Creation Entertainment’s Grand Slam Star Trek & Sci-Fi Summit!

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This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend Creation Entertainment’s Grand Slam Star Trek & Sci-Fi Summit Convention in Burbank, CA. The entirety of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was on hand, making it even more exciting. I’ve been watching TNG since its premiere when I was 16-months old. I do not remember there being a time in which these characters were not a part of my life, so to have them all in attendance was a treat. In addition, several other Trek alumni were in attendance, including Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, and Aron Eisenberg from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager, and Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer from Star Trek: Enterprise. Additional sci-fi actors included Bruce Boxleitner, who is perhaps most well known for his roles in Babylon 5 and Tron, and John Noble of Fringe and Lord of the Rings fame.

My weekend began Friday afternoon. Several of my convention-going Trek friends were already milling around the vendors area. The majority of attendees were sporting Trek cosplays, but I opted to pay homage to one of my favorite sci-fi films, The Fifth Element, by showing up as Leeloo. I sat in on panels by Keating and Trinneer , Boxleitner, and Auberjonois, all of whom were warm and amusing.

Saturday morning, bright and early, fellow Nerd Reactor writer Laura Sirikulvadhana and I headed to the convention center in our Trek best, ready for what was sure to be the pinnacle of the weekend: the TNG cast reunion panel. The morning started, however, with a hilarious panel from Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton, who happened to be celebrating his 56th birthday. Burton also discussed his excitement when it came to the new Reading Rainbow App, assuring us it is performing very well (Fingers crossed for it to expand!). A panel on the remastering of TNG for Blu-ray sparked my interest as well. The samples of the work being done are staggeringly beautiful. The one and only Sir Patrick Stewart also took the stage late that afternoon and discussed several of his upcoming projects, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is shrouded in secrecy. He could only confirm that Bryan Singer is returning as director and that a handful of X-Men alumni, such as Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lawrence have signed on. The night ended with the TNG cast reunion (more on that from Laura) and some partying with fellow nerds.

Sunday continued in the grand tradition of entertaining panels. Robert Picardo led the audience in a rendition of “You Are My Sunshine,” which he performed with Jeri Ryan in an episode of Voyager. Marina Sirtis was as endearingly vulgar as always and Gates McFadden spoke a great deal about her current theatre project during her time onstage.

I was fortunate enough to sit in on a roundtable discussion with McFadden, who is still just as lovely as she was on the show all those years ago, immediately following her panel. As a child, I found both her and her character, Dr. Beverly Crusher, to be a fantastic role model for myself. I also did live theatre for the whole of my adolescence, so hearing her talk so passionately about it was refreshing. She is currently serving as artistic director for Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, a project that is focusing on introducing fresh and exciting new playwrights as well as promoting established ones. They have dozens of shows in the works and I can’t wait to serve as an audience member for a few. McFadden also discussed her recent venture into the world of social media. She joined both Facebook and Twitter and few weeks ago and, in her own words, is trying to learn the ropes gracefully. She gladly took tips and advice from the six of us interviewing her, but, in my opinion, she’s doing just fine.

I ended my epic weekend with a panel featuring Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner, who were absolutely hysterical. Frakes touched on the countless directing projects he has in the works, including Castle and CSI: LA. Spiner promoted his comedy webseries, Fresh Hell, which I highly recommend. It is an absurdly amusing take on his own life.

A superb sci-fi weekend. Looking forward to next year’s convention.

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Laura and I waiting in line for her photo op with Sir Patrick Stewart. She cried a bit afterwards.

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In my Leeloo cosplay with fellow Trekkie, Nathan Adams.

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A vendor had a Mangalore head and I absolutely had to have a photo taken with it.

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Lots of Star Trek cosplay!

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