Kevin Shirley

Drowned in Moonlight: Remembering Fisher and Baker

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Last year saw the passing of two of the Star Wars family’s founding members: Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Kenny Baker (R2D2). The Dragon Con Star Wars track took time to reflect upon their lives and legacies on Saturday afternoon in Hyatt Centennial I. Sue Kisenwether, Christy Morris, Michael Faulkner, Sarah Dempster, Bruce Gibson, and moderator Bryan Young led fans through memories of Fisher and Baker. Fisher’s strength and courage dominated the discussion. Living in the fishbowl of Hollywood, with
 
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“Thank God for Star Trek”: The Next Generation

“Thank God for Star Trek”: The Next Generation

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On Saturday afternoon, the Hilton Grand Salon ballroom was home to one of the most dynamic and entertaining panels this year as the stars of Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG) literally took command of the room. Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner launched the hour with an “improve” that had to bring back memories of the fun they used to have during production. The very large crowd was filing in and rather than wait
 
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Everybody Loves Their First Doctor

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The Hilton Crystal ballroom hosted the BritTrack panel “Doctor Who—Season 10 in Review” Friday afternoon. A veteran fan panel including Allison Lane, Andrew Hartley, Robert Bowen, Robert Lloyd, and Dr. Scott Viguié escorted the assembled Doctor Who fans through season ten. The discussion began, naturally, with the Doctor and especially the growth of Peter Capaldi. The consensus across the table was that this year (his last) was Capaldi’s best. Viguié declared: “The writers got him right just in time for
 
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Rockin’ the Track with Klingon Karaoke

Rockin’ the Track with Klingon Karaoke

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After a full and successful launch of the 2017 Trek Track at Dragon Con, team Star Trek welcomed fans into the Hilton Galleria Friday night for “Klingon Karaoke.” A steady stream of fans signed up to perform, and with each song, the crowd became more and more engaged. Performers had obviously planned ahead, time and again tying their song selection to their persona. Among the many outstanding renditions showcased during the evening several stood out, including the Borg drone “1
 
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Harry’s Promotion: Trek Trivia

Harry’s Promotion: Trek Trivia

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Peter Stolmeier, Trey Tackett, Gabrielle Scandrett, and special guest Garrett Wang welcomed Star Trek trivia masters to “Win Harry Kim’s Latinum: Trek Trivia” Friday evening in the Hilton Galleria 2–3. Clips from Star Trek: Voyager episodes which focused (naturally) on Wang’s character, Ensign Harry Kim, provided the material for the questions. Each clip gave Wang an opportunity to share a memory from the production. He commented on everything from the Janeway “look” to his first day on the set nerves.
 
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A Wookiee Roar and a Haka Dance

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Reflection and family were two major elements of Friday’s 1PM panel featuring Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) and Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. The Marriott Imperial Ballroom resonated to rousing applause and Wookiee roars when panel moderator Riley Blanton introduced them. Logan and Mayhew then reminisced and reflected about their Star Wars careers and, especially, the relationships they created. Riley Blanton began the conversation by asking Mayhew about bringing Chewbacca to life. When asked what makes “Chewie, Chewie?” Mayhew declared: “Me!”
 
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The Road Goes Ever On

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Dragon Con’s new High Fantasy track launched at 10AM Friday in L401–402 in the Marriott with “Namárië—Farewell Tolkien Track.” A passionate, devoted, and warm crowd joined Jim West, Grace Jackson, Rebecca Perry, and Kirsten Cairnes, senior staff member of TheOneRing.net (TORn) to look back at the Tolkien track and consider the possibilities moving forward. TORn has long been a force in the Tolkien Track. The fan website, born in 1999 out of the excitement over and fascination with Peter Jackson’s
 
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