‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ actors visit with fans at return of ‘Trekonderoga’

Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 10:27 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2022 at 6:34 PM EDT
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TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (WCAX) - “Star Trek” fans beamed into Ticonderoga, New York, over the weekend for a special event, along with some of the stars. They’re getting ready for “The Next Generation” of the attraction.

Fans lined up Saturday at the Star Trek Original Series set for “Trekonderoga.” Some were local and some were not, like Crystal Mackinder of Alberta.

WCAX News Reporter Cat Viglienzoni: Who were you here to see specifically?

Crystal Mackinder: Gates McFadden.

Cat Viglienzoni: And why were you so excited?

Crystal Mackinder: I just grew up watching ‘Star Trek’ with my parents and I always loved her character so it was super exciting.

Gates McFadden played Dr. Beverly Crusher in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The series aired in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, decades after the original.

Cat Viglienzoni: What’s it like to be on set today?

Gates McFadden: Well, this is my second time here, and I have to say, the first time, it blew my mind.

For her fellow co-stars, it was their first visit. Brent Spiner, who played the lovable android Data and John de Lancie, the omnipotent and mischievous Q, also greeted fans.

Cat Viglienzoni: You’re here on the original series set. What’s it like to be sitting in the captain’s chair right now?

John de Lancie: You know, I keep pushing these buttons and nothing is happening. I’m ready to go out into space. This is a fantastic set.

Cat Viglienzoni: Were you an original series fan?

Brent Spiner: Yes, I watched the original series when I was in college, actually. I’ve probably seen more of the original series than I have of any of the other versions.

The Next Generation crew is getting back together on the silver screen again early next year for the third and final season of “Picard.” Plot details are still under wraps.

Cat Viglienzoni: Can you give us any sense of whether Q will be reappearing in Picard 3?

John de Lancie: I can.

Cat Viglienzoni: And will you?

John de Lancie: I won’t. (laughs)

Cat Viglienzoni: Can you tell us which roles you will be reprising in Season Three?

Brent Spiner: Yes. I can tell you the entire plot of season 3, but then I’d have to kill you... I play a character that I’ve played before and I play a character that I’ve never played before.

Cat Viglienzoni: We know we will see Dr. Crusher again in Picard Season 3. What sort of person is Dr. Crusher now that time has passed since ‘The Next Generation?’

Gates McFadden: Oh, she’s even more cool... It’s the best stuff my character has ever had I think. I really was excited to read the scripts and I think it was very bold choices in the story and I hope the fans love it as much as I did.

Mackinder told us she knows what she wants to see for Dr. Crusher in the upcoming season-- a romantic reunion between the doctor and captain.

Cat Viglienzoni: What are you excited to see for Season 3?

Crystal Mackinder: To see if they actually finally get together. I mean come on, they had that hint at it before, so hopefully they’re together and it’ll be great just to see the original cast back together again.

Work is underway in Ticonderoga to bring The Next Generation crew back to the bridge of their Enterprise. Owner James Cawley says construction is ongoing for The Next Generation set with the same attention to detail.

“This one’s a little more complex and a lot more graphics. Mike and Denise Okuda were just here and they’ve recreated all the graphics for the set here just like they did for the original show. So we’re really going above and beyond. Even people who worked on the original sets are doing upholstery for us, so it’s pretty cool,” Cawley said.

As far as when fans can expect to tour the next generation set, Cawley says he thinks it will be open next fall.