Saturday February 16, 2013 / All DayThe Grand Slam Show: The Star Trek & Sci-Fi Summit
2500 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
How was your experience?
I was really looking forward to this but sadly it was a let down. The vendors area got too crowded on Saturday afternoon. Some of them were selling more Star Wars and collectibles from other TV shows than Star Trek merchandise. The Star Trek stuff I did see was overpriced. Made me think, "I like it but let me check eBay first." I'm on a budget so paying $40 for an autograph or photo op was not feasible but others seemed to partake. It was also sad to see actors there who had minor roles in Star Trek or some other Sci-Fi show doing the hard sell for their stuff. They must have their reasons though. I would have given the event two stars had it not been for Sir Patrick Stewart saving the day and taking the main stage for about 40 minutes. He gave everyone an update on what projects he has coming up, told some anecdotes, and overall came off as a genuine, funny guy. I only wish the man sitting next to me didn't have turrets. Sort of distracting. I bought an additional ticket for the Star Trek: TNG Reunion show later that night. Great to see the entire cast together on stage but the session was kind of a hot mess. Basically, Marina Sirtis chose to sit in the middle and talk over everyone, dominating the conversation. She induced several moments of awkwardness when she verbally attacked Republicans and went on and on about being an aging actress. Levar Burton let me down too. You're the host of Reading Rainbow and you're dropping curse words at an event that clearly has kids in the audience?! Really? I blame the moderator who didn't seem to be up to the task of steering the ship. And that was the overall tone for the day...Creation Entertainment didn't seem as organized as they should have been.