We didn't make it to Star Trek Las Vegas this year and we're trying not to feel sorry for ourselves because we know we are the fortunate ones. But missing out on a legendary convention that feels like home is worse that the 'Post Con Blues'. So we scoured the depths of our phones to make this short compilation of behind-the-scenes clips from last years STLV.
The Saturday of any convention is always the busiest. Fortunately at STLV this never leads to suffering. It's a combination best described as Starship on red alert with officers racing to their stations and a party on Risa, where no one knows anyone but you're all friends.
We had no idea that this day was going to pan out the way it did. Earlier in the week we briefly stopped to say Hi to someone at CBS and they said "We got a surprise this weekend, I think you'll like it". We didn't think anything of it. Perhaps an Enterprise shaped cat basket was about to be announced!?
We gazed at the info on the screen informing us Alex Kurtman had a surprise announcement and suspected that they were going to tell us the air date of Season 2 Discovery. Or that they had cast Spock.
The atmosphere at the years STLV is so much more relaxed despite there being so much more original and new content to see. So far, it's the best year!
We start the day with a DS9 talk.
Deep Space Nine Panel
Creation Enterainment's top Admiral Adam has joined the band are performing a very cool soft rock version of the DS9 theme track! Sorry we didn't record it. We take those 'no recording' requests serious as we'd like Press Passes granted in future years!
The panel consisted of Ira Steven Behr, Nicole de Boer, Andrew Robinson, James Darren and Chase Masterson.
Something we have noticed every time we see Ira is that he is very open to self criticism and openly encourages it from the audience and and the panel participants. Unsurprisingly these are the people who need that feedback the least because they are so highly regarded.
The first thing we like to do as soon as we get to a convention is see everything and everyone immediately! Luckily we are doing an autograph giveaway with Creation Entertainment so this was a great chance to mingle.
The schedule for Star Trek Las Vegas hasn't arrived yet but that doesn't mean we can't start planning. We have lots to look forward too with so much planned and announced already.
We are also very fortunate to be working with STLV organisers Creation Entertainment to giveaway autographs throughout the event! Read on to find out how you can get one...
As we said in our previous blog post, STLV boasts the largest gathering of Discovery guests ever! It's almost everyone.
We want to hear every word and soak in the positivity that emanates from the cast so we're hoping for lots of Discovery panels.
We're particularly thrilled that Gersha Phillips, Discovery's costume designer will be attending. We hope she gets a panel to detail her incredible work and perhaps give us some hints of what's to come.
We have heard that the Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibition which was at SDCC at the weekend will be appearing at … Continue Reading ››
Star Trek Las Vegas is now 8 days, 20 hours, 35 minutes and 40 seconds away! (And we're not adjusting for the time zone difference - we're not Data!).
We are all very lucky Trekkies because we are being graced with the largest ever Star Trek Discovery guest count at a Star Trek Convention!
Here is the list of DSC guests:
Sonequa Martin-Green (Burham)
Doug Jones (Saru)
Mary Wiseman (Tilly)
Anthony Rapp (Stamets)
Shazad Latif (Tyler/Voq)
Anson Mount (Pike)
Mary Chieffo (L'Rell)
Jason Isaacs (Lorca)
Wilson Cruz (Culber)
Rainn Wilson (Mudd)
James Frain (Sarek)
Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell)
Sam Vartholomeos (Connor)
Emily Coutts (Detmer)
Sara Mitch (Airiam)
Oyin Oladejo (Owosekun)
Kenneth Mitchell (Kol)
And the all important behind-the scenes people:
Gersha Phillips (Costume Designer)
Neville Page (Creature and Concept designer)
Glenn Hetrick (Make Up and effects designer).
So almost everyone from Discovery will be there! Good job it's a big stage!
Four weeks today we will be beaming into the mecca of Star Trek events: STAR TREK LAS VEGAS!
Taking place at the Rio All Suites Hotel on the 1st - 5th August 2018 STLV features over 100 guests (last year was over 130 for indication of scale), recreation sets, a huge traders hall, walk up and scheduled autographs, costume contests, Klingon karaoke, a philharmonic orchestra and many, many parties. Much like the city that hosts it, the party never stop at STLV. It is the galaxy class of Star Trek conventions!
Previous years have seen exhibitions such as the 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, original props and last year included props and Costumes from Star Trek Discovery a month before the shows premiere.
Guests so far include William Shatner, George Takei, Kate Mulgrew (squee!), Jeri Ryan, Rainn Wilson, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis ... the list goes on, check it out yourself. But suffice it to say … Continue Reading ››
Brannon Braga (who is responsible for writing and producing most Star Trek TNG, VOY and ENT episodes we all love, plus Generations and First Contact) appeared with Andre Bormanis (science consultant and writer) for a very open and transparent discussion on writing for Star Trek. I'll admit that I'm big fans of them personally. I love how Braga has a typical writers personality; self-depreciative and introverted despite being able to engage a large audience and clearly a very talented man.
Andre Bormanis is someone I friended on Facebook in that way you friend people on Facebook you have never met and the only interaction is the occasional 'liking' of posts. But from this vague connection I've gained an affinity towards him.
Saturday at Star Trek Las Vegas featured two of my personal favourite panels of the week. The Writers panel with Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis and the Inner Light panel with Sir Patrick Stewart, Margot Rose (Eline) and Morgan Gendel (writer).
The Inner Light Panel
Most panels at conventions are actors coming on stage, cracking a few jokes and taking a bunch of Q&As from the audience. This panel was someone different. It was well moderated by Adam from Creation Entertainment and was an analysis/review of an episode hailed as one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time. In fact in a poll of favourite Star Trek episodes, Inner Light came second of ALL EPISODES EVER. (Poll by StarTrek.com)
In case you have Bendii syndrome and have forgotten, The Inner Light is the episode where Picard is given the memories of an alien from a civilisation whose planet is dying. He lives a lifetime … Continue Reading ››