Wil Wheaton talks The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek

Wil Wheaton in Big Bang Theory. Courtesy of CBS.

During a Star Trek: Mission Chicago panel appearance, Wil Wheaton spoke about his appearances on The Big Bang Theory.

Still Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
William Morrow Books.

Wheaton’s appearance comes days before the publication of his updated memoir, Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir. William Morrow Books will release the book in stores on April 12. However, fans attending the convention can stop by the Anderson’s Bookshop for a copy and have Wheaton personalize it at his booth. The actor worked with the publisher to make this possible.

During the panel, the actor answered a wide range of questions including if he would like to appear on any of the new Star Trek series. He mentioned that he’ll be pitching Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan about having Wesley Crusher make an appearance on the show. The series just got renewed for season four so maybe this might happen.

I had a few questions that I was thinking of but I just had to ask about The Big Bang Theory. It’s either this or ask about what he looks for in a character while reading a screenplay.

What would Wesley Crusher think if he discovered The Big Bang Theory?

Wil Wheaton: Do you mean the theory or the TV show?

The TV series.

Wil Wheaton: That’s an interesting question. I don’t know if he would get the humor because Wesley’s from the 23rd century. We look back at humor from 300 years ago and some of it still works. But a lot of it is based on idiomatic language and cultural references that none of us could possibly understand. He would think, Oh, that’s interesting. There’s a guy there who looks an awful lot like me and they talk about me like I’m a real thing. That’s weird. I don’t understand any of these jokes. What’s Star Wars? I’m very confused. Who is this Iron Man? I’ve never heard of him. I don’t know what he wants.

Thank you. I look forward to reading your updated book.

Wil Wheaton: Well, you’re very kind.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago takes place April 8-10, 2022 at the McCormick Place South Building. Still Just a Geek will be released in bookstores on April 12, 2022.

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