Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek Seattle 2013 was a great con, but far from the dazzling theater of Vegas. The DS9 convention in Vegas was full of bright lights, acrobats, showgirls, you name it! The convention in Seattle, however, was much more laid back which allowed for an intimate experience that made many of the guests more approachable. So, while this convention was much smaller in scale than the one we were able to attend in Vegas this year, it never for a moment lacked passion.
The guest list was not as extensive as the event in Las Vegas this year. Still, it had a wonderful line-up that included William Shatner, Gates Mcfadden, Denise Crosby, JG Hertzler, Aron Eisenberg, John Paladin, and many more! We were covered from ground-breakers, to treasured faces, to those who worked hard behind the scenes to bring our favorite episodes and alien species to life. At one point we were happy to be present for a small comedy put on by three Klingons and two Ferengi, followed by a Q&A session for which they stayed in character! Laughs and rowdiness abounded and ended with audience participation in the ever triumphant SuvwI’ van bom (The Klingon Warriors Anthem)!
Another difference between STC and STLV was the number of cosplayers. Seattle did not have near as many, but when has that ever stopped us? Exactly! The majority of Star Trek costumes were inspired by the latest movies, but we were very happy to see several whole families all dressed in costume. The costume contest had a great turnout and had plenty of contestants from all over the galaxy.
The real highlight of the convention (for me, anyway) was the meet and greet my wife and 5 other people had with Garret Wang, Dominic Keating, and Nana Visitor. Dominic Keating spoke about his family members being in the military and his venture into the military. Apparently he learned that it wasn’t for him after crashing a tank into a building. Acting was plan B. Who knew? Nana Visitor spoke mostly of her experiences involved with Hurricane Sandy and about being a grandmother. She also joked about how she couldn’t believe how it had been twenty years already!
Garrett Wang brought plenty of levity to the group, doing impressions of almost everyone he has ever worked with including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Tim Russ, and George Takei. Garrett also turned out to be a big fan of the fans, and encouraged people to take plenty of group pictures.
William Shatner later spoke about a number of projects in which he is involved, including designing a new watch, a motorcycle, a wine tasting series, and more! He also spoke about how philosophy is the core of Star Trek, as it has been since the very first episode. It is there to challenge how we think and to pursue understanding in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. We are here to explore. We are here to grow.
Capt. Michael A. Malomay