One thing that is obvious when you do a deep dive in all things Star Trek, is that the producers love to bring back actors that “get it.” That is why actors like Diana Muldaur, Jeffrey Combs, and Joseph Ruskin appeared as more than three characters over the various incarnations of the franchise. One thing that stands out about many “regular” cast members is the fact that they appeared in Trek prior to the role they are best known for.
This time we take a look at three regular cast members of Voyager that had made previous appearances on Trek before landing the role they would spend the rest of their lives signing autographs for.
When Star Trek: The Next Generation first went into production the plan was to make sure that it stood apart from the original series. Not only would the characters be different, but the adventures of Kirk and company would barely be mentioned. Despite 76 years passing between the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and those of Data, Worf, and Picard, they still played it safe by having an irascible Admiral who resembled a well-known country doctor named McCoy on the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint” to show the connection to fans.
Over the years, the other members of the original cast would interact with this new crew. Spock, Scotty, Checkov, and Kirk would all be on some part of the Next Generation adventures on TV and film. Even Sulu would appear on Star Trek: Voyager in a very clever episode that tied into the last film for the original cast. In fact, the only member of the original series main cast that didn’t appear on modern Trek was actress Nichelle Nichols.
But a good number of guest stars from the original series crossed over to be part of the Berman era of Star Trek. Here are the highlights from those that made the jump.
This fall will see the beginning of Jodie Whittaker‘s tenure as the 13th Doctor. Regardless of arguments about if 13 is the appropriate number for her Doctor (after the meta-crisis and War Doctor, etc.), there has been quite a bit of uncertainty and outright hatred from some fan circles for a female Doctor.
However, Doctor Who has long implied this was not only possible but probable. When David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, Matt touches his hair and says, “I’m a girl!!!” before finding his adam’s apple.
In the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” the Doctor says,
“The mark of the Corsair. Fantastic bloke. He had that snake as a tattoo in every regeneration. Didn’t feel like himself unless he had the tattoo. Or herself, a couple of times. Ooo, she was a bad girl.”
In Peter Capaldi’s episode “Hell Bent” he shoots the General who regenerates as a woman.
So the groundwork has been laid for gender switching, but there is a more significant indicator that all will be well with a female Doctor. The Time Ladies that preceded Jodie.
Here are a few of the beloved female “Time Lords” from the Classic and New Who runs of the show.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and a dozen others streaming services compete for our money and attention. And now DC Comics has thrown their hat in the ring. DC Universe offers more than the DC content already released – DC Universe plans to release original content and give fans access to their digital comics, members-only merch, all in one place. But what fans need to know is what can they expect from the DC original content, what digital items will be available and how much is going to cost? NerdBastards dives in to give fans the answers they need to decide if yet another streaming service is worth it.
The Flash has been CW’s most beloved DC show since it’s inception. While it’s had some ups and downs, the show’s upbeat attitude and vibrant characters bring comics to life in a way that few other shows have been able to. Season 4 wrapped up with a pretty solid cliffhanger that’s left a lot of fans of the show, and not necessarily the comic, scratching their heads. Who was the new character and how do they fit into the Flash mythos? Find out who the character is for the show and the comic book source material that inspired them. Spoilers ahead! You have been warned!
One of the best things for an actor in the science fiction genre is that they can work the same show multiple times as different characters. With the magic that people like Michael Westmore can do with makeup, they can appear over and over and, yet, not be seen as themselves. The character takes center stage and the actor can truly stretch themselves.
In the history of Star Trek, a lot of people have played multiple roles in the same series or across the spectrum of shows, but only a few have gone on to be considered a part of the main or recurring cast. On Deep Space Nine it happened more often than any other Trek series. Here are the nine actors who first guest starred on some version of Trek and soon found themselves cast in roles that would change their lives.
Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.
While the fandom toxicity has reached an all-time high surrounding Star Wars and the DCEU, the hate has spread to TV in the last week. With new announcements involving CW’s DC shows, most fans are excited to see what comes next for the Arrowverse. But as trolls can’t help themselves, some fans decided to be critical over announcements and leaked pictures. But the actors involved didn’t take it sitting down. With fans and actors alike supporting them, two CW stars took to social media to address the issues and put the trolls in their place. Which CW stars stood up against the hate and refused to be shamed?
Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book superheroes to ever exist. However, some of the best parts of Batman’s comic books aren’t the caped crusader himself. It’s the people around him. Known affectionately by fans as the “Bat Family”, Batman’s various mentors, wards, partners, friends, and family are all key members of the group. This includes all five Robins, three Batgirls, Batwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and of course the illustrious Batman himself.
One of the most fascinating Bat clansmen is Kate Kane, the one and only Batwoman.
With the exciting news that Patrick Stewart is returning to the role that made him a household name, Jean-Luc Picard, there is a chance that Hollywood can make up for the mistakes of its past by recognizing the impact he and his character had. His training in the Royal Shakespeare Company and the recognition he received for his stage work should have been a precursor for his recognition in film and on television.
However, that is not how things worked out.
The Emmy awards have recognized the Star Trek franchise for its technical work (mostly visual effects). The franchise has even won 34 awards out of 155 nominations but only one of those wins was a “major” award. That win was for Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) when it won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Children’s Series in 1975.