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VegasTrekCon10: deLancie, Takei & Koenig talk ST09 & ST12 + TOS Guest Stars from Trek Con Thursday [PHOTOS] August 8, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek Into Darkness,TNG,TOS , trackback

The Creation Star Trek Con started off on Thursday with TOS stars George Takei and Walter Koenig, both of whom talked about the latest Trek film and more. TNG’s John deLancie talked about the nature of Q, Janeway v Picard, and a possible Q appearance in the Star Trek sequel. There were also appearances by a number of TOS guest stars. We have a full report with details and photos of all the panels below.

 

Koenig and Takei talk Trek longevity, current projects & Star Trek 2009

The Star Trek con started off with original Star Trek star Walter Koenig, who began by reflecting on how he was the first guest for a Creation Star Trek Convention back in the 70’s, noting how "times have changed" including how he used to be paid just $300 to appear. The original Chekov went on to reflect on his "great life and great career involving Star Trek." Koenig talked about his appearance in the New Voyages fan film episode "To Serve All My Days" written by Dorothy Fontana, noting that he understood that some fans were upset to see Chekov die, but he felt it was a "what if?" story "canon-wise". Koenig said he was pleased with how it turned out, but not with the "compromise" that made it appear as a dream sequence.

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Koenig at Star Trek con in Las Vegas – thinks of his "New Voyages" death scene was a "what if?"

A fan asked if Koenig had any possible guest spots on TV series coming up, noting she thought Koenig would make a good vampire in True Blood. Walter said there were no plans, but did say that he just happened to be working on a graphic novel about vampires, which he hopes will become a feature film, noting "it is a take that no one has done before." Walter was asked about the Star Trek 2009 movie and Anton Yelchin’s performance and he again spoke highly of the film and of Anton saying he thought his performance in the film was "excellent" and he had no complaints, noting "it was a different time and a different experience."

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Koenig reveals he is working on Vampire graphic novel

Star Trek’s George Takei came out on stage with his usual enthusiasm and beaming smile, noting how Star Trek has endured for decades, saying "we have lived long and prospered." Takei gave an update on recent projects such as the Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne. He revealed that he has just shot a pilot for a show called Supah Ninjahs, for Nickelodeon where he plays a ninja grand master, and he hoped that pilot gets picked up for a series. Takei also spoke about the upcoming musical Allegiance about his family’s the Japanese internment camps in World War II, saying that it will open on the West Coast in 2011 and that is important that people don’t forget this "dark part of American history."

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Takei at Star Trek con – revealed he is in new Nickelodeon pilot "Supah Ninjas"

The subject of the 2009 Star Trek movie came up and Takei was very enthusiastic about the film, saying he thought JJ Abrams was "a terrific filmmaker" who made a "rip snorting space opera." He also spoke very highly of the cast saying Chris Pine was "absolutely brilliant" and going on to praise, John Cho, Zachary Quinto and especially Karl Urban.

Takei’s talk fell on the day after a federal judge deemed that Proposition 8 (outlawing same sex marriage in California) was overturned. Takei, who himself married his long-time partner Brad before Prop 8, was obviously very enthusiastic about the ruling and the crowd cheered the news. Takei noted that "Trekkies understand equality."

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Takei enthusiastic about Star Trek’s new crew and overturning of Prop 8

deLancie on Picard v Janeway & Q in future Star Trek movie

John deLancie, TNG’s enigmatic Q, started off his time on stage with updates on his latest work, including composing for the Cleveland Orchestra, and shooting for a sci-fi film called Recreator. He also revealed that he had recently been invited to reprise his role on the soap Days of Our Lives, but he turned it down because of other projects and how he felt he could not really go back to how soaps were done when he was on the show.

Moving on to Q&A, the actor was asked about the differences between the relationships between Q and Captains Picard and Janeway. de Lancie said that even though he was good friends with Kate Mulgrew he felt the relationship with Picard was "much more fully realized." de Lancie revealed that Paramount execs were concerned about any hint of romance between Janeway and Q, even though he liked that idea. On the nature of Q as a character, de Lancie stated a number of times that he did not see Q as a bad guy or "evil". His favorite part of being Q was the idea of having "infinite power, and not responsibilities." A fan brought up the TrekMovie.com Poll and debate of having Q in a future Star Trek movie. The actor said he was open to it, but felt that "the easiest way to do it, would be a voiceover." He suggested "the ship is going somewhere and then you hear ‘you don’t have the force’".

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deLancie thinks voice over could work for Q appearance in future Star Trek movie

TOS guest stars

Thursday also saw a number actors from guest star appearances from the original Star Trek. A fun one was a reunion of child actors from the TOS episode "And The Children Shall Lead", Pamelyn Ferdin, Mark Robert Brown, Brian Tochi, and Craig Huxley (now Craig Hundley). The group talked about how as child actors it was fun working on Star Trek, and Ferdin even revealed that she had a huge crush on Bill Shatner and that Shatner was very sweet and even "pretend proposed" to her.

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"And the Children Shall Lead" reunion

To make sure you recognized them, Hundley appeared in an adult sized version of his original costume Tommy Starnes. And he also brought along his daughter who had a matching outfit. Hundley also talked about his experiences as a composer of electronic music working on a number of the early Star Trek movies, and recalled a time on Star Trek V when he and Shatner were in a meeting with Paramount execs where Bill pitched "wild ideas" for the music to be "all voices" and at one point Shatner sat down at a mixing console and demonstrated singing "doobie doobie doo". Hundley the exclaims "and he was serious, and the Paramount guys were like ‘okay, I think we are going to have to rethink this whole movie’".    

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Hundley and his daughter in their "Children Shall Lead" outfits

Another TOS reunion was for the "Where No Man Has Gone Before" pair of Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood. The pair talked about how they have often worked together, in addition to Star Trek, and Sally wondered why Gary never hit on her. Gary joked that he used to be an "arrogant jerk" and if they had she would be one of his many ex-wives and they wouldn’t talk. There time actually didn’t cover anything about Star Trek. Kellerman talked about MASH and other films, including working with Rodney Dangerfield on Back To School, who was both a hard worker spending late nights doing "brilliant" work on the script, but he also "imbibed" such as showing up in the morning saying "all right, I’m stoned!". Lockwood (in between ribald jokes) talked about 2001 and his other works. Lockwood said that 2001 director Stanley Kubrick was the "the best director I ever knew, and possibly the best director of all time."

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Kellerman and Lockwood

Also appearing was a collection of TOS guests: John Winston (Lt. Kyle), Hagan Beggs (Lt. Hansen), Bruce Hyde (Lt. Kevin Riley) and Barbara Babcock (Mea 3, Philana). The group spoke about their experiences working on the show, with Winston noting that his time as the transporter tech was not challenging as an actor and he really didn’t enjoy the experience much (and even returning in Star Trek II wasn’t much better).  Barbara Babcock noted that it was hard to keep her "Plato’s Stepchildren" costume on.

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Bruce Hyde noted that he was originally only going to appear in one episode "The Naked Time", but since he was on contract for a pilot at Desilu they changed a character on "The Conscience of the King" into Kevin Riley to bring him back. Hyde also delighted the audience with a bit of his famous singing of "I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen."

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Bruce Hyde sings at Star Trek con

The final panel of the day was with TOS guests
Naomi Pollack (Rahda), Stewart Moss (Lt. Joe Tormolen/Hanar), Paul Comi (Lt. Stiles), and Barbara Baldavin (Angela in all three seasons of classic Trek).

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TOS Guest Stars at Star Trek Con

MORE TO COME

TrekMovie has more reports coming from Creation’s Star Trek Con 2010, including a report on all the DS9 stars from Friday, and all the big appearances on Saturday including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes, Brannon Braga and more.

 

Special thanks to Erica Anderson who contributed to this report

Comments

1. Andy Patterson - August 8, 2010

Wow! Barbara Babcock still looks great. Always liked her. She had a unique role in the old show – filling several purposes and ‘assignments’.

2. AJ - August 8, 2010

Wow!

Interesting crowd of secondary guests, for sure.

John Winston gets the added honor of a film appearance (TWOK), but hardly more interesting than serving chicken soup and getting ‘agonized.’

3. Vardonir - August 8, 2010

Hm? Is it just my browser displaying things incorrectly, or is the first section (the one with Koenig and Takei) posted twice?

“The ship is going somewhere and then you hear ‘you don’t have the force’”. HAHA, LOL.

4. Rene - August 8, 2010

It’s great fun to see these fine actors once more on stage at a convention. Great stories. I am curious about the rest. Many thanks sofar!

5. Newman - August 8, 2010

Takei seems like such a class act

6. Newman - August 8, 2010

PS any news on whether or not that guy that made the video met up with his girl?

7. N - August 8, 2010

It would have been nice to see a picture of what they looked like behind them.

8. David - August 8, 2010

Yes, photos of the original characters would help to place them.

9. Kev-1 - August 8, 2010

Nice coverage.

10. stef - August 8, 2010

Thanks so much for posting your reports!

Is there any chance of your posting more pictures (especially of John de Lancie *g*)?

11. Magic_Al - August 8, 2010

Craig Hundley also played KIrk’s nephew Peter in “Operation — Annihilate”, which sadly omitted a scene of him in a miniature Starfleet uniform and sitting in the captain’s chair.

12. Captain Dunsel - August 8, 2010

Hey! That’s my former barber up there on that panel!

(I’ll let you all guess which one [evil grin])

13. roy - August 8, 2010

It’s nice to see Walter Koenig at these sort of events considering what he and his family have been through in recent times. It would be perfectly understandable if he cancelled his appearances and stayed away. He hasn’t and should be appreciated for it.

14. John - August 8, 2010

yeah I can’t imagine what he’s going through. I hope these conventions are a place where Walter can enjoy himself.

15. T'Cal - August 8, 2010

While they were being brought out on stage, John Winston (Lt. Kyle) sat in the moderator’s chair by mistake. The moderator was very respectful taking the remaining chair meant for Mr. Winston.

My sons and I attended Thursday only. Nice turn out with a great crowd. We walked around and struck up a conversation withRichard Hatch (old BSG-Apollo/new BSG Zarek). My older son and I talked with him for several minutes about new BSG and he was very knowledgeable. He told us that he was opposed to the new version because he had seen so many other 60’s and 70’s redone unsuccessfully and he didn’t want to see the same thing happen to the show he enjoyed being a part of. He told us how impressed he was with what he learned about Ronald D. Moore’s version and asked to be on it. They offered him the role of the priest, which became the priestess. He asked for something else and he got Tom Zarek, which I said was a meatier role that he performed wonderfully. He said that he never saw or played his character as a “bad guy” since Zarek saw himself as a revolutionary not a terrorist. It was a great conversation. I’m generally not a collector of autographs but he couldn’t have been more engaging so I bought one.

16. andrew - August 8, 2010

Lockwood and Kellerman appeared at a Star Trek convention and didn’t talk about Star Trek? And this was okay?!?

17. Darrell Kaiser - August 8, 2010

Damn, I hope someone got some video of the And The Children Shall Lead reunion. I bet those kids had some fun stories to tell.

18. Al - August 9, 2010

Craig Hundley/Huxley did not play Scotty’s nephew in TWOK. That was Ike Eisenmann.

19. Al - August 9, 2010

Ignore my last message!

20. Hat Rick - August 10, 2010

I happened to hear Richard Hatch talk with some of the fans and he was really, as they say, such a class act. The man genuinely appreciates science fiction and he was very warm to anyone who walked up to him, regardless of whether they bought an autograph.

He had nothing but great things to say about the new BSG. Really, science fiction attracts such nice people!

On another note, I noticed that one of the actors who played a Starfleet admiral on DS9 brought along a green parrot, which sat on his shoulder as he manned his autograph booth. It was perfectly well-behaved and fun to watch.

21. tinstar - August 11, 2010

Why would you change your name from Huxley to Hundley? Craig Huxley is so cool.

22. Lukashenko - August 12, 2010

21: It’s the other way around. His birth name was Craig Hundley and that’s the name he used as a child actor including on “Star Trek.” He’s Craig Huxley now.

23. Sloane Lewis - August 18, 2010

George Takei’s great acting skills in this episode of Star Trek. As this clip show’s he should have been used more in integral parts of some episodes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b56e0u0EgQ

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