Monday, November 22, 2010

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've been getting reacquainted with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, still the most underrated Star Trek series, I think. I love watching the actors most of all. No matter how popular their shows were, Star Trek actors' careers never seem to take off into "bigger and better" things after the shows end. (With the exception of Patrick Stewart, of course.) They all just seem to end up doing B-movies and minor guest roles on Law & Order. Terry Farrell was on Becker. (Remember? Didn't think so.) The rest ended up on Boston Legal, which was a great show, but gone now. But hey, maybe they don't want bigger and better things. I'm sure a lot of them are doing smaller things that they enjoy, like theatre. Anyway, I just love the endearing B-list charm of your typical Star Trek cast member. Nana Visitor (Major Kira on DS9) is particularly fun to watch. (Did you know she's Cyd Charisse's niece? I didn't, but I do now. Thanks, IMDb.) As a kid, I think I found her kind of annoying. But, you know, that's her character. I realize that now.

It's also great to see Avery Brooks (Commander (later Captain) Sisko) again. He's from Indiana, I learned about an hour ago. Apparently his relationship with the show behind the scenes was sort of contentious at times—he wanted to quit halfway through its run—but you would never know from his performance. A great actor playing a great character.

Did you know that Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko, Captain Sisko's son) is former major-leaguer Kenny Lofton's nephew? (I doff my hat and bow at your altar, IMDb.)

Oh, and Rene Auberjonois (Constable Odo on DS9, Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal)—his mother was a princess. Princess Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat. "On his mother's side, Rene is descended from Joachim [Napoléon] Murat, King of Naples and King of Sicily, formerly Grand-Duke of Berg and Kleve, and his wife (Marie Annonciade) Caroline Bonaparte, sister of the famous Napoleon."

Damn.

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