After an awesome three days at DSTL, meeting a bunch of the stars, and a bunch of other fans, I thought I'd share some photos. Sadly I didn't get to meet any other STO players, but hopefully there'll be some new folks joining after getting the STO flyers in their goody bags (with a free holo-leeta doff).
Avery Brooks was intense. Would say "You get what I'm saying?" a lot (and most people wouldn't). Got on very well with fans, always made an effort to talk to fans, get photos, etc.
Patrick Stewart was nice, said hello when I got my photo done, and thank you when I left. His talk was very personal and funny. I get the impression that he understands the impact of his character, Star Trek, etc. but is less connected with the Star Trek world in the way others are.
Kate Mulgrew was very nice - very funny, friendly, happy to be there, happy to have a conversation, and you knew far more about the Trek universe than most of the other captains. She knew her favourite episode titles, favourite villains (The Borg), worst villain (Species 8472, because it was just a grey tennis ball on a stick. She briefly discussed the Kes/Seven of Nine thing. She said that her and Jeri Ryan got on fine, but that she resented the sexualisation of the series.
Scott Bakula was very cool - sang a little bit on stage, talked about his favourite episodes (In A Mirror, Darkly), other Enterprise bits, and some questions on Quantum Leap.
Shatner is quite different. He'd give a very vague answer to the questions in his talks, and use it to segue into something that he'd want to talk about. He did give a very interesting talk about how ST:V failed, and he said it started before the script had even been written. When I got my photo with him done, I was told to walk behind him and stand on his left. He didn't say hi, but I said thank you when I left and he said thank you in response. However, he seemed quite distant and looked like he just wanted to get done (it was late on Sunday)
We bumped into all of the Enterprise folks on the Sunday (the only time my fiance came along, as it was my birthday) - and managed to get photos with them just milling around.
Last edited by albinoeatpod; 10-22-2012 at 08:28 AM.
i had a awesome time there, and was my first convention.
i kind of wish i knew what i know 4 days ago so i could have planned it out a little better for myself but i still pretty much got to see what i wanted to in the time i had available, so im still very happy.
I was there My first convention, we managed to have a great time despite showmasters bad organisation. managed to get up close to all the captains and other stars. Also part of the guiness record of most star trek costumed people in one place!
The weekend was epic... as was the queuing.
I met one other STO player who actually recognised me but didn't know him until he gave me his handle. The others I did get to talk to didn't play either not knowing about it or not that much of a fan yet or time to play.
It was a good event and despite the occassional obstacle my first convention and Star Trek one went was a success and got all I paid for done except the stunt show (heard it wasn't that good but some people do have high standards). A lot of good experiences and no one thing stood out as the best but I'll definitely remember Chase Masterson as being full of enthusiasm and energy, she really loves these conventions and her singing was great too.
Heard the record was officially beaten for most people in costume which was good to hear I ended up not doing it but may do so in future.
The only nagging thing I had about the experience was the virtual queue system...or lack of. At some venues you had a mass of people and no one was calling numbers so you could be stuck at the back with no way of knowing of you're number was included or not then others would join the back of you and so on and only the few at the front did you and they obviously weren't included yet. None of the helpers had mics so had to shout, hardly any whiteboards or I don't know football signs displaying added time but ticket numbers...nothing. I think anything like this would have made queueing a little easier to bear.