This past Sunday August 14th, the History Channel aired a two-hour long documentary entitled, 50 Years of Star Trek. The special Star Trek themed special celebrated and talked about not just the actual history of Gene Roddenberry creating his world wide phenomenon, but also explored the impact it has had on television, society and those who have grown up with Star Trek for the past 50 years.
The History channel special also included interviews with many Star Trek personalities, including the very last full length interview with the late Lenoard Nimoy who played the iconic role of Spock throughout his career. The special was directed by Ian Roumain and also included interviews with other notable Trek personalities such as Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), J.J. Abrams, Bryan Fuller, Simon Pegg (reimagined Scotty) and also Whoopi Goldberg who played Guinan on Star Trek The Next Generation.
While the special also featured many other notable Trek personalities such as Jerri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Doug Drexler just to name a few, during Whoopi Goldberg’s interview she spoke very reverently about her love and affection for Star Trek along with her efforts to get cast on The Next Generation.
Interestingly, Goldberg also spoke about her Trek alter ego, Guinan, as a very old character within the Star Trek mythos and went on to enthusiastically and quite openly talk about her desire to be a part of and appear on the new and upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, which is set to premiere on CBS in January of 2017.
It will be interesting to see if anyone hears, reacts to and listens to Goldberg’s desire to in some way be cast in the upcoming Star Trek series.
Meanwhile Just last week Goldberg made a Convention appearance last week at Las Vegas to discuss her Trek memories. Here’s a video of her panel.