Leonard Nimoy’s Emotional Star Trek Vegas Con Farewell + Spiner Reveals Simpsons Role + More From Saturday August 19, 2011by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Conventions/Events/Attractions,DS9,Nimoy,TNG,TOS,VOY , trackback
Last weekend’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas included a very emotional moment from the normally serene Leonard Nimoy as hid bid farewell to the Vegas con for the last time. The day also featured a number of other Trek luminaries including Kate Mulgrew, Brent Spiner, Terry Farrell and more. See below for details and pictures from last Saturday.
STAR TREK LAS VEGAS CON – SATURDAY
Leonard Nimoy Bids Farewell To Las Vegas Con
The highlight of Saturday at the Star Trek Con in Las Vegas was an appearance by Leonard Nimoy. The original Spock came with an elaborate presentation taking the audience on a journey through his life from before, during and after Star Trek. This was the same presentation he gave earlier this year at Phoenix Comic Con, and video of that is available on YouTube.
What was different this time, was how Nimoy concluded his time. He became emotional, even tearing up as he haltingly said:
Friends, this is a very special event for me. I am saying goodbye to this event – I have been here every year for many years and I am filled with gratitude. To you, and to Star Trek, for what it has done for me – the opportunities it has given, my family, all of us. I thank you so much. May you all live long and prosper.
Farrell talks yoga and Worf lovemaking
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Terry Farrell was also in Vegas. The former Dax says that she has been spending her time these days with her son Max and teaching yoga, but she hasn’t totally given up acting as she recently appeared in a play in Hershey, PA noting that she wished she had done stage work before her time on DS9 as it would have given her more courage as a performer.
Farrell, who left DS9 after the sixth season, was asked about the DS9 series finale and said she would have been happy to return for that or for a recurring role in the final season, but she wasn’t asked. She also revealed that she was disappointed that Jadzia Dax had to die and that she has never watched the seventh season of DS9.
The actress also talked about how much she loved doing the TOS flashback episode "Trials and Tribbleations" as she loved the classic Trek wardrobe (especially the boots) and always had a crush on Captain Kirk. Farrell also talked about how her son was confused watching her kissing another man when watching DS9 and said that she should probably avoid showing her scenes with Worf as it could be too much for him. She also quipped that the scene when Worf and Jadzia end up in sickbay after some vigorous lovemaking may be sending the wrong message to kids.
Mulgrew (and guests)
Star Trek: Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew covered a lot of ground during her time going from Star Trek, to her stage work, to her recent TV work. She talked a bit about the challenge of being the first female captain of a Star Trek TV show, and recalled something whish she said helped her:
Patrick Stewart greeted me at craft services on the first day and he said ‘Listen to me my dear. If you commit 150% over seven years, and give it everything you got, you shall leave this soundstage very proud indeed – as I have. Good luck, I am out of here.
Mulgrew’s time on stage was peppered with a number of guests joining her on stage. It started with her "stalker" Garrett Wang who came out to give her a hug and take a picture with her. And following that Mulgrew brought out (creator of the comedy NTSF:SD:SUV) Paul Scheer to talk about her work on the show and to show off some clips. Later in her set Warehouse 13 star Eddie McClintock (she recently shot a 4-episode arc) pretended to be a clueless fan at the mic and then jumped up on stage with her.
Spiner yucks it up – headed to Simpsons
As is his custom, Brent Spiner spent his time on stage joking around, especially at the expense of his TNG co-star Jonathan Frakes (who had done much of the same the day before). Spiner explained why he and not Frakes was on the stage banner saying it was reserved "for special people." When asked about the death of Data Spiner replied back that what the audience didn’t see is right after the movie ended the Enterprise blew up, killing everyone else.
Spiner did get serious at some moments. The actor said that the moment he thought Data was the most human was at the end of Nemesis when he sacrificed himself, something he said was "very human." But Spiner also noted that the more serious the moments on The Next Generation, the more the crew goofed off on set.
As for his recent work, Spiner talked up his web series Fresh Hell, which he said will be shooting more episodes soon. He also revealed that he just did some voice work for The Simpsons, saying he played a series of robots created by Homer.
de Lancie, Crosby, and Plakson
Saturday started off with three recurring guest actors from Star Trek: The Next Generation: John de Lancie, Suzie Plakson and Denise Crosby. de Lancie started off saying that he had a lot of fun playing Q. The actor says that Gene Rodenberry warned him that he had no idea what he was getting into when he was cast. Although he hadn’t seen it until later, de Lancie says he does think Roddenberry borrowed elements of Q from the character of Trelane in the original Star Trek episode "The Squire of Gothos."
Speaking of Qs, Plakson said that she always wished they explored the relationship between her Q and de Lancie’s Q more on Star Trek: Voyager. As for her role as the Andorian Tarah on Enterprise, Plakson said she liked to don all the makeup as it helped her get into character, including the animatronic antennae.
Denise Crosby talked about how there was a lot of secrecy around TNG at the beginning and she initially auditioned for the role of Deanna Troi, but was happy to get the role of Tasha Yar. However Crosby feels that there were missed opportunities with the character and that she ended up feeling like she was just "standing in the bridge horseshoe." This led to her decision to leave the show which she called "rash," but she didn’t know where her character was going. However, she very much enjoyed all the opportunities to return to the show playing both Yar and Sela. Regarding a Trekkies 3, Crosby says that they are looking into it, but it might not be a regular documentary.
Saturday also included another invasion from the Klingon empire with Martok and Gowron joined by the Duras sisters. They didn’t kill anyone, but they did do a rap song so there was still pain involved.
More from Vegas con to come
TrekMovie still has the Sunday wrap-up plus some other news and videos to report from Vegas con so stay tuned.
Erica Anderson contributed to this report. All photos by Anthony Pascale/TrekMovie.com unless otherwise noted.