The Creation Entertainment official Star Trek Convention was back Friday with DS9 and Enterprise panels, Brent Spiner, Bob Picardo and Ethan Phillips performing, and a number of stars remembering Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Stars talked about everything from the art of film, to the acting abilities of Spot the cat, to behind the scenes stories. We have a full report of the day (and final Star Trek showing) with pictures below.
STAR TREK VEGAS CON – FRIDAY
Deep Space Nine Panel
Friday kicked off with a fully loaded DS9 panel that included Cirroc Lofton, Marc Alaimo, Jeffrey Combs, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Colm Meaney, Chase Masterson, and Casey Biggs. Many people asked questions about shooting specific scenes on the show, and there was a lot of discussion about the technicalities of filming the series.
All of the actors gave props to the crew and editors of the show for the great work they did. However, they did lament how often some of their best work ended up on the cutting room floor. And an example of one of the technical details, was how they eventually learned that when multiple shots were done of a scene, the wide-shot would always be the one that cuts, so the actors would tend to not try so hard for those.
Cirroc talked about his new music career and what it is like to break into the music business saying that he thinks it is easier to break into the music business than the television or movie business at this time in Hollywood. He is currently working on hip hop & rap albums. Cirroc was also asked about what it was like to grow up on the show, being 14 when the show started and 21 when it finished. "I got to just be a kid," he said, "and break the rules." All of the other panelists chimed in saying how amazing it was to watch his coming of age. "We all feel paternal towards you," said Armin Shimerman, "It was amazing to watch you grow up before our eyes. We are all so proud of you."
The always vibrant Brent Spiner took the stage later in the day and was entertaining as always. He kept us amused by poking fun at Colm Meany (who was signing autographs behind the stage) and doing his best Patrick Stewart impression. He started his time by immediately skipping to questions saying, "I really have nothing to say to you people." He received plenty of the obligatory "why did you kill data" questions, and gave his usual snarky responses. "Now you’re going to say I wanted to kill off my character in First Contact, too," he joked, "The truth is, I wanted to kill off my character in the second season!"
Brent was asked a lot of questions about working with Spot, of all things, and had some things to say about the cats’ acting abilities. There were two cats that played the role of Spot, said Spiner. "These two cats were among the worst actors I’ve ever worked with! If you opened the script and saw that the cats were going to be there, it was going to be a LONG day." Spiner went on to talk about his love of dogs and why they are easier to train. "The only thing Spot could do it one take is when [the script] said, ‘Spot eats tuna out of a can’."
Remembering Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, son of Gene and Majel Roddenberry and a creative force in his own right talked this afternoon about all of his projects, ending his time on stage with a rememberence of his late mother. He said some very touching words, and then he invited some guests on stage to say somethign about Majel. First on stage was Kevin Sorbo, who spoke about meeting Majel as a Trekkie himself. "I’m a Trekkie, too!" he said. He remembered being shown into Gene’s office, which has been left the way it was when he was alive. "I got goosebumps. I was sitting in HIS chair!"
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homm of TNG) was also invited on stage to remember Majel. Carel said that his favorite part about working on Star Trek was the time he spent with Majel, both on stage and in the makeup room before shooting. He seemed very touched to be able to speak about her. For final remarks, Rod said a few words about his late mother. “I promise you I will live up to being a Roddenberry,” he said.
This panel was easily one of the most entertaining sets of the day. The stars, including Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer, Anthony Montgomery, John Billingsley, Gary Graham, and Vaughn Armstrong, were cleary great friends and immediately brought a high positive energy to the stage. They are a tight knit group and began cracking jokes immediately.
The panel was asked a lot of questions about the ending of Enterprise, and whether they felt the final episode was an appropriate way to wrap the show. "[The writers] did what they needed to do to close out the show," said Anthony, "It was a nice rounding out for the franchise." Dominic joked that "old" Frakes made the scenes feel clunky. Anthony discussed his music carreer in hip hop. "It’s clean rap. More Will Smith," he said, "I tell real stories." Dominic responded by offering a beat box so that Anthony could perform, but Anthony decided to save that for later.
TrekMovie Events: Panel & One Last Trek Screening
In the morning there was a Star Trek movie panel with Anthony Pascale as guest joined by Doug Murray and Larry Nemecek. Even though it was the first panel of the day and in the second ballroom, it was packed, so much so that we had underestimated the number of T-shirts to bring down to give away to the crowd. It was clear the new movie is working to bring in new fans or ‘renewed’ fans as almost all in attendance said this was their first con. There were only one or two negative comments about the film with most retelling how much they loved the movie. There was no news revealed that has not been reported here at TrekMovie.com, but the audience is very much looking forward to the sequel, although the crowd consensus was against involving Khan in the next Star Trek.
Friday night TrekMovie hosted the One Last Trek event, offering a casual way for the fans to get together and see Star Trek in theaters one last time. Also on hand were members co-sponspors TrekCast and USS Las Vegas. The theater sold out, which was a first for the 2nd run Tropicana Cinemas where the event was held. Hundreds of fans showed up for a trivia contest, screening of the film, and tons of give-aways courtesy of Paramount, Bad Robot, GenkiWear, IDW and Playmates Toys.
We have more photos than those above. Below is the full slideshow of all the Star Trek Con stage images, plus more images from the One Last Trek event.
One Last Trek
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