OK, Star Trek Las Vegas, here we come. The full schedule is now live and we're thrilled to reveal some of the details of the over 60 hours of programming provided by StarTrek.com this year, including:
- Four Star Trek: Discovery panels with appearances by actors Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell and Sam Vartholomeos; writers Kirsten Beyer and Ted Sullivan; and creature designers Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page.
- Todd McFarlane joins Star Trek Las Vegas with news about McFarlane Toys' upcoming Star Trek line-up and a special TNG 30 tribute.
- Ubisoft will, each day of the event, give fans the opportunity to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew live on stage.
Here are the highlights of the StarTrek.com panels set for the Leonard Nimoy Theatre and the DeForest Kelley Theatre.
Inside the Star Trek: Discovery's Writers Room
Wednesday at 2:30pm in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre
Kirsten Beyer and Ted Sullivan take fans inside the Star Trek: Discovery writers’ room and the development of the upcoming TV series. Moderated by Jordan Hoffman.
Introducing Star Trek: Discovery
Wednesday at 3:30pm in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre
Straight from the set, Star Trek Las Vegas welcomes Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell and Sam Vartholomeos of the Star Trek: Discovery cast. Moderated by Scott Mantz.
Designing the Creatures of Star Trek: Discovery
Wednesday at 4:30pm in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre
Meet the designers, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, who are bringing the Star Trek: Discovery creatures to life. Moderated by Ian Spelling.
Star Trek: Discovery Comics & Novels Revealed
Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre
Join Kirsten Beyer, Sarah Gaydos, Mike Johnson, David Mack and Ed Schlesinger as they offer a first look at the new Star Trek: Discovery novels and comics coming this fall. Moderated by Jordan Hoffman.
The Expanding Star Trek Comic Universe
Thursday at 10:45am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Boldly go into the incredible expanding Star Trek comic universe from IDW Publishing, in this amazing panel packed with exclusive reveals! Featuring comics’ most-prolific Trek scribe, Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Boldly Go, Starfleet Academy, Star Trek/Green Lantern), fan-favorite artist J.K. Woodward (Mirror Broken, City at the Edge of Forever), CBS Vice President of Product Development John Van Citters, and Star Trek group editor Sarah Gaydos, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at Trek books including the ongoing series Boldly Go, the critically acclaimed Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, and the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery comics, based on the hit new show. Plus… exclusive giveaways! Moderated by John Van Citters.
Inside Trek: Star Trek Authors & Their Books
Thursday at 12:45pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Meet the authors and editors who are expanding the Star Trek universe with new novels, travel guides, science books and unique (and funny) views of Trek fandom. Hear about their favorite stories, writing Trek and the stories they really want to tell. Moderated by John Van Citters.
One Trek Mind Live: The Top 10 Holo Episodes
Thursday at 2:15pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
StarTrek.com’s One Trek Mind blogger and host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, Jordan Hoffman, will once again moderate a sure-to-be-fun (and lively!) debate to determine the Top 10 Holo Episodes. Bring your nominations and get ready to debate!
One Trek Mind Live: Sir Patrick Stewart's Best Non-Trek Roles
Sunday at 9:00am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Everyone knows that Jean-Luc Picard was Sir Patrick Stewart's best role, but what was his best Non-Trek role? Jordan Hoffman will lead the debate to determine Sir Patrick Stewart's Top 10 Non-Trek Roles.
The U.S.S. Aegis and Beyond - Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s Quest to Create New Ships for the Star Trek Universe
Wednesday at 12:30pm, Friday at 9:00am, and Sunday at 9:45am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
We’re pulling back the curtain on how new ships such as the U.S.S. Aegis were created for the new virtual reality game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Join Programmer Ryan Barber from Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment as she shares the process from behind-the-scenes. Three fans will get a chance to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew live on stage!
Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Recreating The Original Series’ Bridge in Virtual Reality
Thursday at 9:00am and Saturday at 1:30pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Join programmer Ryan Barber as she discusses the creative process behind how Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment has brought the TOS Enterprise to life within Virtual Reality. Three fans each day will get a chance to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew live on stage!
Two Universes Collide: The Borg Invade Mobile Gaming!
Thursday at 4:30pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Get ready for a behind the scenes 1st look at Pocket Starships Borg Invasion, as told from the developers working in the trenches on this yet to be released game. Learn about the process, the key areas, and the various roles of the team who are working to bring the Star Trek universe to life in an existing mobile game. This talk will include presentation of exclusive content from the game and attendees will get a chance to ask questions of the developers at the end of the talk. Featuring Ralf Adam, Vera Frisch and Mike Turner.
OKUDAGRAMS: The Development of the LCARS & Next Generation Graphic Design
Friday at 10:15am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Join long-time Star Trek Art Department members Mike Okuda and Denise Okuda for a discussion on graphic design in bringing Gene Roddenberry's universe to life. Beginning with Mike's early contributions to Star Trek: The Next Generation, including his groundbreaking development of "Okudagrams," which were named for him, we'll discuss the development of the LCARS design style and the role of graphics in creating futuristic/alien technology, as well as in the practicality of producing a weekly television series. Moderated by John Van Citters.
Experience Star Trek: The Cruise
Friday at 11:00am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Join your Cruise Director, Dane Butcher, and a few Trek friends (including Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo, Denise Crosby and John de Lancie) for an inside look at STAR TREK: THE CRUISE – an experience unlike any other this side of the Gamma Quadrant! These 6-day voyages on the spectacular Norwegian Jade will be packed with special Star Trek-themed shows, restaurants, parties, events and programs. George Takei will take the helm as Cruise Host and will be joined by nearly 20 other iconic Star Trek actors and personalities. Moderated by Dane Butcher.
Inside Trek: Star Trek Gamers & Their Games
Friday at 11:45am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Fans are playing more Star Trek video games than ever before. Whether it is on a mobile phone, tablet, VR, console or a PC, there are Star Trek games for everyone. Meet the designers and developers – including Ryan Barber of Ubisoft, Ralf Adam of Spyr, Paul Siegel of Disruptor Beam and Steve Ricossa of Perfect World -- who are bringing Star Trek to a new world of gaming. Moderated by John Van Citters.
The Ever-Evolving Universe of Star Trek Online
Friday at 2:15pm. in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek Online, the free-to-play online role-playing game that allows players to command their own starship and explore iconic Star Trek locations. Join Community Manager Mike Fatum for a live interview with Executive Producer Steve Ricossa on how the Cryptic Studios team develops new content for the game’s growing universe. We’ll also sit down with Aron Eisenberg, who plays Nog in Star Trek Online and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Plus, we’ll chat about what’s next for the game and give out free STLV-exclusive shirts!
Discovering Star Trek Timelines 2017
Friday at 4:45pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Whether you’ve been playing Star Trek Timelines since launch or are a brand-new player, you must admit that 2017 keeps on bringing exciting developments to this hit game. Join Disruptor Beam’s Lead Engineer for Star Trek Timelines, Paul Siegel, and Product Manager Alex “Nod” Engel as they detail where the game has been, what’s changed, and maybe even give a glimpse of thrilling new things to discover in the future. You’ll learn about new features, new content, new ships, new crew, and new ways to play.
The Production Meeting: Making the Leap from Page to Stage
Friday at 5:30pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Celebrate the impressive technical achievements of TNG's production personnel by understanding the complexities in Star Trek episodic production and the process of coordinating the work of multiple departments in order to deliver a unified creative vision. Using “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II,” panelists – including Michael & Denise Okuda, Michael Westmore, Doug Drexler, Herman Zimmerman and Ronald B. Moore -- will explore the use of the production meeting so each department understands the director’s needs and so the producers can be sure that plans are achievable on time and on budget. Moderated by Roger Lay.
Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Original Series Sets
Saturday at 9:15am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
When Star Trek was canceled in 1969, the original sets were dismantled and largely destroyed, and only a few small items of the actual sets remain today. And those that have survived are in private collections. Trek superfan James Cawley began the process of rebuilding the sets just as they would have been seen 50 years ago when the series was being filmed, a 14-year journey that has culminated in the most-accurate rebuild of the original sets. James Cawley, Denise Okuda, Michael Okuda, Daren Dochterman and Doug Drexler will give fans a look inside The Original Series Set Tour and what Desilu Studio looked like during the years between 1966-1969 while Star Trek was in production. Moderated by Ian Spelling.
Boldly Going There with Todd McFarlane
Saturday at 10:00am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Join Todd McFarlane as he takes fans behind the scenes of creating hyper-realistic action figures and showcases the inaugural line's prototype figures.
The Make-Up Artistry of Joel Harlow
Saturday at 11:15am in the Leonard Nimoy Theatre
With the release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016, viewers were given a spectacular visual thrill as a whole host of new aliens made their appearance for the first time in the rebooted franchise.
At the heart of the process of bringing these breathtaking intergalactic species to life was Academy Award-winning make-up artist Joel Harlow. Together with his team of amazingly talented creatives, Harlow set to work on creating aliens from over 50 different races for the film and documented the entire creative process for each one in exhaustive detail, from preliminary sketches to final make-up application. In his Star Trek Las Vegas debut, Joel will discuss his work on this blockbuster film and showcase art from his upcoming book, Star Trek Beyond – The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow. Moderated by Jordan Hoffman.
Discover the Starships Collection
Saturday at 11:30am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Eaglemoss's Ben Robinson and Star Trek concept designer John Eaves reveal what it takes to design a starship and offer a sneak peek at unseen models in the Star Trek The Official Starships Collection -- including the discovery of more ships.
A Science Trek - Strange New Worlds
Friday at 1:30pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Wolf 359 is well known in Star Trek as the locale for a disastrous confrontation with the Borg, but now astronomers are beginning to search this red dwarf star for signs of planets using the Kepler Space Telescope. Caltech astronomers Jessie Christiansen, Philip Hopkins and Robert Hurt discuss the scientific reality behind an increasingly bizarre collection of exoplanets that rival the strangest places Kirk, Picard or Janeway have ever visited. "Planet hunter" Christensen, a researcher with the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, describes—among others—the doomed WASP-12b, an egg-shaped planet orbiting so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is being consumed; or HD 189733 b, a bright blue planet where winds blow up to 5,400 mph, and it rains glass—sideways. Hopkins, a theoretical astrophysicist sheds light on how planets, stars, and galaxies form while Hurt, visualization scientist, describes how he turns astronomical data into illustrations that help us visualize and understand far-off space. Moderated by Phil Plait.
A Science Trek - The Search for Class M Planets
Saturday at 10:45am in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
Imagine visiting a small red star surrounded by seven Earth-sized planets, each of which could potentially have liquid water. Amazingly, this is not a story concept for Star Trek: Discovery, but a real science discovery made earlier this year by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. While three of these worlds lie in the star’s so-called “habitable zone,” determining which exoplanets could (or do) support life is far more complex than making a simple sensor scan. Caltech scientists Jessie Christensen, Philip Hopkins, and Robert Hurt discuss what we even mean by “habitable," and what makes a universe, a galaxy or a planet hospitable or hostile to life. Moderated by Phil Plait.
A Science Trek - When the Moon Eats the Sun: The Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017
Sunday at 12:00pm in the DeForest Kelley Theatre
On August 21, 2017, the United States will get a tremendous astronomical treat: A total solar eclipse, the first in the continental U.S. in nearly 40 years. This awe-inspiring event will be seen by tens of millions of people... but how does it work? Renowned astronomer Phil Plait will give you the ins and outs of the science of the eclipse, as well as explain how to observe it for yourself. There won't be another one in the US until 2024, so now's your chance to find out why so many people say this is the most wondrous celestial event they've ever witnessed.
Star Trek Las Vegas will run August 2-6 at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Visit www.creationent.com for the full schedule and tickets.