The Creation official Star Trek Convention at the Las Vegas Hilton kicks off this morning and TrekMovie.com is on the scene and ready to go. This week we will be bringing you wall to wall coverage of the event and beyond with multiple reporters on the scene. See below for some of the highlights we can expect to be reporting on. For this week, what happens in Vegas will definitely not be staying in Vegas.
TrekMovie hits Vegas, baby
TrekMovie.com HQ was transferred to the Las Vegas Hilton on Tuesday and we will be the only major Star Trek site reporting events all week long, both from the con and other events associated with Trek outside the Creation Convention itself. Expect to see coverage and pictures of the stage events, plus we will do some interviews, look at some products and chat with the fans. Joining Anthony Pascale will be Kayla Iacovino to help give full coverage of the event. TrekMovie will also be publishing the official newsletter for the convention, but don’t worry TrekMovie-ites, you will always get the news first.
TrekMovie HQ hits the road at Vegas Star Trek Convention 2008
Star Trek Vegas Con 08 Highlights to look forward to
Wednesday – Guest Star O Rama
The highlights today are some big guest stars, recurring characters and short lived regulars, with the biggest names being Denise Crosby (TNG: Tasha Yar), John DeLancie (Q), and Robin Curtis (STIII: Saavik). Also appearing on stage today will be Susan Gibney (TNG: Dr. Leah Brahms), Barbara March (TNG: Lursa), John Fleck (ENT: Silik), and Carel Struycken (Mr. Hom). Jennifer Lien (VOY: Kes) will be signing autographs and doing photos today, but it appears she will not be doing an on stage talk. The evening event will be a ‘Celebrity Bingo Champagne Bash’ with Curtis and Struycken.
Thursday – Spiner & Sirtis + Roddenberrys + lots of TOS recurring stars
The headliners on Thursday will be Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis (TNG: Data and Troi) who will appear on stage together. In addition, a number of other recurring stars will be appearing, most notably Majel Roddenberry (TOS: Chapel, TNG: Lwaxana Troi) who will appear on stage with her son, Rod Roddnberry. Other TOS guest stars appearing on Thursday include Michael Forest (Apollo), Sandra Smith (Janice Lester) and Grace Lee Whitney (Rand). The only other series regular on Tuesday will be Garret Wang (VOY: Harry Kim). TNG era fans can also look forward to seeing Max Grodenchik (DS9: ROM), Michelle Forbes (TNG: Ro Laren). On the secondary track there will be a talk on the Mars Mission by Patrick and Rigel Woida, an appearance by Mike and Denise Okuda and a ‘Sharing Memories’ panel discussion on Trek veterans we have lost in the last year (TrekMovie’s Anthony Pascale will be on that panel). The big evening event will be a party at Star Trek The Experience with entertainment from Suzie Plakson, Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer, and Nichelle Nichols. Garrett Wang, Michelle Forbes, and Marina Sirtis will also be on hand. There will also be a non-official convention party at the Mirage hotel held by Roddenberry.com.
Friday – McDowell, Nichelle & George (oh my) + Jolene and The Enterprise Boys
Things heat up on Friday with the appearance of Jolene Blalock (ENG: T’Pol) and the man who killed Kirk, Malcolm McDowell (GEN: Soran). Also there will be fun joint appearances with TOS stars Nichelle Nichols and George Takei and another from ‘the Enterprise Boys’ Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating and Anthony Montgomery. Other appearances include Suzie Paskin (TNG: K’Ehleyr) and Michael DeMeritt, a AD on Enterprise who will do a ‘behind the scenes’ presentation. There will be another party at the Experience Friday night with Max Grodenchik, Armin Shimerman, Chase Masterson, Anthony Montgomery, and Jeff Combs appearing
Saturday All about DS9 + Braga & Coto
The big focus on Saturday will be Star Trek Deep Space nine, with most of the regular cast appearing on stage: Avery Brooks (Sisko), Nana Visitor (Kira), Alexander Siddig, Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax), Rene Auberjonois (Odo) and Armin Shimerman (Quark). All will appear separately except for the old adversaries Auberjonois and Shimerman. DS9 guest stars Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun), JG Hertzler (Martok) and Solome Jens (Female Changeling) will also be appearing. The big non-DS9 event will be a joint appearance by Star Trek writer producers Brannon Braga (TNG, VOY, ENT) and Manny Coto (ENT) who are now both working on 24 and are going to be bringing a 24 preview. Last, but not least will be Walter Koenig (TOS: Chekov). Saturday Evening there will be a Star Trek costume competition and the ‘Salute to Star Trek music’ with 44 members of the the Las Vegas Philharmonic (and special guest Star Trek composer Ron Jones) performing music from Star Trek.
Sunday August 10, 2008
Sunday – 2 Spocks + VOY Reunion + Star Trek Online
The headliners of the Star Trek convention are the original Spock Leonard Nimoy and the new Spock, Zachary Quinto, who will be appearing seperately and also in a joint appearance. It will be great to see them and hopefully some news will come out of the event. There will definatly be some news made when Cryptic, the newly announced developers behind the MMORPG Star Trek Online, make their big presentation which will be streamed live at www.startrekonline.com at 1:30 PM Pacific Time. Cryptic will be joined by Leonard Nimoy as well. There is also going to be a joint ‘Voyager Reunion’ appearance with Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picard (The Doctor), Robbie McNeill (Paris) and Kate Mulgrew (Janeway). Picardo and Phillips will also appear in the second ballroom performing the the two-man comedy ‘House Call.’ The other big stars for Sunday are Michael Dorn (TNG: Worf), and Scott Bakula (ENT: Archer) in a rare con appearance.
There are no official Sunday night parties, but you can be sure Quark’s bar will be full of Trekkies. There is also the Bob Picardo Celebrity Auction taking place at the Palace Station hotel. Star Trek The Experience also also doing some of their own events, like a make-up class and an ‘aliens unmasked’ event on Sunday.
Tickets still available
Many of the packages are gone, but you can still get tickets at the event for both attending the show and getting autographs. More info at creationent.com.
Pics from Tuesday: the calm before the storm
outside the convention hall
Sign up area
Vendors unpacking in the dealers room