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See five Star Trek TV captains at London Trekkie convention

As if you need another reason to visit London, all five Star Trek TV captains are scheduled to appear at the Destination Star Trek convention in October.

This year holds a very special event for Trekkies. Destination Star Trek London is scheduled for October 19-21 and boasts an opportunity to see all five Star Trek captains from the TV franchise in one place for the first time ever. That's right... William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Avery Brooks (Captain/Commander Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway), and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) will be in attendance.

The special event is in celebration of 25 years of Star Trek, and in anticipation of the new Star Trek movie scheduled to hit theaters in 2013. London is the perfect place for this historical event because England is home to one of the largest Star Trek fan bases on the globe. British Trekkies have been waiting 10 years since the last Star Trek convention was held in London. But the event won't only be populated by London locals. Destination Star Trek London is expected to draw 10,000-15,000 fans, excited to be part of Trek history.

The venue, ExCeL London, is the perfect place for Trekkies to beam down. ExCeL London features 100 acres of hotels, bars, restaurants, and convention space. The three day convention will fill ExCeL with additional guest appearances beyond the Big Five, parties, a costume parade, a Fan Zone for Star Trek clubs and groups, photo sessions, autograph sessions, and talks. It looks like Destination Star Trek London will be an out of this world experience for fans of the series. If you want to go, get ready -- tickets for Destination Star Trek go on sale Monday, April 30 2012 (unless you received an exclusive code by signing up early).

Whether you plan to attend the convention or not, most everybody who has ever watched Star Trek has a favorite captain. Who do you think would win in a showdown between Picard and Kirk? It's time to choose your favorite, and then please tell us why in the comments.

If you don't have the money or the time to go to the London convention, you might check out William Shatner's 2011 documentary The Captains, in which he interviews the other actors who played captains in the franchise.

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7 comments
emaname
emaname

Because he cheats... er... I mean, changes the conditions of tests. Saavik: [to Kirk] On the test, sir. Will you tell me what you did? I would really like to know. McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the "No-Win" scenario. Saavik: How? Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulation so that it was possible to save the ship. Saavik: What?!? David: He cheated. Kirk: Changed the conditions of the test. Got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose. Saavik: Then you've never faced that situation; faced death. Kirk: I don't believe in the "No-Win" scenario. [pulls out his communicator] Kirk to Spock, it's two hours. Are you ready? Spock: [on communicator] Right on schedule, Admiral. Just give us your co-ordinates and we'll beam you aboard. Kirk: All right! [to Saavik] I don't like to lose. [bites an apple] Shamelessly lifted from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Star_Trek_II:_The_Wrath_of_Khan

mikejj007
mikejj007

tough call between the 2. Looking forward to seeing Picard in person this weekend in Calgary where they have the entire next Gen cast for Comic Expo.

pgit
pgit

So there! :)

Realvdude
Realvdude

Each captain had different qualities that made them unique, but Picard really embodies the traditional qualities that I think made him stand out amongst the others. Of course some of the character of the captains may be influenced by the qualities of the shows themselves.

ajit.malangi
ajit.malangi

the only captain who could stand upto the Q

Slayer_
Slayer_

The only Captain that insisted on being on away missions.

bboyd
bboyd

Come on he never even slept with blue or green alien women. Now if voting for the actor, I'll agreed he is my favorite. But as captain I think it can be verified that he never wrestled Gorn.

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