Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Next Generation and more

by Julie

Yes, that's me, with our daughter, Biz, posing with the incomparable Sir Patrick Stewart. We attended the Star Trek convention in Chicago this past weekend and we had a blast.

After I write this blog post, I'm going to do write a bit more about how this weekend was good for my soul. If you're interested, please take a moment to visit my personal blog, here: Julie Hyzy's Blog


Biz and I bought the special Saturday night tickets to see the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited on stage in celebration of the series' 25th anniversary. I'd always enjoyed the actors' performances and I'd always hoped that they were decent people in real life (you know... people who would actually believe in equality, compassion, exploration... the Prime Directive). I have to tell you that they were. All of them.
I came away with even more respect for LeVar Burton and Gates McFadden. Lovely, wonderful, passionate people. We laughed at Jonathan Frakes' and Brent Spiner's "schtick" and Sir Patrick Stewart was awesome, as always. We were surprised to find out that Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis are apparently best friends. Michael Dorn is rather quiet, but kind, and amusing. Marina was... well... she'd be great at a party but I can't help thinking that long-term exposure to her would exhaust me.









Couldn't help myself. Had to take a photo with the Borg! Resistance was definitely futile!



There were costume contests, karaoke, lots of celebrity sightings and photo-ops, which is where Biz and I got our chance to meet Sir Patrick. We'd done photos with Spiner and Frakes in the past, as well as with Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik - the Ferengi brothers - a couple of years ago. They are truly charming men.



Are you a fan of Star Trek? Original series? Next Generation? DS9? Voyager? Enterprise?

15 comments:

Primigenia said...

TNG! and DS9!

Julie Hyzy said...

Love them both! And Voyager, too!

Aurian said...

Lol my boyfriend is an enormous Star Trek fan, I think he would love to be able to go to a convention like this. I fell in love with Captain James T. Kirk 30 years ago ...

Rachelle21 said...

I'm a first Generation Trekker. I had the opportunity to see or meet the original cast members. I went to see Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy act in theater and found out Bill could really ad lib. Though I did not actually get to meet either of them as I have with the rest of the cast I do admire them. I have talked to Wil and to John DeLance and would love to meet the other casts. I really envy you. Sir Patrick is a wonderful speaker - we got to hear him but did not meet him.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm a big Star Trek fan and made sure my girls watched the re-runs as they were growing up. :) As much as they loved the original Star Trek, both Serena and Maria loved TNG & DS9 the best. Maria, the youngest, and I went to a Star Trek Con in Denver years ago, gosh, she was just entering high school. Patrick Stewart was there and was terrific. Also other cast members. And yes, people were dressed as Klingons, speaking Klingonese in the bathroom. :) Loads of fun.

Shirley said...

I liked the original the best. Gene Roddenberry gave a talk at my college years ago and showed the first pilot,the one with a woman as second in command.

Cynnara Tregarth said...

Oh, how I envy you! I saw many of them at DragonCon last summer, but wanted to go home to Chicago to see them but couldn't. I grew up with the original, but to me, the Next Gen were MY Star Trek. They were the Trek of my early adulthood, really tweaking how I thought and believed as a person. Meeting many of the stars at cons through the years has really amazed me at how wonderful they all truly are. Listening to them is like listening and watching home movies where you get to smile, laugh and feel good inside.

ladyvyvian said...

I have been a fan since the original was own. I watched ST:Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager. Did not get into Enterprise.

Julie Hyzy said...

If you ever get the chance to attend one, I highly recommend it. Such lighthearted fun!

Julie Hyzy said...

We were able to listen to Leonard Nimoy last year - he's wonderful too. We met John deLancie a couple of years ago. That man is tall! I think we may be done for a while. But... if Kate Mulgrew decides to come to Chicago next year, we're in!

Julie Hyzy said...

My girls tend to lean toward TNG, although the two eldest never really gave DS9 and VOY a chance. Our youngest loves TNG, DS9, and VOY. She's a bit more choosy when it comes to TOS episodes, but does have a couple of favorites there as well. I think ST is a great show to raise kids on. We always watched it as a family. Great times.

Julie Hyzy said...

I would have loved to have met Gene Roddenberry! What a visionary! I did meet his son once at a conference, but it's not quite the same thing...

Julie Hyzy said...

Exactly, Cynnara! Next Gen was *my* Trek, too. I came late to ST. Although my husband got me to see all the movies - and I enjoyed them - it wasn't until TNG was in about season 4 that I tuned in. I think one's first exposure to Trek tends to remain the favorite. Awesome program!

Julie Hyzy said...

We got into Enterprise a bit when it first aired, but now that it's off, it doesn't pull at us to re-watch episodes the way the other ones do. TNG, DS9, and VOY are the big favorites here, with TNG at the top.

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