Comic-Con: 'Star Trek,' 'Aliens' on tap Saturday

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jul 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 22:16:03-04

"Star Trek" actor William Shatner received a standing ovation Saturday during a Comic-Con panel celebrating the fabled show's 50th anniversary, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The event also featured a teaser of *Star Trek Discovery," which will be shown on CBS this January, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The panel featured Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series, and Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner.

Bryan Fuller, executive producer of a new "Star Trek" series, moderated the panel.

The first episode of the original series, "The Man Trap," aired on Sept. 8, 1966. In it, crew members of the Starship Enterprise beamed down to bring supplies to a man and woman who are the sole residents of a planet, but the members of the landing party each view the woman differently.

The series was canceled by NBC after three seasons because of low ratings but it thrived in syndication with episodes focusing on cultural issues like race relations and man's relationship with machines.

"Star Trek" eventually spawned spin-off television shows and a series of popular movies. Shatner converted his popularity into starring roles in the television series "Boston Legal" and "T.J. Hooker," guest-starred on numerous shows and movies, and is the TV commercial pitchman for the travel website Priceline.'

San Diego city officials wore "Star Trek" uniforms from the original series Tuesday when they officially kicked-off Comic-Con, with Mayor Kevin Faulconer as Kirk.

Also at ComicCon Saturday, Warner Bros. Pictures showcased several upcoming feature releases, including "Wonder Woman," "Suicide Squad," "The Lego Batman Movie," "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," "Kong: Skull Island," and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Filmmaker James Cameron and cast members Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser appeared on a panel about the 30th anniversary of the horror film "Aliens."

There were also panels for the popular TV shows "Once Upon a Time," "Vampire Diaries," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "Grimm."

Officials are urging the use of public transit because of the huge crowds of attendees and gawkers expected in downtown San Diego.

The Metropolitan Transit System is running Blue and Green line trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes during peak periods, with the last trains leaving downtown after midnight. The Convention Center and Gaslamp stops provide access to the venue.

North County Transit District officials said they added a northbound Coaster train that will leave the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego at 9:15 p.m. Amtrak will not accept Rail-to-Rail service with Coaster fares during Comic-Con.

For those who don't attend, this is the first year for Comic-Con HQ, a video on-demand service in partnership with Lionsgate that will remain free through Monday.

During the four days of the event, the service will include airings of select panels, access to the convention floor, the masquerade ball and the Eisner Awards, according to Comic-Con officials.

The ad-free streaming service is available at www.comic- for computers and iOS/Android devices.