Phoenix Comicon kicked into gear on Friday, including panels with three Star Trek: The Next Generation stars: LeVar Burton, Marina Sirits, and Michael Dorn (also of DS9). All three talked about their time with Trek and after. We have photos, highlights and full video. So check that all out below.
PHOENIX COMICON – TNG STARS ON FRIDAY
- Announces details on new Reading Rainbow App
- Discussed new TV series Perception with Eric McCormack
- Favorite TNG episodes were the ones "where we didn’t have to wear the space suits" – like playing Holmes and Watson with Spiner as Data
- Hated wearing his VISOR on TNG, it was "screwed" to his head, he couldn’t see and made acting without his eyes very challenging – thinks challenge made him better actor
- Favorite Star Trek memory actually from real life with Brent Spiner being the best man at his wedding with Sirtis, Dorn and others in the wedding party…."my wedding photos are awesome"
- Says that he wanted Geordi to "be the kind of guy people wanted to have a beer with" and he believes he succeeded in doing that with the role
- As a fan, actively persued role on Star Trek: The Next Generation…manager asked him "what’s a Klingon?"
- With all the other characters on the show so "happy" he decided to make Worf angry – he was pissed at everyone and everything"
- Hard to say which show he preferred, TNG or DS9, but had more fun working on TNG yet more proud of his work on DS9
- He was especially proud of Worf’s love story arc with Jadzia – noted he loved the YouTube series on the Worf/Jadzia "best Star Trek love story"
- Said compared to the relaxed set of TNG, DS9 was more "like the Vatican," but he got them to loosen up within a few months
- Doesn’t speak Klingon, can’t remember many words/phrases
- Would love to see Paramount do a Worf movie [more details in TrekMovie.com exclusive interview]
- Written a romantic film and hopes to produce, will include TNG friends in cast [more details in TrekMovie.com exclusive interview]
- Got a casting call about the Star Trek sequel, but nothing came of it [more details in TrekMovie.com exclusive interview]
- Says her nickname for friend Michael Dorn is "Dorny" – implores others to call him that
- Jokes that "Sir Patrick" wouldn’t do press for the feature films until he screened them personally
- Thought that the men on Star Trek: TNG were "hunky" but the big fight scenes from Insurrection were with "three old geezers"
- Feels Troi on TNG was the only "nice" character she has ever played
- Described set of TNG to be like "kindergarten at recess" compared to their Paramount studio "too serious" neighbors on the DS9 set
- Sirtis feels the post Roddenberry shows (DS9, Voyager, Enterprise) "lacked Gene’s humanity"…calls DS9 "third best sci-fi show on at the time" (behind TNG, Babylon 5)
- Sirtis turned down a role in Men in Black (1997) because she didn’t want to do more sci-fi at the time
check back for update this weekend
TrekMovie.com panel was also held on Friday morning with an (almost) capacity crowd. The fans were very enthusiastic about the upcoming projects in Trek. After a quick summary on the state of Trek, the talk highlighted what Anthony considered the three biggest projects currently in development: Star Trek: The Next Generation in HD/Blu-ray, the upcoming "Star Trek" movie universe console game and (of course) the Star Trek movie sequel. One surprise was how little awareness there was for both the Blu-ray project and the videogame, although the fans were impressed with the preview videos and highlights.
Fans were up to speed on some but not all the news and spoilers for the latest Star Trek movie. It’s noteworthy that after going over the spoilers (including the big ones), fans were polled and with only the exception of about three or four, all said they were excited and optimistic about what they learned. This was a marked difference from last year’s TrekMoive.com panel where fans were closer to evenly split on some of the rumors, especially villain rumors.
More to come + live coverage
TrekMovie will also be covering William Shatner and Wil Wheaton panels on Saturday, plus the Sunday TNG mega-panel with Dorn, Sirtis, Burton, Wheaton and Brent Spiner (who isn’t doing his own solo panel). Stay tuned for reports on those
For live coverage:
- Follow @trekmovie and @startrekcon on Twitter
- Listen to live stream from the main ballroom (w/ Shatner at 1:30 Saturday and TNG mega panel on Sunday at 1:30 Pacific Time) at vtwproductions.com.
Photos by Anthony Pascale, video by Nai Wang, highlights by Erica Anderson