Thursday, August 10, 2017

STLV 2017

 

The big annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas is akin to a celebrity cruise: Even though you're confined to the same space with the same 5000 people for five days, you're never bored thanks to a jam-packed schedule of activities that include panel discussions, interviews, trivia contests, costume competitions, photo opportunities, and lively nighttime entertainment. Plus there's always the chance you'll share an elevator ride or two with your favorite stars.

Karen and I enjoyed last year's convention, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek (ST) TV show, so much that we decided to return again last week. This year's theme: the 30th anniversary of our favorite and arguably the best of all the ST series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). Even Tim decided to tag along and took many of the photos below. 

 
 TNG anniversary logo

Arriving at the con
 
Convention highlights included: a museum of costumes and artifacts from the upcoming new TV show Star Trek: Discovery; behind-the-scenes slides narrated by ST creator Gene Roddenberry's assistant; an early morning program featuring concept art for new ST starships (I was one of the few women in the audience!); Klingon karaoke; a panel discussion of my favorite TNG episode, "The Inner Light;" a mash-up costume contest, where cosplayers cleverly used iconic non-Trek elements to create new ST characters (see several examples below); competitive compilation of Sir Patrick Stewart's top-ten non-Trek roles (our nominations did not win); and a closing night concert by the Rat Pack, several "minor" ST actors who wear tuxedos and sing standards with a special—and usually very funny—twist. And, yes, we did get to ride the elevator with a couple of our fave ST actors: John deLancie, who played Q on TNG and Star Trek: Voyager, and Robert Picardo (twice!), the Doctor on Voyager.

Celebrating ST:TNG

 
Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard)

 
Michael Dorn (Klingon and security officer Worf)

 
LeVar Burton (Geordi) and Brent Spiner (Data)

 
 TNG costumes: Guinon and Data

Borg Queen's skull and spine (cool!!)

 
Wearing my Ten-Forward t-shirt in front of a replica of
Ten-Forward, ST's first intergalactic bar

Other Celebs

 
 William Shatner (Captain Kirk)

Kate Mulgrew (Voyager's Captain Janeway)
 
 Star Trek: Discovery

 
Klingon armor (made on a 3-D printer!!)

 
Klingon helmut

 
Klingon uniform

 
 On the bridge of Discovery (replica)

 Favorite Costumes

 
The Gorn (Tim's fave)

 
Guinon (bartender extraordinaire
on TNG)

 
Klingon females: the Duras sisters (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

 
Klingon (original series)

 
"Plato's Stepchildren" (original series)

 

Green Orion women and Ferengis

 
Vulcan ambassador

 
Kermit as starfleet officer

 
Captain Cruella deVil and commander Spot

 
The "away team" (Wrath of Khan)

 

 
(Can't remember its name!!)

Best Mashups

 
Santa Gorn and ST Jack Sparrow (left)

Miss Gorn

 

 
ST Elvis

 
Snow White and the Seven Worfs

Klingon Jedi

 
Wookiee Klingon

 
Steampunk science officer

 
"Walking red . . ."

All the Rest

 
Up early to see the costume parade

 
Parade participants

 
Even dogs cosplayed!

 
 Great signage

 
In Klingon as well as English

 
Klingon karaoke: Duras sisters singing "Killing Me Softly" 
(in Klingon!)

 
Live long and prosper. . .