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When it came to The Powers That Be, the late Gene Roddenberry was only in evidence in clips from the first ST convention in 1972, and Rick Berman was non-existent. However, from what little we saw of Brannon Braga talking about the unsolicited submissions he gets from fans, I firmly relegate him to the putz category. He was two-thirds of the way to being downright nasty about these fans, offhandedly saying, "I don't have it here, I threw it out," about something that was sent in. I realize that he was talking about a handmade Klingon condom, complete with ridges, but his tone was really assy. Actor, director, or producer, you show respect for your fans, no matter what; they're the ones who got you where you are. Putz. I guess Majel Barrett could be considered one of TPTB. She had a few fairly uninteresting stories to relate and, naturally, no questions about the affair between Roddenberry and Nichelle Nichols. I always imagine Majel on the ST sets as Lwaxana Troi with her loud garments and piles of hair, ordering everyone around and having some tall, silent, bald guy following her around with her bags. I do think the talent could have made a better show of it. However, the interviews with the actors were far more interesting than the title subject. Kate Mulgrew, eh. She analyzes what it means to be a "Trekkie" versus "Trekker," but as that's already been discussed on the forums, I don't see a need to rehash it. But she seems to be the only Voyager talent they could pull, sadly enough. Except, of course, for Ethan Phillips, who apparently really does have an orange face and tufts of hair sticking out like one of those L'Oreal "casting" highlighting kits. I was also annoyed not to see anyone from Deep Space 9, save the giraffe-necked actress who plays "Leeta"--who the hell is that, anyway? I simply can't take Michael "I am not a merry man!" Dorn seriously without his cranial ridges and bush-whacked eyebrows. I'm sure Patrick "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot" Stewart was off in England, busy pulling on tights, getting knighted, or emoting, but I still missed him. The only thing more depressing than Walter Koenig not changing his Beatles-cum-Herve Villechaize hair in thirty years was me when I found out his Russian "accent" wasn't real. James Doohan. Eighty years old. Had a baby last year. Sperm shops at GNC. Shatner, your shiny plastic face is a topic with my therapist. And not in a good way. Let yourself age, man, and thanks for not singing. Aw, DeForest Kelly, cracking the jokes about being 138 years old. And now he's dead. We miss you, Bones. Nichelle Nichols evidently shops at the same store as Scotty's sperm -- she looks incredibly well preserved for a sixty-five-year-old. You know those people who always sound like they're smiling when they speak? George Takei is so one of them. Either that, or he's just not getting enough oxygen. Speaking of voices, there is no other voice that says "science" as much as Leonard Nimoy's. Well, maybe Stephen Hawking's. I died inside when I realized Spock wears dentures.