Earlier this month the annual Dragon*Con was held in Atlanta, Georgia with many Trek events from costume contests, Klingon beauty pageants, and Nichelle Nichols screening her new film (Lady Magdelene’s). The cornerstone of the event was the presence of actors Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden, who were on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. During one of their appearances the subjects of the new Star Trek movie came up. According to a report on StarTrek.com, after feigning ignorance of the new feature, Frakes (director of Star Trek First Contact) praised the selection of Zachary Quinto as Spock and went on the praise the new Trek director as well, saying…
J.J. Abrams, who does Lost which is one of my favorite shows on television, is a fabulous storyteller, and the franchise is probably in very good hands … and I gather he’s a fan
At an earlier event Spiner seemed to both defend and take a dig at the new Trek film, saying:
When you first hear the idea you sort of think, ‘I don’t want other people playing those characters,’ but then you think, ‘Hey, you know, how many James Bonds have there been?’ You think no one can replace Sean Connery, and then, yet, along came Tim Dalton!
The TNG stars also discussed the last film they made together (Star Trek Nemesis). Asked what elements he contributed to Nemesis‘ story, Spiner joked that he "contributed specific elephants to the movie," before explaining
The only thing I really contributed were some of the action sequences. John Logan [the screenwriter] called me occasionally and he would say, ‘How do I get them off the ship?’ And I would say, ‘Why don’t you have them get inside a ship in the ship and fly through the ship?’ And he’d go…" (Gesturing, "You’re a genius, Brent!") "I had very little to do with Data, other than to say I thought it would be a good idea if they blew him up.
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Discussing the much maligned Enterprise finale, Frakes said that it was intended to be "a valentine" for the fans, but admitted the final product was "perhaps less than that." He did say that he and fellow guest star Marina Sirtis enjoyed their time together and would be willing to star in their own series. To this, Spiner quipped, "So ‘The Riker and Troi Show.’ You know, B-4 is still alive!"
For much more on Dragon*Con, see the 5-page report at STARTREK.COM.
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