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Brent Spiner (Data)

This is the 2nd time I've seen Brent Spiner, the first being last June at TulsaTrek. Both times, he was absolutely hilarious and very friendly. I'd heard he had an "attitude." Apparently he has changed, if that was so. Because he couldn't have been nicer. He is very sarcastic and witty. I could see how some people could take it the wrong way, especially if he wasn't being super nice about it. He did absolutely wonderful impressions of Patrick Stewart. Someone asked him what we in Orlando should ask Patrick Stewart when he comes to town at the next Vulkon (scheduled for November). He thought a moment and then said "Ask him to do his impression of Brent Spiner"!!! I think that Brent resembles Anthony Geary quite a lot these days. Which is ironic considering that he worked with Genie Francis' husband, Jonathan Frakes!

Alas, this is another panel that I didn’t really take notes during – I occupied my time taking photos. I do know that Spiner seems pretty sure that there won’t be any more Star Trek movies, at least any time in the near future. He said that the last one really didn’t perform all that well. He also said that, yes, Data was dead.

Someone complimented him on his appearance(s) on Enterprise and he talked some about that and seemed enthused.

Maryann, DJ and I were all kind of bemoaning the fact that our tickets included two free autographs from Spiner and only one from Michael Shanks. (Several people from the convention staff told me that actually a number of conventiongoers had said the same thing to them – that they wished they could have two autographs from Michael.) Nothing against Spiner, we were all just there more to see Michael and we had all gotten Spiner's autograph at TulsaTrek last June when he and Michael both appeared there. Between me and Leah, that left us with four free Spiner autographs and we were trying to find some things to have him sign around the house so we wouldn't have to spend more money on extra photos. I had a Data action figure to be signed, so there was one. Leah reminded me I had a framed Jean Kluge print of a fantasy Data that was gorgeous. So we took that and that made two. I decided to just go ahead and print out another copy of Leah's Data cartoon and have him sign it again but this time with Leah present, since she hadn’t been able to make it to Tulsa with me last year. So that made three. And then I decided to pull up the few photos I took of him at TulsaTrek and see if one could be made into an 8x10. I found one and printed it out. So that made four.

I gave Maryann another print of the Data cartoon to have signed because the red Somali who played Spot and is in the cartoon looks just like Nicholas, the Somali she adopted from us. And I asked DJ and Maryann if they would like copies of my Spiner photograph to have him sign. They said "yes" so I made copies for them.

Maryann and DJ were both in line ahead of us. When I got up there, first Brent recognized the Jean Kluge print. I think he might own the original. He asked me if she was still around and doing artwork. We usually see her at MediaWest most years, so we chatted with him about that. He said lovely things about her work. Then I handed him my photo and he stared at it and suddenly said "What is it about this photo that's making it so popular all of a sudden?!?!" Then he looked up and said "Who's selling this?" (He wasn't angry; just curious.) I realized that he'd just seen the photo from DJ and Maryann ahead of us and started to laugh. I explained that I was the photographer and I'd given copies of it to my friends in line ahead of me. He laughed, too, and said "Isn't that Tulsa?" Next while he was signing Leah's cartoon, our longtime friend Michelle was one of the people working for the convention with him and she pointed at Leah and said "That's the artist." He said "Really?! Let me have it back, then." He took it back from her and wrote a nice little message to her on it, saying "I have to write something on it for you, then." This was really nice of him to do since they don't ordinarily allow personalizations at Vulkon and the Trek actors are usually very strict about that -- their lines for autographs are usually really long, so it's understandable.

Michael Shanks did the same thing, by the way. He didn't do it on all of the cartoons, but he wrote a little message on a few of them for Leah, which I thought was really nice. I also had the new role-playing gaming book that has Daniel on the front of it for him to sign and he looked absolutely stunned when he saw it and how gorgeous it looks. I know that when I had the one with Apophis on it in Burbank last summer, Peter Williams kept trying to steal it from me. This is Brent Spiner’s section so I won’t post any of those cartoons here … but I’ll post one of them on Page 3!

Oh, there are a couple of photos below that obviously aren’t Brent Spiner. I just thought they were cute photos of a convention attendee who was watching Brent off to one side. Check them out. ;-)

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The Banquet & the OS Breakfast

As I mentioned on Page 1, we were privileged to have dinner with Gary at the banquet Saturday night and you’ll find some commentary about what was discussed there along with photos of a surprise guest (Michael Shanks!) here. Alas, we didn’t get any photos of Gary at the banquet since we didn’t want to take pictures while all of us were eating and relaxing and talking … and then Gary had to duck out right after dinner to do a live radio show with Dean Haglund! So, oddly enough, even though we ate dinner with Gary … most of the photos below are of … Michael Shanks! Go figure.

We caught glimpses of Carmen on Saturday but he wasn't on stage  and he wasn't in the autograph room when we happened to be in there. We passed him in the hallways a few times and said "hi." He was at the banquet but at a different table and we never really got a chance to speak to him there.

So, during dinner, we had a chance to talk to Gary Jones in-depth and although we talked about many things other than Stargate, I did ask him a few questions. Spoilers ahead! I asked him how they were going to deal with Amanda's absence from the show. He said that she is off on some other mission. He said that Mitchel (Ben Browder) comes to the SGC and thinks that he is coming there to join SG-1. He doesn't know that he is going to lead SG-1. Beau Bridge's character greets him and hands him a stack of papers and says "Now go pick your team." Mitchell is shocked and going "huh?" He's told that he is in charge of SG-1 and has to pick a new team. He wants to know where Col. Carter is and he/we find out she is off on some other project/mission (Gary kept using the word "mission" -- but I don't know any more details). So he asks about each one and is told they are off doing something else now. I presume this is when we find out Jack has been promoted to head of Homeworld Security. Daniel is off doing something else. Teal'c is off doing something else. And Gary said the first few episodes are about the team coming back together as SG-1, basically. He said that several times -- that they are all scattered and it is about them coming back together. So, basically, it sounds like SG-1 is "re-formed."

I told Gary that I thought it sounded like they were doing a spin-off of SG-1 while still calling it SG-1. Gary looked uncomfortable when I said that and wouldn't really respond to my comment. This gave me the impression (rightly or wrongly) that perhaps the cast has been cautioned not to call S9 a spin-off in any way, shape or form. We also talked a little bit about Richard Dean Anderson wanting to leave and I said that I would miss him but if he wanted to go, they should let him go at this point. I said I was getting more excited about S9, the more I hear about it. Gary agreed but also said some lovely things about RDA and about how grateful they all are to the years he gave the show and the way he brought in a large fan base and helped the show grow so that now it can stand on its own. I always have the feeling from all the actors that everyone who works there is very fond of RDA.

Something I bet most of you don't know: Gary Jones is a huge fan of American Idol. Nikko is his favorite this year but he loves Nadia, too. We spent a good portion of dinner on Saturday babbling about American Idol once we realized that we had a common interest in it.

Gary is appearing in the first episodes of the season. They began filming on February 28th and have just finished with the first two.

While we were talking about reality shows, Gary and Leah and I also discovered a somewhat “amazing” coincidence. No, really. I mentioned that we were big fans of The Amazing Race. Gary said he’d never really watched the American version of the show. But his wife works for a company in Vancouver that puts on annual charity events. This company sponsored a version of The Amazing Race right there in Vancouver that was run for charity and Gary participated in it was one of the teams with his wife. Leah and I stared at him, our jaws hanging. I said, “Uhm, we saw you.” He stared back and said, “No, you didn’t.” “Yes, we did,” I insisted. “It was never televised,” he said. “I know,” I said. “We were there. In Vancouver. We saw you running around in the street!” Now his jaw dropped. Leah added, “You were in Chinatown.” We all began babbling at each other. It turned out that Leah and I had seen Gary and his wife and the other teams running up and down the streets of Vancouver for this special charity Amazing Race! I even have a photo of one of the teams somewhere. At the time, Leah and I didn’t know what the heck was going on. The people were wearing little vests that said “Amazing Race” on them and since we are fans of the show, they caught our eye. Gary ended up telling us a whole slew of hilarious stories about his experiences in the race. Apparently he had no reservations about approaching drivers and asking them to drive them places and so on and they ended up on some truly madcap adventures. You know, we had wondered about those people with the “Amazing Race” vests ever since we saw them. Now our questions are finally answered and by a most unlikely source!

Joe Motes, who runs Vulkon, was sitting at our table. He got up and suddenly disappeared during dinner. He came back in some time later to usher Michael Shanks through the doorway with a flourish and an announcement. Michael was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, hat and leather bomber jacket and asked if he was “overdressed.” Joe sat back down and apologized for having to leave us for awhile. Michael came over and immediately gave Gary Jones noogies on his mostly bald head! Afterwards, he did go through the buffet line (he was lucky he got there while there was still some food left!) and then he sat down for Julie Caitlin Brown’s after dinner concert.

Below are a few photos of a jet-lagged, sleepy Michael (you can see that throughout the banquet and Julie Caitlin Brown’s concert, he was struggling to stay awake!). But he was incredibly gracious and friendly to all the fans. He even stayed after the concert for a little bit and let people take photos and schmooze with him, even though it was obvious his eyes were barely propped open! From where I was standing after the banquet, up against the stage, to take photos for a few people, I had a few moments to actually speak to Julie Caitlin Brown. I complimented her on the after dinner singing she had done for us and she thanked me. We were both looking at Michael posing for photos and she said "Poor Michael, he's absolutely exhausted, although he did say he managed to sleep a little bit on the plane." It was pretty obvious Michael was tired. From our perspective, he spent most of his time during the concert with his head propped up on one hand, his hat pulled down and I think he really was falling asleep. One guy came out of the room and was beside himself, saying "I've just met Michael Shanks. My life is complete." He wasn't being sarcastic ... he was genuinely excited and overcome.

The last two photos in the sequence below are of the Sunday morning Our Stargate breakfast gathering. We managed to get a few people out of bed early enough to have a breakfast right before Michael Shanks’ photo ops, although some forum members still didn’t manage to make it early enough! Afterwards, it was only a short walk across the hallway to line up for the photo ops. It was a good thing we got in line early, too, because the line was shortly snaking around the lobby and down the hall and way out of sight. Luckily, Vulkon is very efficient and the photo ops went off without a hitch.

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John Noble, Greg Evigan & Julie Caitlin Brown

John Noble (he played Denethor, the father of Faramir and Boromir) from the Lord of the Rings movies was one of the bonus guests. We were lucky enough to see him briefly in the autograph room and to get his autograph on a set of Lord of the Rings Valentines that I have (that even feature his character). He’d never seen the Valentines before and was intrigued by them. I managed to get a few photos of him, but only caught the last few moments of his panel, alas.

Greg Evigan was another one of the bonus guests. He looks great and when someone asked him how he still managed to look so good after so many years in the business he very bluntly said “I had a facelift!” He talked a lot about working on TekWar with William Shatner. Unfortunately, it’s a show I’ve never watched, so I wasn’t familiar with some of the references, but he’s a very personable fellow. He serenaded the audience upon request, as well.

Julie Caitlin Brown also came on stage on Sunday but she wasn’t alone – her son was with her! I believe his name is Alex. She said that they had unfortunately been unable to leave him with the person who usually takes care of him. He seemed fixated on the microphone(s) most of the time. Part of the time he was hamming it up and the other part he seemed shy of the crowd. But he stayed on the stage!

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