Creation Salutes Star Trek

The Grand Slam Show IV

April 19th - April 21st, 1996 Pasadena Center, Pasadena CA

This was billed as the "Grand Slam" show. To continue the baseball analogy, it was more like the "single to left field, but the guy is thrown out at trying to stretch it in to a double" show. How many cast members from the original series were in attendence? Here's a hint -- the number begins with the letter "z." Give up? I almost did, when they couldn't even produce one of the stars from the original show. This is the "Grand Slam?" And with only two cast members from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on hand, this show was definitely a bit less than "star-studded." Don't get me wrong -- I love Deep Space Nine and Voyager as much as anyone. But they could have done more in the guest department.  I mean, did we really need a panel featuring "Classic Trek Guest Stars?" Philip Pine and Charlie Dierkop are trivia answers for hard-core Trekkers, not a star attraction. (Pine was Colonel Green in "The Savage Curtain," and Dierkop played an accused murderer in "Wolf in the Fold" -- who knew?) Also, the guy who plays Morn on Deep Space Nine was there. Whee!

Highlights: Patrick Stewart (always great), Brent Spiner (always on the verge of a great Groucho Marx impression, and the Trek star second most likely to have his own late night talk show) and a surprise appearance by Garrett Wang during Robert Beltran's solo appearance (Wang will have his own show someday). Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, and Terry Farrell all claiming responsibility for impregnating co-star Nana Visitor. (The real culprit, The Artist Formerly Know as Siddig El Fadil, didn't make it to this show.) The entire Voyager cast, minus Kate Mulgrew, "auditioning" for the Captain Janeway role. Tim Russ did a knockout "Shatner as Janeway" act, Beltran entertained as Brando, and Robby McNeill brought down the house with his overly emotional, crying, gut-wrenching interpretation of Janeway's final speech from the show's pilot.

Lowlights: A presentation on the new Showtime series Poltergeist: The Legacy. Hello? Hello? Did you read the sign on the door? Also bad: an interminable wait for any autographs. You had to choose between hearing the guest speak or getting a signature. And a surprising number of people seemed not to care about what the guests had to say, as long as they got that sig. Ouch. And the price of a general admission ticket for all three days topped $100. Double-ouch!

Non-Trek Highlights: Steve Sansweet of Lucasfilm was there, and after blathering on about the new Star Wars project, Shadows of the Empire (if I hear, "It's just like a new movie - soundtrack, games, books, comics - without the movie!" one more time, I'll barf), he wheeled out the goods: New footage from Star Wars: A New Hope. That's the first movie, the one that George Lucas is restoring and adding on to. My goodness, it was great!!! I was totally against the idea, mind you, but seeing this footage has changed my mind. All kinds of new vehicles, backgrounds, aliens, celebrations, space battles... Boy, is it going to be cool! Also, in the middle of Brent Spiner's presentation, he brought out co-star Jeff Goldblum and writer-producer Dean Devlin from Independence Day. They screened an 8-minute preview clip that only further whetted my appetite for this sure blockbuster.

(Voyager + Q)Two of the people in this picture made it to the show - Tim Russ was great, and John DeLancie was funny and fabulous. Gerrit Graham and Kate Mulgrew, better luck next year.

Overall, this show rates about a C+. Next year, they'd better find a way to deliver either more stars or lower the cost. Or else, this "Grand Slam" will turn in to a strikeout.



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