Sunday was the final day of the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention brought to fans by Creation Entertainment and it was a huge day for Trekkies. Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan were there, they are playing the new younger Spock in the latest incarnation of Star Trek. Leonard Nimoy was there to and we have the photos with all three on stage together.
Bill Shatner was there to and was joined on stage by Nimoy to the delight of fans that did not stop the entire time taking pictures.
First up was Zachary Quinto, the new Spock. You would have thought the Beatles had walked on stage at the Gene and Majel Roddenberry theater at the Las Vegas Hilton. The women and girls screamed upon his entrance. His affect on the female members of the audience was insane producing what could only be described has a chorus of swoons.
One young lady who was in line to ask a question when it came to her turn just stood there and squealed, frozen, unable to speak. The audience cried out for him to go give a hug and Quinto obliged jumping off stage right and giving the shaking fan a big hug.
Quinto started off speaking about his relationship with Nimoy, “Leonard and I have become good friends.” He went on to say, “We go out to diner, hang out at his house, getting to know him we have forged a friendship, he is the coolest dude.”
A fan asked about his characters choice to join Starfleet in stead of the Vulcan Academy. “They were such meays, they were really not cool, those Vulcan dudes.”
A fan had a question about Chris Pine the new Kirk, “He’s not here so no questions about him,” as Quinto had some fun with it. He went on to say what a great guy he is and they are friends.
There was a question on beating up Kirk, “I’m going to kick him in the shin,” referring to Bill Shatner when he shows up for his audience talk in jest.
Questions came at him about Hero’s evil character Sylar and comparisons with Spock` which he said that there was no way they are alike and the “behavior for Spock” would be “unacceptable.”
At the end of his audience question, Garrett Wang from Voyager, who was sitting next Digital Journal hopped up to, “ask some questions as a fan.” He then pulled out his digital camera and to a picture of the two together on stage. The fans of Star Trek ate it up.
Next up was the new young Spock, Jacob Kogan just 14 years old. This young actor had amazing stage presence and sharp wit which kept audience member laughing the whole time. His audience rapport and his gifted abilities wowed the audience.
Garrett Wang whispered to Digital Journal, “He is in incredible, how old his he?”
Kogan spoke about his audition for Lost, “I’m glad I didn’t get it, I’m such a huge fan.” He remarked it would have ruined his fan enjoyment of it by being on it.
Kogan was a little taken back by the audiences huge reception, “I didn’t know how big this was, but I do now!” His timing was brilliant and the fans loved it and him.
He has done plays in school and looks forward to doing more there. He said his favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio sighting Who’s afraid of Gilbert Grape. Look out DiCaprio, Jacob Kogan is watching and taking notes.
Kogan comes from Harlem New York and is proud of it, asking the audience, “Any one here from Harlem?”
He made a note to the audience of writers he likes, “Shakespeare is cool! That’s good writing!”
Again, his stage presence was unbelievable, he was comfortable, smart, and his comedic timing was impeccable and when he flashed his smile, the young girls in the audience melted. One young girl asking a question was almost jello trying to get out her question. Kogan took it all in stride, turning 14 May 28th 2009.
Before Kogan left the stage Garrett Wang crashed the Spock party again and got his live photo op with Jacob in front of the enthusiastic crowd.
Get ready America and the world, this hot new young talent is sure to get some huge roles in the coming years if his performance on the Gene and Majel Roddenberry Theater stage was any indication of his natural talent as the Star Trek universe creates another legend.
A specials thanks goes out to Garrett Wang for providing his photos of Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan.
It was a good thing that Creation Entertainment built in a brake at this point for the audience, because anymore would have short circuited the Trek fans fun sensors.
During the brake Creation Entertainment held their Big Stage Auction. These auctions give fans a chance at getting rare memorabilia and have been a mainstay at the conventions form the beginning. The MC is the co-owner of Creation Entertainment Gary Berman, who has been doing this since he and Adam Malin started doing fan conventions in New York as kids. Their fan conventions have grown over the years to include now Twilight, which they are hosting in Phoenix Arizona this week. Which Adam told Digital Journal, “It’s going to be huge!”
The godfather of Trek actors, 3 time Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winner for his work as Deny Crane on Boston Legal, police sergeant on TJ Hooker, host of 911, the comedic pitch man for Priceline.com, and the Iconic Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner came out to a standing ovation from fans who love and admire his contribution to the Star Trek universe and beyond.
Shatner comes to these conventions and delivers a memorable performance every time.
Shatner started out with telling about his recent experience with his 9 year old granddaughter and their attendance to a Jonas Brothers concert. Always animated, he told how they chased around the stadium to get their autograph for 2 and half hours and finally caught up to exhausted boys, “They got animated when they recognized me.”
Shatner then covered the new Star Trek movie, “I can’t go, I don’t want to feel that awkward.” Then jokingly he said, “I saw the movie and it’s great!” It is well known that he really wanted to be a part of the new film and pitched hard to JJ Abrams to land a role. This theme would come into play at the end of his session.
Then he got serious to a degree by speaking about a speech on death he was preparing for a talk and related it to his death scene in Star Trek, “I played it with a sense of awe.” Commenting further about the thought process that went into his final word he said, “Look at that beasty, I bet it is going to eat me.” Of course he was crushed by a suspension bridge while battling with Rodney McDowell in his final Trek movie.
His thought process turned to a story about how he was thrown by his horse which then proceeded to fall on top of him, “were you don’t want him to land,” pointing at his crotch which brought a roar from the audience.
Shatner then told about the ambulance ride to the hospital, “Now in the series 911 we would strap the gurney down, but not these guys, I went back and forth,” as he swung his arms and body showing the motion he was bouncing around the inside of the ambulance.
The story then moved to inside the hospital were he said doctors were standing there smoking cigarettes. They took him into a room and then put the portable privacy dividers around him and asked him for a urine sample, “Captain Kirk is peeing into a bottle and a nurse peers through the curtain and says I’m your biggest fan!” This punch line killed the Trek audience.
On a prophetic note Shatner said of his research into death, “People die the way they live, death would be filled with the person were are. What do they feel in their moment between life and death?”
Finally Shatner said of his last line in his Trek death scene, “I ad libbed ‘O MY,’ something amazing and wonderful was coming his way, it was called Death.” This brought applause of great appreciation for his story and his unique speech on death, as only William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk could do.
Then the audience exploded with more applause, cheers, and a standing ovation. As if on cue, Leonard Nimoy came out on to the stage to join Shatner. It was good the thing the 1000’s of fans had a brake earlier because this convention was set to tear the roof off the Hilton in Vegas.
Shatner: “This is one of the great guys in the world, Leonard Nimoy.” He followed after great applause with, “The movies announced and I’m not it, you’re my friend for 40 years, and they have been odd,” speaking with a hurt inquisitive tone.
Speaking about the Saturday Night Live skit Nimoy said they were concerned that Trekkies would like the movie, “To make them not like the movie, that would make them dick heads,” referring to the SNL team. Shatner shot back, “Ya dick heads!” It was all said in jest.
They touched on Kirks death scene one more time when Nimoy corrected him that he died when the bridge fell on him (a metaphor for the bridge of the Enterprise). Shatner reveled, “When it collapsed on me, I said ‘Bridge on the Captain!’ we didn’t use that line.”
Nimoy replied, “There was nothing heroic about your death.” This bought applause of recognition from fans.
Nimoy also told Shatner that Chris Pine, who played the young just starting out Kirk, did “a great honor” to him (Shatner and Kirk) in his portrayal of the iconic character that Bill has fostered for over 40 years.
Nimoy: “There’s a rumor going around that you tried to drown me in Star Trek four.” Shatner took his lead and described how he grabbed on to his robes which lead him to the top of Nimoys head and that it was only an instinctive move of self preservation.
Before Shatner left the stage Nimoy offered to show Shatner the movie at a private screening.
Shatner replied, “With two caveats, you buy the popcorn and hold my hand.”
William Shatner left the stage to a parting comment from Leonard Nimoy, “You are my dearest friend, always have been.”
It was time for Leonard Nimoy, actor, portraying the other Iconic Star Trek character Spock, director of Trek films and Three Men and a Baby, and renowned photographer who has an upcoming exhibit called The Identity Project to spend some alone time with Trek fans. You can get all the info on that at leonardnimoyphotography.com.
Nimoy first spoke on his work with Zachary Quinto in preparation for the new Star Trek movies Spock character, saying they spent a lot of time going over the “philosophy of the Spock, so he could get some idea of the thought process I went through.”
Nimoy continued, “He was giving us a Spock that was not quite the Spock that I played, he book ended the character.” This was an intriguing insight for audience members understanding that Quinto was playing an earlier version of Spock, before the Spock character that fans had known for 40 years.
A question from a fan asked whether Nimoy had anything on his bucket list. Nimoy referred to the question as “some days.” He said, “I don’t have any some days. I feel extremely fulfilled in my life.” He continued with, “I have had both bonuses and dividends. I’m just so happy,” which brought warm applause from fans. He then tossed out for fun, “Someday, I wanna be young.”
On acting Nimoy said, “I had a passion to act at 17 or 18.”
On directing he said, “I have no plans to go back to directing,” explaining the amount of time and dedication it takes to do it and that his time has now become limited, suggesting his advanced years.
On his favorite acting moment Nimoy spoke about “the one man show Vincent which I wrote, directed, and acted in.” In more detail it was about “Theo who supported his brother the artist Van Gogh.” He told how Van Gogh’s brother believed in his artists’ brothers talents and supported his art work, providing him with life’s essentials.
It was at this point that the audience went galactic with applause and screams at the entrance of Zachary Quinto and Jason Kogan.
It was history in the making on the Gene and Majel Roddenberry Theater stage, the three Spocks live! The fans went crazy and the digital camera flashes lit the theater up like a warp coil breech. It was a moment that everyone attending will remember for the rest of their lives and become part of the fan legends that will be told forever in the Star Trek universe.
After a brake in the action and finishing off the 2009 convention, Creation Entertainment brought out Sabrina Scharf, Miramanee and Susan Howard, Mara both from the original series for their first convention ever. They were followed by Hallie Todd who played Lal on Next Generation and was on stage the day before with Brent Spiner. She played the daughter that Data had created in a memorable episode on Next Generation. At this point the audience was still full with fans that numbered near a 1000 waiting for their photo and autograph opportunities with Shatner, Nimoy, Quinto, and Kogan.
The 2 hour plus signing was a testament to the validity and impact that Star Trek has had the world’s culture, technology, and a message of tolerance which began on a Friday night September 8th, 1966 from its creator Eugene Roddenberry.