This past Friday marked Geek’s final hoorah in celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. The night of celebration would prove to be a straight-forward one for all in attendance. Grab a soda, some candy, and enjoy not one, but two awesome Star Trek films: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Before the reels began rolling though, all fans in attendance were treated to a Q&A panel that would make any Trekkie giddy. The night’s panelists included producers Steven Charles-Jaffe, actor W. Morgan Sheppard, associate producer Kirk Thatcher, critic Scott Mantz, and writer/director Nicholas Meyer. The panel did not disappoint as fans learned all the behind-the-scenes stories from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Morgan Sheppard reminisced about being a part of the Star Trek family and revealed the secret that he was “the first Klingon actor to require an apple box.” Sheppard also talked his feeling of being traitor to the Klingons after he played a Vulcan in the J.J. Abrams reboots. Steven Charles-Jaffe relayed the incredible story of employees from different departments on the Paramount lot offering to work for discounted prices to help get Star Trek VI made. Then there was Nicholas Meyer who told stories not just about filming Star Trek, but even went on to talk at length about the process of writing and filmmaking itself. “Film is the only art form that can do everything for you…that’s why I try to leave things to your imagination.” Said Nick Meyer on how he likes to make films and how he believes all good films should be made.
Once the incredible panel was completed fans were treated to probably the most pristine and beautiful 70mm prints of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in existence. It was an incredible way to end the celebration for Star Trek and here’s to hoping Geek will be presenting another night of Star Trek films 50 years from now!
Images: Albert L. Ortega, Paramount Pictures, Jordan Rubio