STLV ’11: Leonard Nimoy’s Final Vegas Appearance, Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Terry Farrell, Klingons & More

LAS VEGAS — Saturday’s events at Creation’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas included a star studded guest listed, which included Leonard Nimoy’s final Las Vegas convention appearance, Terry Farrell’s return to the world of Star Trek, Kate Mulgrew, Brent Spiner, Suzie Plakston, Denise Crosby, John de Lancie, a “Klingon Summit”, Jeffrey Combs, and more.

John de Lancie, Suzie Plakston and Denise Crosby
John de Lancie, Suzie Plakston and Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby, John de Lance and Suzie Plakston opened up Saturday’s panels in Las Vegas with a Star Trek: The Next Generation discussion.

During the panel, Crosby talked about leaving TNG saying it was a “rash decision” but she didn’t know where her character was going. She said her character Tasha Yar had to die for her to get the great episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. She later noted that a a new installment of Trekkies is still a possibility, but it may not be a documentary.

Next up was the “Klingon Summit”, which included J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh in character, full makeup and costume.

J.G. Hertzler and Robert O'Reilly as Martok and Gowron
J.G. Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly as Martok and Gowron

During their 45 minute stage time the group invited over a dozen Klingon-costumed fans to join them on stage as they performed the “Klingon Rap”, answered fan’s questions and gave away several limited edition Klingon Monopoly games.

Terry Farrell
Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell, who still looks beautiful with a few streaks of grey in her hair, was welcomed to great applause as she made her return to the convention scene.

Farrell, who now lives on the east coast with her husband and son, discussed leaving Deep Space Nine after the sixth season. She said she would have loved to have stayed on the show, but her contract was up. Farrell went on to say she feels so honored to have had the opportunity to become a member of the Star Trek family.

Brent Spiner
Brent Spiner

Next up was Brent Spiner. The always quick-witted Spiner jabbed back at Jonathan Frakes, saying he was on the poster this year because he’s “more special”. He went on to talk about Star Trek‘s impact on the world and noted how amazed he was to see how many countries represented in the crowd at the annual Las Vegas convention.

Spiner talked about Data’s death in Star Trek: Nemesis, saying “Yes we killed Data, but Paramount killed everyone else.”

Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew took the stage next. Her former Voyager castmate Garrett Wang joined her on stage briefly. Mulgrew discussed her career, her time on Star Trek and showed a clip of her upcoming role in the Adult Swim comedy NTSF:SD:SUV.

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, in what was his final Las Vegas convention appearance, took the stage at 2:30 p.m. to thunderous applause. Using photographs and poems, Nimoy walked the fans through his entire career in what was the most emotional panels of the weekend.

A more in depth report on Nimoy’s panel can be read here on TrekNews.

Star Trek Guinness World Record attempt
1,040 costumed Star Trek fans

In the Guinness World Record attempt for “The Most Fans in Star Trek Costumes in One Place” 1,040 fans showed up smashing the previous record of 651, which was set last June during FedCon in Germany.

Saturday evening, convention goers were treated to a play by Jeffrey Combs, entitled “An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe”. The one-man play which is set in 1848 is loosely based on real events follows Poe on a cross-country speaking tour.

Look for a report from the fourth and final day of the 2011 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, with a guest list that included William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, John Cho and more later today, here on TrekNews.net.

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