Creation’s official Star Trek con in Las Vegas kicked off on Thursday with Voyager’s Garrett Want, Enterprise’s Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer and a bunch of TOS and TNG guest stars. See below for full report and lots of photos from Thursday.
STAR TREK LAS VEGAS CONVENTION THURSDAY
Garrett Wang, Star Trek Voyager’s Ensign Kim kicked off Star Trek Las Vegas Con 2011. The actor began by showing off one of the T-shirts from his new venture Cosmic City Tees. The shirt is based on a story from a past convention when he coined the phrase "By The Power of DeLancie," about TNG’s Q John de Lancie. The actor quickly went to Q&A taking questions. On how he got the job on Voyager, Wang says being a fan of Star Trek helped land him the gig. As for what he can be seen in lately, the actor explained that he has "taken a break" from acting in the last few years, but he would love to return. Wang did reveal that he recently filmed a pilot where he plays a single father martial arts teacher who has acupuncture clinic. He appeared especially interested in following Star Trek’s George Takei and to CBS’ Big Bang Theory.
Speaking of Takei, Wang delighted the crowd with doing a spot-on impersonation of the original Star Trek actor. Garrett also showed off his accurate impersonations of DS9’s Avery Brooks and Voyager’s Bob Picardo, explaining that he honed the skill during long breaks between takes on Voyager to keep the cast entertained. Wang even does an impresionation of Kate Mulgrew, explaining it was "a part Katherine Hepburn, a little bit helium and a little Smurf,"
Keating and Trinneer
The other main cast stars for Thursday was a joint panel with Star Trek: Enterprise’s Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) and Connor Trinneer ("Trip"), who seemed to be having a lot of fun and still appeared to have great chemistry. They mixed light-hearted jabs with their comments like Dominic explaining the success of the fan-favorite fourth season to Connor finally learning his lines.
Things even got a bit ribald, with the pair discussing co-stars Jolene Blalock’s assets, noting how one could still "bounce a mushy grape" off her butt. However, Connor couldn’t help but say that Blalock isn’t your typical glamorous actress, revealing how she once drove him home "farting the whole way."
But it wasn’t all jokes, as the pair also praised Manny Coto who was made show runner for the fourth and final season. In discussing the cancellation of Enterprise Dominic defending the quality of the show and the writing, and put the blame on UPN who he says didn’t support the show. And regarding the death of Trip, Trinneer said he hasn’t read the Enterprise novel which explains he isn’t really dead, but for the actor he still considers Trip dead. As for what they wanted in season five, Dominic said he wanted to explore more of Malcolm’s connection to Section 31, whereas Connor wanted to explore more of the relationship between Trip and T’Pol.
Thursday at the Star Trek con also featured a number of Star Trek guest stars panel. The first of which was a "Return to the Sixties" collection of original Star Trek episode guests: Lee Meriwether (Losira – "That Which Survives"), Yvonne Craig (Marta "Whom Gods Destroy"), and Clint Howard (Balok "The Corbomite Maneuver").
Howard said that even though he was only six years old when he appeared on Star Trek, it was actually not his first job as an actor, which began on the Andy Griffith Show when he was only two. Howard also talked about the famous tranya, favorite drink of Balock. He said it was pink lemonade and that he really didn’t like pink lemonade, but his father told him "you are going to drink it and you are going to like it!" While not an avid fan of Star Trek, Howard did say that he made sure to have his family bring a camera to the set where he took pictures of himself including sitting in the captain’s chair.
By the way I had a chance to talk briefly with Howard before his panel and he recalled a story of an audition "around 1980 with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. According to Howard, as soon as he entered the room George Lucas jumped up, pointed at him and yelled out "Commander Balok! "Corbomite Maneuver!"). However, unfortunately he didn’t get the job.
Yvonne Craig spoke about how doing her makeup as the green-skinned Orion was very tedious and that the Star Trek makeup team struggled to get her to match with the first Orion, Susan Oliver (apparently no one who worked on the Cage was working when she did her episode). Craig also got some questions about her time as Batgirl on the 1960’s Batman, revealing she didn’t need a stuntwoman to ride her Batcycle. She also denied the rumor that there was every talk of a Batgirl spin-off show.
Another panel pairing were TNG guest stars Eric Menyuk (The Traveler) and Olivia d’Abo (Amanda Rogers "True Q"). Eric revealed that he has given up acting and is now a lawyer, but he was excited to be at the con saying he was a "nerd" just like the rest of us. This was Olivia’s first con, although she said that her "True Q" co-star
John deLancie told Olivia told her years ago she would eventually appear at a con.
Regarding favorite moments working on Trek: Olivia recalled doing the blue screen shots on the roof of the Enterprise with de Lancie, noting how impressed she was with the amazing sets. Eric remembered how excited he was to do Star Trek and his first scene in the transporter room. Eric also revealed that after 8 aditions, he did not get the role of Data, which went to Brent Spiner.
The last main room celebrity panel was with another collection of original series stars: Beverly Washburn (Arlene "The Deadly Years"), Jack Donner (Romulan Subcommander "The Enterprise Incident") and Michael Forest (Apollo "Who Mourns for Adonais").
Here is a slideshow with more photos from STLV panels on Thursday:
More from Vegas con to come
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Erica Anderson contributed to this report. All photos by Anthony Pascale/TrekMovie.com unless otherwise noted