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Calgary Expo Report: Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast Reunion [PICS]

Calgary Expo Report: Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast Reunion

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo that occurred this past weekend had its fair share of exciting guests and panels spanning the subjects of television, comics, and movies. However, inarguably the biggest event of the weekend came with the reunion of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary. The cast took questions from the audience, shared memories of the show, and were treated to a few surprises along the way.


The panel began with a swing style big band playing the cast in with specialized introductions. Sir Patrick Stewart, who played the fan favorite Captain Pickard, received an elongated intro with the Calgary native host introducing him as “One of the greatest actors of stage and screen and certainly one of the sexiest bald men alive.”  Once the crowd was calmed, Stewart recalled that the last time he and the cast had gathered all together was a party to celebrate his knighthood.

Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Denise Crosby

Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn and Denise Crosby

The cast began the panel by recalling the early days in the show. Marina Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi, recalled that the show had not always been as big a hit with Trekkies. “You’re all cheering now,” said Siritis “But when we started you weren’t happy.” The cast then took turns telling stories about some of the humorous beginnings in the shows rise into popularity, including Jonathan Frakes, who played William Riker, recalling a convention when every action figure of the cast came with “a free Riker action figure.” The cast went on to remember some of the more disgusting and uncomfortable props and sets that they had to deal with during the show’s lifespan, including a constantly used low cave landscape in which stray cats constantly defecated.

Once the cast was done talking about the hardships and learning experiences of the early days, they went on to describe the more successful time period of the show. Will Wheaton, who played the young Wesley Crusher, talked about how excited he was when they began shoot two part episodes and Gates McFadden, the Enterprises’ Doctor Beverly Crusher, thanked the fans personally for “Keeping me on the show.”  

Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden and LeVar Burton

Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden and LeVar Burton

The cast also answered questions given to them by five contest winners within the crowd of fans. During this session, surprise guest Aaron Douglas (Glen Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica) was able to give his thanks to the cast for the inspiration he had taken from all of them and also to have a fan service argument with Wil Wheaton over the different theories of how the Warp Drive functioned. John De Lancie, who played the antagonist Q, also made a surprise guest appearance during a section where the cast was asked about their favorite villains from the show.

The panel was not without its emotional moments. Wil Wheaton reminisced what it was like to leave the show and the feelings of shame he had to deal with after the fact. Michael Dorn, who played the emotionless and hard boiled Worf, remembered his emotional breakdown during the final episode’s filming stating “I had never cried so much in my life.”

The TNG cast celebrate a very special moment

The TNG cast celebrate a very special moment

The entire cast ended the panel by saying how lucky they were to have the time they had had together and thanked all the fans that were present for supporting them as much as they did.

Watch a clip of the reunion below.

RELATED: WATCH: Star Trek: TNG Reunion Panel from Calgary Expo

All photos courtesy of Flickr user mcginnissarahanne.

WATCH: Wil Wheaton Discusses His Choice to Leave Star Trek with the Entire Cast of TNG

WATCH: Wil Wheaton Discusses His Choice to Leave Star Trek with the Entire Cast of TNG

Last weekend, during the Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion panel at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Battlestar Galactica‘s Aaron Douglas made a surprise appearance. Douglas, took the Q&A mic to ask Wil Wheaton to reflect on his choice to leave TNG. This led to a very heartfelt and emotional moment.

Read the transcript below or scroll down to watch the video.

“It’s been a long time since you’ve sat up there with these people that you called friends so many years ago” Douglas said. “I know you have a genuine affection for. What does it mean to you to you know to be sitting up there with these wonderful people?” he asked.

After a bit of a pause and some comedy relief from a fan who yelled “No pressure,” Wil said:

I left Star Trek: The Next Generation when I was 18-years old and initially I thought it was a really smart business career move. In some ways it was and in more ways it wasn’t. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much I was going to miss the people on this stage and how much I was going to miss the spacesuit that I hated wearing and the helmet hair, that I couldn’t stand putting on.

After I left the show, being 18-years old, I was just sort of “I’m going to go out into the world and do my own thing,” and I didn’t see anybody. That went on for awhile.

I told these guys this when we were out for dinner tonight.

After that ended, I just felt really ashamed of myself. I felt like I just couldn’t go to the set — I felt like I couldn’t look them in the eye and that I couldn’t invite them to my wedding.

Years after that, I sort of saw them at a few conventions and I just, you know, I just sort of like say like ” I apologize for being a kid.”

To a person on this stage, everyone said “Yeah, you were just a kid, you were always welcome, you’re always part of us.”

To be here tonight, for me, it’s very very much like coming home.

LeVar Burton, who was sitting across from Wheaton, took the mic and said:

To tell you the god’s honest truth, you were a pain in the ass, but I’m glad you’re here, because you’re our pain in the ass.

On Tuesday, Wheaton wrote on his blog, “After twenty years, I finally got to say this.”

Watch the video below.

Check out more video clips from the TNG EXPOsed panel.

Photo courtesy of Calgary Sun.

WATCH: Entire Star Trek: TNG Reunion Panel from Calgary Expo

Watch: Star Trek: TNG Reunion from Calgary Expo

That’s right. The entire TNG EXPOsed panel from last weekend’s Calagary Comic and Entertainment Expo, featuring the reunited cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is now available to watch for free online.

TNG EXPOsed celebrated the 25th anniversary of the show, which debuted back in September of 1987. The panel brought together all of the primary cast members, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden and Denise Crosby. Plus, a surprise appearance from “Q” himself, John de Lancie.

The video comes to us courtesy of Youtube user cid388.

Watch the five-part video below.

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RELATED: Reunited Cast of Star Trek: TNG Share Their Excitement (and Photos) on Twitter

Reunited Cast of Star Trek: TNG Share Their Excitement (and Photos) on Twitter

Cast of Star Trek: TNG Share Their Reunion Excitement

As we first reported on Sunday, the primary cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation were reunited and appeared on stage for the first official time in history on Saturday at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.

The reunited cast members included Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Wil Wheaton and John de Lancie.

More than 45,000 fans packed the BMO Center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada throughout the weekend, many of which said the reunion was the highlight of the entire event. However, fans weren’t the only ones excited for the momentous occasion, as many of the cast members themselves raved about how excited they were to see each other again. LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes and Wil Wheaton took to their respective Twitter account to share thoughts and photos throughout the weekend.

Check out some of reunion the photos below.

LeVar Burton and Jonathan Frakes at the Calgary Expo

LeVar Burton and Jonathan Frakes at the Calgary Expo

Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton at the Calgary Expo

Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton at the Calgary Expo

Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton at the Calgary Expo

Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton at the Calgary Expo

Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Gates McFadden at the Calgary Expo

Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Gates McFadden at the Calgary Expo

LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner at the Calgary Expo

LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner at the Calgary Expo

Cast of Star Trek: TNG Reunites at Calgary Expo [Pics & Video]

Cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunites at Calgary Expo

Appearing together for the first time in almost a decade, the principle cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited on Saturday at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The reunited cast included Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Miachel Dorn, Marina Sirtis, gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton and Denise Crosby, along with an unannounced John de Lancie. This marks the first official time the cast has appeared on stage together and first time many of the actors have been together since the end of series. The special event was dubbed “TNG Exposed,” as part of the Expo, which was attended by more than 45,000 fans throughout the weekend.

Scroll down for video.

The Reunited Cast of TNG

The Reunited Cast of TNG
Photo: Flickr user Ricky Leong

John de Lancie joins the cast of TNG on stage at Calgary Expo

John de Lancie joins the cast of TNG on stage at Calgary Expo
Photo: Flickr user Ricky Leong

Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Denise Crosby sign autographs at Calgary Expo

Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Denise Crosby sign autographs at the Calgary Expo
Photo: Flickr user melodramababs

Watch the video below as the cast bids farewell to the fans in attendance at the Calgary Expo.

UPDATE: WATCH: Entire Star Trek: TNG Reunion Panel from Calgary Expo

Top photo: Calgary Sun

Star Trek Transporter App & Bus Shelters in Calgary

Star Trek Transporter App

Of all the iconic science fiction technology synonymous with Star Trek, possibly most recognizable is the teleporter. A somewhat temperamental machine, the device has sent the several different crews of the series to alien planets, enemy ships, and (on its bad days) mirror universes. Now with Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrating its 25th anniversary, the town of Vulcan, Alberta has teamed up with The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and E-Axis to bring one of Star Trek’s most beloved staples into reality with a promotional Transporter app for iPhone and iPad.

Two displays have been set up in Calgary, AB bus shelters by the Ontario based tech company E-Axis and the Vulcan Tourism Bureau. The displays implements Augmented Reality technology using an app available for iPhone and iPad, allowing fans to take pictures of themselves and their friends in front of the display and simulate the famous transport sequence on the display screen.

On top of the initial two bus shelters, a third display will be made available at the Vulcan Tourism booth at the The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (April 27th-29th), an event that will also host the first reunion of the principle cast of The Next Generation in over two decades in celebration of the shows anniversary.

The displays will be available in Calgary until the end of April, when they will be sent to Vulcan, AB and set as a permanent display in honor of the city’s annual Star Trek celebration, Spock Days (June 8th, 9th, and 10th). There, additional features will be added to the app including guided scavenger hunts and science tours for guests of the celebration.

The current displays are available at the bus stops at 9th Ave/2 Street and 4 street/17 Ave in Calgary.

Star Trek: TNG Cast to Reunite in April at Calgary Expo

Cast of Star Trek: The Next generation

On April 28th, the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will reunite at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo for what’s being called “TNG EXPOsed,” in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary.

The original TNG cast, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Wil Wheaton and Denise Crosby, will make a rare group appearance at the annual convention.

Tickets are priced at $40 – $125 and are being sold in addition to the standard admission price.

The Calgary Expo takes place April 27-29 in Calgary Alberta, Canada at the BMP Center.

Official TNG EXPOsed description:

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (April 27-29) will provide you with the opportunity to meet the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with many other guests. The cast will be available for autograph signings, photo ops and panel discussions. Although the autographs and photo ops will have an extra fee to them, the panel discussions are included with your admission to the Calgary Expo. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The panels featuring the cast members will be broken down into the following groups (schedule and times To Be Determined).

Patrick Stewart
Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis
Gates McFadden and Denise Crosby
Wil Wheaton
LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner

To purchase tickets, visit The Calgary Expo.

Jonathan Frakes: I Plan to Play Riker as Long as I’m Alive

jonathan-frakes

Jonathan Frakes, who appeared as a guest at last weekend’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, spoke about his time playing Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. When posed with the question of someone else playing Riker in a rebooted TNG film, Frakes said “I suppose I could be made younger, but I plan to play Riker as long as I’m alive.”

Frakes acknowledged the fans who have supported Star Trek in all its incarnations through the years. He also talked about being a fan himself saying “It changed my life. How could I not be? It’s a double-edged sword working in Star Trek, though. There’s not many acting jobs unless you’re Patrick Stewart, but I was lucky enough to find another craft in directing.”

On the topic of connecting with fans at conventions, Frakes said “My position is if someone’s not going to enjoy being here, they shouldn’t show up. I’ve seen people come to these and not realize that they were lucky to have these fans and we have a responsibility to thank them.”

Like William Shatner, Frakes was also “white hatted” at the event, which we’ve embedded a fan shot video of below.

[Quote Source: Metro News]

William Shatner Says He Won’t Be In Star Trek Sequel

William Shatner

On Saturday William Shatner appeared as part of this year’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in Calgary Alberta, Canada. When asked on stage about his possible involvement in JJ Abram’s next Star Trek film, Shatner said “I have become an acquaintance of JJ as of late but I’m afraid no, no I will not be in Star Trek 2 I’m afraid.”

Shatner went on to say he was under the impression that filming of the sequel would begin sometime later this summer.

[Quote Source: Daily Blam!]