The big guns were out on Saturday at Star Trek Las Vegas as some of Trek's biggest names took the stage to a full house of fans.
Undoubtably, the day's biggest highlight was the first gathering of the Voyager cast to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary. The reunion was utter chaos, with the cast -- Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Roxann Dawson, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Garrett Wang, Robert Duncan McNeill and Robert Beltran -- joking and teasing each other relentlessly.
Phillips was the prime joker, dishing out his quips in a total deadpan. "When we started, Captain Crunch was just a private," he said, talking about the passage of 20 years since Voyager debuted.
Picardo noted that "We drove directors crazy. I know two of them retired after directing us." McNeill observed this about the much-maligned episode "Threshold": "If you take a hallucinogenic and watch the episode, I'm telling you, you'll appreciate."
Speaking of the 20th anniversary, Ryan said, "Technically I'm cheating because it's only my 17th anniversary." Dawson noted that "Nobody up here is drunk, really."
Wang told the classic story about him accidentally grabbing Ryan's boob during a shot one day rather than her elbow. And Mulgrew closed the panel by looking at her cast and saying, "I love you,guys," before turning to the audience and saying, "and I love you."
Award-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore returned to the Star Trek Las Vegas main stage this year, revealing he got his position as TNG's makeup maestro after a meeting with Gene Roddenberry, David Livingston and Rick Berman. "They called the house before I even got home and said 'The job is yours if you want it.'" Later, he recalled, Roddenberry wanted Data's face to be either "battleship grey" or "bubblegum pink," while Westmore liked the pale yellow that was ultimately used.
Voyager's Robert Beltran then joined Westmore on stage as he was transformed into Chakotay. Beltran and Westmore recalled that the producers at first considered a full-face tattoo for Chakotay, then it "shrunk" to a half-face tattoo, then to the smaller tattoo fans eventually saw. Beltran joked that Mike Tyson stole his tattoo and then he answered fan questions as Westmore performed his magic.
He initially expected a Chakotay-Janeway relationship. The Chakotay-Seven of Nine relationship in the final four episodes of Voyager "surprised the heck out of me, but I was all for it." As the session went on, Beltran's young daughter in the front row cackled with laughter and waved to her daddy, who smiled and waved back. She then joined him on stage as the session ended, excitedly checking out his tattoo.
Michael Dorn filled in for Karl Urban, who had to cancel his appearance due to shooting Star Trek Beyond. Dorn took the stage, joking that "just to be sure everyone knows, I'm not Karl Urban... Though I do see the resemblance."
Looking back on Worf's makeup, he said, "It wasn't difficult because I was enjoying myself so much. It was a small price to pay." And Dorn got the crowd cheering when he uttered his signature line, "Sir, I must protest. I am not a merry man!"
All throughout the day, fans settled in for a variety of informative panels, several sponsored by StarTrek.com. The Modern Look of The Star Trek Franchise gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at creating the future, featuring the people who made it a reality: Rick Sternbach, Andre Bormanis, Ronald B. Moore, Mike and Denise Okuda, Herman Zimmerman and Doug Drexler.
Mary Czerwinski led a discussion on Voyager's Impact on Female Roles and CineConcerts' Justin Freer spoke with composer Dennis McCarthy about the music of Star Trek.
Terry Farrell entertained fans with stories about her time on DS9. Marina Sirtis figured greatly in her audition for the Jadzia Dax role, including suggesting her wardrobe for the final session.
Unfortunately, "I couldn't for the life of me remember how to say Jadzia Dax!" After getting the role and having Michael Dorn join the cast, they decided to "flirt with each other and see if they write more for them."
Dame Joan Collins received a standing ovation upon her arrival and departure. Waving to the crowd, she said "Hello, hello, hello. I'm alive!" Her daughter convinced her to do "City on the Edge of Forever," and Collins had no idea "it'd be a defining moment in my career."
Shatner, Kelley and Nimoy were pros, she said, and of the chemistry between the characters Edith Keeler and Kirk, she appreciated the "smoldering desire for each other."
William Shatner was full of energy, and came out dancing and doing Kirk-fu to the musical intro by the house band, Sci-Fried. Shatner talked at length about why we, the fans, are all still attending conventions after all these years. "By examining a concept you bring it to life," he said. "That's why we are here, the mythology. The awe. The wonderment. That's why we're here."
Shatner paid tribute to both Grace Lee Whitney and Leonard Nimoy. "Grace Lee was a delightful light, so passionate, so there. She was a sport, too. She was wonderful." And "I loved Leonard as as my brother, the brother I wish I had." You could hear a pin drop as Shatner talked about his departed co-stars.
Fans gathered for Saturday's One Trek Mind Live panel with Jordan Hoffman, and there was to much debate, as he sought to determine Voyager's top 10 episodes. And the winner was the "Scorpion" two-parter, which counted as one episode.
The upcoming release of "The Autobiography of James T. Kirk" headlined a special challenge for fans. Hosted by author David Goodman and Jordan Hoffman, fans turned the tables on their beloved captain, and competed in "Are You Captain Kirk?" by performing excerpts from the book in their best Kirk impersonations.
The annual Star Trek Las Vegas Costume Contest presented by Anovos and CBS kicked off the nightime activities. A Klingon-suited Jordan Hoffman hosted the competition with celebrity judges including Terry Farrell, Mark Allen Shepherd and Joseph Gatt.
There were Klingons, Borg, Trill and even a deep cut from The Animated Series. And the winners were...
Best in Show
Denise Gross as Species 8472
1st Place: Laura Milroy as Andrea, 2nd Place: Aaron Fleeman as Alidar Jarok,
3rd Place: Michael Melton as Captain Pike
1st Place: Renee Hodacek as Deela, 2nd Place: Spenser Babb-Biernacki as Ranya Kapek,
3rd Place: Laura Johnson as Commander T'salt
1st Place: Chad Buffett as Koth of House Kazog, 2nd Place: Vard McGuire as Phylosian,
3rd Place: Jerry Powell as Armored Warrior Borg
Check out all of the contestants in the 2015 Star Trek Las Vegas Costume Contest album.
The night wrapped with the Saturday Night Star Trek Gala Concert Event featuring Dennis McCarthy, conductor Richard McGee and James Darren.