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Destination Star Trek Birmingham returns 19 – 21 October 2018


Breaking with their tradition of announcing months ahead of it’s launch. Destination Star Trek is returning to Birmingham NEC 19 – 21st October 2018…. that’s right 2018! This gives us almost an eternity to save up and plan!

With over a year to go, it’s plenty of time to put in holiday request, threaten friends not to get married that weekend and avoid sexual relations nine months before.

Remarkably they are able to announce guests this far ahead including William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Linda Park (Hoshi Sato YESS!!), Armin Shimerman (Quark), Aron Eisenberg (Nog) and Max Grodenchik (Rom).

The difficulty event organisers face is whether to announce early with a small lineup or go fully loaded torpodeos with a large lineup so everyone knows what they are paying for, but not as long to plan.

We’re glad they have decided to announce early. They have established a reputation of pulling in the biggest names, so the customer base is established. There isn’t the pressure to book now or miss out. We have time to save up.

That said, we would suggest booking hotel rooms. Some rates can be cancelled up till 24 hours before. We understand the main hotel for this event is the Hilton Metropole Birmingham.

With 16 months to go we’re sure they’ll be much to be announced between then and now. We hope they make a huge thing of Star Trek Discovery with guests from cast and crew.

A celebration of Deep Space Nine’s 325th Birthday would be fitting too.

Something they have been able to reveal is a special Ferengi Family portrait with Armin Shimerman, Aron Eisenberg and Max Grodenchik all dressed in character!


These character pictures are getting more popular at events, what makes this stand out is it’s the first time Admin will have appeared as Quark since he appeared in Deep Space Nine.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Credit Cards on Standby for Destination Star Trek – On Sale Next Week!

Destination Star Trek announcement

RED ALERT!

Here we go again! The best way to get over the post con blues is to start planning your next event.  It’s like Q was watching, snapped his fingers and landed this on our social media channels.

It’s Destination Star Trek doing what Destination Star Trek does best, announce announcements!

But if you are subscribed to DST’s emails, you will have seen this extra bit of information confirming that there is definitely another Destination Star Trek on it’s way with tickets on sale next week! (21st June, 19:00 BST)

Remember, we’re simple tailors…umm Trekkie Girls so we don’t have any behind the scenes information to give you. But we do like to guess!

There’s no clue as to when this will be held. The last DST’s have been held in October or February. Could there be one this October!? Or maybe next February? Give us some time to save please!

They state “all will be revealed” – we presume this means location and possibly initial guest list? Maybe a preemptive cancellation apology from Jonathan Frakes!?
Previous locations have included the London ExCel, Birmingham NEC and Frankfurt.

We also wondered if “Data incoming” was a clue? Brent Spiner perhaps??

This year we have the TNG 30th Anniversary but 2018 has much to celebrate with the 25th Anniversary of DS9 and we’ll be into the second season of Star Trek Discovery. Hopefully this will be bring an influx of fans into our crazy Trekkie club, looking to experience their first Star Trek Convention.

 

Fedcon – TNG Cast Panel

 

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The Highlight of the Fedcon weekend for us and many others was The Next Generation talk with LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Colm Meaney, Denise Crosby and John de Lancie.

TNG talk Fedcon

We’re fortunate enough to have seen them together a few times now but it’s always a treat. The report between them is legendary. They are friends who enjoy each others company and make each other laugh. That friendship and humour is passed on to the audience and the result is an electric atmosphere and memorable panel.

We’re not sure if someone had snuck a Horga’hn into LeVar’s luggage or something but he had sex on the brain during that panel!

The next question was from an actress in the audience who asked how they overcame nerves before going on stage. LeVar’s response was “I find a good wank helps!” – seriously!! We started to type it on twitter then chickened out!

Then John de Lancie started to recall a story with an actress which involved him accidentally ripping a whole in his trouser pockets, which he attempted to cover his dignity whilst his character confess he was attracted to her. It was very animated and had the audience in stitches!

Most poignant statement of the weekend and sadly topical with a few of the Star Trek Discovery reactions:

Fedcon Day 3

 

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Our day started by returning to our hotel at 4am for a brief sleep before finding ourselves oddly still alive when we awoke a few hours later!

Gates McFadden Fedcon

We ran to the Chase Masterson talk only to find she was in the small hall and it was full! We were denied! After Star Trek talks there was only one other thing we could think of; food and drink. We needed it like a Jem’Hadar needs Ketral White!

We went to the hotel buffett and here’s something a bit odd about Fedcon, you need tokens to buy food!? So we went to buy tokens, but they didn’t accept credit cards. So we went to the ATM machine. And you know what? It was out of order!
We walked bloody miles (actually 500 metres but with a hangover – that’s an eternity!) to get cash. We found food on the way!

After sitting through the Jenna Coleman talk we were ready for Gates McFadden!

Gates McFadden

Gates came bouncing onto the stage dancing and leaping. One thing we love about Gates is she has the body language of a dancer. I don’t think she can help herself and it’s infectious, we want to skip and twirl down the corridors each time we see her.

Something else we have noticed is that she gets funnier each time we see her on stage which made sense when she explained to the audience that she was stalked for a long time. This made her very nervous (understandably!)at appearing at events.

Marina Sirtis

Marina took to the stage and told us she was feeling emotional. Saturday night there had been another terrorist incident in London. When she declare that Brits would not be defeated the audience went wild.
It felt like we were being given a big hug from everyone in the audience. After the Brexit fiasco it was welcome to that level of solidarity with our European neighbours.

 

Fedcon Day 2 overview Pt1

 

 

The Trekkie Girls are at Fedcon for a second day, attending talks, visiting dealer stands and getting merry with fellow trekkies!

See our first impressions here 

LeVar Burton

Normally at events we’re screaming at the alarm clock at 6 am but Fedcon is chill! After a nice lay in we head to the LeVar Burton talk. All Trekkie have one thing on their mind at the moment – Star Trek Discovery and a lot of questions relate to it. LeVar was very open to working on the series.

After listening to LeVar speak for a while he seemed to remind us more and more of Geordi La Forge. He has that same calming sensitivity, intellect and optimism. So Sam decided to ask him he felt he had the closest personality to his character out of all the TNG cast. LeVar agreed although also felt Patrick Stewart was close with Picard and quipped “Patrick could be grumpy like Picard!”

An audience member asked LeVar how he felt about race and casting, e.g. Acting in roles where the character is a difference ethnic origin or in cosplay. LeVar gave a very Star Trek answer; “It just depends” and there could be “no absolutes” (reminded us of Picards speech from TNG Justice. He cited examples in his past where he had a white stuntman despite there being plenty of qualified stuntmen who look like LeVar. But when it comes to cosplay, he knows most people are trying to emulate their favourite characters and their intentions are good natured.

When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a guest at these conventions, LeVar responded that he’d be sat our side of the audience watching. (He is one of us!)

After LeVar’s talk there was a gap in the schedule so we decided to head back to our own hotel and sample the roof bar. With the backdrop of the United Nations building we felt we were in Starfleet.

We stumbled back to Fedcon and were grateful for the back to back panels which allowed us to rest after drinking too much! We normally stick to Star Trek orientated guests and talks (being the Trekkie Girls!) but we couldn’t resist the Matt Smith Panel. Matt was thoughtful, funny and humble. We’re glad we sat in.

John de Lancie

The John de Lancie talk was originally scheduled in the secondary hall but when organisers saw how overcrowded and popular it was they swapped it for the main hall. Command level thinking there!

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn’s panel began by him clarifying his non-involvement with Star Trek Discovery. A while ago a source reporting from another event misquoted him as guest starring. Dorn was quick to clarify but the fact that he opened his talk by discussing it gave us the impression he wanted to make sure no one minced his words! We were extra careful typing the tweet!

Fedcon Day 2 Overview – Pt2

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Highlights from Day 2 continued.

Colm Meaney

Colm was the final guest to take to the stage on day 2 of Fedcon. Here are our top highlights from his talk:

Colm Meaney Fedcon

The highlight of Colm’s talk (possibly weekend) was when he sang Minstrel Boy from TNG The Wounded:

The Evening

There aren’t themed parties as such at Fedcon like there are at Star Trek Las Vegas or Destination Star Trek but that’s because it’s one long party! They have a pop up ‘Romulan pub’ bar. A dancefloor and a DJ adjacent to the Klingon Bar (our favourite). Don’t worry, the dance floor served as a neutral zone between the respective Klingon and Romulan Bars!

When the panels finished we felt it was a good time to sample the local Romulan Ale. All conventions have their own style and we’re sure shares in Blue Curaçao rise whenever thousands of Trekkies gather.

Maybe it was too ‘done’ but Fedcon didn’t have it’s own Romulan Ale. Instead fans were requesting their own variants to be specially made.

Another blessing was the food and drink vendors in the outdoors area. Never too busy, they served a portion of chips and probably other food too. But after a few beverages, us Brits only need a portion of chips!

Overall, a very enjoyable evening. Marina Sirtis was on the dance floor, there was a conga line, we met new friends and caught up with old ones.

Fedcon – Opening Ceremony and Marina Sirtis Talk

Marina Sirtis

The first talk we attended was Fedcon’s most favourite guest (as voted for by last years patrons) Marina Sirtis. 

Marina can always deliver an entertaining talk and the audience hangs on to her every word. It didn’t take long for her to get into politics!  

Deanna Troi and Marina Sirtis is our favourite Juxtaposition. They are probably the most diametrically opposed personalities between an actor and her character. And we love them both!

We were there to bombard our twitter followers with every detail of our experience. Check out our top live tweets from the talk:

Marina also told Fedcon a hilarious story about how her temper got her onto the the TSA’s flight watch list!

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was like most opening ceremonies at events, late to start but a great opportunity to see all the guests in one place. It also kick starts a feeling of celebration to take you into the weekend.

What stands out about the guest list at Fedcon is the large number of lecturers and scientists here. These guests are hugely respected and popular amongst the German fans. I accidentally sat in on a German speaking talk about the science of Star Trek and despite not understanding a word, I could see the audience hanging onto every word. It also means I have no idea of the context of the sex toy in this slide!?

Then something that I never thought I’d experience and will probably never experience again. David Hasselhoff entering through the transporter room and the crew of TNG dancing to his music!

Gates McFadden’s plane landed just in time for her to appear at the end of the ceremony. It was a tie who was more pleased to see her, the audience or the cast!

Fedcon Day 1 – Review

It’s our first visit to Fedcon in Bonn, Germany. We’ve been meaning to get here for years and our time has come!

The funny thing about attending an event new to us after so many years, is that you cant help but compare them. That’s ok for us because we are happy with different.

 Fedcon first impressions

First impressions

The first thing that stood out for as different is the scale of the event. It is by no means small, the hotel is full. It’s day one and a Friday so we suspect it will be busier tomorrow. It’s a good number though. There’s a good crowd here but I have been able to find a seat and table to write a blog post. Which for a Star Trek event, is usually a near improbable situation.

The same is true with the guests. It’s not near Destination Star Trek levels and certainly not Star Trek Las Vegas guest levels, but it has enough to have a varied number of panels and make some tough calls with your wallet.  

The hotel

The event is held at the Bonn Maritim Hotel and Fedcon takes over the entire hotel each year. They rename bars and restaurants to give them a trek feel. This year has a distinct feel of celebrating TNG 30 without saying it bluntly. Fedcon has a licence to sell official merchandise but not run an exclusive Star Trek event.

The hotel has an oddly Vegas feel to it, it feels closer to STLV because of its hotel set up, it’s love of gold chandeliers and it’s ease of access to alcohol (ROMULAN ale isn’t illegal in Germany!). However it much, much hotter than Vegas. The Rio is August is like a Breen; wearing a refrigeration suit on a hot planet. The Rio is f-ing sub zero! The Maritim is like The Forge hot!

Where it really wins is the drink prices! Unlike the Rio, you can buy a decent drink and we were delighted at the prices. Cocktails were €7.50 at the Klingon Bar (a rather nice hotel bar, simply renamed, no theming). It’s not exactly a 5* Risian resort cocktails but they’re certainly better than the plastic cup varieties at similar prices at larger events. 

Cardassian Cafe fedcon

The schedule

We breathed a sigh of relief when read the timetable. Its not manic. Because it includes guests from other shows, we don’t have an interest in seeing EVERYTHING. This is a big relief. Often we don’t eat for over 24 hours because we’re trying to fit so much in. 

The autograph sessions are exactly that, sessions timetabled into the programme. 

Today the first panels started at 14.00. In some ways this is great, it has given us time to arrive and settle. Normally we would fork out for an extra nights stay for a morning start. But on the other hand, if the organisers have paid to hire the hotel as a venue, why not utilise it?

The main hall is a theatre style and guests have assigned areas/rows dependant on your ticket type. The ticket packages can include meals and hotel boarding which is a great  approach and similar to that of the SF Ball.

Dealers:

Fedcon has a good balance of dealers, they are in the goldilocks zone of ‘just right’. They have official merchandise such as Disruptor Beam’s Star Trek Timelines (which Sam had to self exclude herself from playing too much!). They also bought along this amazing Timelines backdrop where they compiled their characters in holographic roles (we love Worf and Kira from Our Man Bashir), but they all ooze glamour. Be sure to get a picture and share it on Star Trek Timelines Facebook Page.

There is a vendor for the Movie Park Star Trek Roller Coaster which had a soft opening a couple of weeks ago. They are there to showcase their attraction which a TNG themed ride. They have some pictures and videos of the attraction. 

Star Trek Roller Coaster vendor 

 The Star Trek perfumes are there to sample and buy. The bottles are beautiful, we asked if they could be refilled but sadly that they couldn’t. They have three scents to represent Kirk, Spock and Uhura. The Kirk scent is the best because I imagine it genuinely smells like him; a bit overbearing, very masculine, standing too close to you in the mess hall! They’d make a good fathers day present though…just decide if your dad is egotistical womaniser or emotionally detached!Star Trek perfume

The coolest vendor has to be the European Space Agency! Here to tell us all about their missions like Rosetta (the comet catcher). We’re looking forward to learning more about how science fiction meets science fact.

ESA at fedcon

Overall: this has all the ingredients to become one our favourite events. There is a family feel amongst attendees, the staff and crew have been helpful and kind and it represents great value for money!

Best bit: Getting a biscuit from the Dark Armada fan film guys. After a 5am start and no inflight meal (very tight Norwegian!) it was very welcomed!

Weird bit: being at a convention alone, Sarah sadly can’t make it and Carole’s flight was delayed. Wandering around by myself was strange and reminded me what a social experience Star Trek events are for us.

Fedcon Bonn Germany – 2nd – 5th June

Continuing our mission to attend the worlds best Star Trek events, the Trekkie Girls have locked their targets onto FedCon 26 which is being held in Bonn Germany 2nd – 5th June 2017.

There’s a stellar Trek lineup this year including LEVAR BURTON (Geordi La Forge), MICHAEL DORN (Worf), MARINA SIRTIS (Deanna Troi), GATES MCFADDEN (Beverly Crusher), CHASE MASTERSON (Leeta)  JOHN DE LANCIE (Q) and COLM MEANEY (Miles O’Brien) .  Also appearing are some great non-Trek Guests like Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and David Hasslehoff!.

With so many Next Generation actors appearing, it looks the perfect place to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation.

The convention is located in the city of Bonn near Cologne-Bonn airport which boasts five direct flights to the UK. It is also an hour and half from the soon-to-be-opened official Star Trek Roller Coaster located at Movie Park Germany (unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’ll be open in time for this event).

Sam and Carole will be attending all weekend, blogging, live tweeting and live streaming from the event.