This hugely anticipated event was announced mid-year with the promise of reuniting the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation bridge crew and have the chance to have your photo taken on a replica of the Enterprise-D bridge. As well as the bridge crew a plethora of other names were also announced. There were tickets available for all budgets and whilst many people complained, it was down to the individual as to how much they spent.
On the whole the event was an improvement on the first, though it was noticeable that the people crewing the autograph section had no idea what they were doing and were not Showmasters crew who, it turns out were only crewing photoshoots. Unfortunately, Jonathan Frakes cancelled which upset a lot of people and Patrick Stewart had to scale back what he would take part in due to him being unwell. Fair play to him as could easily have cancelled!
The event was laid out much more effectively this time and they even had a viewing area which I enjoyed very much. A trek museum was available for people to wander around and you could also have yourself turned into a Vulcan or Klingon as did my friend Mags. There were also 3 stages at which you could hear a variety of talks and displays.
I had a ticket for the first night official party on ‘Risa’ which took place at the Fox Excel bar next door. It was a big improvement and a couple of highlights were hearing The Enterprise Blues Band perform.
The bridge shoot was great fun and along with many of my friends we had a number of photos taken and had quite a crowd watching us.
Once again there were many great costumes on show, but unfortunately we did not manage to break our own world record for most people in Trek costume.
On the Sunday afternoon, a few of us (mostly members of our USS Iceni chapter) were interviewed by Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, for a documentary about fans and conventions that he was making.
As normal for me I had lots of professional photos taken with a variety of guests. See below!
Overall, I really enjoyed the event and am really hoping that another event is put on in 2016 for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
Since the previous DSTL event, many of the members of the Facebook group banded together to form another group….the USS Riker’s Beard, in honour of the character Wil Riker and the actor who portrayed him, Jonathan Frakes, who was due to be in attendance at the event.
The Riker’s Beard group grew out of those people who stayed (and partied) at the Custom House Hotel at the previous event. One member, James Dillon, painstakingly recreated a bridge set, captains chair and transporter set, all of which would be on display at the hotel, now named USS Riker’s Beard, for all to see and enjoy.