Star Trek: Voyager

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.

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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.

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Robert Picardo may be best known for playing the Emergency Medical Holographic Program, AKA: The Doctor, on Star Trek: Voyager, but these days its a love of real science here on Earth that is his passion. Wearing a shirt that said “science is universal”, the actor spoke passionately about his own background in science, and his present gig as an ambassador for a much beleaguered field.  (more…)

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Best known for her role as Kes on Star Trek: Voyager, Jennifer Lien remains in the Harriman, Tennessee jail since her arrest on September 3rd on two misdemeanor counts of Indecent Exposure from an incident with a neighbor. Unable, or refusing to pay her $2500 bail, Lien has sat in jail for the past two weeks and awaits her December 7th court date. How did this all come about? (more…)

Voyager

There wasn’t much for Trekkies at Fan Expo this year, but there was a special Q&A with three stars of Star Trek: Voyager. Now Voyager is probably second to only Enterprise in terms of taking lumps from sci-fi fans, and being blamed in no small part for the overall decline of Trek in the late 90s. All I have to say is that if the Voyager producers let Robert Picardo, Jeri Ryan and Ethan Phillips be as funny together on the show as they were at Fan Expo, then Voyager would have been a very different experience. (more…)

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LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow reboot is the biggest thing to hit Kickstarter since that meddlesome girl P.I. Veronica Mars. Having easily streamed past its initial $1 million goal, and nearing its secondary goal of $5 million, Burton and his team are giving it a big push that will have some very specific appeal to Trekkies. If you love Reading Rainbow, and if you love Star Trek, then Burton has a treat for you. (more…)

Nerd Bastards at Hal-Con 2012

As a writer for this site you might think that I’ve shared in most of the experiences that the other Nerd Bastards crew have taken part in, but that would be a misconception. There are a few things I’ve personally never been a part of and one of them is going to a convention. So, this past weekend I took part in the third year of Hal-Con, the largest science fiction convention of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

The event, as I’ve said, is only in its third consecutive year. Having begun back in October of 2010 with an attendance of 1500 people, it quickly expanded to an astounding 4000 visitors the following year. The event has a few staple shows that have since become fan favorites of the young convention, but those I’ll touch on later. For now hit the jump and I’ll give you the story of one nerd’s first convention at this year’s three day event.

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