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Friday’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was mostly themed around Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Series regulars Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman were on hand, along with a number of DS9 recurring guest stars. They talked about their roles on the show and more, including Brooks’ comment on a possible future DS9 or appearance in the Star Trek sequel. Details and photos below.
Avery Brooks sings, waxes philosophically & kind of talks about Star Trek
Friday was all about Star Trek Deep Space Nine and the headliner of the day was The Sisko himself, Avery Brooks. The actor began his appearance in his usual style by telling the audience "You are the power and glory of this moment". Brooks announced he has a new album out, which is available to buy at the convention and then sat down at a piano brought on stage for him to play a little jazz piano. The actor then talked about current projects, including saying he has been doing a lot of stage work, while "waiting to see you again".
For his Q&A, Brooks took the unusual step of bringing each questioner onto the stage, often giving them hugs, much to the delight of the fans. There was not actually a lot of talk about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and even when there was, Brook’s style often is a bit obtuse, like when asked if there were a Deep Space Nine movie would he be interested in playing Sisko again, he answers "If they asked me, who else would I play?" TrekMovie’s own James Trowbridge (our Kid’s correspondent) was one of those brought on stage, which launched Brooks into talking about how his fondest memories of DS9 were watching Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) grow up during the show.
Brook’s wild tangents sometimes even got him to stop and see if the crowd was still with him, saying "are you following me? Are you with me?" The actor was asked if he would be interested in appearing the next JJ Abrams Star Trek movie, and he noted "I’m getting old, they better hurry up!" Brooks finished off with another song, and that was that for the former Sisko.
Darren, Shimerman, Auberjonois Eisenberg + Visitor talk DS9 & Warehouse 13
There was also a DS9 "Promenade panel" with James Darren, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor and Aron Eisenberg. Rene opened up by saying that Armin was the "heart heart of the Promenade thus heart of the community" on Deep Space Nine, with Quark’s bar as the saloon and he (Odo) was the Sherriff. However, Armin noted that he always thought that Quark was "an outsider" and that was important to his role on the series.
The group displayed excellent chemistry on stage, and talked about how close-knit they were on stage. Darren talked about how he was reluctant at first to appear but that quickly was dismissed when he saw the script. Auberjonois said that as he was the one that worked most with Darren in his first episode he became jealous when Darren returned but worked with others, joking "you were mine."
Auberjonois also talked about his recent appearance on Warehouse 13, noting "I looked so old!". He said that he does not expect to appear again, but he did reveal that Shimerman shot an episode of Warehouse 13 two weeks after he did one.
Dominion panel talks villainy
Another DS9 group to appear was the "Dominion Panel" of Casey Biggs, Marc Alaimo, Andy Robinson, Jeffrey Combs and Salome Jens. The group of Cardassians, a Vorta and a Founder talked a lot about the nature of their roles. Alaimo never wanted the Cardassians to be seen as bullies on the show, and he was glad that Gul Dukat was not one-dimensional. Biggs noted that bad guys never think they are bad guys, "Hitler thought he was a good guy". Combs delighted in his role as the Vorta Weyoun who he also didn’t see as evil, just a "middle manager", like that guy who would meet with you and be all nice, and then fire you the next day. He also said that he found it to be a challenge to play a character that is genetically encoded to be one way and therefore not evolve as a character.
Robinson said he didn’t think a comparison to Nazis was good for Cardassians, and he thought the Roman Empire or the Prussians was more apt. Robinson also implied that Garak was not the straightest Cardassian in the quiver, noting "sexually, I think he had other tendencies" even saying he originally looked to Liberace for his portrayal, but that "fell away" as the show progressed.
When talking about future projects, Casey Biggs said he was working on a Broadway musical, and then announced that Marc Alaimo is getting married.
MORE TO COME
TrekMovie has more reports coming from Creation’s Star Trek Con 2010, including all the big appearances on Saturday including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jonathan Frakes, Jeri Ryan, Brannon Braga and more.
Special thanks to Erica Anderson who contributed to this report