This weekend New York Comic Con has returned to The Big Apple with another Star Trek: TNG reunion as part of the festivities for Friday night. TrekMovie was there to bring you video highlights from the event, including the stars talking about cameos for the 2016 Star Trek movie, discussing Trek pre and post-death of creator Gene Roddenberry and Patrick Stewart even demonstrated his (bad) French accent. Get the details and watch the video clips below.
TNG Reunion at NYCC
LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, along with John de Lancie, took part in an event reuniting cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, October 10th. William Shatner emceed the event before an audience of New York Comic Con goers and after quick intro, Bill invited questions from the audience, mostly eliciting testimonials from fans (one person thanked the cast for helping him get out of parking tickets because he and the ticketing police officer shared a love of the show).
TNG Stars (mostly) not interested in ST2016 Cameos, except Sirtis who wants to be Nurse Chapel
In the early part of the proceedings, I was able to ask the cast if they were interested in making a cameo in the forthcoming Star Trek film (specifically, playing a different role from their original character). Several cast members expressed skepticism towards the idea, except for Marina Sirtis and to a more humorous degree, Brent Spiner and Denise Crosby. Here is a summary of their reactions:
Levar Burton: "Playing a character that isn’t Geordi LaForge?…That would be a no."
Brent Spiner (joked): "I would certainly be honored to be in the third Star Trek film, playing all of the characters. And all of their families.
Gates McFadden: "I’m gonna have to pass on that."
Patrick Stewart: "I think it would smack of kind of ‘cute’ casting to have any of us in the Star Trek movie…I just think it would be a little awkward…For me, Levar said it in one word, ‘no.’"
Michael Dorn: "No…I agree with Patrick. At a certain point it just gets to be a little too much."
Marina Sirtis: "Yes! And I would be nurse Chapel."
John DeLancie: "It would put a lie to the notion that I am immortal, I’m afraid. It’s somebody else’s dinner party and if they are going to invite me, I’ll think about it then, but I don’t even think about it."
Denise Crosby: "I would probably want to play Karl Urban’s lover – I’m sorry, mother! I’m so sorry."
You can watch their responses in the video below
Sirtis: Gene Roddenberry would never let Star Trek: Deep Space Nine happen
Another audience member asked the cast to respond to idea that the show veered away from Gene Roddenberry’s hopeful vision of humanity’s future in the time following his death in 1991. While the actors were mindful to qualify their answers with the utmost respect for their show’s creator, the group sentiment was that storytelling improved through Rick Berman’s guidance towards exploring the interpersonal dynamics among the crew. During this discussion, Marina Sirtis recalled that Gene Roddenberry "hated" the concept of the forthcoming "Deep Space Nine" series and openly expressed his opposition before his death- thus conflicting with the long-standing claim by that show’s producers who said Roddenberry had given them his blessing.
Watch the discussion below:
Stewart demonstrates bad French accent
One lighthearted moment came when a fan asked why the Jean Luc Picard spoke with a British accent and not a French accent. Stewart said that deep in the vaults of Paramount was test footage of him as Picard with a French accent. He then demonstrated his ‘Clouseau-like’ Picard.
Overall, the reunion focused on the impact of the series (now 20 years removed from its first run) and how it will continue to reside in homes around the world for many generations to come.