In addition to all the stars and creatives from the new Star Trek series, Star Trek Day also featured panels for all the legacy Star Trek series, with members of each cast reuniting remotely. While not breaking any big news, these panels were a delight to watch and full of powerful memories and fun chemistry. We have gathered them all together here for you to enjoy along with some brief summaries.
Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation
Participants: Star Sir Patrick Stewart and co-star/director Jonathan Frakes.
This turned out to be a very sweet, affectionate conversation, thanks to the relationship between the two stars and the panel’s moderator, Wil Wheaton. Frakes talked about filming his save-the-day scene in the season 1 finale of Star Trek: Picard, explaining that it had to be filmed in Toronto, where he was working on Discovery. Patrick Stewart says it was Frakes who inspired him to direct, and described the challenges (and joys) of directing the TNG episode “A Fistful of Datas,” saying it was “one of the grandest, greatest days of my life.”
After Wheaton told Patrick Stewart how much affection his Picard cast had for him (as he’s interviewed many of them on The Ready Room), he thanked Frakes and Stewart for being his real family during his TNG days, and the compliments from both actors nearly brought him to tears.
At the end of the panel, Wheaton announced that in addition to the second Lower Decks episode of The Ready Room that’s coming, he’ll be hosting weekly editions once Star Trek: Discovery returns.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Participants: Series stars Terry Farrell, Alexander Siddig, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Cirroc Lofton, and executive producer Ira Steven Behr.
They talked about the origins of the series and the impact it’s had on fans, both old and new. They all felt that the theme of being “other” resonated with the individual actors as well as fans. Terry Farrell said that Spock was her favorite character when she was growing up because she felt out of place, and could relate to his “otherness,” which became an essential ingredient on DS9.
Moderator Wil Wheaton asked about creating the episode “Far Beyond the Stars,” and Behr told him that the original pitch involved Jake time traveling into the past, where he was a writer in the pulp sci-fi world but he was being observed by aliens, who wanted to learn about how humans interacted. Behr didn’t find that story worthwhile, but it struck him driving home from work that it could be Benjamin Sisko instead, writing in the 1950s about a Black captain in the future. Once they locked that in, they knew Avery Brooks would want to direct it, so they rearranged the schedule to make it work. He described filming it as “the most intense and wonderful time I ever spent,” saying that Brooks would call his house every night even before he got home and would be talking to his wife as he walked in the door.
After Farrell, Armin Shimerman, and Nana Visitor compared the experience of walking around the Paramount lot getting stares for their alien get-ups, the panel got serious as well as emotional. Each person talked about the loss of both René Auberjonois (Odo) and Aron Eisenberg (Nog) last year, occasionally getting tearful. They talked about Aron’s zest for life, his acting talent, and his exuberance, and Behr said, “In some ways, Aron was too good for this planet that we live on.”
They all described Auberjonois as “prickly” with much affection and respect. Visitor called him a “deep friend” and got emotional as she talked about helping him talk about what was happening to him when he was ill. Behr said, “He could be prickly as hell, he could be sweet as hell,” and told a story about Auberjonois walking past him after wrapping filming in season 6 and ripping his Odo face off. He handed it, soaking wet, to Behr, saying “A souvenir!” (Behr still has it.)
Shimerman ended the panel with a quote from Shakespeare, slightly altered to include both men:
They were men, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon their likes again.
Star Trek: Voyager
Participants: Series stars Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Robert Duncan McNeill, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, and Ethan Phillips.
This panel was a little more boisterous, with Kate Mulgrew and Robert Duncan McNeill joking about how they spoke often because of the salamander children they had together. The group talked about their friendships and how they’re all still in touch on a regular basis. Mulgrew talked about how she didn’t find her footing as Janeway until they were in season 2, and discussed how difficult it was when Ethan Phillips, as Neelix, left the show a few episodes before everyone else.
The panel was moderated by Mica Burton, whose father LeVar decided to crash the panel to say hello to the group. (He directed 8 episodes of the series, and had asked his daughter to let him know when she’d be talking to the Voyager crew.)
Star Trek: The Original Series
Participants: Series star George Takei and the CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment, Rod Roddenberry.
Wil Wheaton moderated this talk, which covered George Takei’s audition for Star Trek and his first meeting with Gene Roddenberry, as well as the moment when he found out he had the job. (It involved a lot of running.) He also spoke with much emotion about what it was like for him and his family when they were put in an internment camp in the 1940s.
Rod Roddenberry said his first exposure to Star Trek as a child was the blooper reels! He started paying attention more when TNG was on the air, but said that the TOS episode that did click with him and made him pay attention was “Devil in the Dark.”
Star Trek: Enterprise
Participants: Series stars Scott Bakula, Linda Park, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, and Connor Trinneer.
This turned into one big Scott Bakula love-fest as the cast expressed how much they loved working with him and being led by him—he set the tone both professionally and personally, making sure they all loved coming to work every day. Linda Park and moderator Wil Wheaton shared their experiences being the youngest cast members on set of their respective shows.
Connor Trinneer surprised everyone by admitting that he hated filming the Mirror universe two-parter “In A Mirror, Darkly,” because director James L. Conway was unhappy with his first performance as Mirror Trip. Trinneer finally asked if Conway wanted him to do the scene “like a pirate” and was told yes, so he did the scene like that as a joke. Conway liked it and he was stuck doing his pirate version of Mirror Trip for the rest of the episode.
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