Social distancing has impacted a lot of events around the world, including events that may not impact the world at large. Many are currently celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in isolation, though through modern technology, friends can still find ways to make the best of a not so great situation and still celebrate a friend while staying safe from COVID-19. This is actually what the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation did, as they all gathered in an effort to properly celebrate Marina Sirtis' birthday.
Sirtis shared a screengrab of the moment with fans, who were delighted to see the actors all together again, even if it was only happening virtually. Check out the picture and see Sirtis, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, and Wil Wheaton all hanging out on Zoom and having fun:
It's saying quite a lot about this cast to see that they're all still so close they'd hop on an app to hang out decades after Star Trek: The Next Generation ended. It's no surprise that Patrick Stewart ideally wants all of those pictured to eventually appear in Star Trek: Picard, provided Alex Kurtzman and others can find ways to organically work them into the story. Given some of the story lines we saw in Star Trek: Picard Season 1, it's hard to imagine that being much of a problem.
While there may have been some talk of Star Trek: Picard and whether or not any of these folks would be down to return for Season 2, it seems as though everyone was also discussing the COVID-19 situation and how it has impacted their everyday lives. Wil Wheaton said on Instagram the chat with his former TNG costars had a massive impact on him and provided some support for him to lean on during the stress of this whole situation:
Many in the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast have been staying busy in quarantine and searching for ways to encourage fans in this tough time. Patrick Stewart has taken to reading sonnets, and LeVar Burton has been looking for ways to do an impromptu Reading Rainbow-like series while he is in quarantine. It's the kind of service and optimism fans may expect from these individuals, and why Star Trek: The Next Generation still has a ton of loyal fans to this day.
Catch Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access, which is now available for a free trial while people practice social distancing. Of course, be sure to stick with CinemaBlend throughout this quarantine process to get frequent updates on how the pandemic will affect your favorite shows and movies, and to get some recommendations on what the next big series on the way may be.
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Mick Joest is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend with his hand in an eclectic mix of television goodness. Star Trek is his main jam, but he also regularly reports on happenings in the world of Star Trek, WWE, Doctor Who, 90 Day Fiancé, Quantum Leap, and Big Brother. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He's great at hosting panels and appearing on podcasts if given the chance as well.