That’s a wrap! The 2010 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention is in the record books — What a year it was! Creation Entertainment who puts on the annual extravaganza brought out all the heavy hitters in the Star Trek world and the Trek News crew was there live for all the panels, functions, and especially the late night meet ups and drink-fests at the Space Quest bar.
Here’s our report.
We arrived on Thursday night, just in time to check in at the Hilton, get changed and head over to — for the Roddenberry party, this year with a “Party on Risa” theme. We have to send out a huge thanks to Rod (Roddenberry), who so generously hosts the party every year. We had an amazing time. It was great to catch up with old friends, especially our buddies from TrekCast, David Ivy and Darren Benjamin. Great costumes were already in full effect (including a highly detailed Borg Queen), the drinks were flowing, and this was only our first day.
Friday, the second day of the convention kicked off with a Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry panel, the son of legendary Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry and our host from the previous night. Rod spoke about some of his new ventures, including a documentary about his father’s legacy. Friday, a big day for Deep Space Nine fans, saw a “Dominion panel” with Casey Biggs, Marc Alaimo, Andrew Robinson, Jeffrey Combs, and Salome Jens. Avery Brooks took the stage around 2:45pm where he began by playing a song from his new jazz CD on the stage piano for the fans in attendance. Next up was The DS9 Promenade panel, with James Darren, Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor and Aron Eisenberg.
The beautiful, Jeri Ryan kicked off Saturday’s events, which also saw panels with the wonderful Chase Masterson and most of the Voyager cast, minus Robert Beltran. A few trips around the dealers room later, it was time for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to take the stage. These two have such an amazing chemistry, both on and off screen. It’s great to watch them joke around and genuinely have fun with each other. It was a memorable moment when The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart surprised the two on stage for some laughter and an amazing photo opportunity. Jonathan Frakes capped of Saturday’s festivities, where he brought a few fans on stage to ask their questions and even broke into song, on one occasion.
On Sunday, the final day of the convention, costumed attendees were piling into the main auditorium for panels with Barbara March, the boys of Enterprise, Michael Dorn, and an amazingly entertaining panel with Brent Spiner and Captain Jean Luc Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart.
Below are some photos we shot at the convention. We’d love to hear you personal thoughts and experiences in the comments.
Brian is a Boston-based UX/Visual designer, photographer, Apple enthusiast, sci-fi, 80s action and horror movie fan and of course, a lover of all things Star Trek.
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