Celebrating 50 Years Of Star Trek With Denise Crosby
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This month, we were excited to observe the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. In celebration we attended the Star Trek: Mission New York fan convention, and sat down with Stark Trek: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby to discuss her involvement in the brand new Star Trek: Online video game, as well as her thoughts on the franchise’s important milestone.
Can you tell me your involvement with Star Trek: Online, and your role in the game?
First, they incorporated the original character I played on The Next Generation, Tasha Yar, into the game. A couple of years ago, they started by including a story line that incorporated Tasha. Now they have another version of the game, and they incorporated my character Sela, who is Tasha’s daughter. So I did the voices for both of the characters!
It must be really fun to be a part of an extension of the Star Trek TV franchise!
Absolutely! It’s a free online game that they created and they did an amazing, amazing job putting it all together.
We’re all here to support the 50th Anniversary of the franchise, the legacy. What’s your reaction been to this weekend’s celebrations?
I think it’s just astounding that the show has been able to really tap into multiple generations and continues to create new content. It’s just a blessing. I think we are all just grateful to have been along for the ride and take part in this. It just continues, and it’s just such a beautiful, positive statement.
Star Trek is coming back to TV next year. What are you expecting out of the new show?
I think what Star Trek‘s always been able to do so well is tell morality tales and fables, that reflect on society’s struggles and desires without hitting us on the head with them. These messages are cloaked in adventure, character development, and space exploration. I think what’s going to succeed in this Star Trek is if [showrunner] Bryan Fuller can really hook into that template, which is the best of what Star Trek can do.
Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation
Do you have any thoughts on Star Trek becoming a serialized, modern TV show? Are there pros and cons to this kind of format?
I don’t know, it’s just a different way to do it, but I don’t see any downside in that. I think what makes it so exciting with Star Trek, is that each week you would tune into a whole different set of circumstances. You invested in it, and the characters took you through it. It would be a very different story if it were serialized. And of course, it’s going to be on a different sort of platform, they are going to air the pilot at first on CBS, but then you are going to have to subscribe.
Speaking to that point, what are your impressions of streaming services? You enjoy DIRECTV satellite service at home of course, but would you ever consider a streaming-based service like our upcoming DIRECTV Now?
I certainly love the availability to watch programs whenever I want to see them, on my time! You can binge watch now, and all of that is great. It’s not my generation though, who really streams and watches TV in that way. It will be interesting for people like me.
What are you currently binge watching?
Ray Donovan, which I love. I just finished The Night Of. I like limited series. I really love that format, in eight episodes you are done with this complete story. It’s kind of interesting. You’re not waiting for the next season, or whatever comes next. I also love Homeland, and Game of Thrones. I like to store up a few episodes and then watch it for a couple of hours straight!
You are still involved in Star Trek, but looking back, what do you miss most about the experience? What about taking part in Star Trek are you the most fond of and proud of?
Wow. Fortunately, there are these conventions, these celebrations, and it brings us all back together as a cast. It’s such a delight to be able to do that, to go and have dinners with each other. Last night, LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) did a Reading Rainbow reading over at the Intrepid Museum Starfleet Academy Experience, and we were all part of that, reading stories for children. We are a tight family! We have this connection that has bonded us together, and that’s the most thrilling thing for me. It’s also always a pleasure to meet fans that have been so impacted by this franchise.
An impact that has lasted 50 years. It’s pretty incredible.
It’s extraordinary! Fans who sought out careers because of Star Trek, or sought out relationships, changed things about themselves because of watching this franchise, or who gave themselves strength and courage out of watching this franchise. It’s astounding. There’s not a convention I’ve been to where somebody doesn’t touch me.
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