There's an internet meme doing the circuits that beautifully demonstrates the impact that 2016 has had on the many of us. 2016 has been one for the history books in both regards to current affairs and Star Trek. Let us focus on Trek. The TL;DR is a mixed bag, mostly epic. The year began with the best announcement ever. A new Star Trek series announced, Star Trek Beyond was released, the tragic passing of Anton Yelchin and a global celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary. For us, our love of Star Trek has taken us to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Birmingham, met more friends, old and new and sparked that feeling of 'newness' regarding Star Trek that is reminiscent of the 1990's. But Star Trek is all about looking forward. Here's what we think will make Star Trek and it's fandom feel different from it's previous incarnations; Social Media Star Trek Enterprise ended before Facebook and … Continue Reading ››
What a year 2016 has been for everyone huh? I mean, good and bad. In fact, an awful lot of bad, but it is not the purpose of this post to dwell on those. There have however been highlights, certainly for me personally. I downloaded my Tweet archive today because I was looking for a particular Tweet. I realised that I hadn’t done this since August 2015! You may be wondering what my point is here, but it kind of just sums up my 2016 really. I mean, where the hell did it go?! I know everybody says it, every year, but these past 12 months have literally just flown by. The Tweet archive thing is poignant because I always used to download my Tweets when I did my TNG season reviews, as a means of refreshing my memory. I started Season 5 on the 29th March this year and I’ve only reached episode 11. I … Continue Reading ››
Unapologetic political post with opinions! I'm writing this post under my own name as with everything in politics. It's a personal thing. It's also collective. And it feels good to share. I've been open about my political leanings. I've worked in that
battle field. I've stood for election many times and served public office for some years. My underlying principles have been always been Liberal and Star Trek was the influence and educator for me.
When I went to bed the night of the US Election, I noted that I felt the same as I did the night of the EU referendum. Smug reassurance that everything was going to be fine and go the way I thought it would... and should.
Watching the results come in that night I felt like the crew of DS9 checking on the weekly casualty reports during the Dominion war.
Whilst … Continue Reading ››
If you're looking for Christmas gifts for a Trekkie than take a look at these winter wonders from Lovarzi. As we state in our vblog review, we are cautious when people ask us to review their products - mostly because we don't want to be in the awkward position of having to saying anything negative should we believe the product be worthy of disposable by a garbage scow! Fortunately we were relieved to discover that the Umbrella's and Scarf's on offer from Lovarzi were good quality so we were happy to give them an honest review. Available to buy direct from Lovarzi whilst stock lasts ... Perfect for this British weather!
**We are live blogging, please excuse any lapses in spelling, grammar and accuracy** Last night was the second of the Destination Star Trek Europe parties. This one was themed 'Quarks bar and casino as was the venue for the official celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary. The party was held at the Hilton Metropole which was a superb venue and conveniently close to the NEC. You have the added advantage of being able to access the main bar. The Star Trek Rat Pack performed who were brilliant and hilarious. They had edited their routine for the British audience. For example at Star Trek Las Vegas they sang "you can't get a good drink at Rio" to "you can only get a good drink in England" Apparently Chase played before but we were in the queue at the bar (longer than Shatners autograph line!) but we hear she was incredible. After the performance Walter Koenig cut the specially commissioned birthday cake … Continue Reading ››
**We are live blogging, please excuse any lapses in spelling, grammar and accuracy**
- This was the first time in 20 years that he had appeared at a UK convention!
- He spoke with such passion and enthusiasm it was infectious.
- Defined by the entertainment industry as "he used to be an actor"
- He loves to write and found he preferred directing
- In 2000 - started website / blogging and reinvented himself that way
- He has proved you CAN have a second … Continue Reading ››
**We are live blogging, please excuse any lapses in our grammar, spelling or accuracy.** We've said it before and we'll say it again. Press conferences at Star Trek conventions are weird! Their primary function is to give major press outlets access to Star Trek's finest so they write about the event and get extra people through the doors. They are similar to panels but as the questions aren't from hard core fans it has a totally different feel from the fan orientated questions. Still, we feel very lucky to attend these. Here's what happened... William Shatner is first up talking about social media - Kirk wouldn't use it. How he feels young, but not as young as he used too. About 50 years of Star Trek. There is a magic about Star Trek. He then even said that he saw an interview this morning with "these girls" (pointing to us in the first … Continue Reading ››
One week until our favourite every-year-or-two event; Destination Star Trek. The schedule has been released and so begins the mission briefing! As you might see we have a couple of panels ourselves. Which we have began frantically preparing for! Please remember the details can change at anytime! Cosplay panel - We have been asked to host a panel on cosplaying and we are delighted to do! We don't claim to be expert cosplayers ourselves but we do dress up at conventions and are fascinated by the phenomenon. We have invited some of our friends as panelists. Misty Chance, the Trekkie Drag queen and Cosplay legend. If you have been to any of the DST's or the recent Star Trek Las Vegas convention you would have seen her sporting one of her many pro costumes including the Intendant, Seven of Nine, T'Pol, Queen Aracnia and Lwaxana Troi. Looking at her Continue Reading ››
*WARNING – SPOILER ALERT! *
Noble. Dignity. Artist. Integrity. Human. Logical. Humble. Hope. Cool. Loving. Love.
(THE mensch of menschs?!)
As Sam reiterated during our anniversary Periscope shenanigans, after his passing in February 2015, what started out as a 50th Anniversary “Spock special”, evolved somewhat in to a well deserved “This Is Your Life, Leonard Nimoy”, and what a captivating story it is! Charting the highs and lows of the life of such an incredibly complex and talented man, genuinely loved and admired by all who knew him. When I sat down to watch ‘For the Love of Spock’ (a day late, as you would have come to expect from me!), I never intended to write a “review”, nor to write this much, but throughout the film I just found I had so much to say. It literally had me balling within the first three minutes, and … Continue Reading ››
At the Television Critics Press Association Press tour (we don't know what that is either!) Bryan Fuller spilled some goodies about the new Star Trek series Discovery. If you haven't read all about it, check out this article from Variety who were reporting live from the event. Then come back whilst I speculate with my thoughts! Here's a cheat sheet of the news thanks to Screen Junkies. Just as a caveat to the above, I can't find any direct source that states the series will be set in the Klingon Wars. It's probably a good guess as a lot of events have been ruled out such as the Romulan war (Battle of Axanar) and The Kobayashi Maru. Bryan Fuller did mention Amanda Grayson too but it didn't read as definite that her character is included. Whilst in Vegas, Carole and I spent a lot of time speculating with others … Continue Reading ››