Episode 140 – Star Trek Just Never Goes Away – Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Daniel Davis, Nicole de Boer
Star Trek is just one of those shows that keeps on giving and in this episode that is what Eugenia and Gerri are doing for you. The cast members who they talk to in this episode are from Star Trek:TNG, Star Trek:DS9 and Star Trek:Voyager. They talk with Tony Todd who played both Kurn and the older Jake Sisko as well as other characters across the franchise. Patricia Tallman not only played roles in the three series, but was also the stunt double for Nana Visitor, and Gates McFadden and other guest stars on the shows. Then they get to talk with Daniel Davis not only known for his role as Niles in The Nanny, but also for his role as Moriarty in Star Trek:TNG although only appearing in two episodes he made his presence lasting. Next is Nicole de Boer, who took on the role of Dax on Star Trek:DS9 playing a role that had her dealing not only with the memories of Jadzia Dax, but also another 7 lives. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank the following, Daniel and Lionel from www.supanova.com.au and www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for their interview with Tony Todd. Armageddon Expo www.armageddonexpo.com for Patricia Tallman and Scott Liston of First Contact Conventions for both Daniel and Nicole. Find him at www.firstcontactconventions.com.au
This podcast recorded part way through the series has Gerri and Eugenia speculating who the Captain of Discovery was to be! This incarnation of Star Trek is a darker, grittier version. No mention of “The Prime Directive” and of course all that technology that we never saw on the USS Enterprise. Have those that believe Star Trek canon should be followed to the letter accepted this new version of the franchise? As we have moved on with our own technology, so has the film industry and it would be “silly” to use the production values or props of the 1960’s in the telling of these stories. Discovery does however (BTW it seems that the show title has been shortened to Star Trek: DSC to fit in with the shortened form of the other shows), give nod to a least the sounds of the 60s with the noticeable hisses of the doors and the tinkle of the transporters and of course the flip communicators, paying homage to The Original Series. Star Trek again looks to the world that we live in with xenophobia being central to current story lines and a retelling of the Mirror Universe, first seen again in TOS. So whilst being new it acknowledges what went before. So far Gerri and Eugenia like the show and look forward to the development of a new history that adds to the mythology of one of their favourite franchises. Don’t forget to check back through their catalogue to re-listen to their episodes covering all of the Star Trek incarnations and even some fan made shows. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia pull an interview from the archive with Rekha Sharma who played Security Chief, Commander Landry. Recorded before the making of the new series, Rekha has been a fan of the show from a child having watched it with her father. Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Rob and Sandra from Culture Shock Events who gave them the opportunity to interview Rekha. Check out www.cultureshockevents.com for their upcoming shows.
As you know Gerri and Eugenia love Star Trek in any of its forms! In this episode they get to interview 8 characters from them (well if you count the many versions of one of this actors parts)! So if you are into Star Trek you already know that they are interviewing Jeffrey Combs who is one of most versatile actors in Sci Fi TV today and you will have seen him in many roles that are “weird”, “iconic” or just plain “strange”. Can anyone of us forget his role of FBI Agent Milton Dammers from The Frighteners or Herbert West from the cult movie Re-animator. Combs is one of the three actors that have played two different roles in an episode of a Star Trek. In the DS9 episode “The Dogs of War”, he played both Brunt and Weyoun and shows his range. He is the only Star Trek actor to be credited for playing two roles in the titles. Gerri and Eugenia discuss Jeffrey and his many roles sans Sci Fi and they would like to thank OZ Comic Con and Blue Planet PR for the opportunity to interview him. You can check out when their next event is coming to your town at www.ozcomiccon.com and www.blueplanetpr.com.au.
TV shows come and go! We enjoy them for the time they are on and revisit them via streaming or DVD, but overall they just entertain us! Few, if any, impact us on a personal level and fewer impact society in any way at all! Though one show has done that for many of us as well as the culture of the world and that of course is STAR TREK! This show with its utopian worldview has provided inspiration to many from human rights, social inclusion, science, space travel and has encouraged us to “boldly go where no one has gone before”. This show has forced us to look at how we, as the human race can achieve, and to consider issues that we are living through, it has made us laugh, awed us and made us look outward! How many other TV shows can claim this? In this episode Gerri and Eugenia talk all things Star Trek, from the original to the many incarnations of fan made homages to the idea and ideals of Gene Rodenberry. To celebrate the 50 YEARS, yes 50 YEARS that this show has been part of history, they have two amazing interviews with stars from the original Star Trek and they are Walter Koenig the original Pavel Chekov ,and Gary Lockwood who played Gary Mitchell in the episode “Where No Man has Gone Before”, (the first episode to been shown in the UK). Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Lionel Midford from www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com and Daniel from www.supanova.com.au for the chance to interview these icons of Star Trek. To also celebrate the impact that this show has had with fans they also bring you interviews with Michele Specht and Kim Stinger from Star Trek: Continues, www.startrekcontinues.com a fan show with many celebrity guests from all over the Sci Fi world. Thanks again to Supanova for these interviews. Gerri and Eugenia dedicate this show to their friend Therese, who is no longer with them. This podcast exists because Therese introduced our hosts and due to that you are listening to them today! As Therese would say, keep on “Star Trekking Across the Universe”!
While Enterprise did not make it to the seven seasons showing of all the other modern incarnations of the franchise it is still worth a watch and gives us more information to add to the canon of the Star Trek universe.
Whilst there were many great episodes, season 4 stood out and introduced us to the backstories of many of the species and our knowledge of them from the original series. These included how the Klingons played around with Noonan Soong’s genetic work and got their forehead ridges, introduced us to the Borg and of course the beginning of the Vulcan reformation and their path to the use of logic and how Humans overcame bigotry and xenophobia and became the humanity we see in the later series. Gerri and Eugenia also talk about the fan fiction of Star Trek and how it has inspired many fans to take the franchise in their own hands and create Star Trek worlds of their own. So, have a listen to a “plethora” of our guests from Star Trek: Enterprise and check out Anthony’s graphic novel at http://www.anthonymontgomery.com
Check out these great fan works in the world of Star Trek:
Star Trek Continues http://www.startrekcontinues.com
Star Trek of Gods and Men http://www.startrekofgodsandmen.com
Star Trek Renegades http://www.startrekrenegades.com (which has many actors from Star Trek Universe)
Star Trek Aurora http://www.auroratrek.com (one of the best and one of our favourite animated productions)
Star Trek Odyssey http://www.hiddenfrontier.net
Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Oz Comic Con http://www.ozcomiccon.com for their interview with Connor and Supanova http://www.supanova.com.au & Gifts for the Geek http://www.giftsforthegeek.com.au for their interview with Anthony and First Contact Conventions http://www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for Linda & Vaughn
There is also a link to Linda’s husband’s music group that I can add to the write when I listen to the interview again.
Yes, Eugenia and Gerri are talking about Star Trek again, and this time it is about the many faces seen and unseen! Sometimes actors appear as different characters in TV shows and its incarnations and that is what we have in this episode, in fact they have interviews with actors who have a combined 80+ years in the business. Eugenia and Gerri interview Suzie Plakson and Morgan Sheppard! Some may ask, whom did they play (yes, you will recognise them when you see them)? Suzie known to fans as K’Ehleyr the Klingon with a sense of humour, Dr Selar, (A character from the TNG episode Morgan was in) and Q, the mother of Q’s child Q and of course Tarah the Andorian from Enterprise. Morgan first appeared in the TOS movie Final Frontier, then onto Ira Graves in Schiziod Man (with Susie), Qatai in Voyager and then a Vulcan in Star Trek (2009), the only series they missed was DS9! Both are extremely talented with Suzie is an author, singer, artist, and sculptor! Check her out at http://www.suzieplakson.com . Morgan who is one and has worked with many icons of the movie industry is also one of a select few of actors appearing in Star Trek and Doctor Who (along with his son Mark Sheppard)! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel and Lionel from http://www.supanova.com.au and http://www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com respectively for Suzie, and for Morgan Bill and Adele from Armageddon Expo, New Zealand http://www.armageddonexpo.com/nz/ .
Resistance is futile; you will listen to this episode as Eugenia and Gerri talk Borg. Are they the best villains ever come up with in a Sci Fi show? Whilst this species (if you can call them that), first came to our attention with the first appearance of Q and proved to Starfleet that there were some nasty surprises out there in the big bad Universe! So, where did they come from? There are many different ideas to where the originated, including, nano technology, to the integration of V’ger and Ilia and many more! If you want to find out more visit Memory Beta (A Star Trek Wiki) at http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Borg_history. Is the Borg one of the scariest baddies ever thought, what with assimilation, adaption, and their hive mind as the main weapons? One of the most iconic scenes in Sci Fi happened when Jonathan Frakes directed First Contact, who was not amazed as the Queen was constructed before our eyes? Then we turn to ST: Voyager when 7of 9, comes to us as the sexy Borg and we learn so much more about their ways! Then along comes the Borg children and one of those is whom Eugenia and Gerri interview in this episode. Manu Intiraymi, known as Icheb, the child who was made into a weapon by his people talks Borg and Star Trek. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Scotty from First Contact Conventions for the opportunity to interview Manu. Catch them at http://www.firstcontactconventions.com.au to find out what they are up to next.