LAS VEGAS — Thursday was the kick off to Creation Entertainment’s 2011 Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. This year’s the mega-event moved from it’s previous home at the Las Vegas Hilton to the Rio Hotel and Casino. While the venue has changed, the efficiency of convention and high level of fan enjoyment appears to have stayed consistent with recent years.
While Thursday is usually a somewhat quiet day at the Vegas convention, the weekend’s events kicked off with a bang with what appeared to be a great turnout. The days panels included Voyager’s Garrett Wang, TOS star Lee Meriweather, The Next Generation’s Eric Menyuk and Olivia d-Abo, Larry Nemecek, and Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating from Enterprise.
William Shatner along with his film crew were also spotted several times throughout the day in the dealer’s room, convention hallways and secondary theatre, as they continue to collect footage for the Fan-Addicts
William Shatner filming Fan Addicts in the dealer’s room.
The 2011 panels were opened by Voyager‘s own Garrett Wang, who was in great spirits. Wang told stories from his days as Ensign Harry Kim on Voyager. He said he’d love to have a future guest starring role on the CBS hit comedy Big Bang Theory. After fielding a few fan questions, Wang did a few memorable impersonations of Robert Picardo and George Takei, including a spot on “Oh my!”. Wang went on to discuss his role as Commander Garan in the fan produced Star Trek: Of Gods and Men film, which was released in 2008.
Next up was the “Return to the Sixties” panel, which featured TOS stars Lee Meriweather, who played Losira in “That Which Survives”, Yvonne Craig, who played Marta in “Whom Gods Destroy” and Clint Howard, who played Balok in “The Corbomite Maneuver”. All of the actors fondly remembered their time on the classic Trek series.
Star Trek consultant, author and filmmaker Larry Nemecek hosted a panel looking at 1986 and Star Trek‘s lost anniversary. During his panel, Nemecek discussed future projects including his upcoming documentary Con of Wrath.
Star Trek: The Animated Series writer David Gerrold hosted a screening of the classic animated episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles”.
Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer on stage.
The boys of Enterprise, Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer, took the stage at 4:30 p.m. to huge applause. The two friends reflected fondly on their days on Enterprise. Keating and Trinneer opened their panel by welcoming first-time convention goers to the event. Trinneer joked saying he wished he’d had more scenes with Jolene Blalock. Both of the actors went on to discuss how the events of September 11, 2001 impacted both the writing and the tone of Enterprise.
Connor Trinneer talks Enterprise.
Dominic Keating jokes with the fans.