Dec 12, 2012

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Operation: ArchAngel

Operation: ArchAngel

by CAPT Stacy Meyn, USS Northern Lights

It was a dark and stormy night. It really was. Yet no amount of gloom could quell the twinkle in the lights of the Macy’s wreaths or in the eyes of the skaters at Union Square. A sold-out Creation Con was booming in San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, and a band of intrepid Starfleet crewmembers would brave the elements to complete a mission not far from the activities of the happy shoppers and con-goers.

The nighttime view of Union Square from the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

The nighttime view of Union Square from the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Naturally, we met in the bar. The Region 4 away team consisted of VRC David Nottage (USS Golden Gate), RC Jerry Tien (USS Eagle), Michael Garcia (USS Gygax), Zach Perkins and Jon Sung (USS Loma Prieta), Tracy Newby (USS Northern Lights), and your humble scribe. The gist is this:

ArchAngel Films, an independent production company in conjunction with Warner Brothers, will commence filming a sci-fi spoof in December entitled Unbelievable!!!!! Aiming to lampoon the ‘50s-era movies, it won’t be a Star Trek satire. However, about a dozen (and counting)Trek actors have signed on, and ArchAngel was holding a kick-off reception/project launch to garner fan reaction in the same hotel as Creation Con. Nichelle Nichols graciously hosted the shindig in her suite.

CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, left) discusses the party with CAPT Stacy Meyn (USS Northern Lights, center) and FCAPT Tracy Newby (USS Northern Lights, right) at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, left) discusses the party with CAPT Stacy Meyn (USS Northern Lights, center) and FCAPT Tracy Newby (USS Northern Lights, right) at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Once we paid the tabs and completed our Picard maneuvers, we trooped up to the 31st floor and quietly slipped into the suite. We were greeted by displays of hand-drawn concept art for Unbelievable!!!!! and a cheery Denise Crosby who introduced herself to each team member with “Hi, I’m Denise” and a firm handshake. A couple of the art pieces were a bit thought-provoking and after some small talk, we filed into the main room. The suite’s windows were pummeled by sheets of rain but the mood was merry, especially due to an open bar and class-A noms. We can thank Jon later for the tips on varsity-level cupcake eating.

 Lest we look like a cadet review, we fanned out and mingled. As Starfleet Regional Social Media Director, Zach was live-tweeting and Tracy and I planned to talk it up on the NerdVana Podcast. In addition to Ms. Nichols, who looked resplendent in silver and black with a Starfleet insignia necklace, we spotted Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Elke Sommer, and Balok, who was knocking back the tranya and posing for photo-ops. Indeed, that was Bobby Clark, who was The Gorn in “Arena”; and Sean Kenney, who portrayed a disfigured Captain Pike in “The Menagerie” (plus Lieutenant DePaul in “Arena” and “A Taste of Armageddon”).

Unbelievable!!! actors Angelique De Lacroix (left) and Denise Crosby (right) speak to a couple of guests at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Unbelievable!!! actors Angelique De LaCroix (left) and Denise Crosby (right) speak to a couple of guests at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Chatter about Galaxy Quest (one of Ms. Crosby’s faves), BSG, Bab 5, and The Green Lantern peppered the air, along with the expected Trek references and, of course, promotion for Unbelievable!!!!! (yes, there are five exclamation points). Director/writer Steven Fawcette and actors Steve Nave and Angelique De LaCroix were working the room, doling out scripts and business plans to potential investors, as well as answering queries about the production. They were hoping to get Ms. Nichols on board (success) and possibly William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (TBD). With the Trek alum, the film will include nostalgic favorites John Schneider, Christopher Atkins, and John O’Hurley.

From left to right: ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate), CAPT Stacy Meyn & FCAPT Tracy Newby (USS Northern Lights), Balok, CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax), VADM Jerry Tien (USS Eagle) on the red carpet at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: ADM David G. Nottage III / USS Golden Gate)

From left to right: ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate), CAPT Stacy Meyn & FCAPT Tracy Newby (USS Northern Lights), Balok, CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax), VADM Jerry Tien (USS Eagle) on the red carpet at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: ADM David G. Nottage III / USS Golden Gate)

It was a delightful soiree that ran for a few hours and the lucky con attendees who received invites were well-costumed and well-behaved. Ms. De LaCroix thanked us for showing up and sharing the news. Before we got too deep into our cups (I still don’t know what made my drink take on a glow of its own during flash photography), we collected business cards, did a little ‘Fleet business(recruiting happens anywhen, anywhere, right?), and excused ourselves into the night to complete our various assignments. Mainly, boost the signal. For more information about ArchAngel and Unbelievable!!!!! head over to the Internet Movie Database.

(Editor’s Note: Subspace Communicator Online would like to thank ArchAngel Films producer/actor Angelique De LaCroix and photographer Misti Layne for providing photos from the party.)

Some additional photos from the party:

ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate, left), CDR Jon Sung (USS Loma Prieta, center), and CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, right) at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate, left), CDR Jon Sung (USS Loma Prieta, center), and CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, right) at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Unbelievable!!! actor Michael Dorn (right) discusses the project with two unnamed fans at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

Unbelievable!!! actor Michael Dorn (right) discusses the project with two unidentified fans at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate) and Unbelievable!!! actor Nichelle Nichols at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California (Photo: ADM David G. Nottage III / USS Golden Gate)

ADM David G. Nottage III (USS Golden Gate) and Unbelievable!!! actor Nichelle Nichols at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California (Photo: ADM David G. Nottage III / USS Golden Gate)

VADM Jerry Tien (USS Eagle, left) and CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, center) enjoy ADM David G. Nottage III's (USS Golden Gate, right) witty anecdote at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)

VADM Jerry Tien (USS Eagle, left) and CAPT Michael D. Garcia (USS Gygax, center) enjoy ADM David G. Nottage III’s (USS Golden Gate, right) witty anecdote at the ArchAngel party at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Misti Layne / mistilayne.com)