Day Two of Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention is in the books, and it was a bustling 12-plus hours of talks, laughs, autographs, selfies, collecting and also a full two hours of lumps in the throat and tears as fans celebrated the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy. StarTrek.com was there for it all, and here's some of what went down...
The emotional highlight was A Celebration of the Life and Times of Leonard Nimoy. A communal experience, it started with John Tenuto sharing photos that spanned from Nimoy's infancy to his earliest days acting and from his Trek days to his love of photography. Later, Creation ran a tribute video featuring footage from his many convention appearances.
Nimoy's son Adam took to the stage for a sit-down conversation with Malin. Nimoy discussed his own career, his father's influence on his transition from lawyer to director and shared personal anecdotes about Nimoy, the man and father. It was a cathartic two hours of well-deserved tribute to Nimoy.
Nimoy's colleague Walter Koenig looked and sounded well during his appearance in the morning. He talked about Trek's imminent upcoming big anniversary and how long it took him to truly feel like a part of the Trek success story.
He also shared an anecdote about being directed to make Chekov funny. "I went to drama school. I had to ask myself, 'Is this not a goal prostitution of my craft.' It was, but I needed to work. So I played him funny."
StarTrek.com presented the panel Beyond the Cover, with John Van Citters of CBS Consumer Products moderating. The panel included authors Paula M. Block and Terry Erdmann, who revealed snippets of information about the upcoming coffee table book Star Trek Costumes. Van Citters noted that the book will span the entire franchise, a first, as "It had never all been collected in one place."
Comic book writer Scott Tipton talked about collaborating with his brother, David. And fans laughed when he referenced his working on IDW's Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover. "Star Trek is so hopeful... and Planets of the Apes is so... Not." And Robb Pearlman talked about his book, Fun with Kirk and Spock, which blended his two loves, children's books and Trek. "Two great tastes that taste great together," he joked.
StarTrek.com presented several other sessions throughout the day. Engaging Literature with Star Trek found Amy Imhoff leading a discussion about literature's role in Star Trek. Sometimes, it was clear: Chang spouting Shakespeare, for example, or Picard going all Ahab/Moby Dick in First Contact. There, but more subtle, was the King Arthur influence on Nemesis, with Shinzon echoing Mordred.
Quark's Bar was a popular hangout with fans mingling with the Fergeni, playing tri-dimensional chess, or lounging on tribble bean bag chairs.
The session To Boldly Go...Behind the Comics featured IDW comics editor Sarah Gaydos joined by Mike Johnson, Scott Tipton, artist JK Woodward and Jordan Hoffman to talk about IDW's current and upcoming Trek comics. Johnson noted that a great relationship with the makers of the current films lets the books and movies "feel like they're all part of the same, coherent universe." Later, Star Trek Online: The Digital Voyage filled fans in on the creative process for the game and gace fans a glimpse of things to come.
The Journey to Restoring the Enterprise featured the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Margaret Weitekamp, Michael and Denise Okuda, Adam Schneider and Rick Sternbach. The panel discussed the Smithsonian's effort to restore the 11-foot TOS shooting model.
Fans ooh-ed and ahh-ed as they watched footage of the restoration process and a rendering of how the finished model will be displayed -- in a case that will let it be 360-degrees viewable-- when the project is completed in 2016. Mike Okuda marveled at seeing the model in person. The biggest surprise... "Was the color. We intellectually knew what it looked like, so to see how green it was really was the surprise." The key goal, Weitekamp said, responding to a fan question, is to treat the model as two overlapping but different things. "It's a filming miniature... And it's THE Enterprise."
DS9 favorites Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton and Rene Auberjonois teamed up for an entertaining panel. And revealing, too. What did Farrell think of another actress playing a version of Dax? "I didn't watch the show!" Auberjonois thought some episodes of DS9 were great and that some weren't, but "I think over the seven years it was pretty extraordinary work." And Visitor, asked if she thought Kira and Odo's farewell scene was a see you soon or a forever farewell, said, "I thought it was the final goodbye." Auberjonois added that it was the inevitable ending to the arc because, "he had to go back to his people."
Alice Krige was a total Trek newbie when she landed the role of the Borg Queen in First Contact. "I knew nothing about Star Trek. I knew there was a character called Scotty. And I knew there was beaming up."
She almost passed on the audition because she only received three scenes from the top-secret script. She finally went in, did the three scenes in the audition, "and realized how extraordinary she was."
Fans got a kick out of Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg appearing on stage together in full Rom and Nog costumes and masks.
Max/Rom was wearing an ascot, which prompted Aron/Nog to crack that he looked like a "Ferengi Hugh Hefner." A cute groaner came when Max joked that if Aron had babies with Seven of Nine that they'd be "little Aron Eisen-Borgs."
Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Denise Crosby joined forces for a typically chaotic conversation, as Sirtis spoke her mind and razzed Dorn, much to the crowd's delight. And Crosby often jumped into the fray.
A genuine revelation occurred when Sirtis told Crosby, "You quitting saved my job. I was going to get fired and then you quit." That led to some serious conversation, as it was news to Crosby. Sirtis had heard it from Majel Barrett. As Crosby noted, "It ultimately worked out for everyone. Things happened the way they were meant to."
Other group panels brought together Trek guests Greg Ellis, Tracy Scoggins, Rosemary Morgan and Julie Cobb, as well as Elizabeth Dennehy, Jennifer Hetrick, Kate Vernon, Brenda Bakke and Cyia Batten.
Joe Gatt, flying solo, revealed that he was all set to reprise his Star Trek Into Darkness role as Science Officer 1708 in Star Trek Beyond when he was informed that, due to script changes, the character would not be part of it. He said he's open to returning in the film after that as "there's so much more to explore with this character, because he's literally a part of the ship."
Visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow for a recap of Day Three. And don't miss the Star Trek Las Vegas Day One highlights.