When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in September of 1987 most people (including the cast and crew) didn’t give it much of a chance of success.
Fandom was excited to see Trek return to TV with Gene Roddenberry (creator of the original series) at the helm. But almost immediately after it first aired, fandom lost its mind. A captain who didn’t chase skirts or do flying jump kicks who was BALD!?!?!?!? Not to mention there was a Klingon on the ship. It is likely that if today’s troll community online had existed then that the show would not have gone on to air for seven seasons or spawn four big screen adventures.
One thing that immediately separated the new show from the original was the fact that it was a true ensemble show. Every cast member would have episodes where they were the main focus and others where they were the B story.
So unlike the first article of this series where it was the non-leads of the original series that were brought to the forefront, this article picks a couple of the main cast and a couple of the secondary cast to highlight.
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This past weekend at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation took to the stage in what was surely a momentous occasion for all Trekkies in attendance. The reunion marked the show’s 25th anniversary and included LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and Sir Patrick Stewart. I know, you’re already shaking with jealousy over the fact you weren’t present to witness what must have been an evening of true Star Trek awesomeness. Never fear, this is the internet age where anything and everything is recorded for posterity. Below you’ll find a full 66 minutes of the reunion that’s been uploaded to Youtube thanks to cid388.
But first! I’d like to highlight this moment extra special and extremely heartfelt moment. Wil Wheaton gave his own touching tribute to the crew of the Enterprise and I dare you not to get even a little teary-eyed. Note, not recommend for the easily emotional. Especially if you’re at work. Do you want to try and explain why you’re crying like a little girl about Star Trek to your co-workers?
Hit the jump for the all the videos recapping the reunion.