We are back from another incredible weekend at the Sci-Fi Ball Southampton. The guests included Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris, ST Voyager), Sean Pertwee, Andrew Lee Potts, Gigi Edgley, Dino Fetscher, Lucy Carless and Terry Malloy .
Now, being exclusively Star Trek bloggers, we wouldn't normally attend an event with so few Trek actors but we made an exception for the Sci-Fi Ball for several reasons. Most importantly because we want to support this particular event. It's primary mission is to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and over the weekend we heard from young people who had received invaluable support from this charity.
Secondly, we love all the people who work tirelessly to organise this event and everyone who attends. But also because we just have such good fun! We love conventions which are jam packed … Continue Reading ››
Our next away mission is days away. It's one of our favourites, it's the Sci-Fi Ball! Now in it's 25th year it is marking this anniversary with a weekend of special events including the UK premiere of the film Hashtag, produced by Los Angeles-based Runic Films and Little Empire Productions, will screen at the 25th Sci-Fi Ball held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.
This year has another amazing guest lineup. For us Trekkies we have the return of Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris, ST Voyager). Other guests include Sean Pertwee, Andrew Lee Potts, Gigi Edgley, Dino Fetscher, Lucy Carless and Terry Malloy .
The Ball is a unique convention in the UK, it's by no means small. It takes over an entire hotel however it is intimate and personal. Everyone feels like a friend. There is much … Continue Reading ››
Our first impression was that this had all the hallmarks of being one of the best DST's ever! The queuing lines had been much improved, the vendors included all the ones fans had been asking for including Starship Collectors, The Silver Screen Bottling Co, Anovos and the Official Star Trek Merchandise. This is a great opportunity for us Europeans to buy and get a sneak peak of what was to come.
Fan groups had tables along with independent vendors (Including Carole's 'dealer'!).
The gaming zone included Star Trek games which was a bonus! This ranged from pinball machines, retro PC games up to the Virtual Reality Bridge Commander which we were desperate to try all weekend but grateful we didn't because off Sam's gaming addiction!
The Screening zone was far better than any previous years. It was in it's … Continue Reading ››
We like to arrive at Destination Star Trek the night before the event, this means we’re horribly hungover and tired fresh and ready to go for the opening.
We teamed up with Larry Nemecek, The Roddenberry Podcast and other co-sponsors to put on the very first Destination Star Trek Landing Party on the Thursday evening before the convention. This is a tradition at STLV and with DST hinting it may become annual, we felt it needed it's own Landing Party.
It was a huge success! Many attendees made the extra effort to attend the night before . But our primary objective was to build a sense of community and fan ownership to compliment the event.
The Landing Party was very informal, it's a quiz of 20 questions covering all series and movies. Attendees can form crews or ride solo. It all takes place in the main bar so you're free to mingle and participate as you wish.
We're counting down the hours until the longly anticipated Destination Star Trek returns to Birmingham and we have a few things planned we want to share plus some things to help you plan.
As Destination Star Trek continues to grow, the fans have made themselves a community around the event, more fringe and unofficial meet ups are popping up, all which enhance the fan experience at DST. Along with Liam Dillion from the Facebook Star Trek Costume Group, we have been able to make downloadable timetable for you. The first document is everything (panels, parties, meet-ups and all photoshoots) in a linear format and is ideal if you planning lots of photoshoots.
The second timetable is just the panels, key show times and unofficial fringe events. These are not part of the official event schedule. It is handy if you aren't planning as many photoshoots.
The details of the parties have been released and we are 5 weeks away from our next away mission DESTINATION STAR TREK BIRMINGHAM!! Taking place 19th - 21st October at the NEC Birmingham.
The most important details ... the parties have just been released and the provisional schedule has been made available. Remember, these timetables can and very often do change. You'll need to keep an eye out throughout the weekend. But it helps us to start planning.
You won't find this many Star Trek guests anywhere in Europe. The top names so far include:
The Saturday of any convention is always the busiest. Fortunately at STLV this never leads to suffering. It's a combination best described as Starship on red alert with officers racing to their stations and a party on Risa, where no one knows anyone but you're all friends.
We had no idea that this day was going to pan out the way it did. Earlier in the week we briefly stopped to say Hi to someone at CBS and they said "We got a surprise this weekend, I think you'll like it". We didn't think anything of it. Perhaps an Enterprise shaped cat basket was about to be announced!?
We gazed at the info on the screen informing us Alex Kurtman had a surprise announcement and suspected that they were going to tell us the air date of Season 2 Discovery. Or that they had cast Spock.
The atmosphere at the years STLV is so much more relaxed despite there being so much more original and new content to see. So far, it's the best year!
We start the day with a DS9 talk.
Deep Space Nine Panel
Creation Enterainment's top Admiral Adam has joined the band are performing a very cool soft rock version of the DS9 theme track! Sorry we didn't record it. We take those 'no recording' requests serious as we'd like Press Passes granted in future years!
The panel consisted of Ira Steven Behr, Nicole de Boer, Andrew Robinson, James Darren and Chase Masterson.
Something we have noticed every time we see Ira is that he is very open to self criticism and openly encourages it from the audience and and the panel participants. Unsurprisingly these are the people who need that feedback the least because they are so highly regarded.
The first thing we like to do as soon as we get to a convention is see everything and everyone immediately! Luckily we are doing an autograph giveaway with Creation Entertainment so this was a great chance to mingle.
The schedule for Star Trek Las Vegas hasn't arrived yet but that doesn't mean we can't start planning. We have lots to look forward too with so much planned and announced already.
We are also very fortunate to be working with STLV organisers Creation Entertainment to giveaway autographs throughout the event! Read on to find out how you can get one...
As we said in our previous blog post, STLV boasts the largest gathering of Discovery guests ever! It's almost everyone.
We want to hear every word and soak in the positivity that emanates from the cast so we're hoping for lots of Discovery panels.
We're particularly thrilled that Gersha Phillips, Discovery's costume designer will be attending. We hope she gets a panel to detail her incredible work and perhaps give us some hints of what's to come.
We have heard that the Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibition which was at SDCC at the weekend will be appearing at … Continue Reading ››
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