Convergence 2006 Report

July 13th, 2006 | by Sqotty |

Convergence 2006 kicked off with a blast and never slowed down. There were five ships from the Cold Death Quadrant, and Klingons came from points further to see Robert O’Reilly (Gowron) and J.G. Hertzler (Martok), this year’s Guests of Honor. And they were well worth the effort to come out to see, as they dominated the convention’s scheduled panels, always entertaining, and very fun.

There are a lot of photos in this report, so I had to make thumbnails of them to improve download speed, so please klick on the photo to see the full-size picture.

During their panel’s, O’Reilly and Hertzler gave a good accounting of how they entered the acting field and the road that eventually lead them to their famous roles on Star Trek as Gowron and Martok.


Robert O'Reilly and J.G. Hertzler
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Robert O’Reilly and J.G. Hertzler.

Robert O'Reilly and J.G. Hertzler
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Robert O’Reilly and J.G. Hertzler.

Ship’s present, by my reckoning, included (but certainly was not limited to) the IKV RakeHell, IKV Black Thunder, IKV Warhammer, and the IKV Ice Dagger. There were several others I do not have the names of at the moment.


Boba Fett's on patrol
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Boba Fett’s on patrol.

Boba Fett's
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Boba Fett’s. These are some of the crew of the Black Thunder.

Convergence has earned a reputation as a hard-partying convention, with parties controlling the cabana area, which is a great space for a party zone, and spreading onto the fourth floor this year. Many parties adopted the con’s theme, “To Boldly Go…” with great gusto. The RakeHell’s “Viva Las Vegas” was very popular, serving up the specialty drinks that has made it famous; although not Klingon, the U.S.S. Nokomis teamed up with the World Defense Force to form a two-room theme party based on the TOS episode, “Mirror, Mirror”, complete with agonizer booth. The Warhammer ran the KPLA pirate radio, and, of course, the North Dakota folks put on “Captain Kirk’s Den of Ill-Repute.” In all, there were some 40, yes, FORTY, parties this year.


Misc. Party Room
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I admit it, I don’t recall which party this is.

In the Rakehell party room
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Bridget and Sqotty imbibing the the Rakehell’s specialty drink.

The masquerade had 25 entries, with four of the entries coming from the IKV RakeHell, including one entry from the ship’s up and coming costumer’s, Karin, who appeared as He-Man. Karin is six years old, and is on her way to becoming the youngest master level costumer. Qob, JaPa (IKV Black Thunder), Mordok and Sqotty provided comedy relief as the “Chancellor’s Personal Guard,” set to the tune of “Men in Tights.” I wish I had been able to get a video of it. Patrick put in a non-Klingon entry as a Gargoyle, which looked very good, and Qe-Pa and Mordok entered as “Viva Las Vegas.” Karin won Best Young Fan, and deservedly so.


Qob
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Qob, mentally preparing for the Masquarade.

Lamatron 2112
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Lamatron 2112. This was a way cool entry, involving lots of electronics, including ear movement. Nicely detailed. Hard to believe the guy sold his Harley to make this rig.

Saturday night festivities include a Klingon Wedding for two new members of the IKV Rakehell: Earl and Holly. This ceremony was conducted by Gowron and Martok and attended by throngs of con-goers, with belly-dancers providing pre-ceremony entertainment and followed by a short dance party. This provided a number of photo ops with both O’Reilly and Hertzler.


Klingon Wedding 1
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O’Reilly, Qe’Pa, and Hertzler.

Klingon Wedding 2
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Crowd scene for the wedding.

As the festivities continued, O’Reilly and Hertzler were inducted into the Clan MacDude by Sqotty and Qob, joining the ranks of John Colicos (Kor MacDude), William Campbell (Kolath MacDude) and Michael Ansara (Kang MacDude).


Indoctrination
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O’Reilly and Hertzler join the Clan MacDude, becoming known as the Brothers MacDude. We can still call them Gowron and Martok.

MacDudes
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A bunch of MacDudes…except for one.

Qob then proceeded with KAG promotions and honors, with Gowron and Martok participating in adding to the honor bestowed on a number of fine warriors.


Gowron and Martok presiding ove promotions
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Gowron and Martok preside over promotions, with Qe’Pa receving honors and Qob in the background.

Honorees
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JaPa on the left, Krom second from right, and two other Klingons (okay, one is Sam, but I don’t know his Klingon name).

This large gathering ended with a group photo of the all the Klingons gathered around O’Reilly and Hertzler.


Group shot
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Gowron and Martok in a group shot with the Klingons present.

Hertzler and Alois
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Hertzler and Alois.

Sunday, last day of the con, was a slow day as people began to wind up their stay.


Space Pod
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a space pod from 2001: A Space Odysssy marks the entrance to the main stage.

Hal 9000
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Hal 9000. The screen ran clips from the movie 2001: A Space Odysssy.

The high point on Sunday for the members of KAG was its presentation during closing ceremonies of a Death Howl Memorial for cast and crew of the Star Trek series who have passed on.

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At this point the crew, and many in the audience, let forth with a thunderous roar, and ended it with a tumultuous applause. The dialogue was written by Qob.

During closing ceremonies, J.G. Hertzler announced that he intends to move to the Twin Cities. This will be a welcome addition to the region.

KAG run panels included a Klingon makeup panel lead by Qob.

Convergence was a real blast this year, and consistently delivers lots o panels of interest, from costuming to hard science.

Here’s some picutes I didn’t exactly fit in wit the above, but wanted to include…


Pigs in Space
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Steve and Terri doing Pigs in Space.

Grommit and Sheep
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Grommit being stalked by a sheep. No idea who is in the costumes.

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