Over the weekend many of Star Trek’s biggest names were in Birmingham, England for the big Destination Star Trek convention. We have already covered some of the announcements as well as the Discovery panel, but there were some more fun moments, comments and highlights, including a few Trek stars talking about what they are interested in doing in the future. We also have some fun social media highlights from the weekend, along with the best celebrity tweets.
Jason Isaacs ready to return to the Disco
“I’m not happy to hang up my phaser yet. If they’ll have me back, I’ll do it.”
What feud? Issacs crashes Shatner panel for hug
(Jason Isaacs) “This is my childhood hero. Enjoy him.”
What would it take to get Kate Mulgrew to put her space suit on again?
“Shatner, Stewart and myself in some sort of movie – I’d love to do that. So the answer is ‘yes.’”
Marina Sirtis wants to get one thing straight on new Picard series
“Let’s just this straight, right. When [Patrick Stewart] made the announcement that Jean-Luc Picard is back, in Las Vegas, he didn’t say Star Trek: The Next Generation is back. And that is all I have to say about that…We are not holding our breath, let’s put it that way.”
Michael Dorn is not interested in a cameo in Picard series
“I don’t want to be part of the Picard series if it is just a cameo, like, “Oh Mr. Worf, what are you doing here? First of all because I would have to put on makeup once again, and only if it is very important…I wouldn’t think we we are going to be involved in [the Picard series].”
Renewed CBS interest in Star Trek gives Michael Dorn hope for Worf series
“Yes, I think there is a chance now [for a Worf Star Trek series on CBS All Access]. Before this last announcement of all the interest they have in [Star Trek], I didn’t thing it was going to happen, but I am encouraged. I would definately do it again, but it would have to be the right situation and everything would have to be along the lines that the script is. But yeah, I would love to do it.”
Ira on the long wait for the DS9 documentary What We Left Behind
“It took us seven years to do 170 plus episodes of Deep Space Nine; it’s taken us five years to do an hour and fifteen minutes of this doc. After [seeing] the movie [What We Left Behind], if you could explain to me why, that would be appreciated.”
Alexander Siddig crashes DS9 documentary panel to thank Ira
“Thank you! You are a wonderful human being, sir. And I think I owe you my career.”
Terry Farrell says Dax was very open-minded about inter-species dating
“I don’t think it was bestiality, but it was definitely on the pansexual range with Dax. That was cool about her. I didn’t even know what that was then.”
“‘Rejoined,’ that was definitely an episode where it was like this is going to be groundbreaking and it was more appropriate for Dax to play this part than any other splashy sitcom where two girls were kissing…they actually had a point to a story. But, I also think Dax and Worf being married and in an inter-racial relationship, but that didn’t feel so groundbreaking to me. It just seemed kind of cool that we were doing this and we were two aliens, but we were really a white woman and a brown man, let’s just say it…Whenever we got a chance to so something all-inclusive and made people feel good about accepting other people for who they are not just tolerating them, then we were doing what we should have for Star Trek.”
Walter Koenig on Star Trek‘s impact on his life
“Life in general is unpredictable, particularly with Star Trek it is a capricious situation that I initially considered to be something that I might have trouble remembering in a month’s time, it has consumed most of my life.”
Shatner reveals his favorite thing about Star Trek
[What was your favourite part of Star Trek?] “Me…And then George Takei.”
“When they said they were going to kill Captain Kirk, I immediately set to work working out how to bring him back [in the novel Star Trek: The Return]”
Wilson Cruz on reaction to Stamets/Culber relationship
“We would be lying if we didn’t say there was some push back. Anthony (Rapp) and myself have tried our best to concentrate on the good, and there has been a lot more good. Some of the ignorant comments can be louder at times, but what has been overwhelming has been the gratitude towards us.”
Rene Auberjonois talks depth of characters on DS9
“Was [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] the best? It was the best for us. I think at the time, the darkness, the neurotic quality of the characters gave it a kind of character and depth that perhaps was not part of the other versions.”
Nana Visitor sees some Kira in Discovery
“We definitely were [the black sheep of the Star Trek family]. I have only seen the first three episodes of [Star Trek: Discovery] and I understand as you go into it, it takes a darker turn. But we all stood on the shoulders of the show before and rightly so that they build on what we did. I certainly saw elements of Kira in the first three episodes, and I loved it. I was proud of it and was glad.”
Jeri Ryan relieved she avoided typecasting as Seven of Nine
“One of the reasons I was reluctant to sign on to Voyager initially is because it was kind of notorious for the actors to be pigeonholed into those roles and not be able to break out into other things. And that was still pretty early in my career and I was not real excited to possibly jump into that forever and not be able to do other things. And so I was hugely relieved when within a month of the show wrapping I was on a David E. Kelley show, Boston Legal.”
Trek celebs celebrate DST Birmingham on social media
Here are some of the fun tweets from the Star Trek celebs and fans during Destination Star Trek.
I think this sums up the magical weekend at @StarTrek_DST Birmingham UK … Family. Both with my @StarTrekNetflix @startrekcbs cast mates and the thousands of devoted fans who make that family so. With all my love, huggles, and thanks!!! pic.twitter.com/EZ3lNhdzqc
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) October 22, 2018
Collecting my #TuesdayThoughts back home after a wonderful weekend at @StarTrek_DST. The stories, hugs, gifts and laughs filled me with gratitude to be a part of the greater Star Trek family. From my heart to yours — thank you.🖖🏻 pic.twitter.com/y3rftw2ZcO
— Jayne Brook (@thejaynebrook) October 23, 2018
— Nikola (@minethyla) October 20, 2018
Thank you to all of the folks who said hello, cosplayed, gave hugs, posed for photos, and asked me to sign stuff for them at @StarTrek_DST this past weekend. I am overwhelmed by the love and support so many of you showed myself and my @startrekcbs family.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 21, 2018
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) October 22, 2018
#CornRell I love this photo 💕😌✨ I'm so happy the CornRell shoot became a thing. #DST
Thank you so much @thejaynebrook & @marythechief for this awesome moment and memory. You ladies are so amazing and beautiful. 👏❤️😘 pic.twitter.com/VSqfvg1EXv
— Jules (@Julifels) October 21, 2018
STAR TREK BIRMINGHAM bye to all and thanks! pic.twitter.com/5PZCwQmBXh
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) October 22, 2018
— Eric Cook (@EricDivesIn) October 21, 2018
— Lee Brown (@bpharoah) October 20, 2018
Was in total shock today when I got called out by @jasonsfolly for my name during this Star Trek Discovery group photo! What an amazing experience
P.S. If anyone doubts my identity then Jason has a photo of my driver's licence I'm sure he will share 😂#DST pic.twitter.com/eXckrCjwfP
— Harry Potter (@harry2potter0) October 21, 2018
Happy Birthday @IraStevenBehr. It’s been an honor and adventure getting to work with you. Your drive is unparalleled. Here’s to many more years of being your “handler.” #WheresMyNyquil pic.twitter.com/5kmrLiTaql
— Kai De Mello-Folsom (@TipsyAstronaut) October 23, 2018
What a privilege to be able to take this photo of the cast of Star Trek Discovery. @MrKenMitchell@thejaynebrook@jasonsfolly @SonequaMG @marythechief@albinokid @actordougjones @may_wise @SamVartholomeos#DST #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/mEgQTNBtPu
— Kevin Stanley (@freelancekevin) October 20, 2018
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) October 19, 2018
— Destination StarTrek (@StarTrek_DST) October 21, 2018
❤️So this happened.
— Chase Masterson (@ChaseMasterson) October 20, 2018
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) October 20, 2018
Finally, here are some fun examples of the cosplay seen at the con.
DST will be back in 2019
UK’s Destination Star Trek had skipped a year; the last one before this year was in 2016. But it was just announced the con will be back in Birmingham in 2019, from the 25th to 27th October. Tickets are already on sale at eventbrite.co.uk.
Special thanks to Sam and the other @TrekkieGirls for contributing some of the photos for this article.