Fans, stars align at Vegas ‘Star Trek’ con

A Minion has become Khan! Oh no! Fans are showing their creativity in their costumes at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. (Photos by Dave Mason)
From left, Nog (Aron Eisenberg) chats with his father, Rom (Max Grodenchik), and stepmother Leeta (Chase Masterson) Aug. 1 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas.
Sean Kenney, who played the wheelchair-bound Christopher Pike (in the background at top right) in the “Star Trek” episode “The Menagerie,” welcomes fans at his table in the dealer room.
From left, Dan Foley, Janice Willcocks and Lynda Foley gather in the foyer of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the site of the “Star Trek” convention.

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason

LAS VEGAS — Khaaaaaan!

Well, almost.

A Minion suddenly became the antagonist of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and stirred up trouble at the Official Star Trek Convention.

USS Angeles members bravely encountered the creature Aug. 1 in a foyer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Founder and Second Officer Janice Willcocks ran into me after I met Khan, who was looking a bit purple, and right then, former Angeles members Lynda and Dan Foley saw us! It’s a small universe.

Tonight (Aug. 2), Angeles members and alumni are scheduled to gather at a nearby buffet for our ship’s annual Las Vegas con dinner.

Earlier on Aug. 1, I watched Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodenchik (with an accent mark on the “e”) and Chase Masterson reprise, in costume and makeup, their “Deep Space Nine” characters of Nog, Rom and Leeta on the Nimoy Theatre stage. (Creation Entertainment temporarily renames ballrooms for each year’s convention.) Grodenchik explained how he captured much of the Ferengi character Rom’s mannerisms and speech by walking and talking slower, much to the annoyance of his brother Quark.

Later, Terry Farrell, aka Jadzia Dax, expressed her love for “Deep Space Nine.”

The convention continues through Sunday, with excitement building toward William Shatner’s (Captain Kirk) appearance and a talk by director/actor Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker!) and others in the “Star Trek: Picard” cast.

But first, there has been time for pure, insane fun. “Enterprise” stars Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer (Malcolm Reed and Trip Tucker, respectively) led a rousing Karaoke the evening of Aug. 1. The biggest highlight seemed to be the stars, fans on the stage and the entire audience joining in on Billy Joel’s “The Piano Man.”

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840