Brent Spiner, Data on Star Trek The Next Generation, is known to speak his mind, but it appears these days he is being rather conciliatory. In a new interview wth SyFyRadio (airing tonight), Spiner defends both Trek’s past and present masters, Rick Berman and JJ Abrams. Some advanced excerpts below.
Spiner on Berman
Bashing long-time Trek producer Rick Berman seems to be popular with many Trekkies, but Spiner has a different take, telling SyFy Portal:
It think it’s really short-sighted of people to give Rick grief. I just say to any of them, ‘You go produce a television show and produce hundreds of hours of television shows,’ which these people have watched more than once
Rick more than anybody else protected Gene Roddenberry’s vision. There were times we wanted to do things in an episode, and Rick would be, ‘No, no, no. Gene wouldn’t want that and that’s not what Star Trek is about.’
Spiner on Abrams
Some Trekkies are still trying to get their heads around JJ Abrams new Star Trek with a new crew, following the Next Generation, but again Spiner comes to the defense of the change, saying:
I hope it’s a wonderful success. It looks fun and Leonard [Nimoy] is involved and J.J. [Abrams] is a really talented guy. I know a lot of those actors [involved] and they are fantastic. I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be successful.
It’s senseless to be anything other than optimistic about it. It’s also typical of every genre. It’s like in James Bond, well Sean Connery was it. Then Roger Moore came along, and they were like, ‘Roger Moore? No way!’ Then it was ‘Roger Moore, OK.’ Batman is the same way. ‘Not Christian Bale! Christian Bale as Batman? No way’ Then, ‘Oh, that’s pretty good.’
Hear much more from Brent tonight
Listen to the whole 35-minute interview Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on SyFy Radio (www.SyFyRadio.com).
Thanks to SyFy Portal for providing advance excerpts of their Spiner interview