Category Archives: Star Trek 50th Anniversary

#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!

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

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.

 

MAC Star Trek Review

We can’t stop raving about it! The full range is available online and in stores now and we can’t help ourselves! Check out our vblog review!

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L-R Kling-it-on, LLAP, Where no man has gone before, The enemy within
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L-R Holla-Deck nail polish, Khaaannnn, Set to stun, Warp speed ahead, Pleasure planet (Lipglass)
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Trip the light – Luna Lustre

 

 

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For the Love of “For the Love of Spock”

*WARNING – SPOILER ALERT! *

Noble. Dignity. Artist. Integrity. Human. Logical. Humble. Hope. Cool. Loving. Love.

(THE mensch of menschs?!)

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As Sam reiterated during our anniversary Periscope shenanigans, after his passing in February 2015, what started out as a 50th Anniversary “Spock special”, evolved somewhat in to a well deserved “This Is Your Life, Leonard Nimoy”, and what a captivating story it is! Charting the highs and lows of the life of such an incredibly complex and talented man, genuinely loved and admired by all who knew him. When I sat down to watch ‘For the Love of Spock’ (a day late, as you would have come to expect from me!), I never intended to write a “review”, nor to write this much, but throughout the film I just found I had so much to say. It literally had me balling within the first three minutes, and sent shivers down my spine!

As a relative newbie to the world of Trek, I was fascinated to hear all about Nimoy’s life outside of Spock. What is probably common knowledge to the hardcore Trekkies/Trekkers out there, was all new and fascinating to me. I was gripped from the very beginning. He struggled with alcoholism; he wrote poetry; he sang; he was an amazingly talented photographer. He directed Three Men and a Baby?! What. The. Spock?! HOW did I not know this?!

He’d also had quite a few acting jobs before being cast in Star Trek. In fact, he’d even worked with Gene Roddenberry on TV series ‘The Lieutenant’. It was during this time that something about Nimoy caught Gene’s eye, namely his cheekbones: “He’d make a great alien…with those cheekbones, some sort of a pointed ear might go well?” – and so Spock was born. As I have suspected for quite some time now, Spock WAS created for Leonard Nimoy, or at the very least with him in mind. Whilst he thought he was going for a job interview, Gene was set on selling Star Trek TO Nimoy, he simply had to have him on board?!

Something that did make me chuckle – when talking about the lack of quality prosthetics at the very beginning: Gene said that if the ears didn’t work, they would simply write in to the script that Spock had an “ear job” or something. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!

The immortal words “live long and prosper” are also credited to Nimoy – I love the story of where the Vulcan salute came from, as well as the iconic arched eyebrow: “If you are minimal, then that becomes a big deal”. It was amusing to see how said eyebrows were rather more unkempt in the pilot, in comparison to the over-tweezed ones we are more used to seeing.

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 Again, I was completely ignorant to the fact that there was a whole other pilot/crew?! And that Spock was a very different Vulcan under Captain Pike. There is always so much made of the rivalry between lead stars, and Nimoy and Shatner did not escape this. As George Takei explained, “Shatner was the titular character, but people were absolutely magnetically attracted to Spock”. However, as Gene so wisely said: “If Spock is popular, then Kirk is popular, and the show is popular, and that’s what we all want” – and they never looked back, Shatner simply encompassed the popularity of Spock. It was lovely to hear the genuine affection between Nimoy and Shatner. The latter with his “energy and a sense of humour and a twinkle in the eye” changed the way Nimoy played Spock – a whole different dynamic evolved.

“Kirk is the physical embodiment of the show and Spock is the spiritual embodiment of the show” (James Duff).

Or as George Takei so eloquently put it, they we Yin and Yang.

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And can I just say – Jason Alexander’s Kirk impression? WOW!!

The scene were Nimoy is reading Star Trek’s very first review in ‘Variety’ magazine is hilarious. As his childhood friend, Barry Newman, had said they were on “a treadmill to oblivion” – the show was not initially received well. Roddenberry’s vision was way ahead of its time. However, I love the thought that “gradually the show and its audience found each other”, and how times change eh? From the network executives initially not wanting to upset the “Bible belt” with this satanic-type character, to asking why they weren’t you doing more with “that Martian” on the show, as its, and Spock’s, popularity grew.

“He was a multi-faceted individual, he was never just Spock to me” (Simon Pegg).

Two words: Bilbo Baggins. Oh dear. But LOVE the scene where the TOS crew are watching the video!

LOL: Even Nimoy didn’t like “The Motionless Picture”, calling it frustrating, depressing and dispiriting. Although I did like the fact that its story “began in London”. I also never realised that he had such a big part behind the scenes, directing the 3rd and 4th movies.

I can’t believe The Animated Series is actually a thing? It looks like some kind of spoof? How could they possibly have thought it was okay not to cast George and Nichelle?! The fact that Leonard refused to do it unless they were included because they were “the two people that most personified what Star Trek was all about: the diversity, coming together and working in concert as a team”, demonstrates wonderfully the kind of man he really was and what the character of Spock stood for.

As JJ says, it was “wonderfully comforting and relatable to know that Spock was an outsider”, his journey was all about how you find your way, as the alien in a foreign culture. These are perfect examples of how Star Trek encompasses “meaningful issues about to live” and why Spock and the values laid out in Star Trek “continue to resonate” 50 years later. It is also why it’s hard for me to grasp how negatively Star Trek / Spock affected the Nimoy family, and specifically the relationship between Adam and his father.

The best thing about ‘For the Love of Spock’ is the abundance of family photos, videos and interviews – it’s like we have exclusive access to the Nimoy family archive. You can 100% tell that it was directed by his son, and I think it would have been a very different project had this not been the case. I love that what started out as a collaboration between father and son to celebrate the former’s most successful part, transformed in to a wonderful tribute to his life – the good and the bad, warts and all as they say. Adam admits it became a journey of self-discovery about his own relationship with his father and you can really feel this throughout the film. And aww when Adam comes on set with the wig and ears…

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N.B. I didn’t realise that that was actually Nimoy’s real hair! I always assumed it was a wig?! As did his father. I love that kids would come in to his barber’s shop and ask for a “Spock haircut”.

It seems that Nimoy was a man after my own heart, a perfectionist, with a strong work ethic and a somewhat addictive personality. A very intelligent and savvy man, who knew that at any moment the crest of a wave upon which he and his fellow castmates were riding could have come crashing down, and so he never turned work down. His philosophy: making hay whilst the sun was shining.

Adam describes the sacks of mail that would arrive addressed to his father and how answering it all became a “family activity”. These elated early days however soon gave way to a tiresome frustration of life in the limelight and of father never really being around. So committed to his job, that when he was, he might as well not have been. If a picture says a thousand words, then this one says it all:

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I firmly believe that certain personality types are suited to certain professions and I think that most actors, have this “all or nothing” mentality. Nimoy became so fully committed to Spock that even his castmates didn’t “know” Nimoy that well, for he was only occasionally “Leonard like”, they felt they knew Spock better. It is a familiar story of actors so dedicated to a part they are playing they become internalised. When most of your waking life is in character, it’s very difficult to switch it on and off.

Just hearing Jim Parsons (Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory) talking about keeping a “panicked grip” on a character, because you don’t want to lose “it”, makes me think about the late Heath Ledger – who some believe, became so absorbed in playing the twisted character of The Joker, that this was a contributory factor to his tragic death at the age of 28. I had no idea that Nimoy himself had battled his own demons, namely his struggle with alcoholism.

I think his stepson Aaron Bay-Schuck sums it up perfectly: “Leonard was a very even-keeled guy, he didn’t always show a lot of emotion” – Spock was undeniably a part of him.

This film was incredibly moving. Hearing such a candid and personal account of how Spock, and Adam’s struggle to bond with his uber famous father (and vice versa), would ultimately drive a wedge between them. I can’t believe they were estranged up until as recently as 2006!? I am so happy that they reconciled, and that Leonard was there for his son, throughout such a difficult and heart breaking time. The letter from Leonard to Adam… oh the tears.

One question though: what exactly is a full-fledged deadhead?!

On a lighter note, as many of you will know, in my guise as TheOriginalTiT, I have (rather unsuccessfully of late) been making my way through TNG, and something that stood out to me in this film are the parallels that can be drawn between the characters off Spock and Data.

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“Vulcans never bluff”.

Take this conversation between Spock and Kirk for example:

  • S: I prefer the concrete, the graspable, the provable.
  • K: You’d make a splendid computer Mr Spock.
  • S: That is very kind of you Captain.
  • K: *grins

As Nicholas Meyer comments about Spock being a cold, unemotional guy, but that Leonard insisted “he never played him that way, he played him as a guy trying to keep his emotions in check”. As Simon Pegg laments: Spock had “so many emotions”, but as Nimoy himself recalls “he also has emotional control, expresses very little of what he’s feeling. It’s fun for the audience to watch to see if a glimmer of something pops through”. Okay, do Data is an Android and technically not capable of feeling emotion, but it reminds me of something that Brent Spiner said at Destination Star Trek 3, that people would always say that thought they saw Brent play emotions in him, but that actually he “could feel the audience through the TV projecting their emotions on to him”. I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder?

A bit like the “homoerotic relationship” between Kirk and Spock that some fans have created?! Fan fic can go to strange places… I wasn’t quite prepared for that! And no, I haven’t Googled it!!

I can even see a likeness between Nimoy and Patrick Stewart, both with a flair and passion stage acting. I would have loved to have seen Nimoy in the Man in the Glass Booth! ‘For the Love of Spock’ has made me so excited to watch TOS. It seems there was a much more obvious comedic element to the show that the new films have, but that TNG (my main experience of ST so far) lacks somehow. Not in a bad way, it’s just different.

Question: What’s the difference between a Jewish man and “a Jew”?

I absolutely love the term “The Triumvirate”, I hadn’t heard it before in a Star Trek context. Warping forward 50 years – I really feel that in “Beyond”, the latest of the new movie franchise, Pine, Quinto and Urban, finally nailed the recreation of the Shatner-Nimoy-Kelly dynamic. It was truly lovely to see so many of the new cast members involved in this project, to whom Nimoy was of course a castmate also, and no doubt had a tremendous influence over them during the filming of “Star Trek” and “Into Darkness”.

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Over the course of the 50th Anniversary celebrations I have really enjoyed watching all of the ‘closeted’ celebrity Star Trek fans coming out and proud as “Trekkies”. I absolutely loved all the “50 in :50” videos released by Star Trek – from Pete Wentz, to Slash – and you’ll all remember how excited I was about Rihanna getting her Trek on, to the point where she recorded an epic tune for the soundtrack of “Beyond”. I love how Star Trek is increasingly becoming more of an everyday topic of conversation, no longer reserved just for the geeks and nerds amongst us, it’s like totally cool now! Helped in no small way I’m sure by cult TV and firm fan-favourite ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – I can’t wait to watch this show and “get” all of the Star Trek references!

Note to self: must watch majority of Star Trek first.

The breadth, depth and diversity of Star Trek fans never ceases to amaze me. In this documentary for example, you have actual astrophysicists discussing their love of the show, what it means to them and how it has affected the path that their lives took. It is a profound thought that Neil DeGrasse Tyson has, that maybe Star Trek, and Spock, may in some way be responsible for the “slow but real appreciation of what science is and why it matters”. Freakin’ NASA even wished ST a happy anniversary!

As I said in my review of “Beyond”, any new Trek is good Trek, and I love the new films. It was great and somewhat of a vindication to hear how Nimoy viewed the reincarnation: “Along came JJ Abrams who found a way to crack it open to an entirely new and different audience… You didn’t have to know all about Star Trek, you could come and enjoy this movie as a person who had never seen anything of Star Trek before.” Now THAT’s a real seal of approval?!

Having not really seen that much of TOS (and I know that Sam will disagree with me on this one), I personally, have never seen Spock as a “sex-symbol”, although I have to admit that Quinto’s portrayal of the character is somewhat sexier – I understand the appeal there. However, one particular highlight of ‘For the Love of Spock’ was hearing Zoe Saldana talking about the character of Spock and seeing in him what SHE personally likes about men. I couldn’t help wondering whether she is talking about Nimoy-Spock or Quinto-Spock? Is there even a difference? It made me chuckle when an, albeit fairly young, Angelina Jolie confessed to wanting to make Spock “scream”?!

The best line of the entire documentary has to go to JJ Abrams though: “When you have wounded Spock, you just want to kill yourself!” He broke his nose!

Also, picturing the scene with Nimoy, Pegg and Pine – Spock snores!

It was great to see some of the friends that the TrekkieGirls have made over the years be a part of the film, including Bobak – MSL flight engineer NASA jet propulsion laboratory – the TGs new BFF (hope he doesn’t mind me calling him that – Sam and Carole met him in Vegas), and the delightful Scott Mantz!! And did I spy the wonderful @SpockVegas in there too…

Back in 1972, conventions were an entirely new concept: “this gathering of fans to celebrate Trek for a weekend”, and as Simon Pegg says, Trekkies really were “Pioneers of the cosplay culture”. It was amusing that the organisers had hoped for 500 attendees, and they got 3000! Star Trek is undeniably responsible for the formation of the modern day ‘con’, and Nimoy’s love of conventions, and for the fans (as praised by Karl Urban), is common knowledge. This was demonstrated by his appearing via Skype at DST3 in October 2014 – his last public appearance – where he embraced new technological platforms, just to keep that momentum going, when he was no longer able to travel to personally attend. I loved seeing Adam at his first convention and his total awe of it all. The scene spliced between him and Spock is beautiful.

On my relatively short journey as TheOriginalTiT, I have been fortunate enough to be part of some amazing experiences that I know many a hardcore Trekkie would give their right arm for. The gravitas of which is not lost on me. I am so humbled to have been blessed with the opportunity to ask him a question at DST3:

…and to have been present at the naming of Leonard Nimoy way at Paramount studios, LA in May.

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There was only one bit of the whole film that I didn’t quite agree with, and I suppose it’s a matter of opinion. I guess it’s like everyone has their favourite Bond or Doctor who, and I appreciate where Walter Koenig was coming from when he said: “There’s only one person who can play Mr Spock”. I don’t think there is anyone that could have been better cast to reprise the role than Zachary Quinto and I think this comment does him a little of a disservice. He has done / is doing, a simply amazing job following in some pretty big footsteps?! The scene with the two Spocks in the first film is literally one of my absolute favourites!

Quinto speaks about his “personal relationship” with Nimoy, I felt this in person in LA, listening to Quinto speak on behalf of the Nimoy family, about Leonard’s legacy, and about the legend that is Spock. He is part of the Nimoy family now and that can be both seen and felt in this film. At points it’s hard to tell who is interviewing whom? When Adam is talking about his late wife Martha, and his father’s unwavering support during this terrible time, they are almost like brothers.

The Spock tribute at the Burning Man Festival, 2015 must have been an amazing thing to witness and be a part of. It was such a lovely way to end the emotional rollercoaster that was ‘For the Love of Spock’.

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A self made Renaissance man. A ubiquitous curiosity.

You did make the world stand up and listen.

SO what IS your word Adam?!

 

If you haven’t seen ‘For the Love of Spock’ yet (and if I haven’t totally ruined it for you!) check it out over at We Are Colony now.

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Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebrations

We’ll be celebrating #StarTrek50 tonight at 21:00 BST. Find us on Periscope and Twitter  where we will let you know how you can win some amazing Star Trek prizes including items donated by Paramount Pictures, Sky Cinema UK and Destination Star Trek Europe!

The years festivities all come together today. Fans from all the world join in celebrate the day Star Trek first aired. It’s remarkable that more people exist in a time where there has always been Star Trek, us included.

Remember to take your Star Trek Selfie and send it @StarTrek as detailed below (they are really pushing this, it’s gotta be good!)

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Star Trek Beyond – Our review, spoiler alert

Please note this contains plot details of the film. Watch it before you read this!

Thursday night we sat through the triple bill showing of Star Trek building up to the highly anticipated Star Trek Beyond. Realising we aren’t going to have a chance to make a vBlog all together until after Star Trek Las Vegas we thought we’d jot down our opinions here instead.

Quite simply, we loved it! This is Star Trek at its best. Optimistic, altruistic, with themes such as unity, loyalty and friendship at its core.

All characters got their own fair share of screen time, character development and valuable contribution to the mission. Whilst they had great chemistry right from the first movie, they are now a well oiled machine. To say they perform ‘admirably’ is an understatement. Even when separated they managed to find a way to help and put the needs of others first. This mentally ultimately saved them all (Only the bridge officers obviously, not all those redshirts and the officer with the funny head!).

Jaylah (or Lassie) was a delightfully gritty character that we can’t help but love. Played beautifully by Sofia Boutella we suspect she’ll be a popular cosplay character at conventions from now on.

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Krall was intriguing. Spent a lot of the first part of the movie trying to work out who he was and also understanding what he was saying! At first we suspected if he might be in someway Borg due to the hive nature of those ships, his mechanical looking suit and his ability to absorb others had a nanotechnology feel to it. Other hypothesises we had was some some sort of Xindi hybrid which was interesting given what emerged about his background.

Carole was very quick to spot him in the background video on the USS Franklin, beating the rest of us and Uhura into revealing his true identity. This was a good move and we LOVED all the Enterprise and TOS references here. Really pleased to hear MACO was disbanded, this proves that they are all nuts and have no business in Starfleet!

But this film wasn’t all about the baddie and fighting the baddie. It was more than that, it was about relationships, existential crises and the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few.

And then there’s the Enterprise. As much part of the crew as any other we once again mourn the loss of another ship to bear her name. But as usual we don’t have long to grieve before we are presented with a younger, sexier model! As Carole said after the film “I cried at the Destruction of an Enterprise the first 3 times and I haven’t got anymore in me!”

Speaking of crying. What a tear jerker!! The film paid tribute and respect to Leonard Nimoy   in a beautiful and appropriate way. First scene when Spock receives the news of Ambassador Spock’s passing,  we had a dignified tear rolling down our cheeks. The second coversation where Spock mentions it to McCoy, we have more tears and a trembling bottom lip. But THAT photo! We’re like Betazoids sat in a retirement home for  Vulcan’s with Bendii Syndrome. We’re sobbing like children with runny noses!

We were delighted with another Enterprise era tribute, the USS Franklin but spent a bit of time during the first watching a bit confused. Like a lot of other fans we knew the NX-01 was the first warp 5 ship and the Franklin was presented as the first warp 4. But the events Krall/Captain Edison referred to occurred after ENT. But as Janeway says, try not to think too hard about the timeline – it just gives you a headache!

There were lots of nods and Easter Eggs for us fans to look out for such as ‘green hands’ in reference to the TOS episode Apollo, the ripped shirts, Spock and McCoy’s banter. A few we heard about include; over 50 alien species were included to celebrate 50 years and in Kirks monologue he states that the Enterprise is 966 days into its five year mission, apparently this refers to September 1966 – Star Trek’s birthday! It is also suggested that the staircase Yorktown is a tribute to the early days of the Enterprise’s conception when it was named such. Also Commodore Paris HAS to be a relation of Owen and Tom?

We would recommend seeing it a couple…few…dozen times! With each rewatch you get more relaxed and immersed into the story line.

Fav bits: Too many too mention, but the Spock/McCoy scenes and humour get a big thumbs up.

Not so fav: Krall, we’d like a bit more reasoning as to why he went nuts.

Weird bit: Costume changes. The new movies LOVE a good costume change. No matter what the crisis; ship destroyed, marooned on a planet, meeting with a senior officer the crew always decide ‘better get changed first!’

It was great that Spock changed into the 22nd century uniforms which were a fitting evolution of the Enterprise jumpsuits….but was there something a bit Galaxy Quest about them?!Anton-Yelchin-and-Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-Beyond.jpg

 

CBS Action – Brief history of Trek

If you take a look at the ‘features‘ section on CBS Action’s website you might notice some familiar faces!

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It’s us! We have contributed to their Treklog feature and we’d love to know what you think?

For you old timers you’ll know all about the history of Star Trek but hopefully it sets a background for new fans joining us. We also throw some opinions in for good measure.

What do you think? Did we accurately describe the major themes behind each series?

Where are you on the journey? Were you there from the beginning? Were you part of the great assimilation of the 1990’s? Or like our Trekkie In Training, part of the 21st century resurgence of Star Trek fandom?

CBS Action is available on Sky 148, Virgin 192, Freeview 64 and freesat 137

 

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??

New Series Wishes

By Sam

Heads up, this is literally all I’m going to talk about for the next 12 months. We did our live periscope last week to discuss our collective thoughts but after listening to The Ready Room podcast on Trek.fm with Christopher Jones and guest Larry Nemecek it has go me thinking about what I want to see.

Btw, I rarely get a chance to listen to podcasts but I’m glad I took the time to listen to this one (scroll to bottom of this post to play). It provides logic behind the decision to stream and how the development of previous incarnations of Trek can provide insight into the development of this series.

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Decision to Stream

I have no strong feelings about this. When streaming services first arrived, it seemed that they were regular TV’s poor relation. Remember the campaign to get Enterprise on Netflix and how many fans felt it wouldn’t do the show justice? Those days are behind us now. Streaming is where we are now. I often read history books about TNG’s launch (I’m trying to make myself sound younger than I am!) and read about the controversy of it being ‘syndicated’. I googled ‘syndication’, I barely understand it now. Times have moved on and from everything I have read about choosing to deliver Trek via streaming, it sounds a good business strategy that proves they have the utmost faith in Star Trek.

But like TNG and syndication, I suspect this is an American problem. Here in the UK we have channels such as CBS Action ‘The home of Star Trek’ that I’m sure will be CSB’s preferred outlet. We have tweeted them and asked. Funnily enough, they didn’t answer! Unless they are planning to release CBS All Access in other markets globally?  As for the monthly cost?

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Which Universe?

In our live chat I stated that I think it’s going to be set in the JJ Universe. And I mean that in the way I mean “I don’t want anything special for Christmas’ I WANT THE PRIME UNIVERSE SO BAD!!!!

It feels like a forbidden wish. If I wish it too hard, I’ll jinx it. I would love to see what happens to the Federation after Voyager returns. What career path did Seven of Nine take? Did Bajor ever join the Federation? Has Cardassia recovered from near annihilation? Did they restore Data’s backup file onto B-4? Did Geordi ever find his mothers ship? Did anyone hear from Captain Sisko ever again?

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I know a lot of these questions are covered in books, I’ve read a fair few but it’s not the same. It’s not real.

After listening to the podcast below I felt a bubbling of excitement when Larry spoke of how it would be a wise business decision to have the new series based in the Prime Universe. It’s a sure bet to please. Most fans support it. But no. I must go through the kolinahr because I cannot allow myself to get too excited!

Earlier on this year this news story broke about a fan, Michael Gummelt, who owned the rights to startrekbeyond.com – a website where he has developed a very detailed idea for a Star Trek series now called ‘Star Trek: Unchartered’. Obviously, the Founders people who make Star Trek needed that domain for their movie so they took a look and must have liked what they saw because they invited him to Paramount to pitch his idea. The story itself sounds rather plausible for the type of story they might develop. In an interview with TrekMovie he answers the question ‘what universe is it set in?’

“Star Trek Uncharted” is set sometime in the future, distant enough that it doesn’t really matter which universe it takes place in. It’s universe-agnostic. In my fantasy world where the series actually gets made, it would need to establish itself as its own show, with its own identity. Only once it’s accomplished that would it need to establish its place in the lore. In any case, I imagine it would be up to Paramount, CBS and Bad Robot to decide if they wanted to use it as a “shared universe” show along the lines of Agents of SHIELD. – Michael Gummelt, TrekMovie

That sounds like the sort of speak CBS would like to hear. It is reminiscent of Enterprise and the Movies, that it is given its own space (pardon then the pun) in which to develop, independent of existing timelines which could be restrictive. So either Paramount really like Gummelt’s idea or they had to sweeten him into handing over his domain name with no fuss.

Cast

I said in our video that hands down, I want a female Captain. Doesn’t need to be a big deal but the 6th Captain, by rules of probability and to reflect the gender equality that exists in the future, it’s got a be a woman Captain.

In the interest of moving forward and breaking ground (although Star Trek would be a late runner to this) I’d like to see a Human gay character, male or female. Star Trek has embraced this subject using metaphors (alien relationships) but let’s show that for our own cultures and species, it’s not an issue in our future.

Much like the shows before it, I imagine it will hire new faces and I support this, it allows you to get to know that character without any preconceptions.

That said. Gillian Anderson for Captain, all the way!!

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How good would it be if David Duchovny made a guest appearance too!! …… As an agent from temporal investigations!!! **Splashes cold water on my face** …. Nope **Opens wine**

Continuing my fantasy that this will be in the Prime Universe (and at a date set sometime after Voyager’s return). I’ve even casted the first officer.

Michelle Forbes baby!!! There is a lot of scope for the Ro Laren character. Maybe it’s a mixed crew again and she is in the Bajaron Militia and seconded to Starfleet when Bajor joins the Federation? (because THAT has to happen, right!). I see Anderson’s Captain as a mellow Picard type. A listener, a diplomat but friendlier and more caring to the crew. She’d throw parties on the Battle Bridge for the ships children just for fun. But Ro… Ro is Ro!

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But going back to preconceptions with known actors. Remember when Zachary Quinto was cast as Spock? There was part of me that was worried I wouldn’t see past Sylar (baddie in Heroes). Could I ever see in him our belovered Spock? Eventually I could, but it was a process that started long before the release of the film.

Quinto appeared alongside Leonard Nimoy at the 2008 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, a move that allowed the fans to separate him from the cold blooded murderer Sylar into the Green Blooded hobgoblin we know and love.

Where am I going with this? It’s the 50th year Anniversary celebrations next year. We know there’s a big celebration in Las Vegas and we’re praying to the prophets, to Sto Vo Kor and that God from Star Trek 5 that Destination Star Trek will pop up for the occasion. This will be the perfect opportunity to show off the new assemble. Throw them in the deep end! Let us fans stare at them like we’re Ferengi eyeing up a group of Dabo Girls! And let us get their autographs before they’re too famous!

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Crew

We know Alex Kurtzman is at the helm. I’m very happy with this. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him. He is a Star Trek fan himself and some excellent credits to his name such as Fringe and Alias. I hope he has tough skin though because like most helmsmen they take a lot stick from the fans. This is something I’ve never understood. Surely if you love a series as much as fans love Star Trek, why such venom towards the caretaker of the franchise?

Apparently they are looking for a writer still. Like most fans, I pine for Ronald D Moore!

It doesn’t look like former Producers Rick Berman or Brannon Braga are involved either.

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The Ship

Unless the concept is something like Starfleet Academy or the Klingon empire, I’m presuming they’ll be a ship. My gut feel is they will go with a ship based series again.

I can warm to any ship, a bit like a car, they all have personality no matter what their ability. Star Trek has an ability to anthropomorphise it’s starships, making it part of the crew. I like sleek ships and ships that feel like home. I preferred the more luxurious feel of the Galaxy Class over the Defiant. I don’t care if the Defiant can do sweet manoeuvres. I don’t want to sleep in a bunkbed!

Same for the NX01, it doesn’t look like the sort of ship you can roam around in your PJ’s – although the Enterprise NX01 crew preferred nudity!

I’ll let other fans get excited over whether it has a Quantum Slipstream, Grapplers or Tractor beams. I like potted plants in the corridor and messy Quarters

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For the Fans

For the Trekkie Girls we are excited to have new content to explore. At the moment it feels like every convention that has a Star Trek guest, it’s a blessing. But finally we are going to be contemporary! This is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Star Trek where for the first time in over a decade we’ll not only be celebrating the past 50 years, we’ll be looking in to the future too.  Which is what Star Trek is ultimately about.

I’m particularly excited about the ‘next generation’ of fans. Such as my Son. Ok he’ll only be two years old when it starts but you got to start them young! This will be his Star Trek.

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So there are my initial thoughts. But there are a lot more questions. What will it be called? When will the next bit of information be released? How far down the development process are they? You can count on the Trekkie Girls to be there every bit of the way as we explore this Undiscovered Country.

Here is the excellent podcast by Trek.fm featuring Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Tour – Win Tickets

Last year we were privileged to attend the celebration of Michael Giacchino’s music from Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

This year the Royal Albert Hall are hosting the World Premiere of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage that will feature the most iconic footage and sounds from all the films and movies!

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We can’t emphasize enough what an incredible experience watching STID on a massive screen with a live orchestra playing right in front of you. It’s goose bump inducing.

We are even more excited about it after seeing this video promo on the Royal Albert Halls’s website: (turn up the volume….LOUD)

We suggest booking your tickets fast to avoid disappointment.

WIN TICKETS TO STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE TOUR

The good folks at the Royal Albert Hall have kindly offered a pair of their best tickets in the house (central stalls) to the world premiere  of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Tour on the 1st November to give to a lucky Trekkie Girls follower.

To enter, All you need to do is share this Page on twitter or Facebook. Don’t forget to use the Hashtags #STVoyageLive and #TrekkieGirls

Ferengi rules: Performance is for the matinee performance. Travel and any other costs are not included.

The winner will be selected at random on the 11th September 2015.

Good Luck/Qapla’