Spiner Keeping Mum On 'Enterprise' GigBy Caillan
August 1, 2004 - 11:28 AM
Brent Spiner (Data) took to the stage on Friday at Creation Entertainment's Las Vegas convention, but he wasn't giving anything away about his upcoming Star Trek: Enterprise guest appearance.
Spiner will be playing Dr. Arik Soong, the ancestor of Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, who appeared in the Next Generation episode, "Brothers". "And I'm not gonna tell you anything else about it because...I don't know anything else about it!" the actor told assembled fans, according to a report posted at StarTrek.com.
It seems Spiner has turned into quite an Enterprise addict, even going so far as to share the experience with some special friends. "Enterprise is a wonderful show, I watch it all the time. I get in my uniform, I sit down, I line up all my action figures, and we all watch the show together. And to be honest, they enjoy it even more than I do!"
George Takei also appeared on Friday's schedule, praising Gene Roddenberry's vision of a more diverse future. "America at that time was in turmoil," he said. "The ideal we saw onscreen [in Star Trek] was a seismic shift." Later that day, Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) took to the stage, having missed his alloted slot on Thursday. "I didn't get the memo! I didn't know they had conventions on Thursdays!" Lofton said he is currently studying for a degree in Business Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Convention appearances weren't just limited to talking about the fictional world of Star Trek, with the forthcoming American Presidential election a hot topic for discussion. Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) urged fans to have their say in November. "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain," the actress said.
Kate Mulgrew's (Kathryn Janeway) question and answer session reportedly generated some controversy. According to a report at StarTrekHQ.com, Mulgrew, the wife of Tim Hagen, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor in 2002, attacked President George W. Bush and urged fans to vote for John Kerry instead.