George Takei and Walter Koenig – Exclusive Video Interviews

     September 18, 2007

While many of you know about “Star Trek: New Voyages” and have already watched some of the episodes, a number of you haven’t even heard of the show so here’s the quick recap.

A few years ago a number of people got together and started to make new episodes of “Star Trek” (the original series). They weren’t done to make money or sell merchandise; they were created because they loved the original show and missed “Star Trek.”

At first people doubted what they were trying to do, but now, after a few episodes, fandom has found the show and many have tuned in and seen these “New Voyages.”

So to help celebrate the premiere of Episode 3 – “The World Enough and Time,” the creators and the cast held a premiere in Beverly Hills and I was able to interview some of the cast and some of the original “Star Trek” actors who’ve done episodes of “New Voyages.”

And before getting to the interviews, I’d just like to say I’m extremely impressed with the level of quality of these fan made shows. Of course the first episodes showed the signs of learning as you go, but this new episode – which features George Takei as Sulu – is nothing short of amazing. The level of quality from the special effects to the script is amazing for a fan made show,and the show manages to capture what made the original “Star Trek” great.

If you’re a fan of “Star Trek,” you owe it to yourself to watch. I promise you won’t believe the level of quality.

And while these interviews were done a few weeks ago, I decided to wait to post them until the “New Voyages” website was up and running at 100%. It seems for the first week or two after the premiere, the traffic was so extreme that the site couldn’t keep up and many people couldn’t watch the episodes. Now the server and site are better equipped to handle the traffic and you can now watch what everyone is talking about.

So posted below are the interviews with Walter Koenig and George Takei. I just posted interviews with the rest of the cast so click here if you missed them.

And if you want to watch the episodes – click here

George Takei

  • He talks about how did he got involved and explains how the new fan made Star Trek show came together.
  • I ask what was it like to play Sulu again in the New Voyages and he says it was the best Star Trek role he ever had.
  • I ask what it’s like to be embraced again by pop culture as he’s on Heroes. He talks about being on it and the differences between this and Trek.
  • For my last question I ask if he’s been made a series regular…

Walter Koenig

  • We talk about why was he there and I ask if he’s seen the new episodes.
  • I ask about the rebooting of Star Trek and has J.J. Abrams called him. Walter gives a great answer.
  • I then ask since George has been on Heroes playing Hiro’s dad, would he consider being on the show. Again, he gives a great answer.
  • He gives an update on his new feature film called InAlienable, which is a new Sci-Fi film. Some of the cast members are Richard Hatch and Marina Sirtis. Here’s the IMDB link.
  • Walter also talks about what the night is all about.

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