by Sherry Lipp
As a long time fan of The Next Generation, I couldn’t wait for day three of the convention, which featured several cast members from series. The previous night I attended the reunion special presentation where Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Michael Dorn (Worf), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), Marina Sirtis (Troi), Brent Spiner (Data), and John de Lancie (Q) all shared the stage. It was fun to see them all together sharing stories about their days on the Next Gen set and their continued friendship over the past 28 years.
|Brent Spiner & Jonathan Frakes at the TNG reunion|
All, except for Spiner, were on hand to close out the convention, with individual panels that spanned the entire day.
Jonathan Frakes was up first. Full of energy, Frakes began his presentation by sitting in the audience and asking a few lucky attendees questions of his own. He then took the stage to take questions from fans. Frakes seemed to value unpredictability in his presentation – he read notes left behind from a previous speaker, jumped back into the audience, laid down on the stage, and even took a phone call from a friend.
When asked the burning question about the recent #BringInRiker campaign for him to direct “Star Trek 3,” Frakes diplomatically said that he would love the opportunity.
Having had the opportunity to interview Frakes last week, it was great to see him in person.
Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis shared a panel. I liked having two cast members together because they were able to spur memories and feed off of each other’s stories. Sirtis’s boisterous personality was a good contrast to Dorn’s laid back tone.
In one of the best moments of the weekend, Sirtis gave the audience a passionate thank you for the continued fan support of Star Trek. “We have good lives. We know that. And we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you,” she said.
John de Lancie took a more traditional approach, taking questions and updating the audience on his current projects. When asked if he would be interested in reprising his role of Q in the new movie series, he said he’s open to anything, but didn’t really think Q would fit in.
Closing out the weekend, was Denise Crosby. One of the most interesting things about Crosby is her close relationship with Trek, though she only appeared in one season of TNG. As she explained to the audience, it was only after stepping away from the series that she realized that Trek was much more than just a television show. Crosby went on to appear in later seasons of TNG and produce two Trekkies documentaries on Star Trek fandom.
Overall it was a great weekend. For more information on upcoming conventions and special reunion events please visit Creation Entertainment.
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Images: Sherry Lipp