So as most of you know by now, I am somewhat of a science-fiction geek. Of course I went to see the new Star Trek movie this past week and I loved it. I know some folks are going to have issues with the tweaks that Trek canon get from this movie, but it opens up the possibilities of an entire new movie franchise for a new generation.
Going back and re-imagining the classic Trek characters that started it all, instead of introducing an entire new cast of characters, makes a lot of sense. Many folks didn’t really warm up to all the new Star Trek series casts beyond the classic series and The Next Generation. I’m one of the few Trekkies I know that actually liked Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise. (And yes I consider myself a Trekkie, not a “Trekker”).
Which is why I really enjoyed attending Starfest again this year (I should have blogged about it before now but for the life of me I can’t find my camera with all my photos!).
This year they had Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Robert Picardo (the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and Mr. Woolsey on Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis), Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Star Trek:Voyager), Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from the reimagined Battlestar Gallactica), and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero). Clearly if I wasn’t a Voyager fan this year would not have interested me much at all.
Robert Picardo was on stage every day of the convention (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and was the most entertaining. Friday night he mingled with guests and performed a Jazz concert for the fans (despite having a sore throat). Saturday he and Ethan Phillips prepared a one act comedic play where they re-enacted their Star Trek: Voyager roles. Finally on Sunday he did the standard Q&A that all the guests are required to do. Along with this of course he was available for autographs, and taking a photo with him (for a fee of course). He mingled with the fans all weekend – even getting in line for lunch with everyone else. I really enjoyed his performances and stories so I decided to get him to autograph his photo for me, which he did graciously (also for a fee!).
The rest of the guests were also really gracious and their Q&As were interesting but didn’t see as much of them around as Mr. Picardo.
Brent Spiner was extremely amusing on stage and did numerous impersonations (including a dead-on Patrick Stewart). He even told us to follow him on Twitter as he was spinning a fictitious tale in his daily tweets.
Katee Sackhoff was extremely sweet and nothing like the bad-ass she played as Starbuck, which indicates how talented she is.
Ethan Phillips was interesting if a little low key. Definitely a funny man and his Q&A was more of a stand-up routine than anything else.
William Katt played to the audience – taking a prat fall on his way on stage (a la his clumsy alter-ego on Greatest American Hero). He still looks amazing even 20-something years after that series. These days he’s into the comic book business, creating his own comic book series that is being presented online, apparently to much acclaim (sorry can’t remember the name off hand. It’s not like I was taking notes!).
All-in-all I had fun again this year despite the fact my car died and my poor boyfriend had to give up his weekend plans to drive me to the conference. Because of the terrible snow storm that weekend he opted to stay with me at the hotel for the weekend as well. He’s my hero!!! :)
More to come – mainly photos as soon as I find them!