Thursday at Creation's official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas had a good mix of series regulars like TNG's Brent Spiner and Marina Sirts, to fan favorite guest stars like Grace Lee Whitney, Michelle Forbes and Majel Roddenberry. TrekMovie has a report on all the star appearances plus lots of photos below.
TOS Guest Stars : Forest, Smith and Whitney
Thursday kicked off with old school Trek vets Michael Forest (Apollo), Sandra Smith (Janice Lester) and Grace Lee Whitney (Rand). Whitney started off giving an overview of her times appearing on Trek from the first season of TOS all the way to the movies to Voyager to her time on New Voyages. She said that Star Trek creator envisioned Yeoman Rand as Gunsmoke's 'Miss Kitty' to Kirk's Matt Dillon.
Whitney also gave a detailed explanation about how her famous beehive hairdo was done, saying "they got two wigs, wove them together and nailed them to my head every morning."
Forest said that he first was reticent about playing Apollo in "Who Mourns for Adonais" after he heard he would have to wear "a gold lamé tutu," but he was very glad to have become a part of Star Trek. He also recalled a funny story of when he was working with Leonard Nimoy on a low budget film before "The Cage" had been shot, and Nimoy recounted to him what it was like to do a test for Spock, saying "they had me with these rubber ears and I looked like Pan–I'll tell you something, if this show goes, I'll eat your hat."
Smith was asked about playing Captain Kirk (or Kirk trapped in a woman's body) for "Turnabout Intruder." She noted that "the difficulty with Bill (Shatner) is that his body language is very specific" which got a big laugh from the crowd.
DS9's Max Grodenchik (Rom) joked around quite a bit with the audience, even telling some Ferengi limericks. He recounted his past history at conventions and how he was once told by con organizers that he was much too slow during signings and held things up. Regarding the arc of his character, Grodenchik said that Rom "tried to be a good Ferengi, but then realized he just wasn't good at it."
Although Michelle Forbes was at a Star Trek convention, most of her questions actually focused on her more recent work, especially her two stints as Admiral Cain on Battlestar Galactica. She spoke glowingly about the show and how 'brave' it and co-creator Ron Moore were, but she doesn't expect that she will be back after being killed off twice. She also spoke about how she agreed with Ron Moore's decision to create a romance between Cain and Gina (played by Tricia Helfer), because gay relationships were "so obviously missing" in sci-fi. Regarding why she didn't sign on to be a series regular on Deep Space Nine (for a role that was changed and cast with Nana Visitor), Forbes said she was young and "didn't want to get married" to a single show for seven years and still doesn't regret the decision.
Sirtis and Spiner
TNG stars Brent Spiner (Data) and Marina Sirtis (Troi) were goofing off and cracking up the crowd from the moment the hit the stage. Although this was a rare joint appearance for the pair, they had chemistry like an old vaudeville act. Brent did impersonations of LeVar Burton and Patrick Stewart (many times), while Sirtis dished like saying she 'hated' Michelle Forbes back in the day for being so "young and beautiful and smart." After Brent Spiner brought the new Star Trek film and complimented JJ Abrams and the new cast and said he "expected it to be terrific," Sirtis joked "I hope it sucks," but she quickly said she was kidding and hoped the film generated more interest in Star Trek.
As for projects they are hoping to do, Siritis said that she had recently contacted Russell T. Davies to see if she could get a guest spot on Doctor Who and Spiner said he was hoping he can turn his recent album Dreamland into a concert. Regarding
Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, was first joined on stage by Trevor Roth who helps run Roddenberry.com and they covered much of the same ground as in their Comic Con panel (see TrekMovie report). Rod was then joined by his mother Majel Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi) for a rare con appearance. Majel fielded questions ranging from what were the future plans for Number One (of "The Cage"), answering "there were no plans for anything, we couldn't make plans for anything the show hadn't been picked up", to what it was like meeting JJ Abrams and visiting the set of the new Star Trek, to which she stated "the new movie? I love the new movie."
Okudas talk TOSR
In the secondary ballroom, long-time Trek vets and Star Trek Remastered producers Mike and Denise Okuda did an overview of the project, starting from the beginning (where apparently the Okudas had to be talked into doing it by fellow producer Dave Rossi). They provided a nice summary of the hows and whys of the project and showed some interesting behind the scenes shots, like the one below of the entire Remastered team (sorry for the fuzziness but lighting was not optimal, TrekMovie will try to get a copy of the original slides). Mike also showed off a new version of the compilation reel that he showed last year, now with clips spanning the entire run of TOSR (this is also something TrekMovie will try and get a hold of).