The Lope: Starfleet Exam

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Starfleet Exam

Ace got his annual physical from Starfleet Dr's Crusher and Bashir (aka. Gates Mcfadden and Alexander Siddig) at Starbase 21's Trek Expo 2005 in Tulsa. Of course, jackalopes being masters of disguise, he wore appropriate Starfleet uniforms (Star Trek the Next Generation for McFadden, Deep Space 9 for Siddig) so neither would catch on that he wasn't just an ordinary fan.

Robin Curtis played Saavik in Star Trek III; she is a particularly outgoing and friendly woman. She now lives in Cazenovia, NY, sells real estate and works on refurbishing her 1830’s house.

Of course, a good costume is essential to blending in with the classic Star Trek actors.

Grace Lee Whitney was the Yeoman Janice Rand in the first season of the Star Trek. Remember the tall blond hairdo as seen in her action figure?

Back in the 1960's, Bobby Clark donned a green lizard suit to play the Gorn in the "Arena" episode of Star Trek. Watching "Arena" as an adult, The Gorn was more like a 1950's B-movie monster than a credible threat, but when I was ten years-old he was the second-coolest lizard (Godzilla was the first). As for Clark, its fun to hear him talk about the plethera of roles he had in almost any classic TV show you can think of. Also, he's always polite and his autograph prices are quite reasonable.

Anthony Montgomery from the recently cancelled "Enterprise."

Robert Walker, Jr. is one of those ubiquitous charactor actors who has had lots of regular work. His claim to fame in Trekdom is that he played Charlie in the "Charlie X" episode of Star Trek.

Jeremy Bullock was Boba Fett in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi". He also played in two roles in Doctor Who episodes. He has very reasonable autograph prices and really seems to enjoy chatting with fans. Bullock collects Boba Fett stuff and knew more about this doll than I did. Ace the Jedilope held the 12" bounty hunter at bay.

Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca in four Star Wars movies. I've never found him to be a particularly responsive person.

Erica Durance is Lois Lane in Smallville. Superlope found her charming.

Tony Amendola has a recurring role on Stargate SG-1. Those of you who got our Halloween card last year may remember that the Vampirelope was created when Ace was kissed by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Mercedes McNab last year and that he is master of the meaner things of the Earth - the wolf, the bat, the Republican (with apologies to Mr. Stoker). The evil creature may have made a rare non-Halloween appearance because Amendola also played a demon in Angel.

Tricia Helfer plays Cylon Number Six on the Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica. She's on the cover of the July 10-16 TV guide. It's pretty hard for a jackalope to disguise itself as a cylon, so Ace wore a silver leather sci-fi collar by Justin Reichert of McPherson, KS.

And now for a different robot. Bob May was the man inside the Lost in Space robot in the 1960's.

Funnily enough, a jackalope in a silver leather thing is no more cheesy than many a Lost In Space villain. Remember, this was the series that gave us a man-size talking carrot.

"worst juxtiposition of charactors, ever"

The comic book guy adorned a table shared by author Kevin Dilmore, a former Kansas journalist. Here, Dilmore shows an interested fan the Orion slave girl centerfold in an issue of Star Trek Communicator.

Of course, no sci-fi convention would be complete without fans in costume. At least thats what we hope this is; otherwise, Ace is being assimilated. Look for a Borgalope next year.

Ace seems to have developed a fetish for exams from pretty doctors. Here, a member of a local fan club does the honors. She made her costume, btw.

This guy had Ferengi speech and gestures down pat. It might have been fun to take him to the Tulsa flea market and watch him negotiate.

Dark Lords of the Sith abound at such occasions.

"Master Yoda, what must I do to understand the wonder of the Force?"
"Go, you must, antlered Padawan; find beautiful women, you will."

Its good to be the 'Lope.

See also Trek Expo 2008
and Trek Expo 2009 Guests Announced.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!you have been busy.....and so has Ace... hope to see you later in the summer @ the usual meeting spot. Great site.

Fri Apr 24, 11:55:00 AM  

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