Last weekend Creation held an official Star Trek Convention in San Francisco. The event was headlined by Patrick Stewart and William Shatner who delighted the crowd with talk of Shakespeare, the new Star Trek movie and even pantyhose. The con also featured Trek stars such as Gary Lockwood, Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik, Vaughan Armstrong, and even some Klingons Chancellors (J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly). See below for details and photos from the event
San Francisco Star Trek Con Report (January 23 & 24)
Con report by Chris Dickson and Robert Bernardo
Shatner and Stewart on Knighthood, Shakespeare, JJ Abrams Trek & more
The highlight of the convention was the Sunday appearances of Captains Kirk and Picard, aka William Shatner and Patrick Stewart. Sir Patrick Stewart started it off, taking the stage to a standing ovation in an over-packed room. The actor began (apparently seriously) saying that The Next Generation was being recast. But Stewart then joked that a 15-year old will play Picard, a 10-year old will play Riker, Mr. Data will be played by R2-D2, Deanna Troi will be played by Lady Gaga, and a young Wesley Crusher "hasn’t been born yet," quipping "but I am assured that his mother is six months pregnant." Stewart then got serious again and said he was a fan of the new Star Trek movie and was "one of the first to congratulate" director JJ Abrams on his accomplishment.
Sir Patrick then discussed his new life on the stage, noting "Not to talk bad about Star Trek, but the last 6 years of my life have been the best. I’ve been doing Shakespeare in London.” And when asked what advice would he give to young aspiring artists, he responded with “Expose yourself to as much Shakespeare as you can. Read it, see productions of it, and rent the movies. Just immerse yourself in his world. Because Shakespeare is ever actors best friend.” Stewart then started talking about his new knighthood when William Shatner came running out to the stage to kneel before him to say “I was wondering, if you can put in a good word for me.” To which Stewart replied “Arise, sir” and Shatner exclaimed “Sir Patrick!”
Shatner’s solo portion started with a fan asking him why he hasn’t had Patrick Stewart on his Raw Nerve talk show yet. Bill said that would be up to the network, but he did confirm Howard Starn and Geroge Takei were going to be on, where they would try and end the Shatner and Takei feud. The original Kirk went on to talk on a variety of subjects, including how he wants to be knighted, Boston Legal, skiing, and the death scene in Generations. Shatner got a big laugh when, after talking about his upcoming appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment, he noted being on WWE "shows you the difference between Patrick Stewart and myself.”
Finally the subject moved to the new Star Trek movie. Shatner said that he still had still not seen it, at which point Patrick Stewart returned to the stage telling him that he had it on DVD and could lend it to him. Shatner said there was no need, and revealed that J.J. Abrams has set up a screening for him to watch the film at Paramount, which will be in the next couple of weeks.
For the final part of the show, the two remained on stage together, starting off talking about their horse-riding scene in Star Trek Generations, where Shatner revealed he had advised Stewart to get a pair of pantyhose to wear under his uniform and on the day they were filming Stewart came out with hose on over his costume and Shatner then yells "Captain Picard is wearing pantyhose!" To this, Stewart responded “It has felt good ever since.” Shatner told the audience “the next time you watch Star Trek: Generations, when you see us on the back of those horses, just lodge in the back of your mind, those two guys are wearing pantyhose!” The pair joked around some more, and their appearance ended with William Shatner again asking Sir Patrick Stewart to put in a good word for him with the Queen.
More stars at San Francisco: Lockwood, Shimerman, Biggs, Armstrong, Klingons!
Also appearing on Sunday was Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell from the TOS pilot "Where no Man Has Gone Before"). Lockwood mixed his time speaking about his work on Trek and on 2001: A Space Odyssey. He divulged some interesting trivia, revealing he did 75% of his own
stunt work for 2001, and that Gene Roddenberry wrote the
part of Gary Mitchell with him in mind. Lockwood quoted Roddenberry telling him “Yeah, you become god, and we all know that’s who you think you are.”
Saturday kicked off with the Quark Family of Max Grodenchik (Rom) and Armin Shimerman (Quark). The pair spend the bulk of their time taking questions on the development of their characters, specifically their dialogue and how they came up with their characters’ voices. When asked about their favorite Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, Max said his was #48 "the bigger the smile, the sharper the knife" and Armin said #1 ("Once you have there money never give it back") because it is the only one he could remember:
Up next was Casey Biggs, who spent most of his time talking about auditioning and evolving the character of Damar on Deep Space Nine, including joking about being a drunk for two years of the show. Biggs noted that he liked his final scene where he dies in the arms of co-star Andrew Robertson (Garak). Casey was then joined by his fellow Enterprise Blues Band member Vaughn Armstrong (Enterprise : Admiral Forest + various others) and the two sang several songs together, including "Trekkie Deckie", "Red Shirt", and "Woman Jones". Once done with the music Casey left and Vaughn Armstrong entertained the crowd with his six-hour make-up story. The actor also discussed auditioning for the role of Riker in The Next Generation. He then struggled to name all the characters in Star Trek he played over the years (for the record there are a total of thirteen). Of any of the costumes he wore, Armstrong said he would most like to have his first Klingon costume,
because it was the one worn by Christopher Lloyd in Star Trek III. As for his favorite character, Armstrong chose ‘2 of 9’ (7 of 9’s Borg-brother from Voyager’s "Survival Instinct"), but he also said he was fond of Mirror Universe Forest (Enterprise) and how he got to spend six hours kissing Linda Park. While wrapping up the actor said he was not satisfied with how they killed Admiral Forest in the series.
A big highlight of Saturday was the arrival of the Klingon Chancellors, Gowron (Robert O’Reilly) and Martok (JG Hertzler) in full makeup and costumes. Once on stage, the pair remained in character the entire time. Martok started by stating how they got lost trying to find Starfleet Headquarters and ended up at the convention. Martok then called the mayor of San Francisco a hunk. The two proceeded to sing and dance to a Klingon hip-hop song, and then invited everyone who was in Klingon costumes to join them on stage to help them sing a Klingon drinking song. The Klingons wrapped up by giving orders to the crowd that "for the glory of the Empire" the fans should to write letters to JJ Abrams and "tell him to put a damn Klingon on the next Star Trek movie!"
Also appearing on Saturday was Chase Masterson (DS9’s Leeta). Unfortunately we didn’t have anyone on hand for a report, but here is a shot of her on stage.
Photographer Stephen Lee also has some more good shots from Saturday at the Star Trek Con, at Flickr: CLICK HERE to see slideshow.
Here are some nice shots from around the con (via Telstar Logistics on Flickr)