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Destination Star Trek is an officially licensed Star Trek Event ran by Media 10 and Massive Events. They have hosted the largest conventions in Europe. The Trekkie Girls have been official bloggers to all four events so far and can be seen in panels or hosting.

The first event in London 2012 boasted all five captains in attendance and was hailed the largest Star Trek Event in attendance.  It always boasts a great lineup pulling in guests that haven’t been seen in the Star Trek convention circuit for year, such as Will Wheaton in 2016.

Over the years the event has grown it’s portfolio of sets, now including The Original Series bridge, The Next Generation Bridge, a Borg Alcove and Klingon Battle Bridge chair.

Considered an ‘event’ rather than a convention it hosts panels, costume contests, parties, a museum and trading stalls.

In 2016 the event smashed it’s own Guinness World Record of ‘The Most People Dressed as a Star Trek Character.

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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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!

Happy New Year and the big 5-0!

We wish you a Trektastic 2016 and what a year we have ahead of us. It’s astonishing to think this TV and movie series has gripped our planets attention for half a century. It makes us feel so young!

We were going to write up a review about 2015 but like our spandex loving crewmates, we can’t help but look forward into the future.

Instead, here is what we have planned and our looking forward to in 2016.

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Trek guests include Jonathan Frakes, Vaughn Armstrong and  Casey ‘For Cardassia’ Biggs. If you haven’t already it worked it out…. That means the Enterprise Blues Band will also be performing! (Wonder if Frakes can actually play the Trombone?)

Star Trek Beyond – 22nd July

Like we did before with Star Trek Into Darkness we’ll be following all developments leading up to the release of the movie… and Beyond! *groans*. But we don’t like to see or spread leaks, so just official stuff and own opinions from us!

London Film and Comic Con 29th – 31st July. Olympia, London

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The biggest show in town….and the Country! These have been getting seriously star studded lately and we want to see how Showmasters are going to top last years, if at all possible. No Trek guests have been announced but so close to the release of Beyond means it will be great to meet up with our fellow Trekkies and discuss every element of the film.

The Official Star Trek Convention 3rd – 7th August. Rio All Suites Hotel, Las Vegas

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This one makes us squeal like a Tribble!! Hotels are booked and first contact has been made with organisers. We haven’t been to the famous Vegas con since it was at the Hilton. Reporting live from STLV50 is set to be one of our biggest highlights.

New Series – January 2017

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Throughout the year StarTrek.com are going to drip feed us information and we’re going to beg for more!! Remember, we’re not a news site but we love snooping around, asking questions and speculating.

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What else??

  • We are upping our game this year with a plan to bring monthly live episodes via Periscope as well as our normal Trekkie Girls episodes on YouTube.
  • We’ll also be watching Destination Star Trek like a hawk. If they make any sound regarding the possibility of another event in the UK or Europe, we’ll be all over it like Kirk and a green girl! Remember our clues we posted last year hinting they might be back??

So, What’s Next for The Original TiT?

What can I say? The response I’ve had to these “guest blog” posts has been absolutely amazing – you guys are fantastic!! But I’ve actually really enjoyed doing them! In fact, it’s kind of taken over my life a little bit?! (I may need to take a couple of days off to spend some time with my boyfriend, think he’s feeling a little neglected!) It’s taken me right back to my time at University – cramming to finish those 5000 word essays before a deadline (it’s a good stress – honest!). Part of me doesn’t want it to end? But I can’t hog the Trekkie Girls limelight forever.

So, what IS next for The Original TiT?!

Perhaps it’s time for me to take command of my own starship? Start my own blog…
SCARY!! What will I talk about? What if nobody comes to pay me a visit? Guess I’ll just be talking to myself? No change there then!?

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My First Star Trek Convention: What Am I Taking Away From DST3?

Star Trek is a drug and I’m hooked. That is all.

JUST KIDDING!!! Like you could shut me up there?!
But seriously, as a complete convention newbie, as I said before, I had no idea what to expect from DST3. Trekkie Girls Sam and Carole, had always seemed to have a lot of fun, but I felt that perhaps you had to be a “hardcore Trekkie” to reap the full benefit from one of these things? Also, I guess I feared that my lack of Trek knowledge would make me stick out like a sore thumb?! Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I think Bruce Greenwood summed it up perfectly. It was his first convention too, and at the opening ceremony, as he spoke to Jonathan Ross, he seemed honestly taken aback by how much the show meant to the fans and was surprised at how much it had touched some of their lives. He was sincerely moved, and quite emotional about it.
Trekkie’s are without doubt the nicest people I have ever met! Both the fans and the actors (who all seem to be fans themselves?!) are warm, friendly, welcoming and an absolute ton of fun. The actors seem genuinely to be friends, honestly pleased to see each other? I can just imagine them all backstage catching up on each other’s gossip! It seems to me, that once you are part of the Star Trek family, you’re a member for life?

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My First Star Trek Convention: Day Three of DST3

So, beating the previous night, Carole and I were up at 8 o’clock Sunday morning, having managed a mere 3 hours sleep! (Again, Trekkie Girl Teressa had partied a little too hard – think we should throw her in the brig personally?!). Having packed up our cases and checked out of the hotel, we staggered over to the ExCel just in time to catch Karl Urban’s second talk (yes, I attended both his talks!). Despite my rather delicate state, I managed to raise my hand to ask a question that had been bothering me since the previous day – what had Daniel Stewart done to Karl Urban exactly, at the beginning of the convention, to make him think that a restraining order would have been taken out on him? I thought this was a good question, but whatever it was must have been really bad, because Karl denied all knowledge! I think he knew, but just didn’t want to talk about it? Which begs the question…

What DID you do Daniel Stewart?!

(Answers on a postcard please…)
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My First Star Trek Convention: Day Two of DST3

After only 5 hours sleep, I woke to the excitement that both Jonathan Ross and Jeri Ryan, yes THE Jeri Ryan(!!) had replied to my tweets!

Carole and I apprehensively made our way over to make-up (that naughty Trekkie Girl Teressa had had too much Tranya at the Risa party!), where we were transformed in to Orion Slave Girls for the day! Thank you to the amazing Karen Ward and her team for ‘greening us up’ – great job ladies!

When our makeover was complete we rushed along to the Enterprise A stage where our job was to welcome people into the Guinness world record attempt. Sadly we didn’t break our own world record for the ‘largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters’, but we did raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Supportand everyone looked amazing in their costumes! (My favourite was the Tribble @funkylaura1701)

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My First Star Trek Convention: Day One of DST3

When we arrived at the ExCel and picked up our passes, we were allowed to enter the arena before the general public, to attend the Press Call. I was quite taken aback by the sheer magnitude of the event and the variety of exhibits on show. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but I was truly in awe, especially when I thought how many Trekkies would file through it over the next three days.

Jordan Hoffman did an amazing job of introducing the guests at the Press Call and I had my first real ‘TiT’ moment when for the life of me, I couldn’t recognise this one guy in glasses, only to gasp when he spoke: “IT’S NELIX!?” 

Off we went to check out the official ‘Bloggers Lounge’, where we met the lovely Simon, Phil and Jamie from The Engage Podcast, and the uber friendly Mike and Roz from Visionary Trek. We accosted Jordan when he wandered by, so that we could introduce ourselves, before dashing to our hotel to check-in and get changed in to our first costume of the weekend – red shirts!

(Photo courtesy of Ben Pruchnie)

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My First Star Trek Convention: A Brief Introduction to The Original TiT

As I stood at the bottom of the steps, mic in my uncontrollably shaking hand, I assured myself that even if they did throw tomatoes, I was in a red dress, so at least the stains wouldn’t show. In a flash it was time to ascend those steps, on to the waiting stage and face my fears. At least I wasn’t alone, I had my fellow Trekkie Girls Carole and Teressa with me – if this ship was going down, we were sure as hell going down together!

This was my first experience of a Star Trek convention and I can hand-on-heart say, I absolutely LOVED every single minute of it!!

As it was, there was a rather modest audience for our cadet level quiz (undoubtedly thanks to the lovely introduction from Jordan Hoffman!), which seemed to be graciously accepted and enjoyed by all. Once my feet hit that stage, my nerves were gone and I had an absolute whale of a time! (Although my hands continued to shake inexplicably for some time to come?!).
 
Let me introduce myself – my name is Sarah and I have known Trekkie Girl Sam for almost 18 years, and Carole for nearer 28 years! One of my earliest memories of Sam is of her dressing up on a school fancy dress day as Captain Jean Luc Picard – complete with flesh coloured rubber swimming cap! That girl was BORN a Trekkie!? (Sorry I have no photographic evidence of this!) They are without doubt the nicest people I know. We have laughed together, cried together and supported each other through good and bad times. These girls are my family.

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DST3 day 3

So Day 3 the final frontier

So the day after the night before – the night before being a Our Man Bashir inspired party, everyone was dressed in their trekkie finest and enjoying the music of both James Darren and Tim Russ who put on stellar shows. It again was a messy night continuing into the wee hours, thank you to Larry Nemecek who put up with our company for far too much of the evening.

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Sunday was about three people:

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