Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) and Nichelle Nichols (the original Uhura) took a trip to StarFest over the weekend to give Colorado fans a Trek treat. Quinto stuck with his code of silence but impressed the crowd with his respect for the role of Spock. And Nichols provided more details on her visit to the new Star Trek set. Nana Visitor also attended and and gave the ‘Niners’ and singing treat.
Con Report Submitted by Jason Moe
On Saturday Zachary Quinto started off by mentioning that the wrap party for Star Trek was held the night before, but he didn’t provide any details. He also said he had to drive 100 MPH to the airport Saturday morning because he says he turned his alarm clock off while he slept, so it sounds like he had a late night. He was extremely relaxed on stage and really went into a lot of thoughtful depth with his answers. He spoke a lot on the recent writer’s strike and how the potential actor’s strike is already shutting down productions in L.A., though he’s very hopeful that the actor’s strike won’t happen. Quinto did say his eyebrows are coming back so he hopes to be getting rid of his trademark glasses very soon. Also, he stated that he let his hair grow out a bit after playing Spock in order to “grow out” of the character before getting a haircut and moving on, saying it was in part because of the deep connection he felt with the role and the impact it had on him.
On Sunday Nichelle Nichols spoke about how Star Trek director JJ Abrams ‘snuck her’ onto the set while they were filming a scene on the bridge. She said they were filming a fairly dramatic scene and when she walked onto the set, the dialogue was something about the warp drive, and the entire scene completely stopped as cast members noticed her and everyone was apparently just in shock and awe to see her. She recalled how JJ just had a very mischievous grin on his face that he’d been able to pull off the surprise. Nichols talked about seeing the new Uhura, Zoe Saldana, in full costume and how “absolutely beautiful” she was. Nichols made it clear she very much approved of Abrams choice of Saldana. Nichols’ Star Trek visit didn’t end on the bridge, apparently she and JJ went to lunch and the director bounced ideas off of her and to make sure he was being respectful of the Uhura.
Nana looked absolutely stunning. On Friday night she gave a cabaret performance (with her husband Matthew Rimmer, accompanying her on piano). Her final song of the night incorporated some hilarious DS9 lyrics that she wrote and she had the crowd roaring with delight – including one about Worf being sexy but “a real mental dwarf.” Not much new information from her, other than that her TV show Wildfire was unfortunately recently cancelled. Working on that show made her fall in love with New Mexico, where her family is now living. When asked if there were any pranksters on DS9, she replied that while she would like to say yes, they tended to be a bit more serious cast than the other Trek casts so pranks were few and far between.
Pictures by Jason Moe
Photographer Brian Reed caught pictures of a Klingon Wedding ceremony and more interesting crowd shots from Starfest, check out the full set at Flickr.