The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited onstage for the occasion of the 25th Anniversary as the centerpiece of the Grand Slam weekend events. Host Adam Malin valiantly (and in vain) tried to rein in the wildly unpredictable behavior of the intrepid crew, much to the enjoyment and amusement of the packed crowd. Patrick Stewart confessed at the outset that he had stolen Malin's notes, mischievous behavior and very un-Captain-like. Marina Sirtis wasted no time in lambasting her fellow cast mates, particularly the "boys." It was also the occasion of LeVar Burton's birthday, and Creation brought out a big birthday cake as the cast and audience served up a hearty round of Happy Birthday. Brent Spiner was his usual hysterical self. His kids were on hand to ask (evidently) candid questions of their Dad and Patrick Stewart. His older son wondered how Jonathan had managed to crash through the wall of the bridge set, and Brent demonstrated the Road Runner/Coyote move, which Jonathan unwittingly initiated from the "Worf" position atop the bridge semicircle, plowing throughout the set wall in a cut-out body shape. Brent's younger son inquired of Patrick what it was like to be Locutus. Brent responded (in a strikingly similar and funny Patrick accent), but then deferred to the real Captain. Patrick told the boy that he would have liked it if Locutus had won and became the permanent Captain of the Enterprise so that he wouldn't have to work with any of the others! Marina harassed Jonathan, who is now directing for many regular TV shows, about why she hadn't been hired to act on any of his many shoots. Gates partly credited Patrick with convincing her to return to the show for season 3.
Sunday Feb. 17th Report:
Sunday brought the third and final day at the beautiful Burbank Marriott Airport Hotel over the Feb. 15-17th, 2013 weekend for the 18th installment of Creation Entertainment's legendary Grand Slam: The Star Trek/Sci Fi Summit. This long-running celebration, hosted by Creation Entertainment CEOs Gary Berman and Adam Malin and Creation Talent Producer Stephanie Dizon, brought together a cavalcade of celebrities from Star Trek and TV and film sci fi and fantasy.
On menopause, it begins with "losing your mind." Men should be patient with their wives as they stick their heads in the freezer! In "Fistful of Datas," she was happy to be able to finally hold a gun. On her career trajectory: she wanted to be a classical actress, a la Judi Dench. She would like to do theater roles, like Ophelia and Cleopatra. She considers herself a Luddite, or one who rejects technology. She doesn't want to go into space (she's afraid of heights), but seriously wants to cure the ills of Earth before we colonize space. On kissing the cast: she's kissed them all, including Gates! On the bath scene with Riker: by the end of the day of filming there was grime on the edge of the Jacuzzi! But she hadn't noticed that the water had gone down, exposing her breasts. Jonathan's eyes kept getting bigger and bigger! But she didn't care, "because English actresses take their tops off at the drop of a hat!" and, "If it's good enough for Helen Mirren, it's good enough for me!" Marina left the stage to a huge applause.
Following that, host Gary Berman presented an entertaining No Minimum Bid Auction, which included the coveted stage banners signed by all the attending on- stage celebrities of the weekend. Also offered was a range of Trek apparel, drinkware and collectors plates, and lots of photos signed by the casts of several genre TV shows and films.
Then it was time for the comedy team of Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner. These two are a legendary duo together on stage at Creation events, and they did not disappoint. A voice off stage proclaimed "the Jewish android from Texas" and Brent came on stage. Brent then introduced "the beardless wonder" Jonathan Frakes. Jonathan asked Brent (as Patrick Stewart) what it was like to be working again with his old friend Ian McKellen. Brent, in perfect Patrick affectation, said it was great to be back with his chum. One pun after another commenced, including a riff on Jonathan's shaved face, the exact contents of which will not be reported here. Jonathan lamented his Star Trek TV series pitch which was instantly rejected ("We already turned down Shatner and Bryan Singer, and you ain't them!”) On Marina preferring to kiss a man without a beard, Brent prefers to kiss a woman without a beard, too. Brent did a Patrick riff, repeating Patrick's plea from the previous evening to people to not digitally capture them with their cameras and iPhones. Brent noted that the request was currently playing on YouTube! It was suggested the previous night that Brent would be the next Pope (based on his role on Warehouse 13), and Jonathan bowed before him as Brent sprinkled holy water on him. Jonathan also thought Brent would look good in "the hat." Jonathan had high praise for Bruce Campbell who he has directed in Burn Notice. A fan asked about Data walking underwater in Star Trek: Insurrection. Brent told the story of how they filmed up at Convict Lake, California, in freezing weather. They had a stunt man do the walk into water scene, but director Frakes insisted Spiner film the scene for realism. So Brent walked into water dutifully (freezing his ass off), but when he saw the final cut, realized that Frakes had used the footage of the stunt guy, not him! This really pissed him off! Jonathan launched into his signature "Volare" and the audience sang along as the two superstars left the stage to huge applause. Frakes and Spiner had struck again.
And with that, Creation Entertainment wrapped up its epic weekend for fans of Star Trek and science fiction (while announcing that it would return in 2014). It was obvious from the throngs of satiated genre fans that Grand Slam would Live Long and Prosper. For more information on Creation events go to creationent.com, and click HERE for the recap of Day One and HERE to read the recap of Day Two.