There were a couple of interesting panels at Phoenix Comicon that focused on specific Star Trek episodes. Writer Morgan Gendel did a panel all about the TNG episode "The Inner Light" and actress Sherry Jackson did a panel where she focused her talk on playing Andrea the android in the Star Trek episode "Are Little Girls Made Of." Highlights, plus full audio and pictures below.
Gendel On "The Inner Light" and the idea for a sequel
TV screenwriter and producer Morgan Gendel wrote four (2 each for Star Trek: TNG and DS9), but his well-attended and entertaining panel was focused on "The Inner Light," which is often regarded as one of the best TNG episodes. Gendel went through the inception of his idea, pitching it to Michael Piller and more.
- Idea from inner light was inspired by Gendel seeing a Fuji blimp, leading to idea of how a future floating advertisement might beam ads right into peoples brains
- Picard’s "Ressikin Flute" was initially rejected by Michael Pilller until Gendel brought in an example and played a tune he wrote to show how it could work
- Gendel later pitched the idea for sequel called "The Outer Light" which would have envisioned that the real Eline had been launched in a sleeper ship and would be discovered by Picard, but the idea was rejected
- Gendel is considering turning this idea into graphic novel
- Says pitch for TNG episode "Starship Mine" was easy, just saying "It’s Die Hard on the Enterprise"
Listen to the full audio (courtesy VTWproductions).
Gendel says he had to lobby hard to get Ressikan Flute into "The Inner Light"
Sherry Jackson On Being Android & Creative Use Of Shatner’s Toupee Tape
Sherry Jackson played the Android Andrea in the original Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of." For her panel the actress started off talking about her long career in film and television, and then went into discussing her eventful week on Star Trek, dishing out some interesting little titdbits.
- Since there was no model on how how she should play an android so she took method acting approach
- Describes Shatner as "New York kind of actor trying his best to do his best work," Nimoy as "to himself and shy," Majel Barrett "very nice and sweet"
- Was told not to joke with Leonard Nimoy about his ears as he was sensitive to this
- Shatner was complaining about having to shave his chest to play the Kirk Clone, because Roddenberry felt that Kirk would not a hairy chest
- Says that she got a big role in the film Gun when she was spotted by director Blake Edwards wearing her revealing Star Trek costume at the Paramount commissary
- Jackson says they had to ensure there was no "side cleavage" from her dress so they "used the same double-sided tape as they used for Shatner’s toupee"
Listen to audio.
Strategically placed tape kept Sherry Jackson’s costume in place for "What Are Little Girls Made Of"
More Phoenix Comicon to come
There is more to report including the TrekMovie.com Trek fan panel, plus panels from George Takei, Robbie McNeill and Leonard Nimoy.