Star Trek Destination London preview
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To boldly go...to London! Where all five Star Trek Captains have not gone together before!
Nearly five decades after the Starship Enterprise first set out on its mission to boldy go where no man had gone before, its legacy couldn't be stronger than it is right now. With the buzz about next year's Star Trek Into Darkness (as it will now be called) reaching fever pitch (not least about the identity of man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch's as yet unrevealed villain), and the recent stunning Blu-Ray release of The Next Generation's first season (which Shadowlocked awarded five stars in its review here), fans in the UK are being well and truly spoiled by the upcoming Destination Star Trek event to be held at London's ExCeL centre on 19th to 21st October 2012.
The first official Star Trek event in this country for over a decade, organisers Media 10 and Showmasters Ltd are pulling out all of the stops to make it a genuine once in a lifetime event by gathering all five of the franchise's legendary captains in one location. Joining William Shatner (The Original Series' Captain James T. Kirk) will be Sir Patrick Stewart (TNG's Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine's Captain Benjamin Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager's Captain Kathryn Janeway) and Scott Bakula (Enterprise's Captain Jonathan Archer) in what is quite probably the most iconic guest list in the history of conventions.
Each of the five Captains will be individually giving what are sure to be unmissable talks, and for the first time ever in Europe they will all be sharing a single stage for the Opening Ceremony on 19th October. A Captain is only as good as his crew, though, and each of the series is well represented with stars such as TOS's Walter Koenig, TNG's Denise Crosby and Brent Spiner, DS9's Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor, Voyager's Martha Hackett and Enterprise's Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating. The Q Continuum will be represented by John De Lancie, the Cardassians by Gul Dukat himself, Mark Alaimo, and the Borg are sending no less than their Queen, Alice Krige.
In addition to the on-screen stars who will be beaming in, three influential Star Trek producers will be in attendance, namely Ira Steven Behr, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, to talk about their work behind the scenes and to answer questions about the creation of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.
As if the guest list wasn't enough to make a merry man of Worf, Destination Star Trek London will feature replica sets, a Star Trek museum, costumes, stunt demonstrations, and ample opportunity for fans to interact with the guests by way of talks, autograph sessions, and photo shoots with their favourite stars.
For those attendees with the stamina of a Klingon, there are parties being held on the Friday and Saturday nights, the former a Klingon Monster Ball and the latter a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation which will feature a performance by DS9's Chase Masterson and her all-star cabaret, which promises to be very special indeed.
Shadowlocked will, of course, be covering the event, but in the meantime we're going to brush up on our Klingon, dust off our dress uniforms and prepare for the wildest weekend this side of the Gamma Quadrant.
For more information, check out the official site: http://www.startreklondon.com/
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