‘Star Trek: TNG: All Good Things’ panel was an hour of Trekkie heaven at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Moderated by Garrett Wang, who played Harry Kim on Star Trek Voyager. Guests panels: Sir Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden. I was fangirling when I saw Sir Patrick Stewart. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.
During the panel, Stewart and McFadden shared their memories from the set of TNG, their work in theater, and offered a glimpse into their current and future work.
Wang shared a great story on how he met Stewart on the set of Voyager. Wang said that he walked up to him and said, “Hello, Mr. Stewart, I’m Garrett.” Wang went on to say that Stewart stopped him and said, “I know who you are.” At that point Wang was fanboying. “I had a chance to watch your pilot ‘The Caretaker.’ Excellent work.” Patrick said. Wang said it felt like he was knighted by Sir Patrick Stewart. “I now knight Sir Harry of Kim.” That was a super cute moment.
Stewart was thanked for his involvement with the charity Combat Stress, which works with veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Stewart got involved with the charity about three years ago. While filming a BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, Stewart learned that in 1940, his father had returned from Northern France suffering from severe shell shock. No one in his family, including his mother, knew and his father never received any treatment. I learned something new during that panel.
During the Q&A, a fan asked Stewart if he could do the opening monologue in a French accent. Stewart did a few lines of the opener, but he sounded more like Inspector Clouseau. lol Stewart said that “somewhere in the vaults at Paramount Pictures there is indeed a tape when I was put on camera before we began filming ‘Encounter at Farpoint’ of me reading a scene in a French accent because they thought maybe I should have a French accent. And of course it sounded like, it sounded like Peter Sellers, Inspector Clouseau.”
At the end of the panel, a recently engaged couple asked Stewart if he could bless their engagement by saying Picard’s iconic phrase. Stewart asked for their names, then said, “Heather, James… Make it so!”
It was a terrific panel. I know that I missed out on other details from the panel. I’m sorry for that. I tried to remember as much as I could. 😛