Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast Beams Into LA

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and you’re in Southern California this weekend, you are hereby advised to set a course at the highest possible warp factor for Creation Entertainment’s 18th Annual Grand Slam Star Trek and Sci-Fi Summit in Los Angeles. The convention will feature, for the first time on stage in the United States in 20 years, the cast of Next Gen reunited in honour of the groundbreaking show’s 25th anniversary.

“There’s a lot of exciting things about this show,” Creation co-founder and host Adam Malin tells SFX. “I think the highlight certainly is the 25th anniversary reunion of the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re really stoked about that. We’re also really stoked we’ve put together a program with so many luminaries from different sci-fi film and TV shows. We’ve got an expansive roster of talent.”

Included in this roster are stars from recent favorites like Fringe, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm and Teen Wolf, as well as beloved vets from the original Battlestar Galactica and Tron.

“As a fanboy myself, I love the fact that we’ve got talent from a dozen different sci-fi shows and movies. Not only is it a Star Trek fan’s dream, but a sci-fi fan’s dream as well. For example, having Jasika Nicole and John Noble from Fringe is a real personal satisfaction to me. I think that show is amazing. I was really saddened to see it end, although incredibly happy with how they resolved it. I thought it was amazing. So having John and Jasika there to talk about the end of the series is really exciting.”

Next Generation fans, of course, will find themselves in Trek heaven with the Saturday night reunion performance of the cast.

“This is our second time that we’ve had them. The last time that we successfully booked the entire cast of Next Generation together was the fifth anniversary. My God, that’s20 years ago! I think they’ve done it at least once since then [in Canada], but we’ve managed to parlay at least two or three shows where we’ve put the whole cast together. Certainly bringing them here to Los Angeles, which is where the show was filmed, is very historic. So much has happened in the last 20 years it’s going to be fantastic.”

Just why has Next Generation reached a level of fame that rivals the original Trek?

“It’s a good question,” says Malin. “I think it really starts with Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry was a visionary and the concepts were fairly revolutionary and evolutionary when he launched classic Trek in the ‘60s. I think there were revisionists that kind of tried to take away some of the responsibility for having created the Star Trek concept and kind of co-opt it for their own. I remember Gene telling me that one of his motivations for doing Next Generation was that he was angry about a lot of revisionism about the history of how Star Trek was created, and he wanted to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that yes it was he Gene Roddenberry who created Star Trek and could come up with another concept for it again. He accomplished just that. Next Generation was an exceptional blend of ensemble and forward thinking sci-fi concepts. It was evolutionary compared to classic Star Trek. And as he relinquished the reins to people like Michael Piller and Ron Moore and the other people who went on to produce and write for that show, it grew into something even greater. So because of Gene’s work and the people who came after him, as I look at it now in high-definition, I think it’s as relevant now as it was 25 years ago.”

For more on this weekend’s Grand Slam convention, check out the show’s official website at www.creationent.com

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