Late last night, actress Marina Sirtis took to Twitter to share a lovely photo featuring herself along with her Star Trek: The Next Generation castmates at dinner. She included the simple message “The gang’s all here. Well most of them anyway,” along with the hashtags #friendship and #TNG.
Included in the photo are LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn. Sirtis’ comment that the photo includes “most of them” is a note that Jonathan Frakes apparently couldn’t make it to the reunion.
UPDATE: More photos and Frakes comments
LeVar Burton followed up with some additional pictures from the evening.
About last night… pic.twitter.com/GLEOJJnHez— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) September 3, 2018
And the missing man Jonathan Frakes made a joke out of his absence, by commenting on a fan who tweeted a Photoshopped version with him (as Riker) the picture.
I thought the invitation said formal dress… https://t.co/rpS5QqEZUf— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 4, 2018
Picard show briefing?
It is well known that the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was a tight-knit group during the production of the show and subsequent movies, and have all remained close friends, so it’s natural to see them having a fun night out together. However, given that it’s just a month since Patrick Stewart dramatically announced he is returning to the role of Jean Luc-Picard for a new TV series, it’s also natural to assume that it was a subject of discussion.
Last weekend, Gates McFadden told us she was expecting to hear more about the show from Stewart:
We haven’t [heard anything], and I am sure Patrick will fill us in sometime. I have no idea if we are in it, or if it is just Patrick or what. We will all find out, but it is just so cool, though.
The only other member of the cast who has spoken in public about it is Brent Spiner, who discussed it during a panel at Fan Expo Boston in August. After having some fun intoning his infamous Patrick Stewart impersonation and joking “I cannot do this show… without Brent Spiner,” the actor told the crowd (via AIPT):
I haven’t heard anything about it other than that Patrick announced it in Vegas that he’s doing it. I think it’s fantastic. I can’t wait to see it. You know, he’s one of the best actors there is and perfect doing Captain Picard as one of his greatest characters and I’m as anxious as you are to see it.
It is a good bet that the group now knows more about the show, set 20 years after the last outing for the TNG cast, Star Trek: Nemesis.
It’s also worth noting that it is still very early on in the development of the show. At Star Trek Las Vegas, Stewart told the crowd that there were no scripts as of a month ago. But just a few days ago, executive producer Michael Chabon shared a galactic briefing sketch from the writers’ room, indicating progress on developing what he called the “Untitled Picard Project.”
“What familiar faces will show up?” is one of our 9 big questions for the Picard show. Patrick Stewart is also an executive producer for the series, so he may have a say as to what actors and characters might turn up on the show.
For now, we have this fun photo.
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