Friday was epic at FedCon XX with Scott Bakula talking about JJ Abrams Star Trek and promised Enterprise movies, Marina Sirtis explaining crashing the two USS Enterprises, Paul McGillion lobbying for return to Star Trek, Robert Duncan McNeill and Garrett Wang bantering and Richard Dean Anderson talking about hopes of a collaboration with Jonathan Frakes. Dive in for all the details below.
FEDCON XX – DAY 2 (Friday)
Welcome back to FedCon: Day 2 at Hotel Maritim Düsseldorf in Germany!
Scott Bakula talks Star Trek 2009 & promised ‘Enterprise’ movies
The Star Trek headliner for Friday was Star Trek Enterprise’s
Scott Bakula, who took the stage to a very warm reception tonight, and MC Garrett Wang immediately asked if he would do a bit of singing for the crowd. He promised that he would sing before the night was over, and did in fact deliver by singing a bit of “Volare,” “Imagine” by John Lennon, and even a bit of the Star Trek: Enterprise theme song.
Scott Bakula takes the stage
Scott also talked about his recent trip to Australia with William Shatner.
"He is somethin’ else!” said Bakula, “Regardless of chronology, he was the first captain. He was my first captain.”
When an audience member noted the nod to Captain Archer in the JJ Abrams Star Trek, Bakula said,
“I’m not anticipating a role in the next Star Trek movie. I was shocked that Archer was even mentioned in the last one!”
In fact, says Scott, he didn’t know that Archer or Porthos were referenced in the film until he was watching it in theaters. On the future of Enterprise in movies, he said:
"We [Enterprise] were going to be the next movie franchise. Going in that’s what we were told.”
But, he says that due to the changes that happened in Hollywood and with the show, he was not anticipating any Enterprise movies.
Bakula did a double take once or twice when Enterprise-themed costumed fans stepped up to the mic to ask him a question. “I keep seeing people in our uniforms!” he said. “And, I keep thinking someone is coming from engineering to ask me a question.” All in all, Scott Bakula brought down the house as usual and put on a great show for his fans. I leave you with a great quote from tonight: “Star Trek crosses all borders, it crosses all history, it crosses all races,” said Bakula, truly embracing IDIC.
Paul McGillion on Star Trek Scotty Audition – Ready to return for Star Trek sequel
Paul McGillion, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Carson Beckett on Stargate: Atlantis, took the stage Friday evening donning a cast & crew tee shirt from JJ Abrams Star Trek. The observant sci-fi fan would know that McGillion in fact had a small role in the new movie as the barracks leader at Starfleet Command. He told us tonight that he originally read for the part of Scotty, but was delighted to get something small when he didn’t get that part. “JJ Abrams is brilliant and a class act,” said McGillion. Of course, he would "love to be back" for the 2012 Star Trek sequel.
McGillion (sporting Star Trek shirt) says he is ready for the sequel
Paul also took a lot of questions about Stargate, speaking about his characters’ relationships and funny moments in the show. “The best part about Carson is the humanity that he has. The worst part was kissing [co-star] David Hewlett.” says McGillion. “His lips are like sandpaper.”
McGillion talks about Stargate
Robert Duncan McNeill’s Voyager banter with Garrett Wang + Chucki
Star Trek Voyager’s Robbie McNeill, whose last visit to FedCon was nine years ago, was introduced on stage by his Voyager co-star (and FedCon MC) Garrett Wang. Their banter on the toss (and throughout the panel when Garrett continued to barge onto the stage offering his take on an anecdote that Robbie was telling) made it obvious to everyone that the deep friendship they created on Voyager is still strong today. When asked about Paris’s relationship with Harry Kim on the show, McNeill said, “The relationship with Kim made [Paris] feel responsible; made him grow up. I think that relationship was very important for Tom to grow up and mature.” McNeill noted that Paris was one character that changed and grew dramatically during Voyager’s seven-year run. He described young Paris as a rebel and a troublemaker, but noted
“[Paris] came so far. The journey from the beginning of Voyager was a huge change.”
Garrett Wang introduces Robbie McNeill
McNeill talked a lot, of course, about his current work as the producer and director on NBC’s Chuck, which is currently “on the bubble” meaning that everyone is still waiting to hear whether NBC will renew the show for a fifth season. “Chuck is on the bubble every year,” said McNeill. “We’re close to 100 episodes, which is a milestone.” Robbie suggested that, if Chuck doesn’t get renewed, he hopes they can find a way to make the episodes anyways and sell it directly on the internet. “That seems to be the modern way to distribute shows.”
On the fan campaign to save Chuck after it looked like it may not get renewed at the end of the third season, “Yes, thank you! All of you fans made that happen.” McNeill talked about new ways that they have used corporate sponsorship to help fund the show, and noted that it’s the fans that really make that strategy work. “The fans of Chuck are loyal to Chuck and they’re loyal to the companies that support it,” said McNeill, speaking specifically of the partnership between the show and Subway. As far as Season 5 goes, McNeill says they won’t now whether the show will be renewed until mid-late May.
Robbie gave out a Chuck tee shirt, “The real nerd herd”
Robbie talks about Trek and Chuck
Marina Sirtis, Deanna Troi (TNG)
As the self-appointed “Queen of Conventions”, Marina Sirtis is no stranger to the convention stage. As usual, she came dancing onto the stage and delighted the audience with anecdotes about Star Trek and about her life. Plus, she took lots of questions from convention goers. She did retell the story of the worst question she ever received at a convention, which was “Why is it that all the guest star aliens on Star Trek were humanoid in shape?” To which Sirtis had answered, “When we start auditioning actors that aren’t humanoid in shape, that will change.”
Marina takes the stage
Marina talked a lot about her relationships with various cast members of Star Trek, including Patrick Stewart who she recently accompanied to the SAG awards. “[Patrick Stewart] thanked me for coming,” said Sirtis, “He said ‘I would have gotten drunk in a corner without you there’.” She poked fun at Stewart a bit throughout the panel, saying “[The cast’s] favorite thing to do when we’re with Patrick is make fun of Patrick.”
Marina introduces her family who travelled to FedCon from Greece
Of course, Marina was chided as she often is at conventions for crashing the Enterprise not once, but twice as Deanna Troi. On crashing the ship in Star Trek: Generations she said, “That planet just came out of nowhere!”. And, as for Nemesis…
“Old Baldy ordered me to crash the ship. And, don’t you dare tell him that I called him Old Baldy!”
She closed the evening by thanking the fans for their dedication to the show. “[Star Trek] was one of the biggest things in my life. I feel very blessed to have been on that show. You guys are the most loyal fans in the history of show business. Everything I have I owe to you… Thank you!”
Richard Dean Anderson on Stargate, MacGyver & Frakes partnership?
Richard Dean Anderson took the stage to thunderous applause. The iconic MacGyver and Colonel Jack O’Neill (two l’s!) from Stargate: SG-1 was a big name at FedConXX, and he spoke to a full house. To honor his work, all of the fans at FedCon dressed in Stargate uniforms took the stage. No official count was made, but from the looks of it the number was in the 100s. A General Hammond look alike even presented Anderson with a SGC-Deutschland patch and mug. It was quite moving to see all of these people whose lives have been affected by a sci-fi show thanking the man that is the representation of that show. Although he was the original leader of SG-1, RDA left the cast after seven seasons. He said it took him a couple of years to really miss the show, and said that salvaging his relationship with his daughter was his reason for leaving Stargate.
RDA poses with 100s of Stargate fans
General Hammond look alike presents RDA with SGC-Deutschland patch
When asked what was the bigger influence on his life, MacGyver or Stargate, RDA instantly replied, “MacGyver wins.” Anderson says that his time during MacGyver was an incredible learning experience for him, and that it is what gave him the know-how to produce a show like Stargate: SG-1.
Anderson then suggested an interesting partnership with a Star Trek veteran:
“You know what I’d love to do?” asked RDA, “A very dear friend of mine is Jonathan Frakes. You know what would be really nice? If [Frakes] and I did some sort of a sci-fi show. It would be a lot of fun!” Anderson noted that Frakes could direct in this dream project of his. “I doubt that anything would ever happen, though. I’m too lazy. But, If we did some project together it would be really nice. Us on a spaceship somewhere, perhaps in cowboy boots.”
Richard Dean Anderson wants to do a sci-fi show with Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes
Carel Struycken talks Mr. Homm
Friday kicked off with Carel Struycken who played Mr. Homm, Lwaxana Troi’s assistant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He talked about what a pleasure it was to work with the wonderful Majel Barrett Roddenberry. "In a way, she was very much liker her part in Star Trek," says Struycken. "She always gave very large parties at least three times a year!"
Mr. Homm takes questions
Struycken noted that, because he was only on the set of TNG one week per year, he was in a unique position to observe how relationships between cast members grew and changed over the years. “At the end it must have been very hard for the director,” remarked Struycken, “It was like a school outing. Everyone was playing practical jokes on each other all the time!”
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