REVIEW: Star Trek in concert

As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert, two showings of Star Trek were shown over the weekend. Saturday showed 2009’s Star Trek. Sunday showed Star Trek:Beyond.

Both screenings were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conducted by Ernst van Tiel.

We attended the Saturday event.

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I’ve attended concerts like this at The Royal Albert Hall, many times. But some how each time feels like the first.

For those who are unfamiliar with these concerts, the films are played on a suspended screen, above the musicians. The dialogue is intact, with the Orchestra performing the soundtrack and sound effects live.

Not only are these amazing musicians a sight to behold on stage, but the evening provided a phenomenal audio experience that no Blu-Ray can possibly live up to.

My personal highlight of the evening was the Orchestras performance of the Star Trek theme, over Leonard Nimoy’s “space the final frontier” speech. They received a seven minute standing ovation for this.

What I took away from this event, is just how beautiful and timeless Gene Roddenberry’s vision is. This is an experience I will cherish for a life time.

I highly recommend attending one of these screenings. Click here to find out information about the next one.

RIP Anton Yelchin 

Some shocking and sad news has come to light this evening. Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a tragic car accident, aged 27. TMZ are reporting that the Star Trek star was found crushed between his car and his brick mail box at his home, in L.A.

Yelchin was a bright and emerging talent, who oozed screen presence. He was born in Leningrad, under the former Soviet Union in 1989.

He moved to the United States when he was just six months old, he began acting age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and went on to appear in successful films such as; Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Burying the Ex and Green Room. He is perhaps best-known for portraying Pavel Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, along with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

On behalf of all of us here at Bad Wilf, I would like to pass on our condolences to Anton’s friends, family and fans.

Destination Star Trek Europe heading to Birmingham to Celebrate 50 Years

The premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for  a three-day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7-9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.

Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.
The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 or NCC-1701-D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird-of-prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.

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“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons — a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.

Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.

Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.

Star Trek to boldly go..back to TV

American network CBS announced today, that they will be producing a new Star Trek series that will debut in 2017.

The series will be the first new Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. The timeline of the new series is currently unknown, but it’s safe to assume it will exist in the new continuity created with 2009’s Star Trek.

Alex Kurtzman, co-writer and producer of both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, will act as the executive producer for the new show. 

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Star Trek:Phase II concept art

Any self respecting Trekker will know that back in the day, there were plans to launch a new Star Trek series entitled Star Trek:Phase II.
The series was later scrapped and a lot of it became Star Trek:The motion picture and some of the scripts were used for the next generation.

The concept art has finally been released, they were made by artist Mark Minor. The designs show the bridge, captain’s quarters, engineering room, rec room and cargo hold.







The first trailer for Karen Gillen’s new US sitcom has arrived.
Based on my fair lady, the sitcom follows social media expert Eliza Dooley, who after an embarrassing incident turns to Henry Higgins (John Cho) to teach her how to be a better person.
It is strange not hearing Karen’s Scottish tones but she does a pretty decent American accent.

Episode 95: Star Trek into darkness

In which Martyn and Mark attempt to discuss the film, but find it difficult to stay on course and they travel around the trekverse.

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JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars?

Unless this is the only website you visit, you will have alread20130125-104243.jpgy heard that JJ Abrams is reportedly in talks to bring his lens flare direction to the next Star Wars movie.
According to the Hollywood reporter Abrams is about to sign on the dotted line. The film is slowly gaining memento. A few months ago Toy Story 3 writer, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was confirmed as the writer. I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear some casting news.
What do you think about the choice of Abrams as director, leave a comment below.




Celebrities, Writers, Producers and Guests gather for the inaugural Destination Star Trek consumer event in London this October!
The eagerly anticipated Destination Star Trek London today unveiled the full and final line-up of guests to include two more Captains Sean Kenney (Captain Pike), and Tricia O’Neil (Captain Garrett), as well as World renowned Michael Dorn (Klingon Worf), Andrew Robinson (Elim Garak) and many more legendary guests, for the debut show set for the 19th – 21st October 2012 at London‘s ExCeL Centre.

Sean Kenney (Captain Pike) and Tricia O’Neil (Captain Garrett) will join fellow Captains William Shatner (Captain Kirk – Star Trek: The Original SeriesTM), the UK’s Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard – Star Trek: The Next GenerationTM), Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko – Star Trek: Deep Space NineTM), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway – Star Trek: VoyagerTM) and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer – Star Trek: EnterpriseTM), to form the largest gathering of Star Trek Captains at any event in the UK ever!

Additional guests also confirmed today include: Andrew Robinson who played Elim Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Marianna Hill (Dr Helen Noel) who appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, “Dagger of the Mind”; Bobby Clark who played the Gorn in the Star Trek classic “The Arena”,”Gunsmoke”; David Warner an English actor who has appeared in two Star Trek movies and a two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as Chancellor Gorkon; Carolyn Seymour, Commander Toreth in Star Trek: The Next Generation; as well a much loved Star Trek actor, having made over 281 appearances as Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Michael Dorn.

Young cast members also attending include: Cirroc Lofton who played Jake Sisko, the son of Captain Benjamin Sisko, the youngest regular cast member of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series, and Daniel Stewart, who played Batai, the son of Captain Picard in the alternate reality episode “The Inner Light” and is the real-life son of Patrick Stewart.

These fantastic names join the already epic bill, which boasts the likes of Emmy Award-winning producer and screenwriter Ronald D. Moore of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager series, and Brent Spiner, who played the android Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation announced earlier this month.

Other confirmed guests include: Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor, JG Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Gwyneth Walsh, Tricia O’Neil, Sean Kenney, Walter Koenig, Arlene Martel, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Chase Masterson, Robin Curtis, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, John de Lancie, Denise Crosby, Martha Hackett, Marc Alaimo, Alice Krige, Eddie Paskey and Manu Intiraymi.

This incredible line-up will showcase a who’s who of the Start Trek franchise, offering a once in a lifetime chance for fans of the TV series and movies to be in the company of some of their most iconic screen heroes under one roof, making Destination Star Trek London the biggest gathering of Star Trek celebrities, writers and producers the UK has seen in over a decade.

Each of the celebrities and guests will be onsite during the course of the three day event, offering talks, photo and autograph signing sessions. The captains will also be participating in an Opening Ceremony talk, the first time in Europe that all five TV Captains have appeared on stage together, which will give fans the opportunity to ask questions directly.

Other exciting features at the event include: further picture and autograph opportunities, a replica set from the Star Trek series, a unique Star Trek Museum, Klingon workshops, stunt demonstrations, costume displays and lots more!

Visitors to the event who come in dressed as their favourite Star Trek characters will also be able to take part in our daily Costume Parades. Entrants will be judged in a variety of categories by our V.I.P judging panel for a chance to win prizes.

Two exclusive parties are also planned for the Friday and Saturday nights, taking place at the ExCeL with entertainment included so there’s something for everyone who attends. The Klingon Monster Ball (Friday 19th Oct) will feature live music with JG Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly, blood wine and a host of Klingons to celebrate the first day of the event.

Saturday night’s party will mark the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation in association with SFX Magazine. The party will feature Chase Masterson (Bajoran Dabo Leeta – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Dominic Keating (Reed, Enterprise) and more!

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of the Star Trek series since it began, or just curious about the Star Trek universe, there will be something for everyone at this year’s show!

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The Essentials
Ticket prices:
Tickets start from £29 standard entry up to Silver, Gold, Platinum and VIP packages.
For further ticket info visit

Opening Times:
· Friday 19th Oct – 2pm – 9pm
· Saturday 20th Oct – 9am – 7pm
· Sunday 21st Oct – 9am – 6pm

The Klingon Monster Ball – Friday 19th Oct – 8.30pm til late
o Tickets: £25 tickets available in advance or on the door
o Dress Code: Klingon Battle Dress/Alien/Other or Casual
o GOLD, PLATINUM & VIP Have tickets for this party included in their package

The 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation in association with SFX Magazine! – Saturday 20th October – 7.30pm til late
o Tickets: £25 tickets available in advance or on the door
o Dress Code: Starfleet Uniforms/Similar or Casual
o PLATINUM & VIP Have tickets for this party included in their package

For more information and tickets visit