Brent Spiner talks about an interesting episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” called “The Most Toys”. The episode featured Saul Rubinek, and Spiner tells the tragic story about how Rubinek replaced Michael Rappaport to take that role.
A fan at Big Apple Comic Con 2019 asked William Shatner about Riverside, Iowa, where Captain Kirk originates from in the original Star Trek series.
This led Shatner to reminisce about his time working on the “Invasion Iowa” docu-series, where he and a film crew invaded this town to film a fictional sci-fi movie while the town had no idea they were the ones actually being filmed.
Check out the full panel of Brent Spiner taking questions from fans at Big Apple Comic Con 2019.
Topics discussed included how Brent developed his Bob Wheeler character from “Night Court” and how it led to his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation, auditioning to be Data and origins of the Data name, his appearance at the first Star Trek con in NYC, being John Adams in 1776 on Broadway, the “Fresh Hell” incident, and more.
Award-winning author David Gerrold entertained and educated fans as he shared his incredible life as a novelist and screenwriter.
In this panel moderated by Larry Nemecek, Gerrold (who is known to many as the man who wrote the famous “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of the original Trek series) discussed working on Star Trek, his relationship with Gene Roddenberry, what happened when he worked on Next Generation, the “Trials and Tribbleations” episode of Deep Space Nine, progressiveness in Trek, memories of James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy, and much more related to his writing work in Trek and other series.
Commander Riker and Captain Picard may be reuniting soon, at least behind the scenes anyway!
Jonathan Frakes, AKA Cmdr. Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, has been a busy man in the sci-fi world, having recently directed episodes of “Star Trek Discovery”, “The Orville”, and “The Gifted”. It looks like he will be returning to the Trek franchise for the upcoming Picard series with Patrick Stewart to direct him in at least one episode.
Frakes spoke on The Writer’s Experience podcast, where he confirmed working on the upcoming Picard series, and also described a little of the aesthetic of the show:
Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trekseries, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world.
… My favorite part of the job is directing the acting, and enjoying the actor, and being sure I capture the moments that the actors created for us, especially with actors at the level of some of the stars of these shows. Sonequa [Martin-Green], and Patrick [Stewart]…and Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones.
When you give them a note they take the note and you can watch them fine tune it. It’s like a musician, like a fine violin player. They don’t over-dramatize the note. They just tune the instrument ever so slightly in an elegant, creative, stylish way. That’s the real treat of a day’s work.
None of this means that Frakes can’t don the red jumpsuit once more and appear in the show, and we certainly hope he will join Picard on-screen. It will certainly be a memorable reunion for Trekkers and Trekkies alike.