The legendary William Shatner made his debut appearance on The Big Wakeup Call when he called in to talk about his upcoming appearance at the Rosemont Theatre on March 8, where he’ll be hosting a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a conversation and Q&A. We had a fun chat about re-visiting his films, thoughtfully answering fans’ questions, and if we’ll see a tour for the 30th anniversary of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (my favorite of the series…and incidentally the one he directed).
Jonathan Frakes called in to talk about Star Trek: The Cruise, which launches in January. Fans can interact with Johnathan, as well as George Takei, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn and many more. Jonathan discussed a potential Klingon pub crawl, a “Mystery Science Theater”-type screening event, and how to prevent minds from literally – literally — being blown.
Adam Nimoy is the son of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy as well as the director of a new documentary, “For the Love of Spock,” which premieres in theaters and on demand this Friday. We discussed the successful crowd funding campaign, how he juggled his roles as director/fan/son to give the film a unique perspective, and what he hope’s we’ll learn about Leonard (and Spock).
“Building Star Trek” is a two-hour special premiering Sunday night, September 4 at 7:00 central on the Smithsonian Channel. The special will look at Star Trek’s far-reaching influence on science and technology. We discussed what innovations we’ll see featured in the special, the work being done by the Smithsonian to restore the original 11-foot model of the Enterprise, and why Star Trek continues to influence generations of new scientists.
Greg Grunberg has starred in everything from “Heroes” to “The Force Awakens” (and he’s one of the only people to be in both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”) Greg is working to raise awareness about epilepsy, with affects 3 million Americans, including his adult son, who was diagnosed at age 7. Greg was joined by Phil Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. We discussed their personal experiences with epilepsy and how those with epilepsy or have a family member that does can access resources. Greg was also pleased to hear that I’m a proud owner of a “Snap Wexley” action figure.
Bill McCormick called in for his regular update from the World News Center to share news about commercially available Star Trek-type replicators, all-in-one fruit trees, and how all of humanity is basically related to either Genghis Khan or one of three Bronze Age guys. He also scares the heck out of us with news of $15,000 reverse-engineered German wolves.