Where: Excelsior Stage.

Trek Talks – a Pop Culture Icon

We have been asked by DST to host a panels focusing on the pop icon status Star Trek has received and the effect it has had on our  culture.

From TV references to techno local advances, Star Trek has permeated all sectors of modern culture. Long may it live!

When:14.55 Sunday 9th

Where: Excelsior stage

Other than panels we’ll be live reporting, blogging and periscoping from the show… and fan-girling over Wil Wheaton obviously!  If you see us please say hi!

 

 

 

Win Tickets to Destination Star Trek Europe!

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**COMPETITION CLOSED**

The good folk at Massive Events have been kind enough to donate a pair of 3 Day weekend tickets to Destination Star Trek Europe.

This is the perfect place to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek … and they have Will Wheaton….. WIL WHEATON!!!

All you need to do to enter is answer this easy peasy question and someone will be picked at random.  Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter for more chances to win!

More details on DSTE check out http://www.destinationstartrek.com

Competition closes on 19th September and winner will be contacted on 20th September.

Trekkie Girls ep New Series, New Movie, New Convention news

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The Trekkie Girls discuss Star Trek news from the week including Destinations Star Trek’s announcement that Wil Wheaton will be attending their convention, the (now verified) fake Star Trek New Series poster and news that Star Trek Beyond had been reshooting scenes.

WHEATON – DSTE!!!!

It’s Happening! After twenty years of praying for a UK appearance the convention founders have pulled off one of the greatest challenges in the Trek actor appearance circles. The king of the geeks and internet… Mr Wil Wheaton!

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This has been our number 1 requested guest at every convention. We can legitimately use that annoying Plato’s Stepchildren dancing gif (we googled it, still can’t bring ourselves to use it!)

Wil will be attending DSTE but only signing and doing photoshoots on the Saturday and Sunday. But he will be at the opening ceremony on the Friday, so good news if you’re planning to go to that.

If you get the Captain’s package (ohh myyyy) then be sure to select Photo Shoot Group C if you want a Wil Wheaton photoshoot included. But there’s also more guests to be announced and apparently you can’t change your group once selected. But this is Wil Wheaton, a very rare occurrence. We’re not going to risk missing out!

More info and tickets here www.destinationstartrek.com

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.