The party started and went deep into the evening. The party, of course, is Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention. The four-day extravaganza is taking place at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas and fans are coming in from all over the world to celebrate their favorite franchise. StarTrek.com is live-tweeting from the event, as well as posting photos on Instagram and also providing daily recaps here on the site.
Activities are spread all over the convention space -- including the TOS bridge set, photo op areas, a Prop and Costume Museum featuring Voyager and Vulcan props and costumes, balloon art and more.
Enterprise stars Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer had a laugh-filled reunion. Trinneer didn't mind Trip dying in the series finale because "half of it was about me," and Montgomery felt the show deserved a fifth season. By year four it had found its "sea legs" and the actors were "family," but at the end of the day, "It was too late." Park loved-loved-loved Empress Hoshi. She recalled Brannon Braga saying he didn't know she had that performance in her, which Scott Bakula overheard. He noted, "I did."
Keating never saw the final episode. And Billingsley had always wanted to be quoted in TV Guide. He finally did... with a criticism of the finale that didn't go over well with at least one unnamed co-star. The comment: "boy, they can't all be gems."
The Original Series guest stars David Ross, Don Marshall and Michael Dante talked about playing, respectively, Lt. Galloway in "The Trouble with Tribbles," Lt. Boma in "The Gallileo Seven" and Capellan Teer Maab in "Friday's Child." Ross recalled how Wiiliam Theiss created the Tribbles... "Nasty" furs and wraps cut up and glued onto tennis balls.
Marshall recounted that Gene Roddenberry wrote Boma for him, and he called Nimoy "unselfish." Dante talked about the 107-degree heat at Vazquez Rocks when he shot on location. He lost seven pounds that day.
Deep Space Nine stars Nicole de Boer, James Darren and Armin Shimerman talked about their time on DS9. They seemed as if they were having a ball catching up.
De Boer in particular was, as Shimerman put it, "on fire" with her comments and jokes. Best of all, Mark Allen Sheppard surprised the three by coming out on the stage at the very end... Dressed in full Morn costume. And, finally, Morn spoke. He sang a line from Sheppard's spoof song, Morn to Be Wild, which got the crowd cheering.
Mark Allen Sheppard had earlier donned his Morn makeup for the first time in 16 years. Though it was tough to talk through his mask, he shared anecdotes about how Morn came on DS9 for a one-off and stuck around for seven seasons, much to his amazement. And he was "thrilled" when the producers built a full episode, "Who Mourns for Morn?," around his character. Even better, he got to be a Bajoran and sit in Morn's seat.
The Next Generation guest stars Clyde Kusatsu, Tracee Cocco, Olivia D'Abo and Richard Poe talked about playing, respectively, Nakamura, Lieutenant Jae, Amanda Rogers and Gul Evek. Kusatsu was "honored" to be a part of Trek, while Poe got his role because Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart saw him in a play and said, "we're going to put you in Star Trek, and they did." And D'Abo "gravitated" toward John de Lancie while making her episode because she was "essentially playing a female Q."
It was a Happy Days reunion at Star Trek Las Vegas with Anson Williams and Don Most talking about their friendship, Happy Days and their respective Trek adventures. Most played Dr. Kadan in the "Workforce" two-parter, while Williams directed multiple episodes of DS9 and Voyager. Most enjoyed surprising viewers with his darker turn, but it was a "challenging" task because he had two different directors on the episodes.
Williams was happy to have directed " Real Life" and "The Gift" for Voyager. The latter episode sent Kes off and introduced the catsuit-wearing Seven of Nine we all remember. "This beautiful woman comes out who's a 12 of 10, and I didn't know who it was. I thought it was a new actress. It was Jeri." The two friends got a roar of approval when they sang "It's Almost Like Being in Love" together, really-really well.
The Star Trek Las Vegas party doesn't truly begin until the Klingons arrive. JG Hertzler and Robert O'Reilly appeared in costume as Martok and Gowron. they tormented the crowd... And each other. And of course they performed their infamous Klingon rap song. It is something to beholdu.
And, finally, Jordan Hoffman brought his StarTrek.com guest blog, One Trek Mind, to life for the first One Trek Mind Live session of the weekend. Today's subject... Spock's 10 Best Moments, a tribute, of course, to Leonard Nimoy. "Live Long and Prosper" came in second... Meaning Spock's death scene and his farewell to Kirk in Star Trek II ranked #1.
And while that concluded the programming for the day, the day was far from over. There was karaoke in the Kelley Theatre starting at 9:30 p.m., a huge Resistance Is Futile Bingo Party in the Rio Lanes Room and a massive Gold Patron Party atop the Rio, in the Voodoo Lounge.