VegasCon09 Finale: Three Spocks and a Shatner

The Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas came to an end on Sunday, with the biggest stars of the original Kirk and Spock (William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy. plus the new new Spocks (Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan). And of course much of the talk was about the new movie, including an update on what Shatner thinks of it. We have a full detailed report with tons of pictures below.

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STAR TREK VEGAS CON – SUNDAY
 

Zachary Quinto
The last day of the con kicked off with the new Spock, Zachary Quinto, who quickly jumped to Q&A, and throughout was quite witty, while still answering everyones questions seriously. The actor took a mix of questions from Heroes and Star Trek and his other projects. Regarding Heroes, Quinto said didn’t like where his character of Sylar went in the 2nd season, but felt the writers found his roots again in the third and he likes the new direction for the character in the upcoming fourth season, which is currently shooting. As for his future, Quinto says he expects Heroes to be his last TV series for a while, and he wants to focus on films and the theater, noting that his next big announcement will be a return to the stage. Quinto also talked about how his new production company Before the Door, is giving him a chance to be a producer, and that they just sold a pilot.

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Quinto wants to return to the stage

At couple of points during his time Quinto (who has attended many cons) agreed with the crowd that it would be nice to see other stars from the Star Trek movie in Vegas, quipping "where are those jokers?" But he explaining that they were all very busy. Quinto talked about how the new cast formed "a sense of camaraderie" on the set, partially due to how they bonded over dealing with the skepticism and expectations of the "life-changer" that Star Trek was. This camaraderie appears to be continuing as he detailed to the crowd what his co-stars are up to these days. Although he loved working with Chris Pine, Quinto did say his favorite scene with the new Kirk was when they were fighting on the bridge, noting "I kick his ass." As for his relationship with Nimoy, Quinto again talked glowingly about their friendship, saying  it was a highlight of the project and apparently they still get together for dinner regularly. However, Quinto also joked about how last year he
appeared with Nimoy at the con, but "this year Bill Shatner shows up and who gets kicked to the curb?"

Zach was asked a couple of questions about the future of Spock in upcoming Star Trek films. Regarding if he felt Spock would undergo the Kolinahr, Quinto said he didn’t think so, explaining how Spock chose to not go to the Vulcan Science Academy "because they were such meanies." He also said that the things he really liked in the first film were surprises, especially the relationship with Uhura, and he would like to see more surprises, and more regarding that relationship. However he also admitted he really didn’t have any idea and trusted the writers, saying "I leave it in their hands."

One of the funnier moments came when a girl came up to ask a question of Quinto and completely lost it and just started babbling and even crying a bit. She finally spoke, saying that she forgot her question, apparently not being able to deal with being so close to Quinto. The crowd started chanting "hug her." and so the actor hopped off the stage and did just that…the crowd went wild.

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Quinto makes a girl’s dream come true

One fan asked Zach what he had to say to the die-hard fans who didn’t like the movie. For this, Zach got a bit serious, saying:

The movie made a lot of money. I don’t mean that arrogantly, but to illustrate that a lot of people saw it. So the reality that everyone is going to like it is slim to none. There is going to be people who have problems and I am sorry they have problems, but they are their problems…I feel we did our best and I feel the majority liked what JJ [Abrams] did, and that makes me happy.

The final question actually came from a Trek celebrity. Star Trek Voyager’s Garrett Wang came to the mic and started off saying that he was bummed he didn’t get to go to the film’s premiere, but he did see the film at a screening on the Paramount lot and he was "floored" by it. He then recounted how he saw it eight more times at theaters around the country and even in Amsterdam. Wang showed how familiar he was with a detailed question about the scene after Kirk and McCoy sneak onto the Enterprise and we see Spock in the turbolift look down thoughtfully. The former Ensign Kim wanted to know what was on Spock’s mind. Quinto explained that this was the first time the audience saw Spock since it was announced there was a distress call from Vulcan and he had a "sense of foreboding" for the events on his home planet.

After that it was a quick "live long and prosper" and Creation’s Adam Malin announced "one Spock down, two to go."

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Garrett Wang tells Quinto how much he loves ‘Star Trek’

Jacob Kogan
The second Spock of the day was Jacob Kogan, who came out and explained to the crowd that this was only his second convention appearance, the first being a recent con in London. The young actor talked about how exciting it was to be in Las Vegas, saying:

I never knew the affect of being in this movie. I’m in it for two minutes and you still show up…it’s cool…it’s humbling.

The impressively articulate 14 year old (many fans noted that in their comments and questions), explained how he got the role of young Spock after JJ Abrams had seen him in the film Joshua and via an audition for the role of young Ben in Lost. At first he didn’t understand the significance of getting the part, recalling how adults had told him "you aren’t happy enough, you don’t understand." However he did watch the first season of the Star Trek: The Original Series and came to understand what "an honor" it was to be cast as Spock. Unfortunately this apparently has not extended to his school, with Jacob replying "alas, no" to a queries on if he was being treated differently or was getting more attention from girls at his school, except for the brief time when he came back from the shoot with shaved eyebrows and "everyone wanted to touch them."

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Mini-Spock Jacob Kogan excited to be at Vegas Con

Garrett Wang actually showed up again for Kogan, but he didn’t recognize him so Wang explained who he was and told Kogan how great he thought he was. Kogan replied "I’m sure you were great too."
 

Shatner and Nimoy
After a break it was time for the original Kirk and Spock. As they usually do when appearing together, they each get some solo time, with additional time together on stage. Shatner began, coming out and explaining that he hadn’t been to a con in years and how he didn’t know what to say. After going off on a tangent about taking his granddaughter to a Jonas Brothers concert, The Shat pronounced loudly "I haven’t seen the movie!" He repeated his previous reasoning about not wanting to deal with the embarrassment of facing people asking him in a theater "you are William Shatner, you’re not in the movie are you?" But he noted "I’m sure everyone is wonderful."

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Shatner still hasn’t seen the Star Trek movie

The actor then went into Q&A, first recalling a long story about how he used to steal Leonard Nimoy’s bike on the lot at Paramount during the production of TOS. Apparently they used to race to get to the cafeteria at lunch, but he was faster so Nimoy had to get a bike to beat him, and he wasn’t going to let that happen. Shatner explained why Nimoy needed the bike saying "he is of the arts, he likes esoteric things…I kick ass." Shatner may not have been to a con in years, but hasn’t lost it, keeping the crowd laughing with more stories, such as when he was in a hospital after a horse fell on him and he had to give a ‘sample’, saying "I am sorry to say, but Captain Kirk was peeing in a bottle, and then this nurse poked her head in and said ‘I am your biggest fan’".

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Shatner – the consummate showman

Shatner spoke at length about the death of Captain Kirk in Star Trek Generations and how it helped him face death and how he was using that life lesson for a speech he is currently preparing on the subject of ‘fear.’ Regarding his ad-libbed final line as Kirk "oh my", the actor said he imagined "something awesome and wonderful was coming his way…and it was death."

It was during this discussion that Leonard Nimoy came to the stage to join Shatner for their joint appearance time. Nimoy immediately noted that he thought Bill played the death of Kirk "extremely well" but he didn’t understand why Kirk had to die, and it seemed to be for "no reason". Shatner quickly retorted that it was because "the producer [Rick Berman] wanted to kill off Captain Kirk."

Spock Prime then started asking Bill about the new movie. Shatner recalled how he met with JJ Abrams, but never understood what the film was about, and how he was upset that Leonard wouldn’t fill him in on the details. Nimoy quickly retorted "if you want to know what the movie is about, then all you have to do is go see it."

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Nimoy wants Bill to see the Star Trek movie

Nimoy noted he saw Generations, even though he didn’t enjoy it. Bill retorted "well I wouldn’t want to say the same to you about this movie so I didn’t see it" and at that moment it seemed many in the crowd turned on Shatner. Nimoy quickly recovered with a joke, recalling how on the SNL sketch he did recently, he said people who didn’t like the movie were ‘dickheads’.

After moving on to other subjects, Shatner was talking about what a great actor Nimoy was and how he always tried to get his friend to join shows he was on, but how Nimoy demurred. However, it was a different story when JJ Abrams called, such as Nimoy’s recent time on Fringe. Shatner then jumped up and started running around the stage mocking Nimoy ‘oh yes, JJ, anything you want JJ’, then screaming "whore!" at Nimoy, which Leonard thought was pretty funny.

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Shatner mocks how Nimoy runs to JJ Abrams when called

Later in the appearance the subject of the new Star Trek came up again and Nimoy said to Shatner that he wanted "for the two of us to sit and watch the movie together." Shatner agreed on two conditions "one, you buy the popcorn, and two, you hold my hand." Nimoy went on to say how Shatner may like the film, noting:

Chris Pine honors you. You might find out are proud of this movie, proud of the way Captain Kirk, a character you created, is honored in this movie

Shatner retorted:

I might, or I might have rather played it myself…but truly I am not sure what JJ and his cohorts  could have done with a character that’s 40 years older or more if you go further back, and physically different. And what do you do with that character that wouldn’t get in the way of the new script…on the other hand, there was a marketing value to having me around

To which Nimoy replied "no question." But also noted that he personally put a lot of thought into it and couldn’t figure a way to get Bill into he movie.

Throughout the presentation, even though there was a lot of ribbing, it was clear that these two are truly the close friends with both heaping compliments on each other and demonstrating a chemistry that is stronger than ever.  As they wrapped up Nimoy said to Shatner "you’re my dearest friend," to which he replied "I love you Leonard."

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Friends for life

Eventually Shatner left the stage for Nimoy’s solo time, which quickly went into Q&A. The actor took questions leading to discussions of a lot of his non-Trek projects, including his upcoming ‘Identity Project’ photography exhibit (see LeonardNimoyPhotography.com), his play Vincent, past films like A Woman Called Golda, narration work on NOVA, and more.

Regarding the new Star Trek movie, Nimoy said he and Zach Quinto had spent up to fifteen hours together before filming, but they focused on the philosophy of Star Trek and the Vulcans and they didn’t get into specific scenes. He felt Quinto did an "excellent job" and it was "appropriate" that Quinto’s Spock was different due to the different time in Spock’s life. Regarding the relationship with Uhura, the original Spock joked he was "jealous", but that even though it was surprising he thought it was well done. He went on to say:

It reminded us that we are not watching exactly the same people, we are watching people in another timeline. I thought that was a real intelligent construction of this movie. It feed them so they can do things like that that and not deal with those that say ‘that isn’t he way it was in this or that episode’

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Spock Prime is all for the new timeline

As for if he will return to directing, Nimoy said that he "had enough" of that side of the business, with the time and politics, and that it was never as much as a draw for him as much as acting. He then used that question as a transition to talk about JJ Abrams and the new movie, saying:

When I had these conversations with Abrams and [Roberto] Orci and [Alex] Kurtzman, I realized that I was hearing people who talk about Star Trek in a way that was touching to me. They were talking about these characters in a way that I recognized, that I really really felt at home with. I thought ‘they get it.’ They really know who these people are. I found that very attractive, it was flattering, and in fact I was very emotional in those meetings. I thought this is something I should support and be there. And it worked out very well. Mr. Abrams is a director who can handle the gigantic scene with great action and also great moments between the characters, very funny and touching moments. Not a lot of directors can do both.

When asked what he has left on his Bucket List, Nimoy said that it was a profound question and wasn’t going to joke about it. He noted that he was getting up there in years, but that he does not have any ‘somedays’, as in "someday I will…". He told the crowd his life is perfect with his photography, his new acting, his family and his wife, effusing: "I am extremely fulfilled…I am just so happy."

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Nimoy couldn’t be happier

Three Spocks!
As Nimoy was wrapping up, there was a big surprise as out came the two other Spocks, Quinto and Kogan, to join him on stage. This moment was actually the first time Nimoy had met the youngest new Spock, but he immediately embraced Kogan, telling him "you did a great job".

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Nimoy meets the youngest Spock

Nimoy then told the crowd "get out your cameras" as the three Spocks posed for the fans.

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Three Spocks

After that the two other Spocks left the stage and Nimoy talked a bit more, then gave the crowd a "live long and prosper" and Vulcan salute and it was over.

TOS guest actresses close out the show
Although Sunday was all about Shatner and the Spocks, there was one additional panel with two TOS Season 3 guest stars: Sabrina Scharf (TOS: Miramanee) and Susan Howard (TOS: Mara). Both former actresses looked great, which was noted by a number of fans who came to the mic to ask questions. Sharf was asked about the mood on the set during Star Trek’s last season, and she noted that even though the cast and crew were "worried about being picked up", she was impressed with how cohesive they were. When asked if she would want to appear as a cameo in the next Star Trek Howard said "that would be a hoot." The former Klingon also joked about seeing a Star Trek exhibit in the Smithsonian featuring Mara, noting "you know you are old when you are in the Smithsonian."

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Sharf and Howard, final panel for Star Trek Vegas Con 2009

More Photos!
We have dozens of photos from Sunday, watch them all in this slideshow.

Best VegasCon Ever
I have only been going to to the Star Trek Las Vegas Con, so maybe I can’t say if it is the best one ever, but it is the best I have attended. There was a renewed energy at the con, fueled both by many first time guests and first time attendees. The night time activities, both official Creation parties and off site parties and events (like the Roddenberry, TrekMovie and TrekCast events) couldn’t be more fun.

Here is our complete coverage of the VegasCon events:

All reports have many photos, plus additional slide shows.

More to come
But there is still more as TrekMovie still has some gaming and merchandise coverage coming out of Vegas.

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Steve
August 12, 2009 3:03 pm

I hope Leonard is open to being in future films in a smaller role. He really added a lot to the latest film and there was a perfect setup for future appearances. That said, the new films should be about the new people but it would be great to see him in a couple of scenes as a mentor-type character.

August 12, 2009 3:04 pm

Great coverage! I was there and this was fun just reading it and reliving the moments. Shatner and Nimoy were fanstastic together — ribbing each other and having fun. I laughed so hard when Shatner was running around the stage going off on the JJ tangent and screaming WHORE in this falsetto voice. But it’s obvious that they are very good friends and care about each other. Very sweet.

Quinto was great and young Jacob pretty special. I loved it when Nimpy hugged him.

MissDarkFaerie
August 12, 2009 3:05 pm

That is so awesome! I wish Zach would hug me, but I wasn’t there… :(

COOLPT
August 12, 2009 3:05 pm

Wish I had been there, sounds like a lot of fun.I love VEGAS!

Captain Pike
August 12, 2009 3:07 pm

I’m so glad Shatner is not bowing down before Star Trek 11 like everyone else. He doesn’t give the whole “It’s new, we have to like it or Star Trek will die.” speech.

Shatner is the best.

Captain Pike
August 12, 2009 3:11 pm

Not that I don’t like Nimoy or the others. Shatner is still my favourite. Because he IS Captain Kirk.
Sounds like a fun guy too.

August 12, 2009 3:19 pm

I´d love to see Zachary at the FEDCON (www.fedcon) next year but I guess he´s way to expensive right now – but let´s hope and wait for 2010 :)
Seems like a great Con in Vegas – come over to Germany next year and see the FedCon – u won´t regret it.

Rusbeh
August 12, 2009 3:20 pm

Shatner is simply ridiculous with his “I haven´t seen the new movie”-clichée.go to a phuckin theatre man!! i feel he is ignoring the new movie by purpose because he is still pissed that they didn´t included him in the film

William Kirk
August 12, 2009 3:29 pm

I don´t understand people who would almost “force” Shatner to see the new movie. It is not his duty. I also don´t go to the cinema, when I don´t want to see a movie…

AJ
August 12, 2009 3:36 pm

There was renewed energy at both cons, and this last one sounded amazing. I was in NJ, and heard that in Vegas, there were lots of young people. Both cons were over-packed as well.

It sounds as if Trek may be re-gaining its legs. I’m hoping for the best, i.e. more Trek.

I, Mugsy
August 12, 2009 3:47 pm

I wonder how Mr Shatner would react if the roles here were reversed, and Mr Nimoy came out with a lame excuse about not wanting to go see the latest Star Trek? I can’t quite see him taking it as cooly as Mr Nimoy is somehow…

Mr Shatner should see it to 1) show support for the new actors as well as Star Trek’s future, not to mention 2) showing support/love to one of his oldest and dearest friends…. basically beign a good sport! It’s not as if he couldn’t have a screening wherever he chooses either and in privacy if need be. I genuinely believe he just cannot stand to see somebody else playing the character he originally defined. He has no qualms about continually mentioning that he was never asked to be int he film by JJ in public. Very unprofessional IMHO.

Mr Nimoy is – of course -the consumate gentlemen, but even so I detect a little bit of reproachfulness that his friend won’t see the new film.

Anyways I wish I could have gone – looked like a fantastic con for all concerned!

Thanks for a superb report :)

BOOZBA
August 12, 2009 3:48 pm

Poor Shat…I guess he’s still a bit bitter!

Alex Prewitt
August 12, 2009 3:58 pm

Anthony,

I wish I could have passed this on to you ion person, but I will say it now for the record. I had a great time at the con, and I echo your feelings about the renewed energy with lots of new fans joining us oldtimers.
I also want to tell you how much I enjoy the site, the great work that you and the other staffers bring to the fans every day. I’ve visited trekmovie.com every day for the past few years and will continue to do so, eager for news of the Trek world. May you all Live Long and Prosper.

ger
August 12, 2009 4:02 pm

12. I’m sure there were a lot of lame excuses coming from Nimoy when Generation was released.

Chris Dawson
August 12, 2009 4:07 pm

It was a great convention.

The time with Shatner and Nimoy is always fun and a great treat to see the 3 Spock’s.

August 12, 2009 4:11 pm

#12–Nimoy has always been very blunt about NOT liking Generations, wishing Shatner had not been in it, not liking the death scene and why HE didn’t do agree to appear in the movie and so on. I totally get Shatner’s feelings about the new movie and you know what, he’s entitled not to want to see it. Also, he makes a good point – what if he didn’t like it? That would be problematic too and you’d all be jumping him for an honest opinion.

Brian Kirsch
August 12, 2009 4:14 pm

Nimoy is simply the best. No question, the definition of “class”. He declined Generations because the script sucked. And as it turned out, the movie sucked. Good move. It may be wishful thinking, but the idea of Nimoy’s take on directing ST’11 (or if you prefer ST2) is very intriguing to me.

Shatner is close, with a small minus in the “class” factor. But he remains very entertaining and very good at what he does. It has occurred to me that he is now playing William Shatner as “The Shat”. When you watched Boston Legal, the character was named Denny Crane, but it was actually “The Shat”. When you see the Priceline ads, it’s “The Shat” you see, not the Negotiator. When you watch his cable show, it’s “The Shat” you see, not William Shatner. Quite a brilliant career move that is making him millions, and tons of publicity……..

August 12, 2009 4:15 pm

#11/AJ — the Vegas con is always the liviest and biggest (except for CC of course) but it was more packed than usual and lots of younger people and excitment. It was a shame that no other new Trek stars appeared — it would have really energized the new fan base I think.

Brian Kirsch
August 12, 2009 4:21 pm

It would be cool at some point to include the other 2 actors that portrayed Spock in STIII. There have been more than 3 “Spocks”.

Magic_Al
August 12, 2009 4:25 pm

^12. The roles WERE reversed, as Nimoy pointed out in reference to Generations. Generations was also a passing of the Trek movie torch from the original cast to a new cast, and Shatner did the job Nimoy did in the new film. A difference, and perhaps it’s a big difference to Shatner, is that Nimoy was offered the chance to appear in and/or direct Generations and he declined, and Shatner was not offered anything in the new film.

If Nimoy really cares that Shatner should see Star Trek because Nimoy saw Generations, maybe Shatner will finally have to give in.

blofeld
August 12, 2009 4:26 pm

Poor Garret Wang…. Was he any kind of headliner there? Or just to get Quinto’s autograph? Hopefully he got a tray of sandwiches or something.

Brian Kirsch
August 12, 2009 4:27 pm

#15 –

No lame excuses needed. He actually read the script, saw it sucked, and declined. He actually saw the movie, saw it sucked, and said so. What’s your point?

Brian Kirsch
August 12, 2009 4:35 pm

#22 –

Lay off Garret, man! He’s still a part of the family! Nothing a haircut, backing away from the buffet, and a few trips to the gym couldn’t solve…….

;-)

The Weary Professor
August 12, 2009 4:40 pm

From a career perspective I somewhat understand Bill Shatner’s decision not to see the movie. If he admits to seeing it people will inevitably want to know his opinion. His thinking is likely along the lines of “if Paramount wants me to do endorsements of their product then they should pay me. Leonard’s making a buck on all this.” If he likes the movie and says so, he would be giving free publicity. If he doesn’t like it and says so he would be undermining his chance to get hired for future Trek.

ThePhaige
August 12, 2009 4:46 pm

I don’t buy Shatner hasn’t seen it for a second. This guys become an egomaniac with a major inferiority complex. I mean like is he an adult or a 5 year old. Sorry I used to like Shat but he just insults my lack of intelligence anymore.

The Weary Professor
August 12, 2009 4:47 pm

By the way, I also have to praise Anthony and TrekMovie’s work on the con reports. Very well done indeed! Next year please consider venturing to the east coast and coming to the New Jersey con to report. Then I can shake your hand.

Negotiator
August 12, 2009 4:47 pm

Kogan’s performance was a pleasant and strong point in the new movie.

Bill’s bit tends to get old, but he will always be KIRK, Prime or otherwise.
Too bad a crowd of Trekkers didn’t keep this in mind before they started to “turn” on him.

capnjake
August 12, 2009 4:59 pm

i miss vulkon conventions, creation shows are always so overpriced and un fan friendly.
Glad to see Joe Motes has taken back over at Vulkon and is working on getting a show togeather for next year.

It was the Vulkon conventions back in the 90s where fans first got to experience the stars demonstarting there musical talents,not to mention see them ACT onstage (and not at an additional premium cost either)

creation could take some lessons from Joe Motes on how to run a affordable fan friendly convention.

starfleetmom
August 12, 2009 5:02 pm

All you guys that are judging Mr. Shatner without having been there to hear the two of them in person…as I was…just shut it. You have no clue what goes on with these guys. You are biased, and your bias is unfounded. I wish you could have heard all the praise heaped upon Mr. Shatner by Nimoy, Luckinbill, Collins and others.

Kirk1701
August 12, 2009 5:05 pm

I think it’s wrong to think that Shatner is ‘pissed’. I think he’s hurt. Not just that he wasn’t included, but that he’s not Kirk. He ‘was’ Kirk. He said he wanted Leonard to ‘hold his hand’. That’s a joke of course, but I think it would be an incredibly emotional experience to watch your character given away like that. There’s a tremendous amount of fear there. That’s what I read. I don’t read sullen, selfish pouting, rather deep sadness. From his perspective he’s lost something gargantuan and he can’t get it back. He’ll never be Kirk again, only Kirk that was.

Having said that, once he watches the film, he’ll be tremendously encouraged and thrilled, I think. Chris was beautiful and instantly recognizable as the Kirk we love, ie Shatner. I didn’t disbelieve him once. He showed up in the Iowa Bar and we were ‘back in’.

toddk
August 12, 2009 5:09 pm

any time that shatner is at a star trek event, and having fun, brings me hope that someday shat will embrace star trek

thanks anthony for giving us the latest scoop on today’s star trek.

as far as more spocks? how about baby flashback spock in star trek the final frontier, young spock from the animated series. i think that is all of them….spockout!!

jonboc
August 12, 2009 5:11 pm

The Shat only need do what the Shat wants to do. End of discussion.

Tom
August 12, 2009 5:17 pm

#1 Steve

I agree it would be great to see Leonard Nimoy in a small role. I think it would be great to see Shatner as well. A scene or two with the two of them would be nice and would not impede the next movie. A scene with Pine would be a nice touch as well. The Nimoy appearance worked well for this movie. I don’t think they should mess with that formula for success.

Harry Ballz
August 12, 2009 5:18 pm

When it comes to Kirk being played by Chris Pine, and what a great job he did, Shatner mumbled something about how he would “have rather played it myself”????

Give it up, man!! You’re almost 80!! It’s over!

The Chief
August 12, 2009 5:18 pm

Ms. Scharf and Ms. Howard look fabulous! Wow! They are still attractive ladies!

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August 12, 2009 5:53 pm

Sabrina Scharf looks great. And so does Ms Howard. I believe she’s a good ole’ Texas girl too.

And long live the Shatner!

tony
August 12, 2009 5:54 pm

hey i was there good time already got tickets for next year hope the experience is going anyone have any info on it

Dr. Image
August 12, 2009 6:17 pm

Sick about having to cancel being there.
Good pics.

LAST CHANCE, JJ, to put Shat IN this time.
Do the right thing…. or you’ll be sorry… I guarantee it.

Bob Tompkins
August 12, 2009 6:21 pm

36

Shat was born to play 2 roles- Captain Kirk, then, late in life, Denny Crane. I’m just catching up with the Boston Legal work; my wife [who agrees with me on very few things] agrees that Shatner can chew up scenery, but he was also not given his due as an actor until he stepped into Denny Crane..

Could he play an elder Kirk today? Absent the canon of Generations, sure he could– and I would welcome it.

Sarah S
August 12, 2009 6:25 pm

This looks like it must hae been really good.

Brett Campbell
August 12, 2009 6:39 pm

It’s simply wonderful that despite all the ribbing and teasing that Shatner and Nimoy are such dear, lifelong friends.

God bless them both for the great portrayals of these characters that they gave us for so many years.

brian
August 12, 2009 6:48 pm

Excellent reporting like this keeps me coming back to the site. Thanks Trekmovie!

OneBuckFilms
August 12, 2009 6:58 pm

41 – *sigh* …

Sometimes I wonder just where the line between delusion and wishful thinking truly lies …

Kirk1701
August 12, 2009 7:13 pm

If I’m being honest, I really hate the caricature Shatner has become. I realize it was important to burst the Kirk bubble back in the 70s and 80s, and Bill has been a great sport about it. He’s really funny and I’m glad he’s been able to poke fun at himself. But I’d really like to see Bill’s Kirk get his due. A scene where we see Bill as Kirk, not tongue in cheek, or look at the old fat man holding on to a lost dream, but really give him back his power as Captain. It sounds to me like Bill would really enjoy one last crack at his iconic role. A proper send-off, if you will.

Flinn
August 12, 2009 7:15 pm

Nimoy continues to show such class as usual. I understand so many Shatner fans coming to his defense, but his overrall behavior concerning Star Trek XI has been a bit childish and petty. J.J. Abrams & co. did write a scene for him that would only have been a cameo, which he explicitly said he would not do. So instead of compromising this movie, they went on without him. He could have been mature about this, but continues to come off not very well. And no, he doesn’t have to see the movie, but I hope that means he’s not interested in appearing in any future ST films of Abrams , because it’s a bit odd to want to appear in a movie series where you haven’t even seen the first one.

AJ
August 12, 2009 8:17 pm

Anthony:

Is there any way to get an indication from Creation that these cons are good business? And sustainable in the future?

These two (NJ and Vegas) seemed to say “yes,” but I remember reading an article here awhile back that the recession was seriously threatening attendance. Looks like the fanbase is enthusiastically out there IMHO.

toddk
August 12, 2009 8:49 pm
Rocket Scientist
August 12, 2009 9:05 pm

A Shatner endorsement of the movie now is a little late, isn’t it? The movie made a killing at the box office without his thumbs-up. They’re not going to start issuing refunds because “Bill didn’t like it”! :-)

If he does check it out, he’d probably be tickled to find that many of his Kirk-isms were sprinkled into the movie. I had a little trouble swallowing a few of the creative choices in this film but that wasn’t one of them.

But I like The Shat. Whatever he decides is fine.

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