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Fedcon Day 2 overview Pt1

 

 

The Trekkie Girls are at Fedcon for a second day, attending talks, visiting dealer stands and getting merry with fellow trekkies!

See our first impressions here 

LeVar Burton

Normally at events we’re screaming at the alarm clock at 6 am but Fedcon is chill! After a nice lay in we head to the LeVar Burton talk. All Trekkie have one thing on their mind at the moment – Star Trek Discovery and a lot of questions relate to it. LeVar was very open to working on the series.

After listening to LeVar speak for a while he seemed to remind us more and more of Geordi La Forge. He has that same calming sensitivity, intellect and optimism. So Sam decided to ask him he felt he had the closest personality to his character out of all the TNG cast. LeVar agreed although also felt Patrick Stewart was close with Picard and quipped “Patrick could be grumpy like Picard!”

An audience member asked LeVar how he felt about race and casting, e.g. Acting in roles where the character is a difference ethnic origin or in cosplay. LeVar gave a very Star Trek answer; “It just depends” and there could be “no absolutes” (reminded us of Picards speech from TNG Justice. He cited examples in his past where he had a white stuntman despite there being plenty of qualified stuntmen who look like LeVar. But when it comes to cosplay, he knows most people are trying to emulate their favourite characters and their intentions are good natured.

When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a guest at these conventions, LeVar responded that he’d be sat our side of the audience watching. (He is one of us!)

After LeVar’s talk there was a gap in the schedule so we decided to head back to our own hotel and sample the roof bar. With the backdrop of the United Nations building we felt we were in Starfleet.

We stumbled back to Fedcon and were grateful for the back to back panels which allowed us to rest after drinking too much! We normally stick to Star Trek orientated guests and talks (being the Trekkie Girls!) but we couldn’t resist the Matt Smith Panel. Matt was thoughtful, funny and humble. We’re glad we sat in.

John de Lancie

The John de Lancie talk was originally scheduled in the secondary hall but when organisers saw how overcrowded and popular it was they swapped it for the main hall. Command level thinking there!

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn’s panel began by him clarifying his non-involvement with Star Trek Discovery. A while ago a source reporting from another event misquoted him as guest starring. Dorn was quick to clarify but the fact that he opened his talk by discussing it gave us the impression he wanted to make sure no one minced his words! We were extra careful typing the tweet!

UK Star Trek Bloggers Chat – Thursday 6th April

Tomorrow you can watch us live on a UK Trekkie Bloggers conflab thing! Join us at 20:00 GMT to watch this subspace show!

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Set up by our mate Dan from The Trekkies Guide To The Galaxy we’ll be joining him, B Jones from SFB Events (The Trekologist), James Dillon – the illustrious Captain of the USS Riker’s Beard and  Liam Dillon – From the exemplary Facebook Star Trek Costuming group.

We’ll be discussing a range of issues surrounding Star Trek and giving our opinions!

As a special treat, Dan is giving away two signed pictures of Vaughn Armstrong to the person who asks the best question! (Hoping it will be us!)

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With such exciting news about Star Trek Discovery just announced we can’t wait to have a conflab with fellow Trekkies to delve into the nitty gritty speculation

SF BALL 23 – Review, Gates McFadden, Patti Yasutake and Larry Nemecek Interviews

This year we were delighted to experience a bit more of what the SF Ball has to offer. Having previously only been able to attend for a day, new ticket options meant we were able to experience the much talked about Saturday night cabaret.

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It also allowed us to immerse ourselves in a different type of convention. We are admittedly more accustom to large scale events and some purely fan led events. We feel the SF Ball sits in it’s own special category. As the Borg would say “It is unique”. The organisers are clearly fans, of that, there is no doubt. But there is a professionalism and reputation (from both customers and the talent) which has made this event last for over two decades. There’s a passion for the event’s success, it’s value and for the charity it seeks to raise money for – The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Many have told us that it is the last ‘traditional fan led convention’. Where fans would take over a hotel for a weekend, play games, watch episodes and geek out together.

We got the vibe that this was more of a social experience (we LIKE this!). At large conventions our feet do not touch the ground, we run from stage to stage to photo ops to autograph queues then bar queues! And we love those style conventions, we see lots of guest stars in one place, we get to see them interact with each other etc (we LOVE this too!). But we also loved the chilled out nature of the SF Ball. It’s not manic, the Grand Harbour Hotel is a superb venue. And we totally abused the 25% discount at the bar (remarkably that included Champagne so we probably ruined that!)

The Ball

We set off Saturday afternoon to give ourselves plenty of time to get ready, chill out and get ready, plus celebrate Carole’s engagement and Sarah’s birthday before we went down. We live in the town next to Southampton, so not a long drive but it took us nearly two hours. An hour was spent in traffic within viewing sight of the hotel!

Our hotel room was spacious with a view of cruise ships. We’d 100% recommend staying here. But we always recommend staying in the event hotel for any convention…unless it’s particularly horrendous!

We head to the bar and catchup with friends. We love that where ever we go in the world we always see similar friendly faces.
The theme for the ball that evening was Game of Thrones. Only Carole has earned that geek card though. The room was dressed in a winter theme (winter is coming btw).

After a delicious three course meal, Chris Barrie (Rimmer, Red Dwarf + Mr Brittas, The Brittas Empire) takes the stage and delivers the cabaret, telling anecdotes from his time of Red Dwarf, The Brittas Empire and Spitting Image.

Then its party time! The dance floor comes out, the bubbles start flowing and we’re free to mingle with the guests. At the bar we had a lovely chat with Patti Yasutake who is honestly the sweetest person. We were kindly given the opportunity to interview Chris Barrie but we politely declined as we are only  Star Trek bloggers and didn’t want to waste his time even though we’d love to chat to him. But, the beauty of the Ball means even though there are fewer guest stars, you have the opportunity to have a more intimate experience with them. So we plucked up the courage and bought Chris a drink! He was a real gent and chatted away to us about his time on TV and everything else!

The rest of the night was purely geek heaven. Chatting away with Larry Nemecek and Andrew (one of the SF Ball Organisers) about everything Star Trek, including a thorough discussion on how Spot got from Data’s quarters to the Cargo bay in Generations. This opened up a minefield of other debatables such as where is Data’s quarters? Andrew thought they were in the drive section. But a tweet out gave the response they were on deck 2. But that’s right under the bridge!? There’s no windows so it’s got to be in the middle somewhere? Answers on a postcard to Utopia Planitia please.

We called it a night at silly o’clock in the morning which was silly as we wanted to be up for Larry’s talk at 10am. We made it….just!

Larry Nemecek

Larry gave an all encompassing look at the 50 year phenomenon that is Star Trek and spoke more in depth on the fan favourite subjects such as Fan Films (looking at you Axanar!) and Discovery. Larry is able to provide a unique insight to life behind the scenes on Star Trek. If you’re ever at a convention and he is a guest, be sure to say ‘hi’. He is super approachable, always has cool stuff to show you and even sell you. Larry is also married to Janet Nemecek who worked as a script coordinator on Voyager and First Contact. Janet often attends with Larry and is a joy to talk too. If you find getting to conventions difficult then you need to check out Portal 47, a monthly ‘mini con’ where you can hear all Larry’s stories, ask questions and talk to guest stars.

Straight after Larry’s talk we headed up to the posh suite on the top floor to interview him. Which was funny because we have had the privilege of spending lots of time Larry and we have never got round to doing a video interview. It was conducted at warp speed!

Gates McFadden and Patti Yasutake

The talk with Gates McFadden and Patti Yasutake was one we had been looking forward to and we weren’t disappointed. One thing we have always appreciated about Star Trek is how it portraits the ‘lower ranks’. Ok lets put the red shirts aside for this. In TNG we saw how much the senior crew respected those who served under them. From what we have observed this relationship seems to be mirrored between the actors and the crew. There’s a line in Time’s Arrow when Data tells Guinan that ‘served together on a starship”. The language indicates equality and respect for Guinans job and function on the Enterprise.

Nurse Ogawa was one of the first regulars we recall . Her developing relationship with Dr Crusher over the series allowed us a brief insight into the personal lives of the crew. It gave the Enterprise more depth and community. … Ok we were chuffed as Tribble to see them both together!

Whilst Gates and Patti took the time to answer many audience questions it also felt like we were able to enjoy the company of two friends catching up. They had a great report sharing anecdotes of their time on TNG. We even learned some new things!:

After the talk we were ushered into the posh suite again where we teamed up with our friend Jon from Visionary Trek to chat with Gates and Patti who were an absolute joy!

We owe a massive thanks to Andrew for holding the Camera this long!

We spent the rest of the event checking out the vendors, catching up and drinking the bar dry…of Diet Coke and Earl Grey Tea!

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening and day. Stay tuned to see our interview with the SF Ball Team for more insights into this fab event.

Highlights: Seeing Gates and Patti together and thanking them for being role models.

+ Seeing fans do extraordinary things to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Charity such as shaving their heads and Neil Carpenter who is committing to run 1701 miles this year! 

Review – Lovarzi Official licensed products

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for a Trekkie than take a look at these winter wonders from Lovarzi. As we state in our vblog review, we are cautious when people ask us to review their products – mostly because we don’t want to be in the awkward position of having to saying anything negative should we believe the product be worthy of disposable by a garbage scow!

Fortunately we were relieved to discover that the Umbrella’s and Scarf’s on offer from Lovarzi were good quality so we were happy to give them an honest review.

Available to buy direct from Lovarzi whilst stock lasts … Perfect for this British weather!

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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Top – Midnight, bottom left – Bird of prey, bottom right – Naked time
Trip the light - Luna Lustre
Trip the light – Luna Lustre

 

 

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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.

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??