Hello there fellow humans,
How have you been? There’s a surprisingly quick succession between this post and the last and I’m sure that momentum is going to continue considering the plans I have for the weekend to come.
As you can judge from the title, this blog posting is going to be all about the magnificent weekend that I had at DSTL. It really was a remarkable event and it was relatively well organised considering the sheer volume of people and activities that were taking place across the board.
Personally, there were a few areas that I was unable to attend. Most regrettably, I was unable to witness any talks that featured Sir Patrick Stewart, including the Captain’s talk at the opening ceremony. Partially, this was due to the horrific inbound travel that my fellow Bad Scientists had. As many will know, London underground is undergoing a lot of maintenance and that made getting to and from the ExCel in London a difficult endeavor. So it was three hours after opening time that my friends arrived and it was an hour after that that we were trying in vain to procure tickets for this. We were also unable to receive tickets for any other talks at this time as the printed tickets hadn’t been sent to the venue. It wasn’t until the following morning, after another hour of standing in line, that I was able to receive tickets for William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew (Patrick was sold out and the Bad Scientists and none of the Bad Scientists had any real desire to sit in with Scott Bakula).
We also avoided the late night parties that happened on the Friday and Saturday night, in favour of resting up for the rest of the events and for previously arranged plans.
Meeting the stars of Star Trek was a real treat, as it would be for any fan of the franchise. William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart were swift visitations, as they were hounded by hundreds of fans that all wanted a signature. Still, limited as we were to time, Shatner still offered a smile and a quick greeting to each fan and Sir Patrick Stewart even called me, ‘my darling’ during the brief conversation we had. Kate Mulgrew, either not bound by such tight restrictions from her managers, or just less swamped by fans, offered a little more. At the photo shoot, she even shook the hand of every fan she met and spoke briefly before the camera snapped the shot.
The talks were also a great opportunity to get closer to the stars we’d been watching on screen for years. Avery Brooks was insightful, if not a little scattered, but he gave a great talk. He spoke of his work as a jazz musician, of his methods as an actor and showed the way that his own characteristics would sometimes feed into the character. However, of all the captains, he seemed the least involved with his Captain persona, and the least connected. Kate Mulgrew spoke of how she even misses Janeway, and Shatner detailed his activities on set with Nimoy that certainly shared a resemblance to the Captain Kirk we know and love.
Shatner’s style of talking was, and he admitted this would be so at the beginning of the interview, to take one part of the question that was asked and build his own answer around whatever the subject was, without actually offering any sort of real answer to the question that was asked. He took to tangents about himself – but we all know that Shatner loves Shatner – with hilarious results that even included an anecdote about how he ‘shat’ himself. He was entertaining, if a little long winded, and he was well worth the time and the money, but he held no candle to the sheer magnificence of Kate Mulgrew.
There was a lot of talk about why and how Kate Mulgrew had become the first female captain in Star Trek history – the only female captain! I could dither on in her honour for hours about the reasons, and the struggles that she had to put up with, but ultimately, what must be said for Kate is that she was passionate, dedicated, driven, determined and she was undeterred. In a predominately male world, they can ask for too little or too much from women – too little being ‘hide over there’, too much being, ‘get your kit off’.
Kate was a woman in this world who had the instinct and the mind set to let these men know that she would bow to neither side and throughout her entire performance, she proved why. She was wild, feisty and fierce. She laughed and joked and she engaged with every single member of her audience. She showed that she truly cared for every person perched eagerly in a chair.
I’m only twenty-three years old, but if I can be half the woman by the time I’m Kate’s age, well… frankly, I wouldn’t be disappointed in myself.
Yes, well, ahem. Since I’m done spewing out all of my large love for Star Trek and Kate Mulgrew, I’d like to update you all on things that are being written before I depart with a flourish.
Firstly, Bad Science has almost reached the completion of its first book. Check in with us on November first at the media previewed in my first post and you’ll find out a wee bit more about what’s happening. Keep the date in your calendars.
The Bad Science team will also be at the London ExCel MCM Expo this weekend, in an unofficial capacity, but if you see us lurking (we’ll be wearing BS shirts!) then please approach us and talk to us and know us! We’re eager to meet and love you all.
I guess that’s me for now.
Live long and prosper!