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Star Trek Las Vegas Pt 2

‘Klingon Karaoke’ on Thursday night we enjoyed listening to fans with incredible voices (and signing credentials to back them up) wow those of us mingling on the dance floor.

When Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating and Chris Doohan took to the stage, the audience were in hysterics.

Then there’s the regulars who’s antics fill us casual attendees feed each August. Seeing the famous ‘Eric Allan Hall’ sing was a real treat. Eric is such a good Data cosplayer we can’t say for sure that he isn’t a Soong Android.

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Friday

The day started by buying more MAC for Star Trek (we know, we don’t need to even insert the Picard face palming meme because you’re already imagining it!)

Star Trek.com presented the ‘Missing footage panel’ with Roger Lay Jr (Producer), and the production team Michael and Denise Okuda, Phil Bishop, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. This was a panel we were very much looking forward too. Like many of you we had heard the news that the Roddenberry Estate had in their possession a vast amount of footage from The Original Series.

Most of it was odds and ends from the beginning or end of a scene that were swept from the cutting room floor. But there are some gems amongst them. Our new favourite person Scott Mantz (who is always happy and chirpy – think Data scanning for lifeforms) was fortunate to see some of these cut scenes and was happy to spill the beans for us.

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The people who have worked liked dilithium miners to put together the Roddenberry Vaults, Roger Lay Jr, Soctt Mantz, Denise Okuda, Michael Okuda, Phil Bishop (Great T-Shirt btw #DISCO), Trevor Roth and Rod Roddenberry. Picture pinched from Trekcore

One of the clips was an extended and alternate scene from Guardian on the Edge of Forever; after the kiss between Kirk and Edith Keeler. Some additional dialogue is included where Keeler uses the word ‘forever’ connecting it to the title of the episode.

Another wow scene is from “Who Mourns for Adonais?”. An ending has been found where Spock and McCoy mention that Lieutenant Palamas is pregnant with Apollo’s baby!

Can you imagine watching these for the first time?! We think we know Star Trek like the back of our hand and now suddenly there’s something new after 50 years! We’ll get to see it at the end of this year!

For more details check out this Trekcore article which we had the pleasure of contributing.

Chase Masterson certainly had the best entrance to her panel. Cheerfleet (a troup of Starfleet Cheerleaders that we instantly regret not joining) marched onto the stage and did what cheerleaders do to welcome her onto the stage. They then presented her with her very own Cheerfleet uniform making her an honourary member!

Chase performed for the audience, belting out ‘Fever’. She spoke about her amazing work mentoring, standing up against bullying, working with the UN (seriously, if she was British she’d be knighted by now!).

Chase put in 110% effort into this convention. She sang every night at the Roddenberry lounge, her signers table was always full and she takes time to speak to everyone who visits her. When we caught up with her at the end of the convention she was exhausted (but still fabulous!) yet she still went on to sing to crowds later that evening.

Ohhh Myyy, its time for George Takei! The Leonard Nimoy Hall was PACKED! Takei (who is king of the internet) is a must see at conventions. He is inspirational not just for those of who are considered a minority in terms of their appearance or sexuality but for all us who aspire for a world of liberty and equality. Like the rest of the TOS cast he is a great role model for older people, something that all of us, if we are very lucky, will become.

He spoke about his upbringing, his parents, his internment and the fear of history repeating itself in light of the current political climate.

Now we don’t gamble but we had to place bets on how many audience questions it would be until someone asked ‘THAT’ question followed by ‘THAT other question’…. You know the ones. Gay Sulu and William Shatner.

They were second and third if you’re interested. His response to Gay Sulu was the same as is publically known. He felt it was a betrayal of Gene Roddenberry’s creation of the character Sulu and that it could be construed that Sulu was closeted. We have to agree with Simon Peggs logic on this and although we are surprised at George’s response we respect that even though he would have seen that most fans disagree with with, he has not backtracked on his opinion and hasn’t shied away from the speaking about it.

Then it was THAT other question, we can’t remember the exact question but it was something like “blah blah blah You and William Shatner?”

The audience groaned. George’s response was with good humour stating that it’s something Shatner made up a feud between them each time he needs to sell a new book!”.

The Voyager and TNG panels are a spectator sport. Watching the banter between the cast feels like you are a fly on the wall. We can imagine this is just what it was like on set.

We know they are all actors but my god (the one from Star Trek 5) they are all good at impressions! Michael Dorn did a very good Troi and the space jelly scene from Encounter at Farpoint that we hadn’t heard before.

As we go to more conventions we are aware we are unlikely to hear anything new from the actors however it is always a pleasure to watch, listen and most importantly laugh.

However we did learn something new and that was why ‘Data’ is pronounced ‘Day-tah’ and not ‘Dat-ta’ (unless you’re rude like Pulaski). Apparently there was an on-set rule that the first person to say a noun would make that pronunciation canon. Patrick Stewart first said ‘Day-tah’ in his best Queens English, thus setting the standard. Brent Spiner made an observation that this has affected the American-English language causing a cultural shift in how the word is pronounced.

We attended the Roddenberry Entertainment panel as Rod and Trevor Roth are Executive Producers on Star Trek Discovery and we want to listen very intently to anything they have to say. The panel opened with a video of Nichelle Nichols singing Happy Birthday to Star Trek. We haven’t heard her sing in years and although a recording, it was still a pleasure.

On the most part the panel was a repeat of the missing footage however then the audience asked questions and there was only one thing on our minds… DISCO!

Rod Roddenberry (do we even need to mention that he is Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son?) spoke about how he was reluctant at first to take the position as Executive Producer as he felt Star Trek was very much his fathers but it was Bryan Fullers involvement that changed his mind.

“Bryan Fuller is amazing. He is like us and he gets Star Trek.” – Rod Roddenberry

Someone asked the question “Would their be a transgendered character or person with internal conflict in Star Trek Discovery?”

Trevor and Rod responded that they can’t give any specifics or details (because of the suits!) but Bryan Fuller was keen to explore the human condition.

Just as we thought they had diplomatically navigated the question Rod exclaims “You won’t be disappointed!” (we actually heard phaser rifles load and take aim!)

We schmooze around the signers room, big hello to Melanie Smith (Ziyal and honourary Trekkie Girl), our favourite person Larry Nemecek (fact: he always had the longest queue at his table).

We run to the Roddenberry lounge for a Champagne toast to Star Trek (This is soooo us!) An amazing cake comes out, we all toast and sing happy birthday to Star Trek and we run to our next appointment with the fantastic Jordan Hoffman at the Official Engage Podcast. They had locked him in a little room to keep him out of trouble but nonetheless it was great fun talking to him, even though our brains go blank as soon as a microphone gets near us!

You can listen to it here! Via the Official Engage Podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe!

That evening we were lucky enough to attend the Captains party at the Voodoo Lounge at the top of the Rio which is an amazing event and incentive to purchase one of the packages. We got there just in time to hear Ethan ‘Johnny’ Phillips starting his side splitting comedy routine. These jokes were dark and wrong…. our sort of humour!

Then the band ‘Sons of Kirk’ played their set whilst we admired an epic fireworks display. Although they were celebrating 50 years of Caesars Palace, we like to think it was for Star Trek.

We met up with some old friends and new, Neil, who Sam had met on the flight out, The guys from 5 Year mission – the house band who worked their drumsticks off all week, the guys from Sons of Kirk; Mike, Gary and <name>  and of course Jim Moorhouse aka @EnterpriseExtra aka #TheFanWhoFiredThePhasers … and probably the shields too?!

Jim had given his own panel about his experience as an Extra on Enterprise…. Where he fired the phasers! He is a blast, a true gent and we love listening to his stories. Maybe he might fire the phasers on the Discovery one day?? Make It So!

Evenings like this are the best reasons to go to conventions, how often do you have the chance to meet people you hardly know, but feel connected and safe discussing your dream crew, when you hope the new series will be set, your vision for Star Trek’s future?

We must briefly mention Barfleet (briefly because that’s all we recall!). Barfleet is a group of fans who hire a suite at conventions and turn it into a BAR!!! That’s right! What a great idea. There are strict rules about no photography and they ID everyone coming in but it’s a fantastic idea that we should bring to the UK. What an incredible bunch of people who give their time and money so others can have fun after hours at conventions. You are true philanthropists carrying forward Star Trek’s philosophy…. By giving us alcohol!

We did not feel so good about this idea the next day though.

But that’s another blog post all together.

USS Discovery Revealed

In case you missed it, Bryan Fuller (Star Trek’s new showrunner and our new cult leader) revealed the title of the New Star Trek Series; Star Trek Discovery (or STD as it will never be referred too).

The teaser showed us a brief reveal of the USS Discovery. The reaction has been as divisive as Brexit and much like our recent political drama there has already been some backtracking with execs stating that ‘its not a final design’.

We have been asked by many for our opinion so here is what we think. Overall, we like it! Its design resembles a Starfleet insignia from underneath, but it is also somewhat reminiscent of a TOS era Romulan Bird of Prey. A clue to its era perhaps?

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Ok, so it doesn’t have the sleek, sexiness of an Enterprise. But that is fine with us. Maybe it’s not supposed too. It’s a bit like that dog in your neighbourhood, you know the one, it’s a bit funny looking. It’s not going to win crufts but it’s the most goddamn loving, soppiest dog ever. That’s the sense we get from the USS Discovery.

We honestly can’t place it in the timeline though. A lot of people are calling it a prequel and citing the early design concepts from The Motion Picture as its inspiration. Whilst we know for sure it is the Prime timeline (YESSS!) we really can’t tell from looking.

We have read fan comments about the registry, whether it offers any clues. Some claim that the registry indicates lineage, others counter argue that it’s irrelevant as they are different class ships.

But that’s just semantics, we’re interested in the substance of the show. From the announcement  and Fuller’s description of the show, we are filled with optimism. The name is perfect and describes what Star Trek is all about. We LOVE that William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Michael Dorn were present for the reveal of the new series thus embedding it in Star Trek history.

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It seems almost opposite from the launch of Enterprise where they distanced themselves from the brand (and even dropping the name ‘Star Trek’ from the title, for shame!).

Well done to all involved for fully embracing the fan spirit in the launch of this new series.

We are also in full favour of shortening the the name to the USS Disco! Thanks to Mark Watney, disco music is now THE genre of space travel. May we recommend this Kylie song as a theme tune (she also has a Jaylah thing going on in this vid!)

Make sure you’re following all of the @StarTrekCBS handles for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for the latest news on Star Trek Discovery.

New Star Trek Series to air on Netflix UK

We love it when StarTrek.com tweet something at 2pm. It  probably means they want maximum viewing across all timezones! And today was no exception. Another trickle of information about the new Star Trek Series.

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From this press release we can deduce that Neelix Netflix will be the home of the New Series here in the UK (and 187 other countries not including US and Canada who are special) YESSS!!

You’ll also have noticed that all series including the animated series have returned to Netflix and as a consequence, our boxsets have returned back to the loft.

Each episode will be shown on Netflix within 24 hours of airing in the United States.

For more info, including the special arrangements for America and Canada check out the news from Star Trek

If you haven’t read it already, check out our speculationspeculationspeculation regarding the series

Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast

Proving that Star Trek is more relevant and cooler than ever, it’s getting its own Podcast! Hosted by the amazing Jordan Hoffman (UK’ers will remember him as the entertaining panel MC at Destination Star Trek 3) he is known as a film critic, writer of One Trek Mind and general Star Trek commentator favourite.

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An introductory episode is already online available on iTunes and Play.it where Jordan provides a synopsis of what to expect. From listening to it, there is an emphasis on encouraging new fans into our collective. Which is fantastic because as a group, as podcasters and bloggers we can be accused of being too insular.

We congratulate each other on in-jokes and obscure references and without intending this could be off-putting to people wanting to join the series as such a late time.

This is where we must confess, we don’t really listen to podcasts. We have wonderful friends who create them but we scarcely find the time. It has taken us a week to listen to this introduction episode alone!

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Before we listened we had some questions. Firstly, the podcast/blogger market for Star Trek is extensive! What makes this unique? Well Engage sounds forward facing, looking at the new series and has access to information and interviews. Jordan mentions that we can expect interviews with the new crew and other people that will appeal to Star Trek fans such as Weird Al Yankovich and Adam Nimoy!

Our second thought was; as this is an ‘official’ podcast, would it be overly sanitised? Luckily Jordan doesn’t shy away from pointing out Star Trek’s weaknesses (he must be friendly with those execs!).

Whilst the rest of us will be discussing the new series in retrospect as they are aired, we think this podcast will enable to delve deeper with a unique access and insight.

We are thrilled that Star Trek is looking at new ways to ‘engage’ with fans, both new and current ones. We hope they embrace more contemporary platforms in addition.

Engage : The OFFICIAL podcast begins its voyage tomorrow with three new episodes!

Here’s a sneak preview with Weird Al

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New series teaser

Did you see it? The ‘teaser’ for the 2017  Star Trek series?

Show runner (translation: our latest victim to twitter stalking) posted this ‘teaser’ for the ‘teaser’. Hinting that it may contain Easter Eggs.

So we have gone looking for them!

First thoughts;

Fast zoom past Earth and the moon to signify ‘we’re going to be exploring the further reaches of our galaxy?’

The Nebula is reminiscent of the one at the end of Voyager’s opening credits? Also note news story from this week that Star Trek Voyager novelist Kirsten Beyer has joined the writing staff.

Then this happened:

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It HAS to be Praxis right?

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As for this, initial thoughts are Romulus which we know in the Prime Universe has been destroyed by a supernova. It looks greenish.

Then there is a brief pink circle burst before the logo is revealed.

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It has an edgy, metallic somewhat V’Ger vibe about it. We suspect the split in insignia is significant. Maybe alluding to some split in the Federation? This isn’t a new concept. DS9, Voyager and even Enterprise relied on the ‘two types of crew’ to create conflict and drive storytelling.

Now we have have likely made massive leaps in our guessing game jumping timelines and themes but maybe that something we can expect from a new series?

As we previously speculated, rumours suggest that each season could be its own entity?

Make sure you’re also stalking @BryanFuller and @StarTrekRoom on twitter to find out the goss.

 

 

New series rumours. Pre TNG and Prime?

Rumours are floating around about the new #StarTrek series today. Pre-TNG and Prime universe perhaps? Well according to Birth.Movies.Death  who has ‘heard rumours’!

Now let’s start by establishing, this is a rumour. There’s no official word and we don’t accept anything as truth until it’s been been announced by StarTrek.com.

But for fun, let’s explore this one for a minute.

  • Set in the Prime Universe

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  • Set between The Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation.

The events of The Undiscovered Country occurred in 2293 and The Enterprise D was commissioned in 2364. So that’s 71 years they have to play with. What an amazing place to start! There’s many loose ends here and room to explore.

Let’s start with Praxis. How did the empire sort that one out? It could tie in with Worf’s origins on Khitomer and what happened to his Grandad who represented Kirk and McCoy?

Tuvok would also be around, about to quit Starfleet.

Kirk is about to retire in the Nexus after the El Aurions encounter the Borg.

Speaking of Borg, Annika Hanson goes on a highly questionable educational trip with her parents to meet them.

and then there’s the whole Yesterday’s Enterprise incident!

(OK breathe!)

  • Seasonal Anthology

Had to google this one. Whilst it’s alledgedly going to be ‘heavily serialized, the term ‘seasonal anthology’ means each season can stand alone. So we could jump around times here, even universes. Omg it could be ALL universes! Do that!

  • Wont be set on an Enterprise

Maybe there aren’t plenty of letters left in the alphabet after all? They’ll mention an Enterprise for us won’t they?! We’ll see a little gold ship in an office and smile knowingly to ourselves. It does leave open the endless possibility of settings.

  • Villainous Klingons

Khitomer paved the way for peace between the Klingon empire and Federation but there are always jerks! Just look at the Duras family. We know they are up to no good and just as dishonourable.

If there’s any truth to any of this, it’s certainly sparked the imagination of these Trekkie Girls. As long time, hardcore fans we must try to think beyond what we have been fed onscreen previously. Whilst we love nostalgia and the familiarity of our former cast and crews, we are also keen to meet new species, new stories and concepts. We eagerly await official news.

Make sure you’re following @StarTrekRoom on Twitter. It’s the Official Twitter account for the writers room of the new Star Trek series, coming to CBS and CBS All Access in 2017.

 

Trekkie Girls ep New Series, New Movie, New Convention news

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.

Poll – New Series Captain

Just for fun*, which of these actors would you like to see as Captain of the new series.

 

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*we said just for fun, we know there might not be a Captain 🙂

Trekkie Girls Ep – A Roddenberry at the Helm

The announcements regarding the New Star Trek Series are beginning to read like a Trekkies dream team from an internet forum. Next they’ll be telling us they’ve signed up William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. They’ll be no complaints here!

We can’t help but fan girl over the latest news that Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry has been named Executive Producer.

Check out our reaction here:

The series now boasts five executive producers, in addition to Rod there’s also Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Trevor Roth and Bryan Fuller.

It’s like they want us to like it!

Then of course there’s the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the series on the writing staff. Known for directing (and co-writing, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

So we have a good mixture of producers and writers that cover all aspects of the Star Trek Universe. From Meyer who worked on TOS Movies, Kurtzman of the JJ-Verse, Bryan Fuller knows the 24th century Prime Universe and Roddenberry who is the son of Trek and is known for being grounded and understanding of the fan base.

To be treated as rumour only, Tony Todd (Kurn, Old Jake Sisko) has revealed that he is on a ‘very short casting list’ for the new series. He also said we’d have to wait until the forth quarter this year until we get any glimpse of official casting. More info on Trekcore.

Is anyone else starting to think Star Trek: The New Series has a nice ring to it??

 

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??