Quartet of Trek Stars Hit Grand SlamBy Michelle
March 27, 2004 - 7:23 PM
Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine stars appeared yesterday at the inaugural day of Creation's Grand Slam convention, discussing their lives since the series' finales and their enthusiasm for Star Trek.
StarTrek.com reported on the appearances in Pasadena, the site of the 12th Annual Grand Slam.
First up was Robert Picardo (The Doctor), who sang a bit of opera and some of his trademark Voyager parodies before urging fans to visit The Planetary Society and recalling time spent in the city at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he had often performed onstage.
Picardo then introduced former co-star Ethan Phillips (Neelix), who said he had been performing onstage as Polonius in Hamlet as well as appearing in films like Arrested Development.
Deep Space Nine's Kai Winn, Louise Fletcher, talked about how winning an Academy Award was a blessing yet did not bring instant fame, money and work as many people seem to believe. She also drew comparisons between the corrupt Winn and real-world political and religious leaders "who very often prop themselves up in such a way that they become more the issue than the issue, you know, where being right is more important than anything else."
Fletcher was followed by Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) who had just finished final exams at UCLA, where he is studying Business and Economics. He mentioned that his onscreen father, Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko), had been a role model for him in life.
Grand Slam 12 continues today and tomorrow with appearances by William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), several Star Trek: Enterprise stars and others.
StarTrek.com's coverage is here.