It’s approaching February which means time for the fabulous SF Ball! Despite being right in our backyard – The Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton 3-5th February – it’s always the hardest for us to attend!
But this year will be there on the Sunday (Carole and Sarah for sure. Sam, if she hasn’t left on her away mission!)
And with a Trektastic lineup it’s not one we want to miss.
We were sold when they announced Gates McFadden (Dr Beverley Crusher) but then they announced her number one Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa).
Then for added Trek-goodness our friend Larry Nemecek (Trek Continues, Trekland, Portal 47, Trek know-it-all) is also in attendance. He is a must see for for enthusiasts who enjoy hearing all about behind-the-scenes stories.
If you’re a fan of the new Star Trek films you’ll want to meet Dave Freeman who is the Concept artist for the movies.
Best bit? The SF ball is a Not-For-Profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers who donate money raised to the Teenage Charity Trust.
One week until our favourite every-year-or-two event; Destination Star Trek. The schedule has been released and so begins the mission briefing!
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!
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!
I went to my first STLV in 2008 and that was a turning point for me as a Star Trek fan. This TV program that I love, suddenly felt so much bigger. It wasn’t just a TV show anymore, it was a community. I returned with Carole and other friends in 2010 when I coincided my wedding so I could go to STLV for my hen (bachelorette) party.
I met so many amazing people during those events and even though it was for a brief period of time, through the power of social media I never feel too far from that community.
It also seems that half of the United Kingdom will be there too! So many of our friends who we only get to see at the few and far between cons here in Europe are also making the pilgrimage.
The schedule has been published over the weekend and we’re honestly blown away. Also muttering our favourite Counsellor Troi quotes about time and lack there off! There’s so much to see and do we doubt we’ll have time to eat! (don’t worry we’ll make time for drinks at the bar as usual!)
We are particularly keen to get to the Roddenberry Stage which boasts “Champagne, Cake and Chase Masterson” – does it get any better!?
The schedule was released over the weekend and there are numerous highlights we are looking forward too, besides the obvious guest star panels which everyone wants to see we are also looking forward to:
The early fans that made Star Trek live for 50 years. (Weds 17.00, DeForest Kelley Theatre)
MAC demonstation (Thurs 13.45 Leonard Nimoy Theatre).
Startrek.com present the Star Trek: Encyclopaedia (Thurs 16.10, DeForest Kelley Theatre)
Cocktails and Charades (Thurs 17.00, Roddenberry Theatre)
Missing Footage Archive (Fri, 10.30, Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Panel with co-owners of Creation Entertainment (Fri, 14.15 Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Rod’s Toast (Fri, 18.00 Roddenberry Theatre)
Memorial to those lost in 2016 (Sat, 9.15 Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Larry Nemecek’s Fast Trivia Game (Sat, 10.15 DeForest Kelley Theatre)
Women In Star Trek Panel (Sat, 10.50 Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
The interplanetary Tanya Symposium and Cocktail Hour (18.15 Roddenberry Theatre)
The Costumes of Star Trek (Sun 14.10 Roddenberry Theatre)
Inside the Writers Room (Sun 14.55 Roddenberry Theatre)
Tribute to Gene Roddenberry (Sun 16.00 Leonard Nimoy Theatre)
Ok we meant to list a ‘few’ highlights but got carried away! Those are just the panels! The evening entertainment looks superb with both official and official events scheduled. Chase Masterson and ‘The Roddenberries’ are set to perform each night at Quarks. Also, depending on tickets theres also the Nevada Pops 50th anniversary tribute on Saturday night.
Sunday night Creation Entertainment are putting on a special ‘end of the convention party, free for all (whoop!) featuring the Star Trek Rat Pack – perfect for Vegas!
If you’re going, we’ll see you out there! If not, feel free to live through our updates!
Here is a handy pocket guide timetable kindly made by Trek Geeks, Shoes and Starship and Women at Warp.
Star Trek is cool again! That was the vibe from last nights special fan event held at Paramount Pictures.
Considering very little detail about the event was released prior, it was a spectacular affair with Paramount pulling out all the stops for an epic celebration that went ‘beyond’ showing us a trailer for the new movie. The event also encompassed a celebration of 50 years of Star Trek with Hollywoods biggest names like Rihanna and Slash paying tribute to the franchise and declaring their Trekkie status.
When we arrived at Stage 31 we were led through an Enterprise corridor to reveal the bridge style theatre where the Q&A’s would take place.
The Q&A was moderated by Adam Savage from Myth Busters (and huge Trekkie) who sadly didn’t blow anything up.
JJ. Abrams and Justin Lin spoke very well about the importance of Star Trek and how highly they regard the Star Trek fan base. JJ then mentioned the Axanar lawsuit which probably made the Paramount/CBS legal department flinch more than we did although we know every word was very well prepared. He stated that Justin and he were not happy with the alienation of Star Trek fans caused by recent decisions and fan productions will be allowed to continue. We look forward to the influx of Kickstarters in all our Facebook groups.
JJ also announced that everyone in attendance at the fan event will receive an invite to the premiere of Star Trek Beyond which will be shown at San Diego Film and Comic Con on July 20th in an outdoor IMAX with live orchestra! We are assessing our airmiles, prospect of loosing our jobs and possibility of getting thrown out by our partners to attend this!
Then the moment we had tried to prepare for (with plenty of lipgloss) Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto took to the stage! **Carry us to sickbay**
The rapport between them is like a current day version of Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
After a Q&A session, quiz and behind the scenes look at Star Trek Beyond we were invited outside to witness and celebrate the naming of the street ‘Leonard Nimoy Way’.
The Nimoy family turned up and we all toasted to the new street name. Zachary Quinto’s speech was the perfect balance of uplifting, celebratory and touching. This was a HUGE honour for us, one we are grateful and privileged to have been involved in.
**spoiler alert but nothing you couldn’t deduce from the trailer **
Next we piled in to stage 32 where we surrendered our phones to some beautiful Orion Girls (they just wanted your phone, guys, not your number!) and watched the trailer for Star Trek Beyond.
Firstly, what a wonderful and fitting idea to hold it in the very stage that was home to Star Trek The Original Series. To be in the very room where it all began was an inexperience in itself.
The trailer was fantastic of course. But the real treat was the extra scenes. These included a look at life on the Enterprise, a talk scene between Kirk and McCoy and the Enterprise getting destroyed.
We were stood next to Scott Mantz, film critic, producer of Access Hollywood and Uber Star Trek fan. He said out loud during the Kirk/McCoy scene “This is Star Trek”. And he is right. The extra detail they showed us demonstrates that this is a film about the characters and the family they have. And of course one of those characters is the Enterprise herself.
The destruction of the Enterprise is unlike any Starship demise we have seen, we don’t want to say much more detail than that as we can’t do it justice. It is much more realistic but just as heartbreaking.
With that, there was nothing left to do, but party and celebrate!! With a free bar, great food, a Starfleet DJ and plenty of green girls, it wasn’t hard!
The rest of Stage 32 was revealed with props and costumes from the movie, transporters, a turbo lift, CAPTAIN KIRKS FRICKIN CHAIR!!!!
Overall it was an amazing night. We have so many people to thank. Firstly our Trekkie In Training Sarah for being a good TiT, entering the competition and winning! Tressa our Yeoman for the weekend for taking our photos and looking after us. Paramount Pictures for the tickets and hospitality. Larry Nemecek for introducing us to the ‘LA’ trekkie scene, we met some great people. And finally to Steve at Paramount security who worked on the Star Trek sets and stayed up into the wee hours with us on the studio lot with Larry and gave us an amazing insight into life on Paramount when Star Trek was filmed there.
Seeing the places where Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Ron Moore and Gene Roddenberry worked was such an incredible experience and one we will treasure forever.
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.
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!
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
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.
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…
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…
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!)
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.
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.
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!
Not only does he give away the location, but he confirms his attendance! woohoo!
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!
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!
ITS HAPPENING!Destination Star Trek Europe! Everything we know is contained in this picture below which we stole from the www.destinationstartrek.com landing page
Now as you know, we have been arse-kissing friends with convention founders at DST since its inception in 2012 so we intend to use our ‘special relationship’ to find out as much as we can and keep you up-to-date. You’ll notice we got this post out rather quick, we did get like, a whole hours notice! We are humble Vorta!
Now to wait until next Tuesday when the big reveal happens. We wants names and location here!
The best bit about this teaser is it gives away enough to start planning. We know what weekend to keep clear and its far enough to start planning and (more importantly) start saving!