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'Entertainment Tonight' Visits Trek X Set

By Christian
January 10, 2002 - 6:09 AM

'Entertainment Tonight - Nemesis segment' photo - courtesy Media Trek, copyright Entertainment Tonight Syndicated entertainment show Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday provided a first look at the set of 'Star Trek: Nemesis.'

The 90-second segment dealt mostly with the cast debunking rumours of Picard's death, though it also focused on the wedding of Riker and Troi and the presence of the Romulans in the film. The segment was apparently taped on a day when shooting was taking place in the Observation Lounge set, and featured both looks at the shooting process and on-set interviews with some prominent cast members.

Entertainment Tonight is produced by Paramount Pictures, the same company that also produces the Star Trek television series and movies. The show is often used as an early promotional tool for new Star Trek projects, and has over the past year also done stories on the Voyager finale and the Enterprise premiere.

Courtesy of MediaTrek, a digitised version of the clip is now available for download online. For the bandwidth-impaired, here first follows a full transcript:

ET STAR TREK EXCLUSIVE

'Entertainment Tonight - Nemesis segment' photo - courtesy Media Trek, copyright Entertainment Tonight [The crew get up from the conference table.]
[Riker and Troi walk into a room.]
[Picard walks away from Worf, standing in front of a green-screen.]
[Picard and Data (or Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner) are joking with each other.]

DOES PATRICK STEWART DIE IN THE NEW MOVIE NEMESIS? WE'RE ON THE SET FOR THE ANSWER.

[A clapperboard indicating 'Star Trek Nemesis' is being shot.]
[A close-up on Data.]
[LaForge, sitting in the Observation Lounge, is laughing.]
[Worf broods.]
['Entertainment Tonight' Logo.]

THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

[In the ET studio, ET host Mary Hart addresses the camera. An insert shows the main cast.]
Hart: "Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes have returned for the tenth Star Trek journey. But we found out someone may not be back for the eleventh. Our exclusive look behind-the-scenes is another ET first."
[Riker and Troi walk into a room.]

THE NEXT GENERATION IS JUST NOW HEADING BACK INTO SPACE, BUT RUMOURS ARE ALREADY FLYING.

[A tight-lipped Picard listens to Worf.]
[Riker listens in the Observation Lounge.]
[A close-up of Data standing in front of an astronomical chart.]
[LaForge, sitting in the Observation Lounge, is laughing.]
[Worf broods.]

REPORTS NOT ONLY HAVE CAPTAIN PICARD DYING IN 'STAR TREK: NEMESIS,' BUT ALSO HAVE PATRRICK STEWART HELPING WRITE HIS OWN DEATH SCENE.

[Troi speaks.]
[Picard walks away from Worf, standing in front of a green-screen.]
[The camera zooms in on Picard, seated at the conference table.]
[Patrick Stewart, wearing a fleece, looks incredulously at the interviewer.]
Stewart: "Contributing to a death scene for Picard? No, that's... there's no truth in that."
[Jonathan Frakes, wearing his uniform, shakes his head.]
Frakes: "No, Picard doesn't die. At least not in the pages I've gotten."
[Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn erupt in laughter while seated around the conference table.]

BUT WE DID UNEARTH SOME BIG NEWS FROM THIS SUPER-SECRET PROJECT

'Entertainment Tonight - Nemesis segment' photo - courtesy Media Trek, copyright Entertainment Tonight [Picard and Data (or Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner) are joking with each other.]
[The crew get up from the conference table.]
[Marina Sirtis, wearing his uniform, talks to the interviewer.]
Sirtis: "Riker and I. Finally got him. Well, you know, actually I should say, he finally got me."
[Riker and Troi walk into a room, marking the third time this clip is shown.]

YES, THERE'S A WEDDING. RIKER, PLAYED BY JONATHAN FRAKES, AND TROI, PLAYED BY MARINA SIRTIS, GET HITCHED.

[Riker is talking, while Troi is leaning against him.]
Stewart: "There were some surprise appearances at this wedding."

THE HAPPY COUPLE WILL WEAR THEIR REAL-LIFE WEDDING RINGS IN THE FILM.

[A close-up of Troi's hand, wearing a wedding ring.]
[A close-up of Riker's one hand playing with the ring on his other hand.]

FRAKES GOT HIS FROM WIFE GENIE FRANCIS

[A photo of Frakes and Francis.]
Frakes: "My lovely wife gave it to me. My real wife. My night-time wife."
[Worf speaks to Picard, standing next to several consoles.]
Worf: "The Romulans live only for conquest."

AND WHAT WOULD STAR TREK BE WITHOUT THOSE BAD ROMULANS?

'Entertainment Tonight - Nemesis segment' photo - courtesy Media Trek, copyright Entertainment Tonight [The crew is talking at the conference table. Several glasses and PADDs lie on the table.]
[LeVar Burton, wearing uniform and contact lenses, talks to the interviewer.]
Burton: "They don't bathe."
[Data points at an orange planet on the Observation Lounge's viewscreen.]
Data: "The Remans live on the dark side of the planet."

LOOK FOR STAR TREK: NEMESIS TO LAUNCH LATER THIS YEAR

[LaForge gazes intently. The camera zooms out to reveal him sitting at the conference table with Picard and Riker.]
Picard: "It seems as though we are truly sailing into the unknown."
[A flash. Picard leans back smiling, coinciding with the last tones of the TNG fanfare.]

[In the studio, Mary Hart again turns to the camera, while an insert shows Data.]
Hart: "ET has also learned that in that wedding ceremony Data, played by Brent Spiner, gets to sing."

The actual segment can now be downloaded as a 15-MB MPEG clip or as a 3-MB RealVideo clip from MediaTrek.com, which also provides links to several mirrors. In addition, the official Entertainment Tonight site still features a somewhat more in-depth interview with Patrick Stewart.

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