A Look Ahead: Star Trek in 2018
What’s on the way for Star Trek fans in 2018? StarTrek.com previews the events, anniversaries and more set to occur over the next 12 months. Check it out:
Chapter Two of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season will continue on January 7 with “Despite Yourself.” Trek alum Jonathan Frakes directed the episode, the show’s 10th hour. And here’s the official synopsis:
While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.
Keep any eye on StarTrek.com for an exclusive preview interview with Frakes.
Star Trek: The Cruise II
Thousands of fans will set sails on not one, but two Star Trek-themed cruises in 2018. Star Trek: The Cruise II will welcome fans aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade from January 5-11 and 11-17, 2018, and set sail from Miami to Roatan (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize) and Costa Maya (Mexico).
Each six-day voyage will feature special Trek-themed shows, events, programs and even drinks, while celebrity guests will include Brent Spiner, Nana Visitor, Karl Urban, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden and many more. StarTrek.com will be aboard both treks and posting highlights each and every day.
A Troika of Cons
Fans around the world will be treated in 2018 to a trio of official Star Trek conventions, to be held in Dortmund (Germany), Birmingham (UK) and Las Vegas.
Destination Star Trek will return to Germany on April 27-29, 2018, at The Messe Westfallenhallen in Dortmund. William Shatner will headline the event and be joined by a 25th anniversary reunion of many of the main cast from Deep Space Nine, and other fan favorites, including Jason Isaacs, Kenneth Mitchell, Mary Chieffo, Robert Duncan McNeill and Walter Koenig. Along with autographs, photo ops and panels, fans will be able to see props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum. Go to Destination Star Trek Germany for details and to purchase tickets.
Destination Star Trek Birmingham will be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, from October 19-21, 2018. Guest so far will include William Shatner, astronaut Fred Haise, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell, Nana Visitor, Armin Shimerman, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Linda Park, Nicole de Boer, and more. Along with autographs, photo ops and panels, fans attending both events will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-D, plus see props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum. For additional details and to buy tickets, visit Destination Star Trek Birmingham.
Star Trek Las Vegas will take place from August 1-5, 2018 at the Rio Suites Hotel. Creation Entertainment has already locked in more than 50 guests spanning the entire franchise, including William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, James Frain, Kenneth Mitchell, Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner. Among the announced events so far, the Nevada Pops Orchestra will return to perform a Saturday night concert, while Gary Graham and his group, The Sons of Kirk, will once again serve as the house band. Keep an eye on StarTrek.com for news of additional guests and events, and go to Star Trek Las Vegas for more information and to purchase tickets.
Deep Space Nine Turns 25
Star Trek fans the world over will be spending much of 2018 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine, which debuted on January 3, 1993. Look to StarTrek.com throughout the year as we interview the show’s makers and cast, looking back at specific episodes and building up to the release of the documentary, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. According to the doc’s producers, What We Left Behind will take a detailed look at the historic series and consider the reasons DS9 went from a family outcast to Trek mainstay. The film will also contain a “what if” segment in which the original writers brainstorm a theoretical 8th season of the show.
Shatner Returns to the Set
It'll be "Captain on the bridge!" once again when William Shatner beams down to Ticonderoga, New York for a special appearance at the Star Trek: The Original Series Set Tour this spring. Shatner will be on hand on May 4th and 5th, and is set to sign autographs, pose for photo ops, and participate in a unique meet-and-greet event and a Q & A. Go to Star Trek Original Series Set Tour for details.