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.
Spot is looking to boldly go to a new home where she can live long and prosper this #NationalStarTrekDay on Friday 8th September.
The eight-year-old ginger female, named after android Data’s cat in the sci-fi TV series, has been waiting for a new home at Blue Cross Cambridge for 45 days after being brought in due to a change in her previous owner’s circumstances. Spot was a female (for the most part) cat and Data’s pet in the much-loved show. She lived with him while he served aboard the USS Enterprise-D and -E and he even wrote a poem about her entitled “Ode to Spot”. Sarah Bates, Blue Cross Cambridge animal welfare supervisor, said: “In his poem, Data referred to Spot as a true and valued friend. We’re sure our Spot will make someone just as loyal a companion who enjoys a fuss … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 PanelMost 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 was as packed with Star Trek goodness as a type 15 shuttlepod on a supply mission.
William Shatnerhttps://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 ››
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 ››
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 TrekToday 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 ››
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.
SetsNew this year was the 10 Forward set. 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.
FanSetsThere are a huge number of vendors as always at STLV. The most popular … Continue Reading ››
Having already sat through two hours of Star Trek Discovery Panels, I was eager to hear more!
Star Trek Discovery - Creature DesignersNext 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 ››
On the opening day there are four...yes there are FOUR panels dedicated to Star Trek Discovery this Wednesday at Creation Entertainments Star Trek Las Vegas... the first was the highly anticipated Star Trek Writers Room panel with Ted Sullivan, Kirsten Beyer and Akiva Goldsman. If you don't follow Ted on twitter already, you must. Not only Ted is a writer and supervising producer on Discovery he is a massive super fan of Star Trek. I was lucky enough to meet him and his companion #JasonGorn and exchanged a brief chat about Star Trek and it's like talking to any other fan at a convention that you've never met before but you share a common love of a show called Star Trek. https://twitter.com/TrekkieGirls/status/892840864430600192