Updated: December 4, 2019
Creation Entertainment joins our Trek family around the world in mourning the loss of Aron Eisenberg, Jack Donner and Sid Haig this past weekend.
Best known for playing Nog from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – and the first Ferengi to join Starfleet -- Aron was a beloved favorite at our Star Trek conventions through the years and always gave generous time to the fans. He would appear in makeup and costume as Nog on-stage and pose for photo ops (with DS9 stars Max Grodenchik as Nog’s father, Rom, and Chase Masterson as Leeta) and always brought an amazing energy to the stage! Along with his recurring role on Deep Space Nine, Aron was also a filmmaker and professional photographer, who shot landscapes, concerts, corporate photography, portraits and more.
For Star Trek fans, Jack is known for portraying Romulan Sub-Commander Tal on Star Trek: The Original Series and later played a Vulcan priest in the Star Trek: Enterprise. Other television shows he has guest-starred in include The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, Kojak, Frasier, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm in the Middle and Roswell, and he was also an acting teacher. Jack enjoyed attending our events and always lovingly spoke of the time he spent with his fans.
Sid Haig was a legend in the horror genre for starring in films such as House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, but Star Trek fans also know him as the First Lawmaker in The Original Series episode "The Return of the Archons." Haig also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and would later re-team with the filmmaker on Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Other credits to Haig’s name include Night of the Living Dead 3D and 2007’s Halloween. Sid was a beloved friend who also graced the stages of our Fangoria Weekend of Horrors events for many years.
RIP Aron, Jack and Sid -- you will remain always a part of the Star Trek and Creation family and in the hearts of the thousands of fans you were so gracious to at our events.
We were saddened to hear the news that Barbara March, who played the fierce and malevolent Klingon Lursa, has passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.
Along with her sister B’Etor (played by Gwyneth Walsh), March’s Lursa caused much mayhem on Star Trek shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The character was also featured in the feature film Star Trek: Generations.
March was also an accomplished stage actress, having portrayed such classic Shakespearean women as Lady Macbeth and others in theater productions in Los Angeles, New York and her home country of Canada. She also wrote plays, poems and novellas.
Her husband, Alan Scarfe, who was also a Star Trek guest star, confirmed her passing on Facebook. He wrote in the post, "My beloved Barbara, my partner in all things for more than forty years, passed through eternity's gate yesterday evening after a cruel battle with cancer. She was wise and compassionate and beautiful and her brilliance, kindness and perspicacity touched many."
March will always remain a part of Star Trek history and in the hearts of the thousands of fans she was gracious to at our annual Star Trek conventions.
We love to share great stories from our fellow fans! A recent attendee to our Riverdale Convention in Chicago highlighted her great experience at the show, meeting some of her favorite Riverdale stars and having fun at our special events. She writes, “Seeing the stars in person and interacting with them and seeing how much they absolutely adore their fans and each other makes supporting the show so much easier.”
Read the whole article here, courtesy of CollegeCandy.com!
The Netflix series Stranger Things hit the streaming airwaves with a bang, combining classic sci-fi and fantastical elements with nostalgia for the ‘80s – and a definite tip of the hat to the likes of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, who are masters of putting kids in peril, only to watch them kick ass. Stranger Things creators Matt and Russ Duffer are clearly in tune with their predecessors and have crafted a deeply intriguing and affecting mystery with a young cast at its center.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet watched Stranger Things (and why haven’t you?) the below contains plot points, so be forewarned!
Set in the 1980s, Stranger Things revolves around four middle-school friends from Hawkins, Indiana, who unwittingly get tangled up in a terrifying scenario involving government baddies, a creepy parallel dimension and the supernatural monsters who live there. The first season sees the boys attempt to rescue their friend, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), who has been dragged into the “Upside Down” by the “Demogorgon,” a monster who was released when a portal was opened in a nearby government lab facility. With the help of a mysterious young girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who has special powers and an interdimensional connection to that murky place, Will is rescued and the monster destroyed.
In Season 2, it’s believed that the Demogorgon has been vanquished, mostly by Eleven, who is presumed lost in the Upside Down (but is really hiding out). It turns out, however, that there is an even more deadly entity in the Upside Down, the Mind Flayer, who ends up possessing poor Will and tormenting the Hawkins denizens – until, that is, Eleven returns to close the gate to the Upside Down once and for all. But does it work? At the end of Season 2, it looks like the Mind Flayer is still looming large over Hawkins, waiting to strike again.
The highly anticipated Season 3 will premiere on Netflix July 4, 2019… Let’s look back at some of our favorite moments from the past two seasons:
Will is abducted and taken to the Upside Down
In the very first episode, we get a huge glimpse of what we’re in for – and it’s pretty scary. First, we meet the four central middle schoolers – Will, Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) – who are playing a mean game of Dungeons and Dragons in Mike’s basement (and it’s why the boys use D&D names for all the monsters and alternate dimension stuff). While riding his bike home, Will sees a shadowy thing following him and races into his house. Whatever it is chasing him breaks in, and Will then runs to a utility shed in the backyard. Shakily holding a shotgun, the poor kid is no match for the growling monster – and just like that, he vanishes. Yep, they had us at “Demogorgon.”
Barb is snatched up by the Demogorgon
And if Will’s sudden disappearance isn’t enough to frighten the hell out of us, there is Barb’s unfortunate abduction (and ultimate demise) at the hands of the Demogorgon. Barbara Holland (Shannon Purser) is Nancy Wheeler’s BFF (Natalia Dyer), who reluctantly agrees to go with Nancy to a house party at Steve Harrington’s (Joe Keery) house. As Nancy and Steve go off to his room to make out, Barb is left by herself, sitting on the pool’s diving board – and is easily picked off by the Demogorgon. Many fans at the time felt it was unfair that Barb was dispatched so quickly and the hashtag movement #JusticeforBarb was born in hopes of keeping the character alive. But alas, Nancy later finds poor dead Barb tangled up in Demogor-goo in the Upside Down. At least her memory lives on!
Joyce discovers she can talk to Will with Christmas lights
Will’s mother, Joyce Byers (played brilliantly by Winona Ryder), is naturally beside herself over her son’s disappearance. Almost immediately after Will goes missing, she starts receiving weird phone calls and glimpses of the other dimension in the house. Convinced Will is alive and trying to communicate with her, Joyce devises a system using Christmas lights so her son can answer questions by flickering the lights, which then leads her to write the alphabet on the walls so Will can pick letters. Sure, this all makes Joyce look totally looney tunes and deep in denial to those on the outside, but when Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) discovers his own clues to the conspiracy, he finally believes her and helps her find Will. This connection between Joyce and Hopper is just the beginning.
Eleven saves Mike, Dustin – and then Lucas
Following her escape from the Hawkins laboratory, Mike and the others find Eleven in the woods, and Mike hides her in his basement. Her shell-shock but sweet demeanor endears her to Mike and Dustin, but Lucas is skeptical. Then they find out what Eleven is capable of. When some bullies harass Mike and Dustin, she uses psychokinetic and telepathic abilities to save them (and gets a hug from Mike in the process). Then, being chased by the “bad people” from the lab, El flips their van so she and the boys can escape. Lucas realizes the error in his ways and apologizes, jumping on the Team Eleven band wagon. The big takeaway from this is that even though Eleven is inexperienced to ways of the world and vulnerable at times, she is also not one to be trifled with.
Hopper leaves Eggos in a storage bin
In the last episode of Season 1, the big confrontation between the Demogorgon, the government agents, Mike, Eleven and the others at the Hawkins middle school is intense. El prevails and manages to cast out the monster once and for all, but we are all led to believe she doesn’t make it out of the Upside Down – well, at least that’s what Mike and the boys think. Turns out, a month later, she’s still alive. We see Hopper venture into the woods and leave a box of Eggos (El’s favorite food) in a snow-covered storage bin, indicating El is hiding out somewhere nearby from the government baddies who are still after her. This sweet gesture on Hopper’s part hints at the father-daughter relationship they’ll form in Season 2.
Will spits out a black slug
Then there’s Will. He seems to have recovered from his terrifying experience and is safe at home with his family, but he apparently is not out of danger. Sitting at the dinner table, he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, where he proceeds to choke and spit up an awful black slug into the sink (as it goes down the drain). He looks up and suddenly the bathroom is transformed into the Upside Down for a few seconds. Uh oh. Naturally, we didn’t think it was all over. Far from it. When Joyce and Hopper found Will in the Upside Down, there was a tendril stuck down his throat, so clearly he brought something back with him – and it’s not good.
Dustin finds a “Pollywog”
As Season 2 opens, it’s obvious things are not back to normal. In fact, Dustin finds an slimy creature (which looks like the black slug Will spit out) in his garage, deems it a “Pollywog” and names it "D'Artagnan" or "Dart." But Dart is definitely NOT the ideal pet. In fact, an ever-growing – and hungry -- Dart ends up eating Dustin’s cat. Will thinks it’s definitely from the Upside Down and tries to convince Dustin and the others, including the new girl named Max (Sadie Fink), who is just as big an arcade videogame whiz as Dustin. But as they argue, Dart escapes. Ah, Dustin. His soft spot for the weird and unusual always gets him into trouble.
The Mind Flayer possesses Will
Will is still very connected to the Upside Down and is seeing frightening glimpses of a horrible brewing storm with a gigantic spider-like creature looming in the clouds. Turns out, this is the Mind Flayer who controls the Upside Down – and in one terrifying sequence, it catches Will and possesses the poor kid. First, it lowers Will’s temperature because “he likes it cold,” and then increasingly affects Will, whose own mind grows weaker as the Mind Flayer grows stronger and starts to manipulate what’s happening in the real world through Will. The poor kid starts frantically drawing weird sets of images that Joyce tries to piece together once again all over the house to figure out what it means. Seriously, Will goes through the wringer in the season.
Eleven and Hopper's blowout... and finds out about her real mother
Hopper tries to handle an increasingly restless Eleven, who is alive and secretly staying in his grandfather’s cabin, away from the dangerous people still after her. She is getting very annoyed with Hopper for promising to be home when he says he will be and always being late (to his credit, Hopper IS dealing with underground Upside Down tunnels). One night, the two have a huge argument after Hopper finds out Eleven has been sneaking out. He grounds her, and she experiences a psychic tantrum, shattering all the windows of the cabin. Then later, still fuming and searching through a box of files, she finds one that says “Terry Ives.” It’s Eleven’s mother, and in contacting her through the Void, a catatonic Terry's eyes open and she says "Jane." Eleven’s real name!
Eleven discovers she has a “sister”
Naturally, Eleven has to leave and find her mother. When she does, Terry is unresponsive, but through her psychic powers, El is able to access some of her mother’s memories, including one in which she sees Terry storming into the lab to try and rescue her daughter and seeing Eleven with another little girl. El finds this girl, Kali, and her friends in a rundown industrial area. Kali, who has the number 008 tattooed on her wrist, also has powers. Her ability is to create powerful illusions in people's minds that they are convinced are real. El feels like at first that she’s found her “family,” as Kali helps Eleven to control her powers further and then to join her gang on a mission. But soon, El realizes Kali’s quest for revenge against those that hurt them isn’t what she wants – and El knows that her place is with Mike and her friends in Hawkins.
Steve fighting the Demodogs
When we first meet Steve Harrington he is an arrogant jerk, but he eventually redeems himself when he helps Nancy, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and the others fight the Demogorgon in Season 1. In Season 2, Steve also forms an unlikely friendship with Dustin and ends up helping him try and find Dart. Laying bait in an abandoned junkyard, Dustin and Steve are joined by Lucas and Max, but when Dart does not take the bait, Steve goes out to confront the creature – only to discover there is more than one Dart the Demodog. Steve has to hightail it out of there and the four of them take shelter in a bus. While it looks like the Demodogs might get them, suddenly the creatures run away as if summoned (no doubt by the Mind Flayer). This is a very tense showdown between the kids and the monsters, but Steve’s bravado stands out.
Poor Bob the Brain
Joyce has found love in Season 2 with Bob Newby (Sean Astin), who manages the local Radio Shack in Hawkins. At first, he comes off way too nerdy and trying too hard to connect with Jonathan and Will, but Bob quickly shows his mettle. When Joyce finally tells him all about the Upside Down and poor Will’s plight, Bob believes her – and even figures out Will is drawing a map of the paranormal tunnels running underneath Hawkins. But it’s Bob’s ultimate death that really gets us. As the Demodogs attack the Hawkins lab, Bob is a hero for restoring power to the lab and making sure Joyce, Mike, Will, Hopper and Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser) get out. And just when you think he’s going to make it, reaching the lobby as Joyce and the others are escaping, he meets his end at the teeth of a charging Demodog. It isn’t fair. Bob was great.
Eleven triumphantly showing up to close the Upside Down gate
After Eleven decides she can’t be with Kali and her gang, she looks into the Void and sees Mike, Hopper and the others are in grave danger as some of the Demodogs follow the escapees to the Byers’ house. The creatures surround the house and before they can attack, Eleven kills them and bursts through the front door to rejoin her friends. The emotions run high! Then she tells them she can close the gate to the Upside Down for good, but it’s going to take a team effort. As Eleven and Hopper head to the lab, the rest of the gang lures other Demodogs away from the gate (by burning up the tunnels) and pulls the Mind Flayer out of Will (using extreme heat). Finally, El uses all her powers and energy into shutting the portal for good. Whew!
The Mind Flayer isn't gone (plus, the Snow Ball!)
But wait! It doesn’t look like the Mind Flayer is completely out of the picture. It’s a month later after the final battle, and the kids attend the Snow Ball, where Lucas and Max cement their feelings for each other and Mike and Eleven share a sweet kiss. Even Dustin, who also has unrequited feelings for Max, gets a chance when Nancy invites him to dance with her. Outside the school, though, we see the Upside Down again, as the Mind Flayer appears to be still alive, surviving the assault of the Gate, looming over the school. Yikes!
Stay tuned for more action and adventure when Season 3 premieres in July!
We are saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary comics creator Stan "The Man" Lee at age 95.
Our larger-than-life mentor attended many of our seminal comic book conventions in the early and mid-'70s and always delighted and energized our audiences, regaling us with grand stories of his exploits in the development of some of the most iconic characters from the comics ever.
We have fond memories of being first to the candy store where comic books were sold, grabbing big wired-up clumps of that week's comic book releases, breaking them open and reading the latest issues of Fantastic Four, X-Men, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, and many more.
Along with patron saints Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, John Romita, John Buscema and other members of the legendary Marvel bullpen, Stan crafted tales of awe and wonder that still see the light of day today in the wonderful Marvel films that echo his incredible stories and concepts.
We join our global Creation family and community in mourning the loss of Stan. Excelsior, forever!