Wil Wheaton Says TNG Reunion is Like "Coming Home"

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Wil Wheaton Says TNG Reunion is Like "Coming Home"

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Wil Wheaton's speech at the Calgary Comic Expo Star Trek: TNG reunion was both candid and touching.

I'm old enough to have watched Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was new, and I hated Wesley Crusher with a passion. I dreamed of the day he'd be blown out an airlock, or have a flux capacitor dropped on his head, or get eaten by Worf, and when he finally left the series I raised my arms to heaven in a joyous hallelujah. Wesley was gone!

But then a funny thing happened. As I got older, I discovered that Wil Wheaton, the actor who brought the accursed Mr. Crusher to life, was actually a pretty cool guy. [Or at least he plays one on the internet.] He's funny, smart, self-deprecating and well aware of just how popular his character was with the vast majority of Star Trek fans. It also turns out that he struggled with his fair share of hangups about being on the show, leaving it, and then coming back.

Wheaton's response to a question about reuniting with his former castmates, asked by none other than Aaron Douglas, AKA Chief Tyrol of Battlestar Galactica fame, doesn't air any dirty Star Trek laundry [well, except that Levar Burton "never f*ckin' liked him"] but it does offer a bit of a surprising insight into what drove his decision to leave and, more importantly, how it left him feeling like an outsider for years after.

"I just felt really ashamed of myself. I felt like I just couldn't go to the set," he said. "I felt like I couldn't look them in the eye. I felt like I didn't have the right to invite them to my wedding."

The ending is happy, of course [except for the Burton thing] but it's still a touching story and, for those who remember what it's like to really, really want Wesley to die, a fascinating look at the separation between character and actor. It's also a blast seeing everyone back together again - but man, Jonathan Frakes is making me feel old.

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Why hasn't Gates McFadden aged yet?

She look exactly the same as on the show. Either plastic surgery or shitty video.

I didn't hate Wesley as much as everyone else, I didn't exactly like him though.

Jonathan Frakes reminds me of an aging J. J. Abrams.

Am i the only one who thinks that jar jar binks stuff doesn't make sense

Damn you for trying to worm your way into my heart now that the show is off the air!image
But it was worth it to hear Lavar Burton swear.

Matthew94:
Why hasn't Gates McFadden aged yet?

She look exactly the same as on the show. Either plastic surgery or shitty video.

I didn't hate Wesley as much as everyone else, I didn't exactly like him though.

Jonathan Frakes reminds me of an aging J. J. Abrams.

Honestly that was the first thing on my mind when they finally turned back to the cast. I thought 'holy shit these guys are old... I'm old... '. You notice the ladies have perfect hair, the guys in the cast save Wheaton couldn't give two shits... shaggy and grey or shaved completely.

And honestly... why be pissed about Wheaton? The show wasn't about Wheaton, and him being gone didn't change much. He made some mistakes, but he turned out okay, and the show didn't suffer because of it. No big deal.

Quiotu:

Matthew94:
Why hasn't Gates McFadden aged yet?

She look exactly the same as on the show. Either plastic surgery or shitty video.

I didn't hate Wesley as much as everyone else, I didn't exactly like him though.

Jonathan Frakes reminds me of an aging J. J. Abrams.

Honestly that was the first thing on my mind when they finally turned back to the cast. I thought 'holy shit these guys are old... I'm old... '. You notice the ladies have perfect hair, the guys in the cast save Wheaton couldn't give two shits... shaggy and grey or shaved completely.

And honestly... why be pissed about Wheaton? The show wasn't about Wheaton, and him being gone didn't change much. He made some mistakes, but he turned out okay, and the show didn't suffer because of it. No big deal.

Well, I barely hated him at all. But he had 1 really shit episode (maybe more) which results in a very small but measurable amount of hate. Hence it is less than everyone elses.

Even Doctor Who had its own Wesley Crusher/Jar Jar Binks

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I think poor Matthew Waterhouse must have gone through the same thing as an actor.

I enjoyed TNG well enough but I didn't watch it often enough to warrant a deep-seated hate of Wesley Crusher. Although I do remember finding the episodes that featured him heavily to be incredibly boring.

Well that was a heartwarming moment. Speaking of which I rather like Wil Wheaton. He seems like a cool funny dude, and I think he did a good job in the few things I've seen him in (Other than Star Trek:NG, Which admittedly I've seen very little of)

I never hated Wesley. Sure he was annoying and did stupid shit sometimes, but he was not only a teenager but apparently a pretty smart one.

"...but I'm glad your here, because you're our pain in the ass." HA I'm still laughing.

I've always liked Wheaton the person, he gets a bad rap for playing a shitty character. I wanted Welsey to die in a Holo Deck accident every fucking episode like everyone else did.

That's pretty cool.
Still I'm more psyched to see the Chief. ;)

Is it just me or does Patrick Stewart look like he's trying to cover some emotion at the end there? At first I thought he was just coughing or something, but then he positions himself so his hand is hiding part of his face and just looks all Srs Bsns even when Wil makes a joke. Then they change the subject, then he shifts right back to the way he was before.

That's good to know. I'm kinda meh about the character of Wesley... but I have nothing against Will Wheaton, really.

Behold! The greatest line from the greatest TNG episode!

Proverbial Jon:
Even Doctor Who had its own Wesley Crusher/Jar Jar Binks

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I think poor Matthew Waterhouse must have gone through the same thing as an actor.

I enjoyed TNG well enough but I didn't watch it often enough to warrant a deep-seated hate of Wesley Crusher. Although I do remember finding the episodes that featured him heavily to be incredibly boring.

Dude, Turlough was WAY worse than Adric.

Susan Arendt:
Dude, Turlough was WAY worse than Adric.

Showed more leg, though.:)

How'd the Completely Useless Encyclopedia put it? (SOOOO regret leaving that in storage when I moved.) "An attempt to introduce a mold-breaking new companion who would then spend each week being tied up and asking questions."

I hear John de Lancie crashed a Brony panel on his way to the party

Never cared for Westley, but I understood why he was there.

Wil Wheaton said in interviews a long time ago to explain Westley and he started talking about his involvement in the show. He said that after about a few years of being Das Uberkind, he got tired of it and asked his mom, "Why am I Superboy all the time? Why is it that on this ship filled with experts in every field, I'm the only one that can solve these problems?"

His mom pulled him close, pointed to Gene Roddenberry and said, "his full name is Gene Westlake Roddenberry."

At that moment, Wil understood that he was chosen to play Gene Roddenberry's surrogate in the series. He did not like it any less, but he considered it a huge honor. Atleast in that interview he was honored. This was back in 1999 and he might have changed his mind in the preceding dozen or so years.

Formica Archonis:

Susan Arendt:
Dude, Turlough was WAY worse than Adric.

Showed more leg, though.:)

How'd the Completely Useless Encyclopedia put it? (SOOOO regret leaving that in storage when I moved.) "An attempt to introduce a mold-breaking new companion who would then spend each week being tied up and asking questions."

Turlough was a boy. He didn't show any leg at all.

Man... I want watch me some TNG now...

I know what to ask for, for my birthday.

I don't remember having a huge problem with Wesley.

That being said... I don't know who that person between Steward and Wheaton is.

I just can't place him.

Coming home to an abusive house :P

Draconalis:
Man... I want watch me some TNG now...

I know what to ask for, for my birthday.

I don't remember having a huge problem with Wesley.

That being said... I don't know who that person between Steward and Wheaton is.

I just can't place him.

I know, thank god it's on tv when I get home from work. Also that's Jonathan Franks AKA Will Riker.

We should probably bear in mind that for all the dislike Wesley Crusher inspired, he had nothing - NOTHING - on Alexander.

Oh, Alexander. How I utterly loathed you.

Susan Arendt:
Turlough was a boy. He didn't show any leg at all.

You can still show leg.:) I know Peri was the big draw in Planet of Fire, but she wasn't the only one at Lanzarote.

Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis look amazing. (As does Patrick Stewart, obviously.) If you look at a recent picture of Denise Crosby, though, she...hasn't aged so well.

I've said everything I need to say about Wil Wheaton elsewhere (awesome guy, annoying character, not as annoying as people made him out to be), so I'll say this now: it's always really weird seeing child actors as adults. By "child" actors I mean ones chosen to play teenagers. Wil Wheaton, Alexis Bledel, Aron Eisenberg...They always look half-grown. It's just bizarre. I suppose they were chosen for the youthful features that they had retained into their late teens/early 20s, and if those features have stuck around for that long, they'll probably stick around forever.

I actually kinda liked Wesley. Maybe I am the only one. Never understood the hate for him.

Worf's son was the one I hated. And Lwaxana Troi. Yeeeech.

Troy was as useless and even more annoying than Wesley.

EmperorSubcutaneous:
Denise Crosby,

Oh, I know. I was flabbergasted when I found that she played the evil nurse on Dexter. I never would have guessed if I hadn't looked it up.

gundamrx101:
Also that's Jonathan Franks AKA Will Riker.

Holy shit! That's Riker?!

God damn he's aged...

I feel old now.

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered September 28, 1987.

I quite like Wesley. The Wesley specific episodes are usually quite good quality, it's the ones where the rest of the characters would be perfectly capable of solving the problem, but then Wesley comes in at the last minute and saves them all. That's annoying, but it's bad storytelling, not necessarily a bad character (although let's not split hairs, most of the time Wesley was a bad character as well)

The hatred for Wesley is one of those many many times I feel ashamed to be included in nerd communities. The amount of hatred that got sent towards Wil Wheaton is absurd for so many reasons. Hearing him talk about it now, and how he didn't even realise at the time quite how deep the hatred ran, makes it really clear.

Wil Wheaton was not Wesley, Wil Wheaton never really had any influence on Wesley. Wesley was the brain child of Gene Wesley (yes, that is his real middle name) Roddenberry) and no one else should shoulder the blame for that character.

The modern equivalent would be Jake Lloyd. He is not to blame for most of the things you hate about young Anakin, George Lucas is, so stop hating on Jake.

i never had anything against the actor, not his fault the role was written shitty as it was.

Heck, in his other roles over the years he actually performed quite well.

Remember when he blew up earth with the t-1000?

Or his funny parts in eureka?

evilneko:
I never hated Wesley. Sure he was annoying and did stupid shit sometimes, but he was not only a teenager but apparently a pretty smart one.

My thoughts exactly. I thought he was doing his best as a very young man in a world of adults.
Also... I'm gonna echo a lot of people here, but... I feel so old now...

Susan Arendt:

Proverbial Jon:
Even Doctor Who had its own Wesley Crusher/Jar Jar Binks

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I think poor Matthew Waterhouse must have gone through the same thing as an actor.

I enjoyed TNG well enough but I didn't watch it often enough to warrant a deep-seated hate of Wesley Crusher. Although I do remember finding the episodes that featured him heavily to be incredibly boring.

Dude, Turlough was WAY worse than Adric.

Turlough was evil. We were supposed to hate him. Of course it wasn't always obvious. I think they hinted at it in his introduction, then dropped it and made him just vaguely unlikable until his betrayal in his last story. But that made it feel good once he was exposed. "I knew it. I always hated that guy."

We were supposed to genuinely like Adric and his stupid math competition medal. We were supposed to feel sad, rather than relieved when he left the show.

Draconalis:

gundamrx101:
Also that's Jonathan Franks AKA Will Riker.

Holy shit! That's Riker?!

God damn he's aged...

I feel old now.

He's passed Patric Stewart. He must have a painting in his attic that still looks like he did in the 80s.*

*joke

Hitchmeister:

Susan Arendt:

Proverbial Jon:
Even Doctor Who had its own Wesley Crusher/Jar Jar Binks

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I think poor Matthew Waterhouse must have gone through the same thing as an actor.

I enjoyed TNG well enough but I didn't watch it often enough to warrant a deep-seated hate of Wesley Crusher. Although I do remember finding the episodes that featured him heavily to be incredibly boring.

Dude, Turlough was WAY worse than Adric.

Turlough was evil. We were supposed to hate him. Of course it wasn't always obvious. I think they hinted at it in his introduction, then dropped it and made him just vaguely unlikable until his betrayal in his last story. But that made it feel good once he was exposed. "I knew it. I always hated that guy."

We were supposed to genuinely like Adric and his stupid math competition medal. We were supposed to feel sad, rather than relieved when he left the show.

Fair distinction. I never really had a problem with Adric, personally. He was supposed to be rather immature - to contrast with his huge IQ.

Of course, if we really want to talk about annoying companions you wanted to shove out an airlock, we should be focusing on Mel.

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