Brent Spiner got Wil Wheaton in trouble on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Wil Wheaton has been in the news a lot lately, mostly over his issues with William Shatner and later his disappointment with being left out of the Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion that will be happening on the set of Picard. Maybe that’s for the best, considering Brent Spiner once got Wheaton in trouble with Patrick Stewart during the filming of The Next Generation.
During his appearance at the Mission Chicago event, a fan during the Q&A portion asked Wheaton who told the best jokes among the cast. Wheaton was apparently quick to respond by saying Spiner and then launched into a story about how Spiner got one over on Wheaton.
"One that I can clearly remember is from Brent Spiner. Brent always made me laugh. He was–to this day remains one of the funniest people I know. He is absolutely the funniest part of our cast and we were at our stations one day and he says [to me], ‘Patrick is asking about the sauce,’ and I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, he wants to know something about the sauce.’ They roll the cameras and Patrick [in character] is like, ‘Well, consider the source,’ but you know he’s got that great Patrick Stewart voice and I hear him say ‘Consider the sauce.’ Of course, I explode into laughter. I get in trouble and Brent sits there like he had nothing to do with it. Those things happened a lot it was really great."
Wil Wheaton is able to give unique looks into Star Trek
Yeah, it must’ve been great to be on set with guys like Brent Spiner. His ability to get people laughing and to lighten things up is bar-none some of the more interesting bits about Star Trek.
Yet, it’s interesting that it’s Wheaton who’s the one bringing all these stories forward. Sure, other guys have told tales, and there are several podcasts that follow along with such adventures but with Wheaton, it feels different.
Maybe it’s because unlike the rest of the cast, Wheaton has done more hosting work than acting work. He’s been able to connect with the audience far more than people may realize and when you think about someone like Patrick Stewart, there’s this larger-than-life attachment with him. His stories would seem less relatable in a sense because of who he is.
Not with Wheaton, as fans see him as more like one of their own. Someone who was in the inner circle, so to speak, and so his stories seem to be something more relatable, even if he’s not the only one telling them.
Wheaton has that unique ability to connect with fans and that is admirable.