Category Archives: Conventions and Events

Star Trek Conventions and Events we are attending in 2018 in the US and UK. Plus Reviews of previous ones we have attended.

Conventions Include Destination Star Trek, Star Trek Las Vegas and The Sci-Fi Ball.

Events we have attended include the Star Trek Beyond Fan Event, Los Angeles. The Star Trek Discovery Netflix event in London and the Star Trek Video Game launch.

Reviews include a written blog report, video and tweet highlights. If you’d like us to report on your Star Trek event please contact us.

 

 

Sci-Fi Ball – Day Two

Day two of the Sci-if Ball and after a nice big fry up breakfast we settled into the main hall to listen to our favourite guests. IMG_0389

Gary Graham

The day started with a talk by Gary Graham who is best known (to us!) for his role as Ambassador Soval in Enterprise. https://twitter.com/trekkiegirls/status/959746909672964096 Gary spoke about how he got the part of Soval and thought he was going to be a one-off appearance in the pilot episode. He also spoke to Rick Berman for a briefing on how Vulcans think, feel and behave. https://twitter.com/trekkiegirls/status/959754444912123904 Highlight: Gary has a great sense of humour and is a complete contrast to Soval. So it was extra delightful when he went full on Vulcan at the end of the talk and give us the customary Vulcan greeting. https://twitter.com/trekkiegirls/status/959755730143338496 Weird bit: https://twitter.com/trekkiegirls/status/959752058525151232

Vic Mignogna and Chris Doohan

For those unfamiliar with the fan series Star Trek Continues, we highly recommend you give … Continue Reading ››

Sci-Fi Ball 24 – Day One

  5b7e8974-6b47-421a-9dd7-343a40e3284b It's the 24th Sci-Fi Ball at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton which once again has an incredible line up. Representing Star Trek are Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax, DS9), vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk, ST: Continues), Chris Doohan (ST 09, Into Darkness and St Continues) and Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval, ENT). The event is on all weekend and we highly suggest you drop all your plans and join us. https://twitter.com/trekkiegirls/status/959473283027513344 We spent the afternoon interviewing the guests asking them about their time in Star Trek. Be sure to check back early next week when these will be posted. The hotel has been assimilated and includes the fantastic Star Trek sets from the USS Riker's Beard which you are free to enjoy and take your photo with. 7aa86789-e929-4ca0-a217-b130f26110b2 The opening ceremony was like a warp core explosion of energy with all guests taking the stage. Followed by a … Continue Reading ››

Star Trek Discovery Fan Event – London

On the 5th of November some lucky Trekkies from around the UK were invited to special Star Trek Discovery Fan event in London hosted by Netflix. Including an Exhibition of props, viewing of the latest episode and Q&A with Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Jason Isaacs (Captain Lorca), Shazad Latiff (Ash Tyler) and Aaron Harberts (Executive Producer). https://www.instagram.com/p/BbHR-2ngPmJ/?taken-by=trekkiegirls
The Exhibition
Props from the Star Trek Exhibition in Blackpool were on display including the USS Discovery's Captains chair, uniforms and props. https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/927153167078477824 There was no doubt that @StarTrekNetflix put in some command level We were also treated to delicious Starfleet and Klingon pastry treats. https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/927162826678067200
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
The main event was an early viewing of the latest episode. The first to be written by Star Trek Novelist  Kirsten Beyer. The audience LOVED it, especially the "needs of the many" conversation between Burnham and Tyler.
Q&A
The highlight of the event was the Question and Answer session with Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Jason … Continue Reading ››

STLV – Writers Panel – Brannon Braga and Andrew Bormanis

Brannon Braga (who is responsible for writing and producing most Star Trek TNG, VOY and ENT episodes we all love, plus Generations and First Contact) appeared with Andre Bormanis (science consultant and writer) for a very open and transparent discussion on writing for Star Trek. I'll admit that I'm big fans of them personally. I love how Braga has a typical writers personality; self-depreciative and introverted despite being able to engage a large audience and clearly a very talented man. Andre Bormanis is someone I friended on Facebook in that way you friend people on Facebook you have never met and the only interaction is the occasional 'liking' of posts. But from this vague connection I've gained an affinity towards him. Here's what was revealed: https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893967797532844032 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893966649774063616 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893966986954162177 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893972251069915136 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893975796435501057 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893973166321582080 https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893969137013145603 Conclusion: What was refreshing about this panel was the sheer honesty. It's the difference between an ongoing series which has a marketing campaign driving it … Continue Reading ››

Star Trek Las Vegas – The Inner Light Panel

Saturday at Star Trek Las Vegas featured two of my personal favourite panels of the week. The Writers panel with Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis and the Inner Light panel with Sir Patrick Stewart, Margot Rose (Eline) and Morgan Gendel (writer).
The Inner Light Panel
Most panels at conventions are actors coming on stage, cracking a few jokes and taking a bunch of Q&As from the audience. This panel was someone different. It was well moderated by Adam from Creation Entertainment and was an analysis/review of an episode hailed as one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time. In fact in a poll of favourite Star Trek episodes, Inner Light came second of ALL EPISODES EVER. (Poll by StarTrek.com) In case you have Bendii syndrome and have forgotten, The Inner Light is the episode where Picard is given the memories of an alien from a civilisation whose planet is dying. He lives a lifetime … Continue Reading ››

Saturday at Star Trek Las Vegas – William Shatner, Brent Spiner +LeVar Burton Panels

Saturday at Star Trek Las Vegas was as packed with Star Trek goodness as a type 15 shuttlepod on a supply mission.
William Shatner
https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893926830415138816 Scott Mantz (our favourite moderator) spoke to William Shatner and their friendship and camaraderie shone through. Shatner is a man who shows no sign of slowing down. He has an ability to hold the audience with his dry wit and his well....Shatnerisms! He alluded to a new project to be announced this week involving Virtual Reality and something that 'had never been done before'? It will also be of no surprise to learn that he has a new book coming out! No really! There were a few awkward question from audience saying that a scene was written for Captain Kirk in Star Trek 09. Shatner vehemently disputed it. https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893931939899428864 Conclusion: Beneath his put-down sense of humour William Shatner obviously functions on a deep level. I've often said that he sounds like a … Continue Reading ››

STLV The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Panel – New revelations!

STLV TNG 30 The highly anticipated TNG 30th anniversary panel on Friday night was undoubtedly the jewel in the Sacred Chalice of Rixx for Star Trek Las Vegas. It boasted a full lineup of The Next Generation crew which ALMOST happened, except Jonathan Frakes' flight got cancelled due to weather. It would have been Frakes. Nonetheless, John de Lancie and Denise Crosby stepped up to step in, and honestly I think that's the last we heard of them all night! https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/893649158736715776   They start by sharing their stories of conversations with Gene Roddenberry. For example LeVar Burton once asked him why Geordi was blind, surely by the 24th Century they would have cured blindness and they'd be no need for a VISOR? Gene's response was "How do you know your sight isn't considered better?" The same was true with Data's skin colour and Picard's baldness. We were getting hung up on 20th Century standards … Continue Reading ››

STLV Friday Panels

Friday at STLV was an intensive panel day for me. I didn't intend it to be, but I found it hard to resist.
Women In Star Trek
Today began (for me anyway) with the Women in Star Trek Panel with Jarrah Hodge (from Woman at Warp podcast), Dr Kayla Iacovino (Vulcanologist and editor TrekMovie.com), Lucia Lorenzo (literary scholar and cultural critic), Gates McFadden (Dr Crusher) and Aliza Pearl (actress, writer). The panel starts by introducing the panelists and discussing who was their Star Trek inspiration. Unsuprisingly, Beverly Crusher was top. Particularly for Kayla who is a scientist herself. The woman-after-my-own-heart was Lucia who cited Lwaxana Troi as her inspiration for all the same reasons Lwaxana is my favourite.That she is a flamboyant, outspoken, fabulous woman who is fearless and defiant. Yep, I want to be Lwaxana Troi when I grow up. The key message was … Continue Reading ››

Star Trek Las Vegas 2017 On the convention floor!

Exploring the venue at STLV is fairly straight forward. BUT HUGE! The main theatre is HUGE. The vendors room is HUGE. Even the small stage is rather big.
Sets
New this year was the 10 Forward set. 10 Forward Star Trek Las Vegas After the morning I had getting to STLV I was ready to slump myself over that bar and down a Samarian Sunset or six. What Creation Entertainment do very well is frame their prop sets. 10 Forward was in a room dedicated to showcasing items for the TNG 30 year anniversary exhibit. (see more photos in gallery below). The rooms that holds the TOS bridge has an ambience fitting of a sacred place...which it is. They have music and shmoozy lighting which shows of the colours of the set. TOS Bridge STLV
FanSets
There are a huge number of vendors as always at STLV. The most popular … Continue Reading ››

Star Trek Discovery Panels. Pt 2

  Having already sat through two hours of Star Trek Discovery Panels, I was eager to hear more! Star Trek discovery desperate hours
Star Trek Discovery - Creature Designers
Next up was Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page to talk about designing and creating the aliens we can expect to see in Discovery. What we received was an in-depth exploration of the development of characters, delivered in a concise and consciencous manner. (please note incorrect twitter handle was used in this tweet. Should be @glenn_hetrick) https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/892896139854270464 Glenn and Neville showed us images from their design software which showed us the level of detail that goes into perfecting how the prosthetics will behave. https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/892896832623321089 As for the Klingons, they designed them from the inside out! They took the Klingon skull as the starting point and considered what features a predatory animal has. They often include holes in the … Continue Reading ››