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Shatner and Nimoy were not the only big Star Trek stars at the Star Trek convention on Saturday. Also there were most of the main cast of Star Trek Voyager, including Jeri Ryan in a rare appearance. See below for our panel reports and for photos of the Voyager crew.
Star Trek Voyager’s Borg Babe Jeri Ryan made a rare convention appearance in Las Vegas and seemed just as excited to be there as was the crowd. Shortly after hitting the stage she got her phone to send out a picture via her Twitter. In her Q&A the actress took a number of questions regarding her character and the Voyager series. Ryan cited "Someone to Watch Over Me" and all the episodes where she "explored her humanity" with The Doctor, noting "it was always fun to work with Bob [Picardo]". She also agreed with a fan that the final episodes of the series "got wrapped up a bit abruptly".
The subject of makeup and costumes came up a few times during her talk. Apparently it took about five hours to put together the "full Borg" outfit and makeup with another hour and a half to take it all off, making it so that she didn’t relish the seemingly yearly Borg flashback episodes. As for her famous cat suit, that didn’t take as long to take off but it was still an ordeal forcing them to give the cast and crew a break whenever she needed to use the bathroom. Ryan also revealed that they would shoot wide shots before lunch and close-ups after lunch because of the "post lunch bulge" which they joked made her look like a ‘B’.
Regarding the different romances on the show, when asked if she could have chosen between Seven hooking up with Doctor or Chakotay, she joked it should have been both and "Seven should have been a polygamist!"
And as it often comes up, Ryan was asked for her opinion of the 2009 Star Trek movie, her reply: "I thought it was really cool!"
Although Jeri was appearing alone on stage, there were a couple of moments when she got surprise co-stars joining. Garrett Wang showed up early in her set, and Jeri revealed that her nickname for him was ‘Goober’. Ryan talked about how much fun she had with the cast of the show, joking that all the "men are psychopaths". She was later surprised by Robert Picardo who asked her if she still had a thing for bald men.
Saturday also saw a "Voyager Reunion" panel with Ethan Phillips, Scarlett Pommers, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo and Jennifer Lien. The group showed they still have a close camaraderie, with lots of barbs being thrown around, much to the delight of the crowd. Garrett impersonated Bob at one point, and also did a spot on impression of George Takei. There were even fart jokes about Tim’s "gaseous anomalies".
The Voyager panelists each discussed their characters and arcs. Pommers, who began on Voyager at the age of nine, talked about how everyone was "awesome" to her on the set. Wang felt that Ensign Kim was the most relatable character to the audience and more of an "every man". It was a rare con experience for Lien who appeared shy and really didn’t say much.
Phillips noted that he wasn’t ever really sure what the real relationship with Kes and Neelix was, platonic or romantic. He also said that there was a scene shot that gave better closure to the relationship, but it was cut. Picardo talked about how the Doctor didn’t start off as a good character but he was "squired" into a more well-rounded character by the end, with Wang noting that most of the character was based on Picardo’s suggestions to the writers (with Garrett doing a great impersonation of Bob). Russ said that he related to Tuvok and that even though he was Vulcan, there were elements of his own personality in character, like his rationality.
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For more from the con see our full reports:
- Thursday: Takei, Koenig, deLancie + TOS guest stars
- Friday: DS9 Stars and Guest Stars
- Saturday: Costumed Trekkies Record Setting
- Saturday: CBS Consumer Products Panel
- Saturday: Shatner & Nimoy
…And much more to come with coverage of TNG and Enterprise stars from Sunday.
Kayla Iacovino and Erica Anderson contributed to this report