You’d think that a story about another freaking Star Trek convention would be boring, but oh no! This time it’s a historic event in the making. All you Trekkies are going to flip when you read this one. ;D
According to Reuters, Organizers for “Destination Star Trek London” said on Monday that their fan convention would be the first official “Star Trek” live event in the United Kingdom for 10 years. So finally, Star Trek is beaming over to London in October and boldly going where no Trekkie event has gone before and to celebrate in true Trek-style they are bringing together all five TV captains on stage for the first time!!!
To mark the occasion, actors William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Avery Brooks (Commander Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer), who have commanded operations in each of their respective series based on the iconic TV franchise that began in 1966, will appear on stage together for the first time in history.
“The ‘Star Trek’ fan base in the UK is one of the biggest in the world, and it has waited a long time for the convention to return, so we wanted to make sure we did it right,” said Liz Kalodner, general manger of CBS Consumer Products, which owns the TV franchise.
Shatner, 81, played the first captain of the starship Enterprise, Captain James T. Kirk, and has been a fan favorite at conventions that attract thousands of trekkies yearly. Avery Brooks appeared in the 1993-99 series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as Commander Benjamin Sisko and has also made appearances over the years at conventions along with Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Janeway in “Star Trek: Voyager” for six years. But all five actors have never appeared together at an official event for the cult series.
Organizers for the event said they are expecting some 10,000-15,000 people from all over the world to attend the London convention at the Excel Exhibition Centre from Oct 19-21. Tickets go on sale starting April 30.
“It’s not just the five captains. There will be a host of other guests from the series. The fans will be able to get up close,” said Rob Nathan, marketing director for Media 10 which is organizing the events in collaboration with CBS.
Nathan went on to say that the London convention would be bigger and better than many other “Star Trek” events.
“We are going to make this really interactive. There are going to be stunt displays, we are going to recreate some sets, and get some original sets. People will be able to sit on the starship bridge with members of the cast,” he said.
Nathan added that some 14,000 people had already registered to sign up for information about the London event after an initial, cryptic Twitter message was posted at the beginning of March. “It’s going to be an absolute pilgrimage for ‘Star Trek’ fans,” he said.
More information can be found on website www.startreklondon.com which goes live on Monday.