Next week, the annual Star Trek fan pilgrimage to Las Vegas, Nevada begins again for the 57-Year Mission Convention run by Creation Entertainment. TrekMovie will be there to cover the event, and we are even holding a panel and co-hosting a party. The event kicks off at the Rio Hotel Convention Center on Thursday, August 3rd, and runs through Sunday the 6th. Panels and events will be spread across three separate stages and there is, as always, a dealers room with Star Trek merchandise along with a number of celebrities signing autographs. While this year’s event will be held in the midst of two Hollywood strikes, it looks like that hasn’t had a big impact on the guest lineup of Trek celebrities and beyond. We have put together some of the highlights of this unofficial Trek event, which we still fondly think of as STLV (Star Trek Las Vegas).
Star Trek (and Orville) stars lined up for Vegas
The total celebrity attendee list for this year is one of Creation’s biggest yet, with 159 guests lined up so far, including dozens of actors from across the franchise, from classic “legacy” shows, the new Paramount+ shows as well as the feature films (TOS, TNG, and Kelvin).
Big names include William Shatner, Anson Mount, Jeri Ryan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tawny Newsome, Jonathan Frakes, Linda Park, Nana Visitor, and Michelle Hurd. In fact, most of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Picard casts will be in Vegas, and there is a special Next Generation reunion with almost the entire cast. There is also a number of first-time Star Trek convention guests, like Paul Wesley from Strange New Worlds.
Fans will also find many other stars and guest stars from their favorite shows. This includes guest stars like Todd Stashwick from Picard, Andrew Robinson from DS9 and many more, including multi-appearance guest stars like John de Lancie, Jeffrey Combs, John Schuck, and Vaughn Armstrong. They even have Elias Toufexis from the upcoming fifth and final season of Discovery. And this year the guest list also extends beyond Star Trek to include The Orville, with five of the stars of Seth MacFarlane’s homage to TNG lined up, including Adrianne Palicki.
Strikes have some effect, but more stars still signing up
While the SAG and WGA strikes had a big impact on San Diego Comic-Con, that was because that convention is used by the studios as a promotional event. The Creation 57-Year Mission convention is fully independent of the studios, in particular Paramount Global, and all guests are attending as personal appearances, fully allowed within the guild rules. Celebrities will be still be doing panels, although SAG does have restrictions regarding discussions of struck work. Everything else will be pretty much the same, with actors doing photo ops (with fans in cosplay not presenting any obstacles) and signing autographs. Separately, licensed photos of the actors as their Star Trek characters will be available to purchase from Creation at the event, and actors are allowed to sign those as well.
As for COVID, this year masks are optional for guests. There are no tests or vaccine requirements and it is up to the actors if they want to use the plastic divider for photo ops.
While there has been a handful of cancellations in the last couple of weeks (like Kate Mulgrew and Jack Quaid), that is typical. In fact, Creation co-CEO Gary Berman tells TrekMovie, “Normally at this time, we’d have more cancellations.” Creation has even been adding to the list this week including today’s confirmation that Zachary Quinto (Spock from the Kelvin movies) will be attending. Other recent additions include Greg Grunberg (Star Trek Beyond) and Jonathan Del Arco (TNG and Picard).
We are delighted to welcome to the STLV: 57-Year Mission Convention one of our favorite actors on the scene — Zachary Quinto!
— Creation Entertainment (@CreationEnt) July 28, 2023
The strikes are just the latest challenge that Creation has had to navigate in recent years. This annual convention is a particular passion for co-founders Gary Berman and Adam Malin, who started running Star Trek events in the 1970s. Speaking to TrekMovie, Berman wanted to thank the fans for their continued support:
I would really like to thank the fans for supporting our fan conventions. I think all of the convention promoters have been through a lot of difficulty with COVID, especially the independent ones like us. We had to cancel 30 shows, giving out refunds and so forth. Now we’re rolling along with the new punches. So I think it’s really important for Adam and I to thank all the fans for supporting us.
Berman also confirmed that Creation will be back at the Rio in 2024 for the 58-Year Mission, noting the resort is getting millions in renovations over the next year.
Behind-the-scenes pros, scientists, and beyond
Beyond the big stars, Creation has also lined up an impressive list of behind-the-scenes vets from the franchise, including a number of writers and showrunners like Brannon Braga (TNG, Voyager, Enterprise), Terry Matalas (Picard), and Kevin & Dan Hageman (Prodigy). And there are a number of great Trek designers and artists attending like Dave Blass, Mike & Denise Okuda, Doug Drexler, John Eaves, and Michael Westmore. All will be appearing on stage, some doing multiple panels; Picard production designer Dave Blass is doing a couple of deep dives into season 3. There will also be a panel headed up by producer Dave Zappone giving an update on the upcoming Voyager documentary To the Journey.
It’s official! I will be attending #STLV2023 next weekend.
Be sure to wear your Prodigy cosplays to the panel! Some fun surprises… and maybe an impromptu contest or two. pic.twitter.com/e3MUNGjuxf
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) July 25, 2023
As usual, there are also a number of scientists and professionals lined up to talk about how Star Trek matches up with the real world: academics, NASA personnel, computer experts, even lawyers, plus a certain experimental petrologist who’s part of the TrekMovie team.
Folks who're interested in hearing why we have NO "confirmation" that "aliens" exist—plus numerous other reasons critical thinking is crucial in today's world—please join me, @DVDGeeks, @kaylai, @mafnoor, and Meredith Mikell for "The Demon-Haunted World" at #STLV next weekend!
— James Kerwin (@JamesKerwin) July 27, 2023
There will also be panels held by Star Trek experts and podcasts including the team from the Inglorious Treksperts and some of us at TrekMovie.com (more on that below).
Excited to announce that USS Titan set designer @JamesAddink will be joining us at #STLV. A great opportunity for folks to chat with James about the technical design of the interior of the ship. pic.twitter.com/jk4vI0pIyp
— Dave Blass 🔜STLV (@DaveBlass) July 26, 2023
Party like it’s 2023
Like every year, there will be a number of special events held in the evenings. There will be stand-up comedy from Rick Overton and Voyager’s Garrett Wang, karaoke parties with Enterprise’s Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer, and a Wednesday night “convention kick-off” dance party with The Roddenberries band. Greg Grunberg’s band will be supplying the tunes for the Saturday night festivities—along with some special guests. There will also be nightly movie screenings of Star Trek films, including the fan favorite Trek homage Galaxy Quest. And of course there’s always the annual costume contest.
🚨RED ALERT🚨 come party with us during our TWO other FREEEEEEE shows on the Roddenberry Stage during the khaaaaan 👉 the Wednesday Night Welcome Dance Party 9PM 👉 the Saturday Night After-Gala Party 10:30PM #STLV #57yearmission #startrek #lasvegas pic.twitter.com/xoPh8HAyrW
— The Roddenberries (@roddenberries) July 27, 2023
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) July 28, 2023
All 4-day packages are still available for the show with the exception of “Gold.” You can also purchase single-day general admission passes for $70 each day ($95 for preferred seating). Upgrades for VIP meet and greets along with individual photo ops are available within the packages or can be purchased stand-alone. However, a number of these extras are selling out fast, especially the photo ops. For more details visit creationent.com.
TrekMovie at STLV
TrekMovie.com will provide our usual coverage of the event both live via our social media accounts (including our growing Threads account) along with on-site and post-event coverage on our two podcasts. We will be co-hosting the annual “Landing Party” at the Rio Masquerade Bar on Wednesday evening at 9 pm, where there will be a trivia contest with cool prizes.
We are also be conducting another “State of Star Trek,” panel on Thursday, 11:30 AM in the DeForest Kelley Theater. TrekMovie editors and podcasters Anthony Pascale, Laurie Ulster, Kayla Iacovino, Matt Wright, and Brian Drew will talk about where things stand and where things are headed for the franchise on television, film, and beyond. Please come and say hi, there will be a Q&A to ask any burning questions you have.
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