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TrekWeb Correspondant Reports On Last Night's Series Wrap Party

Posted: 16:37:28 on April 12
By: Steve Krutzler
Dept: Voyager

TrekWeb has the opportunity to have a correspondant at the 'Voyager' wrap party last night...

VOYAGER WRAP PARTY

The Star Trek: Voyager Series Finale Wrap Party was held at the elegant W Hotel in Westwood, California, on Wednesday night. The venue offered both indoor and outdoor areas for partiers to mingle, eat, drink and be merry. Indoor areas were large rooms with a high-tech atmosphere and outdoors was setup around the swimming pool surrounded by gardens of tropical plants and lush greenery. Guests were greeted in the lobby of the hotel with an option of libations with exotic names, including "Fantastic Voyager," "Borg Blast," "Starfleet Sensation," and "Maquis Madness" (each one a different variety of brightly colored martini -- purple, green, orange & red). There were also numerous bars offering a wide choice of other drinks. Buffet style food stations were located at a variety of spots both indoors and outdoors offering selections such as spicy orange chicken, pan-seared ahi tuna, and grilled medallions of beef, along with salads, antipasto, rice, mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Once the party got into full swing, there were quite easily 500 to 600 guests, including the entire principle cast of Voyager, a variety of guest stars, including John de Lancie, Jonathan Del Arco and Scarlet Palmers, as well as the writers, producers, production personnel and studio executives. Several people from Deep Space Nine were also on hand, including Armin Shimerman, Rene Auberjonois, Ira Steven Behr and Rene Echevarria, among others. Also on hand, representing the upcoming Star Trek feature film, were Brent Spiner and John Logan. As always, Majel Barrett Roddenberry was in attendance. Unfortunately, neither Michael Piller or Jeri Taylor (both co-creators of Voyager) were able to attend. Michael was in Vancouver, British Columbia, shooting a new TV pilot, and Jeri lives in northern California and was unable to make it down for the party.

In one room, continuous video was running on three futuristic monitors with edited montages from each of Voyager's seven seasons, including brief bits of scenes from the top secret final episode. This was followed by a gag reel that included both unintentional bloopers and outtakes from the series as well as staged antics such as Robert Picardo (as the Doctor) singing "What's Up Pussycat" to the cardboard standups of Captain Janeway, Seven of Nine and B'Elanna Torres. The various videos repeated throughout the evening in a continuous loop that would put any time anomaly to shame and were also seen on various monitors throughout the party.

In an adjacent room there were areas for people to sit and eat their meals and visit with other guests (if you could hear yourself think). The music was very loud. A few people were dancing. Mostly the place was wall-to-wall bodies by 9 pm. At one point they actually turned off the music to allow a few words from Rick Berman, but the size of the crowd and the hubbub of voices made it impossible to hear anything he was saying. I'm not certain if others spoke or not, because it was essentially too crowded to squeeze into the room with the number of people. Persistence was futile.

On the way out of the building at the end of the evening, each guest was given a unique commemorative gift from the Voyager production, a blown glass bowl designed by glass artist Karli Sears, crafted especially for the Star Trek: Voyager series finale. Each piece was hand-blown, signed and numbered by the artist. There were only 475 pieces produced. On a printed card included with each gift box was printed the following: "The care and creativity which Ms. Sears puts into each work of art reflects the seven years of care and creativity you've put into making Star Trek: Voyager a timeless work of art."

A good time was had by all.

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Brent Spiner and John Logan
By Officer Barbrady () at 16:51:35 on April 12
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...I now pronounce you Man & Wife. You may kiss the bride.

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