On Star Trek's 51st Anniversary, I reflect back on my summer of Star Trek. As part of our midlife crisis, my family and I have spent the summer in the United States of America, touring parts we have never been before and and some we have. And you know what they have a lot of in America? STAR TREK! So with my ever tolerant and patient hubby and son, we scheduled in plenty of trekkie goodness into the trip.
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. 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 … Continue Reading ››
It's approaching February which means time for the fabulous SF Ball! Despite being right in our backyard - The Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton 3-5th February - it's always the hardest for us to attend! But this year will be there on the Sunday (Carole and Sarah for sure. Sam, if she hasn't left on her away mission!) And with a Trektastic lineup it's not one we want to miss. We were sold when they announced Gates McFadden (Dr Beverley Crusher) but then they announced her number one Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa). Then for added Trek-goodness our friend Larry Nemecek (Trek Continues, Trekland, Portal 47, Trek know-it-all) is also in attendance. He is a must see for for enthusiasts who enjoy hearing all about behind-the-scenes stories. If you're a fan of the new Star Trek films you'll want to meet Dave Freeman who is the Concept artist for … Continue Reading ››
A couple of months ago we were teased with a new project called 'Portal 47' from "The universe's renowned authority" on all things Star Trek, Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek. Portal 47 is now up and running and sounds amazing! It comes across as a virtual convention. If anyone has been to one of Larry's talks or stall at a convention you will know he is a wealth of knowledge with memories, archives and friends from all series.
"Portal 47 may not be for all Trek fans but if you crave a new way to get a virtual backstage pass and hear from new voices of people who were there, like a min-con package all year long no matter where you live... Then beam aboard and deep-dive through the Portal with us!" - Larry NemecekBut why wait to go to a convention to get … Continue Reading ››
If you follow Larry Nemecek's Trekland Blog (and if you don't, you can't sit with us!) you would have heard about this mysterious Portal 47. We've been curious about this like a lowly officer is curious about the Omega directive, but our wait is over. On Wednesday 9th September at 19.00 Pacific Time, 22.00 Eastern Time or 03.00 on Thursday in the UK, Mr Trekland himself will reveal all! And you can hear for yourself via a teleconference (let's call it subspace!) or listen online. You can sign up for yourself to get information direct from the source. Larry informs us that he is hoping to add some European friendly times in the future so we don't miss out (although dealing with us sleepy/drunk Brits is so much more fun!). Larry Nemecek is immensely popular at conventions, podcasts and all over the Trek Community for his unique insider knowledge into the franchise. … Continue Reading ››
So, I embarked on my TNG Season 2 quest with marked trepidation. My head had been filled with somewhat negative thoughts (“Dr Crusher isn’t in it”; “just get through it – it gets WAY better mid-Season 3”), so my expectations admittedly weren’t very high. At least it’s only a short season of just 22 episodes I thought to myself (thanks to a writer’s strike I’m reliably informed). Well, I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised… Right, first things first, let’s just get this one out of the way: Pulaski. The Star Trek equivalent of Marmite. I have to admit, I disliked her immensely from the very beginning (hate is a strong word), and although I had somewhat warmed to her by the time we got to the likes of “Pen Pals” and “Samaritan Snare” (where she had begun to show an iota of compassion), I … Continue Reading ››
There are so many great Trek related stories circulating the Federation News Network this week, we thought we'd take a minute to gather them altogether for you. 4th April If you follow Nichelle Nichols on twitter. Your jaw would have dropped when she uploaded this picture of her with a fan: Obama has fan-boy wrote all over him! Whatever their beliefs, it is always reassuring to know that a politician likes Star Trek. Would you vote for someone who hadn't watched Star Trek? Oh, and Nichelle, Love the necklace! Source: @RealNichelle 5th April We all celebrated First Contact by drinking Tequila Troi-style whilst listening to Cochrane's favourite tunes and dancing like our Dads, right? Larry Nemecek (The Universe's renowned Star Trek Authority himself) engaged in some seriously Jake Sisko style journalism and reported an amazing … Continue Reading ››
I'm glad he raised this....ohhh my! In case you don't know what we're talking about, you really should be reading everything Larry Nemecek has to say about anything by way of Star Trek decree: TrekLand Supplemental This is our take on Larry' question "Is TNG due for a Comeback?" Now as we have mentioned we were TNG fans first, born into that time line so grew up watching it. We can now appreciate TOS and love the "Retro" look of the show but we confess to being those viewers who as kids would have scoffed at the MDF sets and Christmas lighting effects. When talking to our TiT (Trekkie In Training) Sarah, we asked her how she was getting on with watching TNG and she said "yeah … Continue Reading ››