Next Gen Panel
It seems highly logical that what’s been billed as “The Largest Star Trek Convention in the World” would beam down to the place that held the first Trek convention in 1972: New York City. Held over this past weekend, Star Trek: Mission New York celebrated the upcoming September 8th 50th anniversary of The Original Series’ broadcast premier and the advent of Star Trek: Discovery in 2017. Domicile in Manhattan’s mammoth Javits Center, the show offered exclusive merchandise, interactive exhibits, screenings, panels, and numerous photo and autograph opportunities.
The list of panel guests was extensive, with people like Walter Koenig, John de Lancie, Nicholas Meyer, Rod Roddenberry, Julie Nimoy, and David Gerrold participating. True panel highlights included the Deep Space Nine Cast Reunion (Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Armin Simerman, Nana Visitor) and the Next Generation Cast Reunion (LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Johathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Mirina Sirtis).
Of course, autograph and photo sessions have become standard fare at the larger fan conventions and Mission New York was no exception. Star Trek alumni signing included William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Johnathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Peter Weller, and Robin Curtis.
While most dealer rooms offer some goods and services not directly associated with a convention’s main theme, this marketplace was exclusively Star Trek, with uniforms, T-Shirts, ornaments, video games, action figures, and even signup opportunities for the next Star Trek cruise were available for purchase. A company called Disruptor Beam gave away 27 exclusive Trek trading cards at a rate of one per hour over the course of the three day show. The United States Postal Service was even on hand to offer 1st day cancellations of its new Star Trek stamps.
Original show props, like phasers, tricorders, and handheld communicators were on display to the delight of fans. A mockup of the Enterprise bridge allowed guests to try out the captain’s chair while “Scotty” offered a brief tour of Engineering. Even NASA and the Smithsonian provided displays celebrating space travel.
On Sunday, the show featured an auction of Leonard Nimoy’s personal items, including a Starfleet Pennant, a Vintage Minolta camera owned by Nimoy, Spock ears with signed autograph photo, and other sundry items. A fun-filled cosplay contest was also held.
Other Star Trek Missions are planned. Go to startrekmissions.com for more information. Kirk Out.