This being my first official Star Trek Convention, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A lot of excitement was in the air since this was to be the first time in a number of years that THE Captian Kirk, William Shatner, was making an appearance along with other seasoned convention guests like George Tekai and Leonard Nimoy. The appearance of the new Spock, Zachary Quinto from Star Trek, the movie also drew some attention.
I’ll be honest, I highly favor Star Trek The Original Series, though I do have a soft spot in my heart for Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and yes, Voyager as I spent many nights as a kid watching along with my parents. However, this convention was not meant for casual fans of the Star Trek franchise. Die hard fans and those with deep pockets were the ones that got the most out of the 5 day retreat. On top of the cost of admission, everything was an additional expense. Unlike conventions that I’m used to that stick to the “first come first served” motto, special ticket holders grabbed up preferred assigned seating for panels, leaving cheapos like me at least 100 rows back. To finish off your autograph collection would cost you $40 – $80 per autograph depending on the cast member or even more if you paid extra to skip the line. Those who sought after treasured items, would bid hundreds of dollars at one of the many auctions that took place. Of course I knew most of this beforehand but going there expecting there would be anything cool to see without having to pay more than the cost of admission was a mistake.
Don’t get me wrong, it was still a unique experience that any fan of the series should partake in at least once in their life. I think I had the most fun seeing the interaction between Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner during their panel that Sunday. They had the audience and myself laughing hysterically most of the time. It’s great to see them mocking eachother and know that they still remain the best of friends all these years later. So that made it definitely worth going because who knows how many more times we will get the opportunity to see them together at conventions.
On my final note, bring back Quark’s Bar to the Las Vegas Hilton! Getting Star Trek themed drinks at a casino bar was not the same, but still nice to do for the convention goers.Last 5 posts by Alyssa Tucker
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