On Monday night, Star Trek: The Next Generation star, Wil Wheaton, who for those not already in-the-know, played Wesley Crusher, hosted a Google+ Hangout. During the Hangout, Wheaton read the “Where No One Has Gone Before” chapter from his book, Memories of The Future, Vol. 1.
Also, in celebration of the two TNG episodes being shown in theaters, Wheaton released the chapters for “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore” available for free on his website.
TNG’s own Wil Wheaton, who is currently starring in the web series Tabletop has released a video of himself, along with actor Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on The Walking Dead. The video spoofs the ultra-popular AMC show and even includes one of Jean-Luc Picard’s famous lines.
The 2012 Phoenix Comicon kicked off on Thursday at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.
As in previous years, the guest list for Phoenix Comicon, which runs through Sunday, May 27th, is packed with Star Trek celebrities. This years lineup includes William Shatner, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Wil Wheaton and Michael Dorn. Hugo Award-winning screenwriter will present “Journey to the Inner Light.” TrekMovie’s Anthony Pascale will present a “Star Trek Universe Update,” “Star Trek 101″ and “Star Trek Lives!” Star Trek historian, author and Con of Wrath producer Larry Nemecek will also be on hand to present his “State of Star Trek” and “Trekland: Between the Crack” discussions.
Other non-Trek guests include Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber, The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, Star Wars‘ Jeremy Bulloch, and Dina Meyer from Starship Troopers.
Single day passes will be available at the door and are $30 for Friday and Saturday and $20 for Sunday.
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.”
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.
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.
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The Reunited Cast of TNG Photo: Flickr user Ricky Leong
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 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.
Emerald City Comicon, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in Pacific Northwest, kicks off this Friday, March 30th. The three-day event will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
The guest list includes Star Trek: The Original Series and Celebrity Apprentice star George Takei along with Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wil Wheaton.
Star Trek author, editor, archivist, consultant and the producer of the upcoming “The Con of Wrath” documentary, Larry Nemecek will also be on-hand throughout the weekend.
Other (non-Trek) guests include Battlestar Galactica‘s Edward James Olmos, Firefly’s Summer Glau and Adam Baldwin, The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden, Babylon 5‘s Julie Caitlin Brown and Stargate SG1‘s Christopher Judge.
Single-day and weekend passes will be available at the door and will be priced at $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $60 for a three-day pass.
Separately, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will present Jay & Silent Bob Get Old on Sunday night, April 1st, at 7:00pm (doors at 6:00pm). While this event is being sold apart from the standard ECCC admission, tickets will also include a poster pre-signed by the duo.
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).
Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis
Gates McFadden and Denise Crosby
LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner
Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner will return to the small screen together as part of an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Wheaton, who has appeared on previous episodes of the show, will return as the nemesis of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), who throws an exclusive party, with a guest list that includes Brent Spiner.
“It’s fun for me to meet the Star Trek actors because I grew up with these guys and it adds a little level of reality to the show that allows our hard core scientists to get a little silly around Star Trek actors.” Big Bang Theory‘s executive producer, Chuck Lorre told TV Guide.
Former Star Trek writers David Gerrold and D.C. Fontana will also be part of the episode, which airs October 13th.
Spiner and Wheaton on set with Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki.