Trek Stars Speak At German FedCon XBy Christian
May 18, 2002 - 4:39 PM
European fans gathered in Bonn, Germany, last week for the tenth FedCon convention, featuring guests from three of the five Star Trek series. Several actors shared news of their latest projects.
One of the biggest guests at the convention was Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko), who hosted Q&A panels on two days. TrekNews.de reported that the DS9 actor, also known as an enthusiastic classical and jazz musician, revealed he was working on a CD, which would be available in stores shortly. Brooks could previously be heard singing a duet with James Darren in the DS9 episode 'Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang.'
Regarding his acting work, Brooks said he had lost touch with his fellow DS9 actors, with whom he simply didn't share many interests. He noted that the only exception was Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko), whom he got along well with, and who has become close friends with Brooks' own son. Despite this, Brooks also assured fans that if asked back for a DS9 film, he would certainly reprise his role.
TrekNews.de also reported on the two appearances by Nicole deBoer (Ezri Dax), who told the audience that the first person she saw when she came to audition for the role of Dax was Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine). As she arrived at the audition, all she could think of was Ryan's looks, and she became ever further intimidated. When the producers asked her if she wanted to drink something, she just barely managed to ask for some water, and nervously disappeared to the bathroom. Upon her return, she was surprised to be praised for her extraordinary talent by the producers, who evidently thought she was just acting her shyness.
Currently, DeBoer stars in the upcoming SF show The Dead Zone. "We have some really good storylines," Section 31 reported her as saying. "It's about this guy who falls in love with his girl and then gets into an accident. His girlfriends, that's me, survives the accident while he stays in a coma for six years. When he wakes up, he finds that his wife has married someone else and is passing off their son as her new husband's child. It gets good because the main character touches people and can see the future. I hope it's a hit because it has Michael Piller, who is a good friend of mine, working on it."
Finally, one of the guests at the convention was Robert Beltran (Chakotay). According to TrekNews.de, he began by describing Enterprise as the best Star Trek series so far, although he hadn't actually seen the show yet. He was somewhat less positive about the Star Trek franchise in general, as he said Star Trek is far from the big family it's made out to be, and he wasn't very proud of it. Beltran said the show was simply a way to make money, just like building cars, and he felt the producers only cared about the fans as long as they bought the merchandise. However, Beltran did make clear he had nothing against the fans, but simply had a different perspective as an actor.