Although I wasn't pleased with how the operation of the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was running, the first night of the convention ended on a great note when we had supper with Sadie and phin. And I mentioned earlier how wonderful it was to meet and spend time with them.
Day Two of the convention went a bit better overall, from the standpoint of its operation. Long, long lines at breakfast meant having to miss a real breakfast. Even then, I didn't make it in to the beginning of the first speakers of the day. So, I didn't hear why one didn't make it.
Barbara March (Lursa) was a no-show, but Gwynyth Walsh (B'Etor) was fun to listen to. She was patient and gracious with her answers to questions.
Garrett Wang (Lt. Harry Kim) was there to have a good time. And on stage, he did, going so far as to pose for different sections of the crowd. The camera police put a damper on it. I don't envy them having to deal with that situation, but they took on the challenge. And failed. But Garrett Wang was fun for the shot period of time he was on. He even did a great impression of Kate Mulgrew (Capt./Adm. Kathryn Janeway).
Following the lunch break, Kate Mulgrew spoke and, despite her husband being in politics, tried to not be political in what she said. Of course, many Trekkers are moonbats and got to ask questions. She could have been a lot meaner in what she said, since she's opposed to the Commander-In-Chief of our Armed Forces, but made clear she didn't like the President. And, when I asked her to do her impression of Garrett Wang, she declined. But the crowd was in favor of it, it seemed.
Because I was interested in offering feedback, and it coincided with the Max Grodenchik (Rom) and Chase Masterson (Leeta), I made the difficult choice to miss them. I always like those characters and really wanted to see the actors in person. Oh, and I missed Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval) as it turned out. I hated missing him. I enjoyed him in Alien Nation and Enterprise. But, I give Creation Entertainment credit for listening to feedback, good and bad. Most of my concerns were brought out by others. Except the lack of accommodations for bloggers. It looks like I might be the only blogger there. Anyway, they did listen to us, and they deserve credit for that.
And, by staying for the whole session, I missed the beginning of Michael Dorn (Lt. Cmdr. Worf) and Marina Sirtis (Cmdr. Deanna Troi). But I saw most of their session. They played off each other wonderfully. It certainly appeared they are good friends and enjoyed not only each other's company, but also being there for the crowd.
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After the evening autograph sessions, the Friday Night Bash was fun. While waiting for autographs, we met a couple from Texas, Kathy and Brad, who were just wonderful. They had been there many times before and they really hit it off with my Big Sister (who's 5'4").
By the end of the day, I was beat. But the bash was cool because of the atmosphere, and the occasional star hanging around. Like running into Garrett Wang in the men's room. We encountered him in the bar later, and he posed for pictures and talked with us.
And someone was looking after me, because I got to see Chase Masterson and Max Grodenchik after all. She was singing, and he was in the crowd and briefly on-stage. Before we left, Max Grodenchik took the time to talk with us, asked about my nephew who left for college this weekend, and based on his quesions to us, seemed to know all about Georgia and the Valdosta (where the nephew is attending school) area. He was great.
When we left, running into Victor Brandt (Technician Watson in "Elaan of Troyius," Tongo Rad in "The Way To Eden") on the Las Vegas Monorail. He was getting away from the show for a bit, and boarded the monorail. The one painted like the Borg, as luck would have it. He was fun to talk to. While he appreciates the fans, he does wonder about some of them. And he seemed to appreciate when I told him about the Creation Entertainment input session where CE asked what people like most about the conventions. One lady said it gave her the chance to be herself. This lady was dressed up like Yeoman Rand when she said it!
More Star Trek convention coverage: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4