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#DSTE Day 3

 

Late night early morning. That’s how we roll at DST. We are still a bit green in places from yesterday’s Orion look but we head straight to the Excelsior stage where we are hosting our second Cosplay panel with the wonderful Misty Chance (drag queen and Star Trek cosplayer) and Liam Dillon, Star Trek fan and Facebook costume group.

Cosplay Panel

In this panel we highlight the connection between cosplay (grown up talk for fancy dress) and Star Trek. What we discovered is that there is a close link between the two. Cosplay originated at Star Trek conventions (contrary to popular belief that it stemmed from manga/anime and Japanese culture).

We asked each panellist and the audience why they choose to dress up as Star Trek characters and we found and wide array of answers. For Liam, it is a challenge to recreate the styles, to source the material and obtain the details. Misty was blatantly honest and said it was for the attention! Misty has had access to the actors and fans in a unique way because she is more approachable in character than in his normal clothes dressed as Christian.

Sarah and Carole had similar reasons. They joked it’s because Sam makes them! But as we explored it further, they enjoy participating. Like many of us we see others dressed up, we wish we were brave enough because it looks like fun. And eventually we take the plunge.

For myself (Sam) and also our new honorary Trekkie Girl, the adorable Beth the reason was that we enjoy the play element of it. For a moment in our lives we can allow ourselves to get swept up in our imaginations and we are captain of the Enterprise (instead of hoovering or searching for quotes on car insurance!).


We’d like to thank Liam, Misty, Beth and everyone else who was involved at this fun panel.

Also check out Misty’s blog for more details on the construction of the Martia costume.

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SFBall 2016

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The weekend 5th-7th February 2016 marked the 22nd SF Ball at the familiar venue of the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Guests of “Trek interest” were Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong of the incredible Enterprise Blues Band, and Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer of Enterprise fame.

Unfortunately we were a Trekkie Girl down as Sam had been hospitalised with suspected appendicitis! But the show had to go on, so Carole and I hot-footed it over to Southampton!

A beautiful sight to behold, the ever-expanding bridge of the USS Riker’s Beard welcomed us aboard – we even met their Captain – as well as the lovely guys from the Manchester based USS Phoenix.

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As ever the atmosphere was electric, and the costumes were top-notch! In particular the three Daleks were absolutely faultless and quite frankly scared the bejeezus out of me! Clearly Carole didn’t feel the same way…

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The talks as always were fascinating and at times absolutely hilarious. The highlights being Vaughn and Casey serenading us, and Dominic being somewhat heckled for talking about football in front of a crowd of Sci-Fi geeks…

The real “pinch-me” moment came when we entered the Carver Suite to be welcomed by the aforementioned four Trek actors! Connor Trinneer is HOT!!! What followed is probably the most highly unprofessional attempt at an interview ever, that quickly descended in to total madness at the whole TiT/TiTtie explanation – the guys were pretty much lost to us at that point – but I think you’ll agree it’s highly entertaining nonetheless…

(Apologies for the break up and difference in quality at the end, we waffled on for so long, my phone ran out of memory! Thank goodness for Mike, who captured our sign off on his phone?! Although I think the lens was still covered in tea personally…)

(I really must apologise to both Carole and Vaughn as I seem to have whipped them both with my new-movie-Uhura-esq ponytail on more than one occasion?!)

I must take this opportunity once again to say a HUGE thank you to Mike and Jon from Visionary Trek, for all their help and support, we literally couldn’t have done it without you! We love you guys…

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As always, a fantastic job by B, Annie and the whole SFBEvents team! Roll-on SFBall23, the Trekkie Girls will definitely be there, with bells on, and who knows, maybe all three of us will make it next year?!

Jonathan Frakes who…

Look out for the interview coming soon….

(P.S. The Casey Biggs bottomed pinching happened off camera, but I swear to you it totally DID happen, with Carole, Vaughn, Dominic and Connor as my witnesses!)

USS Riker’s Beard Recuiting Now!

If you haven’t heard of the USS Riker’s Beard then shame on you and on your hoooouuuuse!

The good crew of the USS Riker’s Beard are a group of Trekkies who met at the first Destination Star Trek London, all sharing the same hotel. The crew had brought with them the humble beginnings of their bridge set which has been slowly added to in the intervening years. Like all great crews they quickly built a strong rapport and meshed into one superb unit.

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At the first DSTL the Riker’s Beard was simply then named the USS Customs House after their hotel. They later changed to the current name a name eponymous with all things great about science fiction generally in honour of the mighty hirsute one. The crew then started to build their ship from the inside out!

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The Ship’s Captain, James Dillon has been building some incredible replica sets such as the Command chairs from the Enterprise D, a transporter set and panels. The crew assemble these at conventions across the UK and collect money on behalf of various charities at each event.

This crew promptly escape from these events to the United Kingdom underground where, to this day, they survive as agents of good. If you have a convention, if no one else can help, and if you can find them then maybe you can book USS Riker’s Beard!

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Your Mission:

However the Riker’s Beard project is approaching a point of critical mass and needs additional crew to help maintain their presence as well as build their new super secret next construction project! If you are based in or near the Kent area and can help with assembling, transporting or storing these sets? Do you have skills with electronics, lighting, carpentry or special effects? Do you have a trailer, van or lorry to help with transporting these items? Do you have access to secure, safe and dry storage spaces for large sections of the sets? If the answer to any of these is yes then then the Good Ship Riker’s Beard needs you!

We have the Captain’s word, you’ll never wear a red shirt whilst lifting heavy objects! You can check out some of their work from this video at the SF Ball earlier this year. If you think you can help you can find the Riker’s Beard Facebook group “The Good Ship USS Riker’s Beard” (closed group) or contact the Captain on captain@rikersbeard.co.uk

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