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I was at the event on Saturday and appear to be in the minority when I say I thoroughly enjoyed the event and (on the whole) didn't experience much queuing 'hell' like so many have. The reasons why - well thats another story but lets just say I expected the worst and therefore planned for the worst and therefore didn't get the worst. Simples.

 

Anyway, I only met 3 of the captains (Shatner, Brooks and Bakula) so I can only give my views on these three but I am interested in everyone's experiences with all captains in terms of photo shoot and/or autograph.

 

My favourite person of the day was easily Scott Bakula. What a genuine, lovely man. Very friendly in the photo shoot and spent time with you in both the shoot and the signings. Also had a great sense of humour and gave me a great personalisation on my photo.

 

Next best captain was Sisko. As usual, very deep and almost poetic (with one helluva gothic undertone going by his Saturday leather outfit) and friendly. Less engaging than Bakula but that is simply due to a different personality. He still had time for his fans and gave a nice auto.

 

By far the worst impression of the day I got from Shatner. I am tempted to give him the benefit of the doubt as he is ageing and must get tired easily. However, he gets through fans like a complete machine. Yes, that means he is efficient and queues are short. But my word, I couldn't get a word in with him. Before I knew it I was being shuffled along. He literally sat as still as stone when doing the shoot and barely cracked a smile at my fiend's quite impressive photo he gave him to sign. I also heard from another fan that he was a bit rude to her as well and slightly aggressive when she cracked a joke. And his security guard wasn't the most friendly either. Did anyone else have experiences like this?

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In terms of engaging from my Friday experience, in order:

 

Was able to strike a conversation with Scott during an autograph signing as well as the photoshoot.

 

Avery cracked a joke during my photoshoot which made me laugh.

 

Kate and Patrick both asked how I was.

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i only went to kate mulgrew and avery brooks as i have autographs of william shatner patrick stewart and scott bakula. avery brooks was very laid back i thought said hi and thank you the same with kate mulgrew she said hi and how are you and then said thank you. a few of the guests i went to said hi and thank you or enjoy the rest of the weekend. i went to cirroc lofton and he was very chatty he even asked my name. guest of the weekend had to be for me j g hertzler (martok) great guy and he really made you feel welcome had a great laugh when i had a photo taken at his desk.

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For photos I saw Shatner, Patrick, Scott, Brent and Chase. I would say Chase, Brent and Scott were fantastic. Chase asked my name and even gave me time to speak afterwards. Brent was friendly, sincere with how are you etc and looked straight into my eye before and after, wished me well even though he was extremely busy. Scott was even friendlier, talking while taking the photo, very warm person!

 

As for Patrick, he seemed more reserved with the gents haha, so I gave him some space, to have a pic with the legend is enough, he was insanely busy. He looked at me and said Hello with that instantly recognizable voice and I simply said Sir Patrick, he said thank you while looking at me afterwards, as did I and that was that!

 

With Shatner, well actually it was me who left without saying anything! I took the shot and began to leave when I heard Shatner behind me "thanks!" - I was like oh yeah, oops, turned around and said thanks a lot too. Great experience to meet them! Maybe next year or so I'll get them to sign the photos and talk a bit more.

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I met all five- Scott Bakula was definitely the most enthusiastic and friendly of them and Avery Brooks seemed very happy that we had come as a family! Patrick Stewart had visited my dad's school before and he remembered going there and so they talked about that mainly. Both Kate Mulgrew and William Shatner complimented my sister and I's cosplays (we were the Androids from I Mudd) but not a lot more.

 

But still, it was amazing to meet them all! :)

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I saw Patrick, Kate and Bill. All were very busy and fast understandably. It was so noisy (and I speak too quietly - was shy!) so Patrick couldn't hear me properly but he did try to respond to my waffling. Kate was lovely - called me sweetheart when I clumsily tried to compliment her on her hair, and was very smiley, plus she was willing to personalise whereas that wasn't offered with Patrick and Bill today. Bill was actually sweet - he looked at me like I'd given him a kitten and said "thank you so very much!" - I'm not sure what I was being thanked for but I thought it was lovely anyway! Certainly not aggressive or dismissive. Favourite? Not sure - probably Kate as I got the impression had I been able to think of a sensible thing to say, she would have been happy to interact.

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Scott Bakula was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I loved him as Archer so I was worried the man himself might not live up to my expectations but he couldn't have been nicer. He seemed to have time for everyone. Plus he gave me a hug in my photoshoot, which made my day :-D

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totally agree...well my partner does...he met scott bakula and shatner, scott was amasing apparantly...and william shatner...who is my partners idol....well..erm not sure if i can repeat what he said to my partner...but a few people heard it...my partner said on leaving the shoot.."nice to meet you"...his reply was fu*k you....i am being totally honest...no lies...my partner assumed he was joking....or we hope he was...its it idol and he paid good money for the photo

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I thought Poor Bill looked totally shattered when I had my photo done today, keep in mind his age he sat there for 3 days signing autographs and then having photos done whilst probably jet lagged, when I had the photo he said 'Thank you so much' and it felt very genuine. Could not afford anything else so I was more than happy. Not many can say William Shatner said thank you to them!

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and william shatner...who is my partners idol....well..erm not sure if i can repeat what he said to my partner...but a few people heard it...my partner said on leaving the shoot.."nice to meet you"...his reply was fu*k you....i am being totally honest...no lies...my partner assumed he was joking....or we hope he was...

 

If he said that to me it would have made my day and gone nicely with the pic I had him sign. :smile:

 

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Kate was one of my main reasons for going met her and had a photo on Saturday got a hey how are u, nice to meet u and a Brilliant pic went to get it signed and she was nice again and did speak, both scott and Avery were great also I got one if Scott's last autos of the day yesterday and he totally engaged in conversation with me Patrick was a simple hi smile click bye job for both the photo and auto I had the bridge shoot with shatner and got a hi nice to meet u from him it was awesome, met Kate again today for another auto I got to the desk just as her husband sat down she didn't look at me or even say hi which I was a bit disappointed with but hey she was brilliant to meet on Saturday

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Bill Shatner was great. We did a photoshoot with him in 2010 and got his autograph on Friday - both times he was polite and smiling the whole way through in the brief moments we got with him. I think the journey and everything has got to catch up with himat some point - i remember he was late in for the 2010 gig and was jet lagged and everything, he looked absolutely knackered as we saw him escorted to his desk but as i say he was the epitome of politeness when we actually met him.

Scott Bakula we met this morning and he was very very chatty.

About 10 mins later we saw Patrick Stewart, the experience was much like as it was with Bill Shatner, smiling and polite but you also felt there was (naturally) an urgency to see as many fans as possible so it was all kept to a minimum.

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Interesting. I seem to have had different experiences to what's been said. I suppose being a veteran of these events I know what you can expect and don't expect too much generally. I was gold so had to wait for certain times before meeting each of the captains. Met Kate first thing on friday and she was fabulous. Totally engaging and appreciative of what I had to say.

 

Then first thing on saturday was Scott. Was about 3rd in the queue and he was totally awesome. Welcoming, hand shake, had a laugh about what had happened at the opening ceremony the previous evening and answered the question I put to him.

 

Saturday afternoon was Avery. To be honest I don't "get" him and even find him a bit intimidating. He's clearly a really great person and his talk was good. He was great in the photoshoot today but when standing in front of him getting my picture signed I was just at a loss for what to say. But he is what he is and that's my problem.

 

Saw Mr Shatner first thing this morning, again about 4th in line. He came in saying hello to us and unlike the first time I met him he looked up, welcomed me, I was able to exchange some words with him and he thanked me for what I said and that was that. Yes it was brief but I expected that and to be honest I'm more than happy to feel I engaged with him and he acknowledged me which was not the case that first time. So I'm actually very happy with that.

 

Then it was Sir Patrick. What a legend. Clearly he was getting tired but was very welcoming and I was able to say a few words about his episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" that was on not so long ago. Some of the issues that had raised had a personal relevance to me as well and he was really appreciative and said how priviledged he felt for being given the opportunity. I think it was nice to talk about something different.

 

Anyway, I have nothing but good things to say about any of them and very pleased with my interactions with them (other than wishing I'd said something a bit more profound to Avery).

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I was very excited at meeting a Captain and sad they seemed behind hidden doors unless you had lotsa dosh to get near them, however, i heard lovely things from guys i got chatting to in a queue, about how lovely Scott Bakula had been to them so was suprised at how fast we got shuffled through Avery Brooks photos - got to smile and say how pleased i was to meet him, but he didnt say much, smiles back, he seemed very nice but tired. A convention like this not the best for chats, mechanical paying for photos and autographs, and tiring for the actors i am sure - but they are well paid.

 

when i met Tim Russ (voyager) at a book signing we got to chat and he was genuinely lovely. when i met Rolf Harris walking his dog, wonderful chat then, so yes, maybe meeting people outside this event is more fun, for them and us, but i certainly didnt ask for a photo or autograph, just petted his dog and had a lovely chat.

 

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I had the absolute pleasure to meet William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Scott Bakula on Friday - for photos and autographs. Each greeted me, listened to what I had carefully rehearsed to say (!!), responded to it and thanked me for my kind comments and time. At no point did I feel rushed or pressured to move on.

 

Bill was welcoming and gracious. Patrick stood out as a genuine, welcoming gentleman. For me though Scott had the edge.

 

Scott was so welcoming, so sincere, so smiley and seemed so pleased to meet you. He made you feel special and for those few fleeting moments you had his undivided attention. This was even reflected in his comment on his autograph for me.

 

It helps when the person you've considered a role model for so long acts like that in real life and continues to inspire you.

 

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I agree with the others, Scott Bakula was the most open and cheerful one.

 

I asked him if there was any chance of more Harry D'Amour movies, which he really appreciated, albeit the answer, however much both he and I regretted the fact, was "doesn't look very likely".

 

My one regret for the whole event was NOT bringing a cutom Blu-ray cover for the Harry D'Amour movie for him to sign.

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I met all 5 captains ofr autos and photos. As this was my first convention I did not no what to expect. All I got was a hi and thank you. Only Avery gave me a handshake. Did not get to chat to them as was moved along quickly.

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Usually in these situations you get out of them what you put into them, if you dont really say anything apart from "hi" then that's all you get back. My fallback if I can't think of anything else to say is to thank the guest for coming to the event, or say how much I've been looking forward to meeting them. That then usually opens it up for a (quick) conversation. Some guests aren't that talkative or have too many people waiting to meet them to say much, but you can usually exchange a few words at least.

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Patrick Stewart was personalising on Friday early on, but later he wasn't due to the sheer number of people going through. He was definitely in the first hour or so.

 

My thoughts:

William Shatner: Looked up, said thank you for coming and great to see you when getting signed. Said Nice to see you again at the photoshoot, enjoy your day and thanks for coming before I left.

 

Patrick Stewart: Very jovial, good mood and spoke a bit. Complimented him on his stage work and said "Ah yes, my day job!". He was also speaking to a lot of people in front and behind me so seemed genuinely happy to be there and chatty.

 

Scott Bakula: Genuinely appreciative of people meeting him, asking him questions and very gracious throughout. Asked me my name even though I didn't ask for a personalisation and didn't personalise, just was being polite. Spoke about the UK, weather. Nice man!

 

Avery Brooks: Crew said he likes to chat so say hello when was in the queue and he offered his hand, asked name, how I was enjoying the day and we chatted about his music and Sisko. Genuinely top man and my favourite because he was reluctant to let anyone go by with just a signature. Wanted to really meet/connect with fans and I appreciated this a lot. Even asked where I'd like him to sign and in what colour.

 

Kate Mulgrew: What a sweetheart! Had never seen a Voyager before and got her to sign a book to complete the Captains set and she said hi, looked at me asked how I was, I mentioned something about my daughter and she smiled, responded and was very polite. I left with such a great impression just from meeting her I've since followed fans interaction with her through the show online and watched an ep of Voyager. Really nice to everyone!

 

All these impressions are based on meeting them in the 1st 2 hours of Friday (first day) so not sure how tired they got or how the mood changed but was exceptionally good when I went.

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I was fortunate with Patrick Stewart in that I asked him to sign a non Trek related photo which he had said he had never seen before which then led on to a decent length conversation (probably wasn't that long in reality but by the standards of the usual Hello and Thank You it was a pretty decent effort!). I was also very pleased he was personalising, I have long wanted a personalised photo of him as Picard so to finally get one was very pleasing.

 

Avery Brooks was his usual self, in the past having met him I've misunderstood him and thought him rude, I've now come to see that he just looks at the world in a slightly different way to a lot of us and that in reality he has a set of standards that a lot of guests would do well to adopt. Even when he doesn't personalise wanting to know a persons name and shake their hand, plus thanking them by name does show that even if he goes about things differently he is a very sincere person.

 

Scott Bakula was very personable, shook hands and wrote a proper dedication on my photo (I'm sure everyone got something similar) and made it feel like a proper meeting even if it was a brief one.

 

Kate Mulgrew was perhaps the one I was least concerned with meeting. I'm not a great fan of Voyager so perhaps engaged the least with her character. She wrote a decent dedication on my photo and thanked me for coming but did briefly speak to someone else while she was signing so perhaps the least engaging for me of the five.

 

William Shatner is William Shatner! I made sure to get eye contact and said thank you to which I got a reply so I can at least say I got a couple of words out of him. In truth that was as much as I was hoping for so I wasn't disappointed in that regard. I just wish he would personalise, given his machine like ability to sign photos I reckon he could do it without slowing things down too much!

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Patrick personalised my pic (this was about 15 mins after show opening on Friday) and although time with him was obviously very brief, he was pleasant and made a little conversation as he signed. Scott, as mentioned in the "favourite guest" thread was really friendly, offered his hand, commented on my Quantum Leap pic, had a joke and made me (and everyone else) feel very welcome. Shatner was basically a conveyor belt-approach, but I wasn't too disappointed because I was expecting as much based on comments from his LFCC appearance in 2010. He did look up and say hi to me and my girlfriend, but wasn't really up for conversation.

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