The Official Star Trek Convention came to town July 31st - August 4th and you know Marco had to be there.
From the moment we got out of the car at the Rio the Trekkies were upon us! The convention doors opened to a sea of Klingons, Vulcans and members of Star Fleet, lets just say the Cosplay at this Con was no joke.
After a bunch of quick photo ops with different cos-players and models we found our way inside the Picard Museum. The room was full of weapons, awards, and memorabilia from the great Captain Jean-Luc Picard. This room was fascinating and did a great job of creating hype for the release of the franchise's new show 'Picard'.
We then wandered into the vendor room where any true Star Trek fan would lose one of two things; their mind or their wallet. The former is due to the amount of actors they had available from different generations of the Star Trek Franchise and the latter because the merch you could find in this room was endless. Actors like Jason Isaacs, Nichelle Nichols, Anthony Rapp, and Brent Spiner were in attendance signing autographs and posing for selfies. The merchandise covered everything from ship replicas to detailed costumes, if there was something Trek that you absolutely needed then this was the place to find it.
Once 11:30 rolled around we made sure to head over to the theater to catch the legendary William Shatner in action. His performance on stage was a mix of stand up comedy and Hollywood history, he did not disappoint. He recalled memories from his past, good and bad. Like the time he saved Paramount Studios from burning down by single handily fighting the studio fire with a garden hose and the regret of not being able to say goodbye to his longtime friend Leonard Nimoy who played Spock.
We wrapped up the Convention by taking a picture with Shatner on The Bridge of The Enterprise. Be sure to look for that photo to surface on our Instagram some time very soon!
All in all we had a blast, there's a reason this is the OFFICIAL Star Trek Convention.
If you weren't able to attend the con this year don't worry, its sure to be back next year bigger and better than ever.