This weekend, went to a science fiction convention with some friends of mine. We went to the foreign slum nation of Cleveland for the Convention, which was being held in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland. It was a great time, just to get away for a weekend, even if it was the foreign slum area of Cleveland, the infidel area of Ohio.
The headliner guest was Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and in the movies. I found Mr. Frakes to be gregarious, friendly, funny, and a joy to listen to. Be watching for his new sitcom, the Rikers- with Will and Deanna, their kids, the weird uncle Data and Worf the dog....(his words, not mine). Mr. Frakes regaled us with some of the lighter moments of Trek, as well as an homage to DeForest Kelley, Dr. McCoy of the original series.
I got a chance to ask him a question. I asked him if he would be willing to become the master of the franchise, especially since the idiot Rick Berman's contract is running out soon,and the suits at Paramount are looking to change from this Nero's rule. Mr.Frakes, upon offering me employment as his agent and praising me, said he would love to. I think it would be an improvement, especially since my first choice, Leonard Nimoy, is getting too old and is too busy taking picture of naked women and passing them off as art. His direction in the films was outstanding, and he seemed to have a great feel for the franchise.
The other headliner of the event was George Takei, who played Sulu on the original series and movies. I had listened to George before, but his talk this weekend was excellent. The one point I disagreed with was some of his reasoning about Japanese internment. Also, I was disappointed with his hopeless attitude about the future of Trek. He seemed to be encouraging people to give up hope.
Frakes gave us some spoilers on the finale of Star Trek Enterprise, which was cancelled after only four seasons. Apparently, Frakes and Marina Sirtis will play Riker and Troi, and the episode even uses the NextGen theme music. It appears that my friend's prediction that the entire series was just a holodeck program may just be accurate after all. No wonder Jolene Blalock was so angry about the finale. How would you feel if not only were you canceled, but they bring on folks from another show AND their music to kick you out the door?!? Frakes related the story of pursuing this with Scott "Captain Archer" Bacula, and Bacula confirmed the feelings in his own way. I feel for the Enterprise actors, especially since it was the idiotic writing and control of Berman and Braga which killed the chance this series had.
Other guests including Herb Jefferson, Jr., who played Boomer on the original Battlestar:Galactica. I had seen Herb before, but this time I got a chance to chat with him. He seems like a great guy. He is a fulltime dad now, taking care of his 19 year old daughter, along with working with special olympics and other charities. He spends a lot of time on USO tours, and on aircraft carriers. He showed me some of his pictures of his tours to the troops. Herb misses the idealistic sci fi, as opposed to the dark and hopeless dominance in sci fitoday. He said he has not been contacted about guesting on the new Galactica, and has not watched the show. He sounded a bit bitter, a little different from his co-star who also appeared.
Richard Hatch played Apollo, the son of Adama (Lorne Greene) on the original. He is also the only original cast member to appear on the remake on SciFi Channel, as the former freedom fighter turned bad Tom Zereck. It is interesting because Hatch for years was pitching his own version of the show, a continuation of the old Galactica,not a revisioning. However, his tone was respectful toward the new show, probably because he is getting a check from it. I sensed friction between him and Herb, as they didn't mention each other or even look at each other as they were signing autographs less than two feet away from each other. I had met Mr. Hatch a few years before, so I was quite familiar with his talk and presentation. I even took him out to dinner a few years ago. I found him as I found him then: a bit flighty, very philosophical, funny and engaging, and at times a bit aloof about some reality.
My fav was Claudia Christian, who played Ivanova on Babylon 5. Ms. Christian, who began her career at 18 on Dallas and starred in movies like Hexed and Half Past Dead, is a screen siren who has been working on several projects. She was VERY engaging, funny, pulling no punches with her views on the STUPIDITY of the reality TV movement, the idiocy of Paris Hilton, and life in general. She has a bawdy sense of humor, and she is VERY attractive. I enjoyed speaking with her and her webmaster about Hollywood,life, and Willie Nelson concerts. Getting her to sign some things was the highlight of my weekend. She was wonderful, and not too bad on the eyes, either!!!!! I hope her new series, SpaceHyke, is picked up here in the US, as it is a funny and engaging spoof.
There were two guests from Stargate SG1, as well as one of the female Jedi from Star Wars episodes 2 and 3, Luminaria something. She was very nice, but you could tell she was nervous and was new to the convention thing. I felt for her when few people had questions. Also, one of the characters from Lord of the Rings was there. It was a nice con, and a fun mini-vacation, even though it was in the Home of demonic liberals, Cleveland.