Our final interview from TGSITG was with the lovely Nana Visitor. We were really looking forward to talking to her as Kira Nerys is one of the most developed and interesting female characters on the show. We were struck with how much passion Nana spoke about Kira. We could sense a real feeling of guardianship over her character.
We’re not sure if it’s just because we’re crazy fans but for a second it felt like we were with Kira, like she was peering out of Nana’s eyes. In fact, it was a bit like the DS9 episode Far Beyond The Stars when Benny starts shouting “It’s REEAAL, I created it and its REAL!”. Kira feels more real now and we find ourselves watching Kira with more appreciation for having spoke to Nana. We wonder if being an actor is a bit like being a Trill host? You have all these previous symbionts (roles) and although those are part of your previous host’s life, they are still part of you and must influence you in someway. We thank Nana for the opportunity, she is absolutely lovely, very gracious to the fans and a pleasure to talk to.
We were incredibly privileged to speak to Jeri Ryan at The Greatest Show In the Galaxy. Even though she was very jet lagged, she remained as beautiful and witty as ever. As this was Jeri’s first visit to the UK, she was in high demand – plus she is official nerd bait!
Jeri and The Trekkie Girls
(Spot the Jem’Hadar in the background)
On both the Saturday and Sunday she had her own question and answer session that was packed out on both occasions. As we have mentioned before a lot questions were about her costume, her boobs and how her bathroom breaks resulted in a 20 minute production break. She did have some hot-of-the-press news for us though, that Body of Proof had been renewed so we get to see more of Kate Murphy (and her fabulous wardrobe!). We had so many questions we would have liked to have asked her, about 7 of 9 and her time on Voyager but we managed to squeeze in a few including asking Jeri’s advice on how she survives Star Trek Conventions. Jeri is going to be back in the UK for London Film and Comic Con on the 6th – 7th July and seeing her is a must for every Trekkie. What we loved about Jeri was how she loves science and geekyness. She even has her Borg Alcove in her games room! Thats why; Jeri is the Queen of the Trekkie Girl Collective!
As we mentioned in our previous reports and vBlogs, we had the honour and privilege of talking to some of the woman of Star Trek at last weekends The Longest Named Greatest Show In The Galaxy.
However we must confess to having a soft spot for Chase Masterson. We keep saying she was a complete sweetheart (because it’s true) and she is the ultimate Trekkie Girl. We wanted to dedicate an entire post to Chase, not just because she took the time to talk to us but because she always take time to spend with all the fans. That sort of contact really makes fans feel valued. Plus she thought we were teenagers! (Our holiday to Ba’ku must have done us good!)
Day one of The Greatest Show In the Galaxy had been so incredible for us we thought Sunday would be a quieter day. We were in for a pleasant surprise.
We had overslept so we rushed straight to the arena where we once again bumped into the staff member who had helped us get an interview with Chase on Saturday and the next thing we knew, we were interviewing Jeri Ryan! We felt like we had been stunned on a medium setting!
Jeri was an absolute delight and if we thought we were tired, she was very jetlagged but still maintained perfection.
Jeri is always surrounded by security, a sad necessity due to problems with stalkers. They were rather nice to look at all weekend though but maybe next time they could dress up as Klingons, or maybe even Hirogen?
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy was held on the 12 – 13th May in Peterborough and we went to get the scoop, reporting for both Trekkie Girls and Trek Radio, we tweeted live from the show on both days.
Being southern gals we don’t like travelling north of the M25. Truth be told it did feel as if we were going to be holidaying on Cestus III instead of Risa. But our fears were alleviated when we got there.
The venue was very fitting. It wasn’t overwhelmingly large but big enough to accommodate the crowds. There were some initial teething problems due to technical issues, no card payments could be processed – this led to longer queues and caused the ATMs to run out sooner.
Our tip for the organisers would be to discount early online booking at future events.
But despite the queues to get in, there was ample free parking and the event organisers hired buses to transport attendees to and from the local train station.
Carole and Sam get all professional-like in their first convention report, recorded live from The Longest Named Greatest Show In The Galaxy in Peterborough. In this first of a two parter, we give a brief update of Saturdays events. Coming soon:
Interviews with Jeri Ryan, Nana Visitor, Chase Masterson and Alice Krige
Video update from Sunday recorded live
Write up on the group Star Trek talks
Pictures from the event
More info on How To Survive a Star Trek Convention
Normally we are jealous of all the Trek events that happen in the United States but at last it seems the UK is seeing some action. Fans in our little piece of the Alpha Quadrant have filled a big void. So we thought we’d have a look at whats to come. First up, May…..