With just under two weeks to go until the hotly anticipated SF Ball at the Grand Harbour hotel Southampton, some changes have been made to the lineup. We were starting to get slightly optimistic that Jonathan Frakes might actually attend but it wasn’t to be. Instead the hilarious and gorgeous Dominic Keating and Conner Trinneer from Star Trek Enterprise have stepped up to add to this Trektastic lineup that also includes Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong.
Casey Biggs has spoken to organisers at SFB towers and said;
“We are very excited to be able to attend and perform for everyone at the Ball this year. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is still so strong in the minds of Star Trek fans that it’s always rewarding to be able to meet and chat about the magical world of Star Trek.”
Casey Biggs will be attending the entire weekend as well as performing as part of a special Star Trek cabaret.
Not only does the SF Ball offer the usual talks, autographs and photoshoots but there are workshops, an exhibition hall, models, merchandise, costumes and not to mention the wonderful Star Trek sets by the USS Riker’s Beard. All of this is done in the pursuit to raise as much funding towards the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tickets are selling fast but can be booked online. For more info, tickets and itinerary check out the SFB Events website.
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!
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.
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
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.
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??
Next weekend ( 26th – 27th September) we will be attending the Science Fiction and Fantasy Weekend at Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
There will be displays, vendor stalls, games to play from across the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre plus you are in the incredible Action Stations in the Historic Dockyards. There is laser quest, rock climbing or visit ships like the HMS Victory, Mary Rose or HMS Warrior.
At 1pm Saturday 26th, The Trekkie Girls will be hosting the costume contest! Open to all ages and ability, we can’t wait to see everyone dressed up.
We’re super excited about this event (aren’t we always!) because it’s being held in our home town. Let us know if you’re coming!
It’s that time of year again for one of our convention staples. Showmaster’s London Film and Comic Con.
We’ve been attending these for years. It feels like that familiar family holiday we take together. But this year stands out. This year it was BIG!! There was some serious guest star pulling power happening.
We heard that it was going to be hot and that it was crazy busy (It always seems to fall on the hottest day of the year!). We prepared ourselves mentally and physically for this away mission. Lots of water, tiny TNG skant dresses, water, we even bought new boots that were super comfy (sign that we’re getting old). Armed with this and psyching ourselves up for standing around in a sweaty moshpit, we were actually relieved to find it wasn’t as bad as we had imagined it to be.
When we got in were amazed how much the show had grown. Vendors everywhere, guest stars everywhere but also new calibre of vendors such as the SyFy channel…ohh fancy! We headed straight to find the Star Trek actors, naturally. Garrett Wang is always super nice whenever we see him. We’re not sure if he actually remembers us each time we talk to him but he is polite enough to suggests that he does.
We also say hi to Tim Russ who is such a lovely sweet man and again, he politely says he remembers us and we like to believe he is telling us the truth when in fact he is probably giving a coded signal to his handler to save him from the crazy ladies!
Nichole de Boer was too busy for us to interject so we gawked at how tiny and beautiful she is. She doesn’t seem to have aged a day!
Star Trek Talk
Time for the Star Trek talk in the Super Hall. It was super because it was cool in there! The talk was free which was nice and it was well attended. It was supposed to be Tim Russ, Garret Wang and Ethan Philips but Ethan cancelled.
Tim and Garrett did separate appearances which was fine because Tim wanted to promote Star Trek Renegades.
Tim was up first and there were some good questions from the audience. When asked what other Captain would he liked to have served under he replied ‘Sisko’ thinking Sisko and Tuvok would be an interesting paring. We can see that, the emotional Captain (much more so than Janeway) versus the rational man.
Tim said that from Tuvok he learnt patience, balancing emotional control through meditation. We suspect that’s from working with Neelix.
Tim also mentioned that he was going to be coming back to London next year for an event??…Are we getting a clue here!?
He then went on to talk about Renegades and how it harkens back to the days of pirates. There’s Section 31, an arc story that would be developed in a weekly series.
Time for Garrett….ohh Garrett. He is a funny man! We laughed all the way through his talk. He doesn’t hold back. When asked who he’d like to serve under he stated Picard. Good solid reasons and this got nods of approval all round. The he says said “I’d have to serve under Picard because Shatner is too…..Shatner!”. He then proceeded to tell the story of how he first met William Shatner. If you haven’t heard it, we won’t ruin it because like all Garrett’s stories you need to hear them with his delivery, otherwise we’d ruin them. But that’s what makes a good guest to these shows. One who comes armed with a pile of funny anecdotes from their time working at the show. They are able to take any question from the audience and by answering, they deliver one of their gems.
I (Sam) asked a question. With all the talk about Renegades, Captain Worf, Axanar, The Rikers in Space etc I wondered what Garrett’s pitch for a Star Trek spin off would be? It’s going to be funny isn’t it? And we weren’t disappointed. It was to be a Scrubs/Star Trek mix! But he also had an idea for an episode that involves the original Harry Kim. Remember, the Kim who came home with Voyager doesn’t technically belong in the prime universe. He was killed in Deadlock in a Vidiian attack. Well, what if he wasn’t killed? He was assimilated by the Borg and then sent on a mission later to get 7 of 9 back? So basically he gets it on with 7 of 9! After many belly laughs, the talk is over and we conclude that Garrett is indeed a changling who could infiltrate the highest level of Starfleet because his impressions are *that* good.
Hilarious story about how Tim Russ got horny and abused Neelix. That’s the real story of Tuvix’s existence. Don’t blame the transporter!
That’s right, SIGORNEY WEAVER! At LFCC. That’s like, super famous! The moderated talk was held in a rather nice theatre room and it was very civilised. We felt it was more in keeping with those interviews with celebrities you might see on the Art Channel where they talk about existentialism, method acting and whether you prefer curled leaf or Dino Kale. It was a skill on part of the moderator and Ms Weaver how they maintained elegance, grace and sophistication whilst talking about an alien bursting out of a persons chest cavity.
Unlike us who were sat there tweeting about how sophisticated we found this whilst our inner geek was screaming “TALK ABOUT GALAXY QUEST!!!!!”
Alas it did not take long for one of our kind in the audience to mention Galaxy Quest. Ms Weaver (She is so awesome, that’s how I feel we must address her!) said that originally they didn’t want to cast anyone with sci-fi experience but she felt those who had worked in the genre had a deeper understanding and were best placed to deliver it. We agree. We agree with everything she says.
Time to get some Autographs. Carole gets Hayley Atwell and Iain Glen. She’d got Virtual Tickets in the morning but one wasn’t up yet but with the scheduled talks the staff were very reasonable and as the queues weren’t too bad and let her in. It’s always worth asking the staff, it’s true what they say, they’re there to help.
2015 marks the 30 year anniversary of BTTF and is the same year they visit in the future. How Showmasters pulled this off…? Well we hear rumours of Ceti Eels.
Somehow they got together practically the entire cast including Michael J Fox!
Seeing them all on the stage together was surreal. These are films are such a huge part of our upbringing. They are timeless (boom!).
Michael J Fox has hardly aged, it was as if Marty McFly were on stage. There was a wonderful rapport between Fox and Christopher Lloyd. In fact with all the cast, there was a strong sense of camaraderie. Harry Waters Jr wore his tuxedo jacket and wooed the crowd with Earth Angel. We tried to sing along but his voice was wonderfully deep.
Overall it was an incredible day and as a Comic Con, it stands above the rest. Thank you to everyone who stopped to say hi to us and to Showmasters for permitting us access to this event.
In case you’re wondering how we picked which division we’d each wear for our skinniest, we picked which colour suited our skintones best. Not at all geeky but our individual skill sets are poorly matched for Starfleet unfortunately!
Highlight: Meeting all our friends, Seeing SpockVegas, Sigourney Weaver, Michael J Fox, Lunch!
Weird bit: Being asked at the train station if we were on our way to or from work! Ummm, Starfleet ain’t real you know!?
Not so sure about : Virtual Queuing. We know you all love it but unless you have big screens saying what numbers are up, why not just use time slots? That said, we had no problems getting our autos.
Funny bit: Carole and Sarah’s reactions when they saw how short I’d made their dresses! Mwa haha. And mistaking an actual monk at the station for a Jedi!
First Contact Day is all about knocking back tequila celebrating the dawn of the Federation, an era of peace and hope for Humanity. What better way to celebrate it than in the company of our fellow Trekkies.
This year be sure to check out the return of the third First Contact Day being held 4th – 5th April in Leicester’s National Space Centre with guests including Garrett Wang (Voyager’s Harry Kim), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5) Trek Authors Una McCormack and James Swallow, Alan Flyng (Star Wars) and a Skype chat with our all time favourite Trek expert Larry Nemecek.
The Trekkie Girls alongside the Visionary Trek podcast, interview Robert Duncan McNeill and Manu Intiraymi at the 21st SF Ball – The Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton. 7th February 2014. As usual they drift off topic!
On Saturday we packed up ready for the SF Ball in it’s new home at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Carole had to work so I took Sarah, our Trekkie In Training, along.
Because of new baby, we couldn’t stay along as we wanted (like, all weekend!) so this review isn’t as thorough as we’d like however we wanted to make an effort and see what we could of the Ball after hearing so much praise.
We have been to all sorts of conventions, some are massive signing events, some are like a small gathering of friends, others are like drunken nights at Quarks. From what we saw of the SF Ball, it is a mixture of everything.
This year we are very excited to make our first trip to the famous SF Ball 6th – 8th Feb. We have heard so many exciting things about this event, from the cabaret, to the interaction with guests, not to mention those con dances! It’s a travesty on our part that we haven’t made until now.
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!?