The annual Phoenix ComiCon was held last weekend at the Mesa Convention Center in Arizona, and along with other genre, comic and anime luminaries, were four Trek alums — Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, and Chase Masterson — holding a number of panels and events. TrekMovie was there to get the scoop on the event and the stars. Check out some pics, video, and con highlights!
Lots of Trek Panels
All of the Trek stars in attendance hosted panels at the con. Wil Wheaton “geeked out”, played Rock Band 2, and performed material from some of his books for the fans. Marina Sirtis hosted a “Meet Marina” panel which was an informal chat with the fans. And, Chase Masterson hosted a showing of her new film, “Yesterday Was A Lie” with a Q&A session afterwards. A special event for Trek fans was a panel in which the three TNG stars shared the stage and related stories based on questions from the audience.
Marina strikes a pose (Photo credit LiveLongAndProsper)
Wil hosts a panel (Photo credit John Kit)
The Next Generation Panel
Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner all shared the stage Saturday for the first time in years. They entered the room to great applause, and it was clear that they genuinely enjoyed the reunion that this convention allowed them. Brent started by joshing Wil about him stealing a lady love that Wil later married, but it was clearly a joke; it was quite clear that these three actors are great friends who love each other very much from their years working together on TNG. After being asked about practical jokes on the set, the three initially replied that they didn’t do too much of that, especially at first. They poked some fun at Patrick Stewart saying that during the first season he was much too serious. One day, after cutting each other up and driving a director crazy, Rick Berman came down and told them to calm down a bit Denise Crosby mentioned that they were just joking to ease the tension and have fun, whereas Patrick replied “Where, Denise, does it say in our contracts that we are here to have fun?” But they got him to lighten up, and after the first season, it was Patrick Stewart who became the funniest one of the cast!
Wil and Marina
Wil Wheaton and Marina Sirtis each had solo panels where they got to interact with the fans. Marinas was more of a traditional Q&A session, while Wil talked about being a geek and did a reading from one of his books. Check out video of both panels below:
Wil On Being A Family Geek
Wil introduces himself and talks about geekiness and his family life in these two clips.
Wil Reads From His Books
Wil reads an excerpt from one of his books.
Wil Wheaton’s Rock Band Blowout!
Wil hosted an event Friday night called “Rock Out With Wil” in which he had a Rock Band 2 set up on a stage and had fans come up and play the game with him. For many, including myself, this was the most fun event of the entire con! Yours truly even got up on stage and busted out some rock. We are working on getting footage of the entire event, but for now enjoy this Bon Jovi song (which Wil said from the beginning he would not play!).
More from Phoenix Comic Con coming up
There is more from my trip to comic con to report. TrekMovie will have a review and report from Chase’s screening of "Yesterday is a Lie," plus video interviews done in conjunction with Phonix Comic Con of all the Trek celebrities.
Thanks to Rob9874, nmizgala, twinklergirl for youtube clips, and thanks to Linda and all the folks at Phoenix Comic Con.