Sunday, August 14, 2005

Star Trek Convention Day Three

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The third day actually began at the conclusion of the second day. Let me explain. Day two ran long, as you might have read. And it was after midnight when we left. We boarded the Las Vegas Monorail out, and were joined by others that were either leaving or stepping away for a bit.

Joining us, as it turned out, was Michele Scarabelli, who I first in the TV show Alien Nation, and of course as Ensign Jenna D'Sora in TNG's "In Theory." She had been through a long day, but never lost her lovely smile. After such a day, she was wanting to get away from Star Trek (as was I) for a bit. And, of course, the monorail we boarded was the one painted like the Borg.

Day Three of the convention began earlier than previous days, and I didn't have a schedule with me when I went to the Nextel center to check e-mail and upload the day one and day two reports. Nextel was closed, but their network was one, so I worked until the battery died, then went back to recharge and missed Eugene Roddenberry, son of the Star Trek creator.

Penny Johnson Jerald (Capt. Kasidy Yates) spent most of her time answering questions and was so, so pleasant and charming. Many questions were about the ending of DS9 and about her character on 24. She indicated that circumstances, to her, seemed that Sisko could return since he never actually died, and that Sherrie Palmer could return since there were no scenes showing a body being carted off. The statement she made that stood out to me was that she has never accepted a role that was written for "an African-American woman." Her roles were written for a woman, period.

Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Tom Paris) was another mostly Q&A session featuring the standard questions, or at least the ones I could here were the standard questions. He seemed really nice and the crowd enjoyed him, of course.

Rosalind Chao (Keiko O'Brien) spoke about being one of the few actors of Asian descent on TV and in movies. She has no problem being of Chinese descent and best known on for playing a Japanese women (Keiko).

Casey Biggs (Gul Damar) and Jeffrey Combs (Shran, Weyoun, Brunt) were joined briefly by Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest and many others — more Star Trek characters than anyone ... ever). They did some Enterprise Blues Band numbers. After Vaughn Armstrong left, Casey Biggs and Jeffrey Combs continued playing for the remainder of their session and took no questions.

James Darren (Vic Fontaine) was strictly Q&A, with questions split between Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Gidget, and his singing career. The funniest thing was when he was asked about the TV show The 4400 and the possibility of a role for him, he took out his cell phone and called one of the people with the network, wanting to know why he wasn't on the show.

Avery Brooks (Capt. Benjamin Sisko) spent most of his session with Q&A, and was fun. I did not know he was a professor at Rutgers. But he is. And he said that, if there is a Star Trek hierarchy, he and the other actors are way down the order, well below the fans. He was the crowd's favorite of the day.

Last night, they had a Star Trek concert featuring members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a dessert supper. Great music!

More Star Trek convention coverage: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

1 comment:

  1. Sunday Funny

    Oh, I also think it is funny that Basil is a Trekkie, and has obviously forgotten how to spell the word three while in vegas. Lets hope he can count that far if he plans on any gambling.


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