Star Trek Convention: Destination London 2012 *Warning: Fan Girl Squee*

Five Captains. One amazing event.

Actually, it was at least 6 Captains. Christopher Pike (Sean Kenney) was there too.

I had a great time even though I spent most of it on various public transport devices reading today’s book of choice: A Scanner Darkly (review to come but it was good). By the way, the Excel centre, if you haven’t been, is HUGE – the Convention was only in two sections of it!!

So, the story.

Like an idiot I forgot my ticket and had to queue for over an hour to pick another up on the Friday, then I queued again for my goodie bag (but this did mean I got another goodie bag with my original ticket on the Saturday). Sadly, the contents became creased over the day but I will endeavour to flatten to sell on eBay. Did I type that out loud? 😉

I bought a print to frame and keep and a Science Officer badge to put on my blue coat – something I’ve wanted since a very small child 🙂 I also decided that the Star Trek magazine (a publication I spent a great deal of gold pressed latinum on as a child) was worth another go at the special convention rate – it came with another goodie bag. That’s the merch now for the fun!

Saturday was better than Friday.

But Friday was still cool, I managed to watch Ronald D Moore, Ira Steven Behr and Brendon Braga (Producers) giving talks and a bit of amazing stunt action on the specially built stunt stage. There were loads more people in costume than I expected (and, randomly, LOTS of Germans). It has inspired me and next time I am definitely going in costume! The “Museum” was quite interesting and I liked the Klingon cafe. People were queueing up to have their photos taken with some random people in Klingon costume – they must have loved it! Generally, there was a nice, friendly, respectful atmosphere. Trekkers stopped and asked those in the most elaborate costumes for photos, stars of the show wandered round with little security. Which brings me onto who I saw, well…

As I say, Friday was a bit disappointing on the famous people stakes, I did manage to spot Sean Kenney. Saturday was brilliant! All I ever want is a glimpse of these people, if I start to talk to them they will all instantly go down in my estimation and who wants that from their all time favourite show, right?

It started with the best really, Walter Koenig (Chekov) smiling at me whilst wandering out of the autograph area. Bless him.

I also managed to spot Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) and Connor Trinneer (Tucker) then, along with Brent Spiner (who is gorgeous) and Michael Dorn, (equally gorgeous) who looks nothing like a Klingon in real life. I must have seen a good many actors/crew that I didn’t recognise as well, like Marianna Hill (Dr Helen Noel) and Lolita Fatijo (Production Assistant). I would have liked to have seen John De Lancie (Q), Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo) but you can’t have everything…

Finally, I managed to squeeze myself passed the Captain’s autograph area!

I didn’t see Patrick Stewart but that’s OK because I have seen him before at a convention in MK.

I had a good view of Kate Mulgrew’s flaming red hair. And very lovely she looked too.

I thought I wouldn’t see more of Avery Brooks than the top of his bald head but later on I got a full glimpse. I’ve heard he’s a decent bloke.

The next best bit was watching Scott Bakula autograph for about half an hour whilst I waited for William Shatner to come out. During that half an hour, I completely fell in love, (this shouldn’t be a surprise to those who know me) he has a fantastic smile and was so friendly. Obviously, he’s an actor so was over doing it for the fans but I loved him in Quantum Leap and now I love him more. Honestly, it was half hour of geek girl heaven. *Swoon*

Then Mr Shatner arrived and I broke all the rules in the book. Well, not ALL, but I did sneak a photo that could well have ended up with me out on my ear. Damn flash on my phone gave me away. Still, I now have a picture of my childhood hero/first love and have been about a metre away from him and I can die happy. Although, to be fair, I think he may pop his star-dust glistening clogs first. Bless him.

So, that was it. On the way home, I took a twilight ride on the cable cars over the river.

Awesome.

NB: Will upload photos later when I get over the fact that I was in the same room as Mr Shatner. You only get one chance in this life, especially now there will be a restraining order.

 

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Not Going Out

You may not have heard, but I’m ill and, therefore, not in London as I should be now. Anyway, in my invalid state I managed to watch Starship Troopers (amongst many other things) Wow. That was a film. I bet you’ve seen it but, if you haven’t, it’s basically High School Prom vs Man-Killing alien bugs – lots of bugs.   I also learnt today that there are almost as many sequels as bugs…

In other SF news, watching Voyage Home. Question: If Spock can compute Time Travel there and back relatively easily – why is it not being done all the time in the ST Universe? Hmmm?

Also, I have an urge to re-watch Lord of the Rings.

Oh, I’m talking rubbish. Here, have another cute puppy:

RANDOM EDIT: What if Spock had a baby? Has anyone written this yet?

On the Edge of Infinity: A Poem

I’ve written a poem to mark the occasion that The Edge of Infinity is back.

On the Edge of Infinity

Not from the beginning nor to the end of time

There is no time here

Not within any expanse of space

There is no matter here

—–

There is just an existence

A peace

A calm

A tranquillity

—–

This is the edge of everything

One step back into space

One step forward

Into nothingness

—–

But the universe expands

Creating noise out of calm

Creating chaos out of order

Encouraging the battle for life out of peace

—–

It is impossible to imagine an infinite time

It is impossible to imagine an infinite space

It is impossible to imagine an infinite nothingness

The total absence of space and time

—–

The rush of time’s arrow as it is sprung

Hits the invisible wall and falls down

A vertigo inducing sheer drop

This is the edge of infinity

The Cage

By Bertram Chandler. On BBC Iplayer at the moment but I’m about to spoiler it (don’t say I didn’t warn you)…

“Only rational beings put other beings in cages.”

Discuss.

Hello Sweetie *Spoilers*

Long overdue Dr Who post I think because I shall miss it tonight. I thought the last episode of this series was excellent. In fact all in all a brilliant series all together. Matt Smith is definitely growing on me as The Doctor. He is a very versatile actor moving from comedy to powerful and scary seamlessly. I won’t be too sad to see the back of Amy and Rory though. Wouldn’t mind if River turned up every now and then but hoping for different companions in the next series.

Anyway, the spoilery bit is about the Dr Who Exhibition in Kensington Olympia. There until February next year (I think). I managed to leave a serious, grown up conference early so that I could go upstairs into SF land. It was pretty awesome. I don’t want to give too much away but hopefully these bits of spoilers will encourage a few of you to go. There’s an interactive bit and a proper exhibitiony bit afterwards.

I loved the interactive bit. If you saw the exhibition at Earl’s Court the other year, it’s different to that. Better. There’s a bit of a story told by The Doctor himself (yes, Matt Smith) and you not only get to ride in the TARDIS but pilot it too! Also, there are all the scariest enemies (in really, really freaky 3D!), some in their natural habitat. I’m glad they toned down the scariness of the Dalek bit from the last exhibition (but the added bits make it better, IMO). I did see kids being rather too scared then. I mean, they are meant to be scary but not in a scared-for-life kinda way.

The exhibition itself is great. Lots of models of aliens and all The Doctor’s costumes from Hartnell to Smith – which was really, very cool and made me chuckle (especially at Tom Baker’s lapel pins). You can see examples of some of the Sonic Screwdrivers too. There are some interactive bits in this part as well. You can make yourself sound like a Dalek or Cyberman and play around with the theme tune. Also, you can have a photo (I doubt that is free though – I didn’t do it).

It cost £20 for an adult and I think it was worth it. I was lucky to go when there were not many other people around (a few who had obviously been to the conference, I might add) so I didn’t spend more than an hour there purely because I could read all the information etc. etc. quickly and, to be fair, I wanted to get home at a decent time. If there are loads of kids it’ll take you a bit longer to get around. It’s timed entry for the interactive bit at the start so shouldn’t, by nature, get too rammed.

Oooo eee ooooo da dooo da doooo, ooo eee oooo da do da do

My final bit of advice is, when you get inside the exhibition, pay attention to where the loos are.

P.S. I love that this spell check recognises Dalek! Ha!