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It is time two wrap up our Star Trek Las Vegas celebrity panel reporting with coverage from the last day with stars from Star Trek: Enterprise. Find out what Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, John Billingsley, Steven Culp, and Matt Winston had to say in our report (with photos) below, along with a short report from the ‘Xindi panel’ as well.
The Boys of Enterprise
On Sunday at the Creation Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, the last Star Trek series was represented by the "Boys of Enterprise" panel with series regulars Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, and John Billingsley joined by recurring guest stars Stephen Culp (Major Hayes) and Matt Winston (Temporal Agent Daniels). Like with other cast panels, the group showed excellent chemistry with much joking and ribbing amongst the group.
In between the ribbing and extensive conversations on bodily functions, here are some of the quotes about their time on Star Trek.
John Billingsley on the cancellation of Enterprise
Glass half empty, glass half full. Frankly given that we were on a network that didn’t support us and the ratings were not great, the fact that we got four seasons was something of a miracle. Honestly, there was a lot of talk that we wouldn’t make it season two.
Connor Trinneer on Scott Bakula:
I learned everything I know on how to behave professionally from Scott, before I met Scott I was a mess on set. Scott’s demeanor and professional attitude was so easy and seamless to work with. There is one thing I will never know. That guy had two young kids and one of them never slept. I don’t know where that dude learned his lines. He is not human.
Connor on story arc with the death of his sister:
I think that that arc was probably giving voice to, from our show, to what happened after 9/11 and I think that Trip’s mourning his sister had a lot to do with that grieving process. After 9/11 happened I remember talking to my father and saying "what am I doing? does this matter, I am on a TV show". I felt like I should be doing something else with my life, quite frankly – helping. And he said "I disagree, what you are doing is healing – giving people a way to divert their attention from these catastrophic events and put some faith in humanity, which is what your show does.
Steven Culp on Major Hayes:
It was sketchy at first. There wasn’t a lot on the page and I know that the second episode I did, I was kind of like "why am I here?" Because he didn’t have much to say, but I took that as my clue. Man of few words – man of action. It was kind of an experiment with me, almost like a David Mamet kind of character. Someone who is totally defined by his actions.
John Billingsley on if he was intimidated joining the ranks of Star Trek’s famous doctors:
Not really. Obviously I watched the original show and have respect for the history, but when you play a part you play the part and it is your relationship to the words and that guy. I was more concerned about playing a guy with a rubber head every day. That is what scared the hell out of me
Dominic Keating on the role of Malcolm:
It wasn’t until half way through season two that I realized he wasn’t the gay interior designer of the Enterprise…When actors read that three-line character description it was the first time I stepped outside those three lines of who Malcolm was: stiff upper-lip Brit who was hewn from the cloth of old military and that kind of ilk. It was early on in that first season that I thought "I can’t do this for seven years – how naive- let’s step out of the box a bit. So if Dominic thinks something is amusing, then maybe Malcolm does too. And there was one scene in that shore leave in Risa in the bar and it isn’t Malcolm, it is Dominic having a right old laugh. I that is the only time I felt I stepped over the line.
Culp on his (deleted scene) role as new First Officer Cmdr Madden in Star Trek Nemesis:
I saw it on the DVD and I would like to do it differently – I think I could have played it differently. I wasn’t quite happy with it. I thought I should have been much cockier, so that I could be taken down a peg. I thought I was too earnest and awestruck at being on the Enterprise.
Like with the "Dominion panel" for DS9, creation also put together a panel of actors from the villainous group of Enterprise’s 3rd season, the Xindi with Tucker Smallwood, Scott MacDonald, Randy Oglesby and Rick Worthy. The group who worked together on many "Xindi council" scenes noted that seeing each other out of makeup made it difficult for them to recognize each other at first.
Scott MacDonald talked about how when they first started on the third season the group "weren’t sure how it would go" as there was not a lot of detail from the writers on the background of the Xindi. MacDonald (who played the leader of the reptilian Xindi) said that he and Randy Obglesby (leader of the primate Xindi), who had worked together in the past on stage, worked it out that suggesting "how about if my guys hate your guys." And that this thread was picked up by the writers who worked it into future scripts.
More Vegas Star Con 2010
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