The Highlight of the Fedcon weekend for us and many others was The Next Generation talk with LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Colm Meaney, Denise Crosby and John de Lancie.
We’re fortunate enough to have seen them together a few times now but it’s always a treat. The report between them is legendary. They are friends who enjoy each others company and make each other laugh. That friendship and humour is passed on to the audience and the result is an electric atmosphere and memorable panel.
We’re not sure if someone had snuck a Horga’hn into LeVar’s luggage or something but he had sex on the brain during that panel!
The next question was from an actress in the audience who asked how they overcame nerves before going on stage. LeVar’s response was “I find a good wank helps!” – seriously!! We started to type it on twitter then chickened out!
Then John de Lancie started to recall a story with an actress which involved him accidentally ripping a whole in his trouser pockets, which he attempted to cover his dignity whilst his character confess he was attracted to her. It was very animated and had the audience in stitches!
Roddenberry said to @johndelancie "You have no idea what you have got into". He sounds exactly like Q talking to Picard in All Good Things
Our day started by returning to our hotel at 4am for a brief sleep before finding ourselves oddly still alive when we awoke a few hours later!
We ran to the Chase Masterson talk only to find she was in the small hall and it was full! We were denied! After Star Trek talks there was only one other thing we could think of; food and drink. We needed it like a Jem’Hadar needs Ketral White!
We went to the hotel buffett and here’s something a bit odd about Fedcon, you need tokens to buy food!? So we went to buy tokens, but they didn’t accept credit cards. So we went to the ATM machine. And you know what? It was out of order!
We walked bloody miles (actually 500 metres but with a hangover – that’s an eternity!) to get cash. We found food on the way!
The reports of our inebriation have been greatly exaggerated! It's #Fedcon day 3: The search for an ATM
After sitting through the Jenna Coleman talk we were ready for Gates McFadden!
Gates came bouncing onto the stage dancing and leaping. One thing we love about Gates is she has the body language of a dancer. I don’t think she can help herself and it’s infectious, we want to skip and twirl down the corridors each time we see her.
Something else we have noticed is that she gets funnier each time we see her on stage which made sense when she explained to the audience that she was stalked for a long time. This made her very nervous (understandably!)at appearing at events.
Marina took to the stage and told us she was feeling emotional. Saturday night there had been another terrorist incident in London. When she declare that Brits would not be defeated the audience went wild.
It felt like we were being given a big hug from everyone in the audience. After the Brexit fiasco it was welcome to that level of solidarity with our European neighbours.
Marina declares that UK won't be defeated by the events in London last night. The solidarity in the audience is v supportive for us Brits pic.twitter.com/3kxx8sN1rd
The highlight of Colm’s talk (possibly weekend) was when he sang Minstrel Boy from TNG The Wounded:
There aren’t themed parties as such at Fedcon like there are at Star Trek Las Vegas or Destination Star Trek but that’s because it’s one long party! They have a pop up ‘Romulan pub’ bar. A dancefloor and a DJ adjacent to the Klingon Bar (our favourite). Don’t worry, the dance floor served as a neutral zone between the respective Klingon and Romulan Bars!
When the panels finished we felt it was a good time to sample the local Romulan Ale. All conventions have their own style and we’re sure shares in Blue Curaçao rise whenever thousands of Trekkies gather.
Maybe it was too ‘done’ but Fedcon didn’t have it’s own Romulan Ale. Instead fans were requesting their own variants to be specially made.
Asked for a Romulan Ale at the Romulan pub and they looked at us like it was illegal! They have a blue drink called a 'Uhura' though pic.twitter.com/jZzc5YROaG
Another blessing was the food and drink vendors in the outdoors area. Never too busy, they served a portion of chips and probably other food too. But after a few beverages, us Brits only need a portion of chips!
Overall, a very enjoyable evening. Marina Sirtis was on the dance floor, there was a conga line, we met new friends and caught up with old ones.
The opening ceremony was like most opening ceremonies at events, late to start but a great opportunity to see all the guests in one place. It also kick starts a feeling of celebration to take you into the weekend.
What stands out about the guest list at Fedcon is the large number of lecturers and scientists here. These guests are hugely respected and popular amongst the German fans. I accidentally sat in on a German speaking talk about the science of Star Trek and despite not understanding a word, I could see the audience hanging onto every word. It also means I have no idea of the context of the sex toy in this slide!?