Tag: Star Trek

Destination Star Trek – Part 7

A Nebulous Appeal

Destination Star Trek – Part 7: A Nebulous Appeal. I must admit, initially I thought Destination Star Trek might have been a bit of ‘something and nothing’. Something that I might quickly tire of. I was so wrong.

It is greater than the sum of its parts. We went in at the basic level (see That’s the Ticket) and it was definitely worth it, even though a lot of the activities were unavailable to us.

Although we didn’t get to meet members of the series for autographs or photo opportunities we did ‘get to see them’. We saw Brent Spiner – Lt. Commander Data, Denise Crosby – Lt. Tasha Yar, LeVar Burton – Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge all from The Next Generation and many others from newer series. I managed photo’s at a distance but you were asked not to so I haven’t posted.

There were props for photo opportunities, games to play, memorabilia to purchase, books, exhibitions of Star Trek series uniforms and other items but best of all was the exhibition of original art work from comic/graphic novel series (unfortunately, you weren’t allowed to photograph these).

murpworks Uniform image
Uniform
murpworks Dress Uniform image
Dress Uniform
murpworks NCC-1701-D Model image
NCC-1701-D

Another thing that makes it is the people. People dressed in everything from Star Trek T-shirts to full blown Klingon outfits. Everyone was interested, happy and friendly.

murpworks In Step image
In Step
murpworks Augmented image
Augmented
murpworks Official-looking image
Official-looking

We will go again next year. The Destination Star Trek website is already updated with Captain Janeway and Seven of One already announced. We will probably go for a higher class of ticket next time.

A Nebulous Appeal – I’ll leave you with some nebulous photo’s…

murpworks mu Nebula image
mu
murpworks rp Nebula image
rp
murpworks Nebula and Sun image
Nebula and Sun

We boldly went and I’m glad we did.

Destination Star Trek – Part 1
Destination Star Trek – Part 2
Destination Star Trek – Part 3
Destination Star Trek – Part 4
Destination Star Trek – Part 5
Destination Star Trek – Part 6
Destination Star Trek – Part 7

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 6

It’s Not All Fun & Games

Destination Star Trek – Part 6: It’s Not All Fun & Games – there is a serious side to Star Trek and that has proven itself in the science that has come to light, based upon Star Trek technology – see here & here

At this year’s Destination Star Trek, the European Space Agency had a presence. I’m posting some pictures of their work here

Solar System Explorers
Cosmic Observers
An Explorer
BepiColombo

The above diagrams and models show the seriousness of Star Trek. There was even a Borg vessel made out of Lego!

Resistance is Brick-shaped

It doesn’t get much more serious than this!

Destination Star Trek – Part 1
Destination Star Trek – Part 2
Destination Star Trek – Part 3
Destination Star Trek – Part 4
Destination Star Trek – Part 5
Destination Star Trek – Part 6

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 5

Picard

Destination Star Trek – Part 5. It wouldn’t have been Star Trek with Jean-Luc Picard. The Next Generation Captain, his command of NCC-1701-D – Starship Enterprise is legendary. He was actually at this year’s event but being only holders of Janitor-class tickets (see Part 1 blog) we didn’t get to see him in person 🙁

However, with the up and coming Picard scheduled for a release next year, there was plenty of Jean-Luc to keep everyone happy. One of the exhibitions had a wealth of props from Picard’s time aboard the Enterprise. I managed to get some photo’s here. A second exhibition had original artwork from the Mirror Universe comics but unfortunately, you weren’t allowed to photograph any of it.

Jean-Luc Picard is integral to any discussion of Star Trek but for this discussion I’ll let a couple of photo’s do the talking…

mu Look up - Picard image
Picard and the United Federation…
My Captain…

Destination Star Trek – Part 1
Destination Star Trek – Part 2
Destination Star Trek – Part 3
Destination Star Trek – Part 4
Destination Star Trek – Part 5

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 4

Assimilation

Destination Star Trek – Part 4: assimilation. The trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visitation from The Borg and assimilation.

The Borg are my favourite alien race, out of any Sci Fi films or series. Technologically integrated, the relentless, soulless machine, devouring all in their way. The coolest look of any alien. There’s something about the machine taking over. It plays to our human nature.

So, imagine my delight when I came across this guy

murpworks 'Resistance is Futile' image
Resistance is Futile
murpworks 'Me telling him it was futile' image
Me telling him it was futile
murpworks 'He was having none of it' image
He was having none of it
murpworks 'Assimilated!' image
Assimilated!

What a great guy!

See, I avoided any mention of Bjorn, Damn!

Destination Star Trek – Part 1
Destination Star Trek – Part 2
Destination Star Trek – Part 3
Destination Star Trek – Part 4

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 3

Memorabilia

Destination Star Trek – Part 3: Memorabilia – a large part of Destination Star Trek is memorabilia. Star Trek looks to the future but a lot of people attending are looking back to their childhood. Saturday morning TV, board games (before the invention of computer games), comics, toys. There is an endless list.

Some show cases were dedicated to the history of Star Trek’s past…

Destination Star Trek Part 3 - memorabilia 1 image
3 - memorabilia 2 image
Destination Star Trek Part 3 - memorabilia 3 image
Destination Star Trek Part 3 - memorabilia 4 image
Destination Star Trek Part 3 - memorabilia 5 image

Objects such as cereal packets are the most ephemeral of collectables and then there’s the storage of them. With moving house several times in a lifetime, you have to be pretty dedicated to keep up a collection like this.

I do have a couple of items myself – I’ll post pictures of them later. As for now, I’m off to expand my collection…

Destination Star Trek Part 1
Destination Star Trek Part 2
Destination Star Trek Part 3

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 2

Plans and Timelines

Destination Star Trek – Part 2: plans and timelines – the NEC‘s ‘rooms’ are large spaces and as such, it wasn’t too crowded. We had passed through security, presumably they were looking for weapons and contraband – it wasn’t lieutenant Worf tho’. To our left was a small stage with someone presenting a talk about something Star Trek but ahead were booths from current computer games. They set the scene…

Destination Star Trek Part 2 - plans
Destination Star Trek Part 2 - timelines

Colourful displays – we had to plan our way around and create a timeline of our own. We didn’t want to miss anything. From the very beginning and throughout the day, cheers and clapping regularly emitted from behind large, black curtains, whose entrances were guarded. It transpired that this was where the Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, Admiral VIP class attendees (see That’s the Ticket) were enjoying the fruits of their more expensive tickets. Various talks and exposes about Starfleet life were unfolding. We weren’t bitter…

We made our way over to the space shuttle

Destination Star Trek Part 2 - shuttle
A photo opportunity

We had abandoned our plans and timelines approach and just rushed about, randomly looking at all that was on display. The thing that struck me was the amazing amount of starships there are associated with Star Trek, whether in each of the series or in the expanded universes of the games representing it. I love the ships…

Destination Star Trek Part 2 - starships
‘Gotta collect ’em all’

The Star Trek universe is a great one!

Destination Star Trek – Part 1
Destination Star Trek – Part 2

Peace and webcomics

rp

Destination Star Trek – Part 1

Destination Star Trek – we boldly went

We went to Destination Star Trek at the NEC, in Birmingham. I’d booked the tickets a while back and was avidly watching the website for updates of who would be attending. We are currently watching Star Trek: The Next Generation starting at Season 1, Episode 1 and we’re currently up to Season 5, Episode 5 so anybody from that series would make it a little bit special.

That’s the Ticket

We only bought the basic tickets so no wining & dining on Champagne & Vegetarian Caviar, with the stars, in in 7 Star Hotel for us. It was a cheap day out (Hah! No such thing). The tickets were arranged in tiers; Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, Admiral VIP, each in increasing splendidness (and cost). I think we went for Janitor!

We set off early, well early for us and the weather was diabolical. It was like we passed through an ion storm field in the Gamma Quadrant. It poured with rain all the way up there and as a consequence, took longer than anticipated.

Arrival

We arrived at the NEC, that ofttimes epicentre of geek. We were later than we had planned. In the car park there were cars but no people! Had everyone been transported to the Enterprise? Had some alien race attacked and annihilated them all? Did some virus make them all invisible? No, it was raining, we were late, they were all inside enjoying the spectacle.

We went to walk but weren’t sure of the direction to go so waited for the shuttle bus but it didn’t seem to be coming so set to walk but the shuttle bus turned up. We thought we might as well get our money’s worth and mere minutes later, we arrived, disembarked and entered the NEC Complex.

Star Trek after all these years is still a big thing but it didn’t take over all of the Complex. We had to find the rooms allocated but it didn’t take long, following people, milling about in Star Trek shirts, dresses and as we approached. This was the place. We’d made it!

Destination Star Trek image
This is the place

Destination Star Trek – Part 1

Peace and webcomics

rp

Space Age Interiors – an inspiration Pt 1

Space Age Interiors – an inspiration Pt 1

What does the interior of a spaceship look like? Does a futuristic factory look like this? How can I envision the world I want to create for MEET ME AT THE JUMPGATE?

I can’t time travel, I don’t have the ‘jigawatts’ (I don’t have a DeLorean either, it’s a Space Wagon). So, I have to look around and take inspiration. I looked around here; at The Sainsbury Centre and this is what I saw

Space Age Interiors ceiling image
Space Age Interiors - mezzanine image
Space Age Interiors - windows image

This building was designed by Architect Norman Foster in 1974-76 to house the Sainsbury collection of art and a whole lot more. It’s quite old but maintains a futuristic spirit due to its materials and interior attention to detail.

I realised afterwards I had seen something similar before. It was re-watching Star Trek TNG: Best of Both Worlds Pt 1. What brought it into sharp focus – the Borg ship.

Leaving the photographs dark evokes the mystery I felt and further conjures up images from the Borg vessel in Star Trek.

The next time I visit these space age interiors, I’ll be looking over my shoulder. Looking for grim humanoids in black with bits of cabling and implants plastered all over their bodies.

peace and webcomics

rp