Star Trek Deep Space Nine

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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Quick, name an actor who has played Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and Zorro.  Okay, the title gives the truth away but Frank Langella has played all those parts and so many more.

He is best known for his portrayal of the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in the film (and play) Frost/Nixon.  That role found him nominated for both an Oscar and a Tony.  He would go on to win four Tony awards for his roles in Frost/Nixon, The Father, Seascape, and Fortune’s Fool.

However, despite his success as a mainstream actor, Langella has gone on to perform in several nerd-centric roles.

Here are just a few of the noteworthy parts he played that brought him to the notice of nerds everywhere.

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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.

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Nine Guests Stars Of ‘Deep Space’

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiering on television.  The show set itself apart from previous Trek series by being more serialized, which was considered a sin for TV at the time.  How could fans enjoy a show if missing one episode meant missing ongoing plot points?  This was in the days before DVRing or streaming your favorite shows.  These days binging shows is almost expected, so you could say the show was before its time.

One thing that was always a mainstay of the Trek franchise was having major guest stars (even though they were often unrecognizable under all the latex and makeup).  People like Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Collins, David Soul and Stephen Hawking  graced previous iterations of the franchise.  But Deep Space Nine had its own share of guest stars that either went on to great fame or continued a strong career by appearing on the show.

Here are nine of the more interesting guest stars from the series.

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Victory is Life, the newest update to the Star Trek Online (STO) MMO game, launches June 5th.  The new content focuses on Deep Space Nine.  This is the fourth major expansion to the game.

For the first time Captains will be able to play as the Jem’Hadar and interact with ten of the original cast members from the show.  To help prepare players for the new content the creators of the game put together a list of episodes from that series that relate to the story line in the game.  Don’t have time to watch the episodes?  Nerdbastards has got your back…here is a run down on those episodes and how they might tie in to the game.

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Think about Game of Thrones for a minute, can you name every main character off the top of your head and get anywhere close to the total number of people that have floated in and out of the series on a regular basis in the first 60 episodes? I’m willing to bet no. Star Trek has never been one of those shows. Despite the fact that the series take place on an enclosed setting with a set population, it seems like all we ever see are the same eight or nine people. You know who didn’t do that? Deep Space Nine. Like with so many other broken molds, DS9 broke the mold on having and using a large secondary cast. (more…)

Alexander Siddig is about to add another nerdy franchise to his acting belt as he has been cast to play Ra’s Al Ghul in Gotham. Best known for his role as Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and lately as Doran Martell on Game of Thrones, Siddig is a fantastic choice for Batman’s greatest enemy/frenemy that keeps coming back thanks to the Lazarus Pit. Check out the casting announcement below. (more…)

Before Star Trek: Discovery, a lot of the talk online about what form a new Star Trek series should take often involved a couple of key words: “civil war.” Fans frequently phrased their idea as “after the Federation Civil War,” or “because of the Federation Civil War”, which suggested to me that a lot of people thought the only way forward was to tear down all the things that make Star Trek, Star Trek. But it’s not breaking a thing that can make a story interesting, it’s how far you can bend it and still keep itself from breaking. That’s Deep Space Nine! It tested the very limits of Trek, and it showed, in the end, the centre can hold. (more…)

As a life-long Trekkie one thing has vexed me more than all others, how is Deep Space Nine the Star Trek that time forgot? On Canada’s Space channel, they dedicate three hours in the afternoon every weekday to Trek: the original series, The Next Generation, and Voyager, and it sticks in my craw that Voyager, a show that struggled to maintain a steady level of mediocrity for seven years, gets that third slot ahead of what is, arguably, the best modern Trek series. That’s a bold statement, but in the next couple of columns, I hope to lay out my case.  (more…)

Kickstarter. It’s not just for frustrated indie artists anymore. Klingons are now using the site too.

Michael Dorn, best known for playing Starfleet officer Worf, Son of Mogh, across two Star Trek series and four Star Trek films, is looking to raise capital for a romantic comedy called Through the Fire. According to the Kickstarter page launched Monday, Dorn is looking to collect $750,000 for the film which he co-wrote and will direct, by October 5th. You can donate as little as a $1 or as much as $10,000. But for the low price of $10 you’re at least guaranteed a digital copy of the flick when it’s done. But the more you give, the more you get.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

Through The Fire is a romantic comedy about a couple of dazzling New York urbanites who are set-up on the worst blind date ever, only to find out they have more in common than they realize. Despite their professional differences (she is an acclaimed Broadway actress and he is the theater critic who gave her a horrible review) they cannot get each other out of their minds. Through The Fire shows what happens in the ultimate battle between the head and the heart.”

Dorn has already cast fellow Star Trek co-stars Marina Sirtis,  Armin Shimerman and Nana Visitor, as well as Shimerman’s wife Kitty Swink, in the film. Interestingly, Dorn has reason for casting former Trek actors beyond getting the chance to work with former friends and colleagues. The actor/director says that he believes that the fans he meets at cons are interested in more than science fiction.

“We also want to show the the people who run Hollywood that ‘sci-fi’ fans are not only interested in science fiction, but are multidimensional and a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

So far, Dorn has about $13,000 in his coffers. Dorn’s been enjoying some press lately, he had a recurring role on the hit ABC series Castle and he’s been talking up the possibility of doing a low-budget Worf movie. I know if I had a spare 10 Gs, I’d give it to Dorn for a chance to be a producer on his film, go to Paramount studios, and have Worf and Troi spring for lunch. How about you, Bastards?

Check out Dorn’s intro video from Kickstarter below:

Source: Blastr