30 Years of TNG

Hosted by William Shatner on April 23rd, 2017, this is the 30th anniversary panel for Star Trek: The Next Generation with Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Brent Spiner (Data), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar / Commander Sela) and Robert O’Reilly (Gowron).

Absent from the panel were LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn who canceled their appearance. And, although not originally schedule to appear, Patrick Stewart and Wil Wheaton were not in attendance either.

The cast joked about Stewart's serious professionalism on set and throwing each other under the bus. They even talked about Donald Trump and everything going on in the world right now.

All they want is world peace. And not a beauty pageant in sight!

When asked about whether they would want to appear in Discovery, none of them were very committal, except for Sirtis, who said she would have to be paid “a lot of money to get into that space suit again”. The cast said they were looking forward to the show, though.

I bet it’s going to be great,” said Spiner. “It’s good for everyone if it’s good, because [the franchise] goes on and on. We are part of this giant epic that is the great American epic that is Star Trek.

The cast were also asked about what role Star Trek plays in the political climate of 2017, and what people can learn from the show.

We need to stop spending money on ridiculous shit and start looking out of our own people., Sirtis responded.

I think we have to embrace science and embrace real facts, not alternative facts,” said McFadden. “We have to make this place [Earth] sacred. We need to treat it with the utmost grace and respect.

Spiner generated huge applause from the crowd when he mentioned he saw this sign from the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on April 22:

March For Science Sign: Trust Data, Not Lore

The audience lauded the cast for being role models for them and for generations to come.

Watch the full panel here:

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