The final day of the Star Trek convention (but not the last day of vacation) opened with a poorly-attended but interesting presentation by David Williams from Arizona State University, talking about the space program.
The first Star Trek item was a Deep Space Nine reunion featuring Nana Visitor (Maj. Kira Nerys), Armin Shimerman (Quark), and Rene Auberjonois (Odo). They were fun and picked on each other a lot.
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard) had a lengthy session discussing his career and upcoming events for the next two years before taking Q&A. He went to his autograph session following, but stopped signing 10 people before my Big Sister (who's 5'4") got to the front of the line. It broke her heart. Especially after spending $90 for the autograph.
She perked up when William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk) came on. He poked fun at himself and at others from the other series. He auctioned some items, raising $18,000 for charity. He spoke fondly of DeForest Kelley, who was the first of the original series crew to die, and presented a medical award in his honor.
The costume contest was a little disappointing to us somewhat because one person we had seen and met, named Eric, didn't get to participate. The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved when Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) canceled. Eric had dressed as an Andorian, Data, and a Borg. His outfits got better and better each day. Even though the final three were very good outfits, I think Eric would have won if he had been able to participate. I took his picture each day. This compilation photo I put together doesn't do him justice, but check it out for an idea of what he looked like.
Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data) was, quite simply, great. He had a great sense of humor about himself and poked fun at other Star Trek characters. And he made an impression on my Big Sister (who's 5'4"). So much so, that she got both a photo and an autograph. And, no, they weren't free. But it seemed to make up for Patrick Stewart's leaving when he did, they way he did.
The final speaker of the day was Robert Beltran (Cmdr. Chakotay). I don't know if it's the fact that I wasn't a huge fan of Voyager, if it was that I never really liked his character (though Robert Beltran was good in other roles I've seen), if it was late in the day, or what. But me and many weren't sure if he was joking about things, but he seemed to be almost inconvenienced to be there. His remarks indicated to me he wasn't a Star Trek fan. Many walked out during his time on-stage.
And that wrapped it up.
UPDATE 8/16/2005: I've managed to upload some pictures as I spend the day getting over jetlag and getting ready to return to work (and regular blogging) tomorrow (Wednesday).
And I'll be back on a regular blogging schedule Wednesday. Until then, continue to enjoy the excellent individuals that have so graciously agreed to keep you entertained. You must agree with me that phin, Beth, TJ, Mad Dog Vinnie, Joe, and moehawk are the best!
Live long and prosper.
More Star Trek convention coverage: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4