'Star Trek' convention in London to unite 5 captains
Olympics aside, this may be the biggest London event of the year. At least for Trekkies.
The actors who played captains on the five live-action "Star Trek" television shows - William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - are set to appear on stage for the first time. The five are due to attend the "Destination Star Trek London" fan convention, which takes place between October 19 and October 21 (get tickets here).
Shatner, 81, played James Tiberias Kirk, the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original 1960s "Star Trek" series and in the 1994 movie "Generations."
Stewart's character, Jean Luc Picard, helmed newer versions of the starship in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which aired in the late 1980s and early 1990s and marks its 15th anniversary. The 71-year-old actor also reprised his role in the films "Generations," "First Contact," "Insurrection" and "Nemesis."
Brooks' character, Bejamin Sisko, headed the Deep Space Nine space station in the series by the same name. The 63-year-old actor was the first black male performer to play a major "Star Trek" leader. "Deep Space Nine" ran from 1993 to 1999 and was the first "Star Trek" series not largely set in a starship, although many were featured throughout the series.
Mulgrew, 56, was the first actress to lead a "Star Trek" series. She played Kathryn Janeway, the captain of a starship lost in space in the series "Star Trek: Voyager," which aired from 1995 to 2001. Bakula, 57, portrayed Captain Jonathan Archer in "Enterprise," a prequel series that aired between 2001 and 2005.
The five actors have appeared at "Star Trek"-themed events but never together at the same time.
The only "Star Trek" actor to play a captain who is not scheduled to appear at the London convention is Chris Pine, who portrayed Kirk in the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot film. He is currently filming a sequel, which is set for release in May 2013.
Last year, Leonard Nimoy, who played Kirk's friend and colleague Spock, a Vulcan, announced last year that he would not attend any more "Star Trek" convention. The 81-year-old still keeps in touch with fans and his co-stars via Twitter.
"Walter Koenig gets his star on Walk of Fame Sept.10. It's on my calendar. LLAP," he said on his Twitter page, referring to the 75-year-old actor who played Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek."
"LLAP" stands for Spock's famous Vulcan motto: "Live Long and Prosper." Nimoy was inducted to the Walk of Fame in 1985, two years after Shatner. Stewart received his star in 1996. The latter two actors are the only "Star Trek" stars who played captains to receive the honor.