FedCon Day 3: Costumed Trekkies Record Broken + David Mack & Nicole de Boer Panels

It’s day three of FedConXX here in Düsseldorf, Germany, but the con is just as crazy as ever. In addition to setting the new world record for most costumed Trekkies in one place at one time, there were two Star Trek panels today: David Mack, author of Star Trek novels and screenplays for DS9 plus Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax, DS9). Read on for highlights.


FEDCON XX – DAY 3 (Saturday)

TrekMovie’s coverage of FedCon XX from the Hotel Maritim Düsseldorf in Germany continues with a couple of Trek panels and a record breaking attempt at costumed Trekkies.

David Mack talks writing Star Trek novels and DS9 episodes
David Mack took the stage Saturday morning to talk about his experiences writing several series of Star Trek novels as well as a few episodes of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. "Authors get their ideas from the world around them," said Mack who grew up as a fan of the original Star Trek series. "It was a future where smart people were important. It was cool to be a brain," he said. "That unified vision of the future [is what drew me to writing Star Trek]."

David Mack talks about writing for Star Trek novels and TV series

David Mack retold some anecdotes from Deep Space Nine episodes that he had written and sold to the studios, but never were made for one reason or another. He described a scene where Worf attempts to order food from Quark and the scene plays out like the cheese shop sketch from Monty Python.

As for how the books fit into Star Trek canon, Mack had this to say: "The books are not canon… and they never will be." Mack explained that Star Trek is by its very nature a film and television product, and that the authors understand that the things they write need to be based on what has been established in films and television, not the other way around.

Nicole de Boer on being welcomed into Star Trek as Ezri Dax
Nicole de Boer spoke to a full room this afternoon and told stories about what it was like to come into such a well established show like Deep Space Nine at the end of its run (and how she tried to steal props on the last day of filming!). "I can’t believe that I’m a part of this universe!" said de Boer, who went on to say, "I can’t believe I still haven’t met Patrick Stewart! I’m in love with that man! But, I hear I’m too old for him…"

De Boer said that she was welcomed into the Star Trek universe by the cast and crew as well as the fans of DS9. Before shooting a single scene, she got letters from Star Trek fans all over the world welcoming her to the show and the franchise. "The transition was easy," said de Boer, "because [Ezri] is not Jadzia, and she is a new person."

Nicole de Boer answers questions

Star Trek Costume World Record! 691 Trekkies!
Well, FedCon did it again this year and annihilated the record set last August in Las Vegas of 543 costumed trekkies in one place at one time with a total of 691 trekkies in Düsseldorf (including yours truly). People from all over the world gathered with some very elaborate and creative costumes to support the record setting attempt. Can Vegas top Germany next year? It’s going to be tough!

Trekkies gather in the foyer to await being counted

691 trekkies at Hotel Martim Düsseldorf

Flashing vulcan salutes

Klingons celebrate our victory

A Klingon shares a drag with a Borg, while the Federation looks on…

Captain Nero!

Costume of the day

Cutest costume of the day (perhaps all time?) goes to this little guy dressed as Boba Fett from Star Wars!

More FedCon XX at TrekMovie

TrekMovie is at FedCon all weekend. Stay tuned for more reports.

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