“Do you even lift?”
“That’s a dog, Tom”.
Seven trains with a Hirogen Hunter (J.G. Hertzler) in the martial arts of tsunkatse.
That time Janeway was “always doing” something that she did exactly once in 1 episode.
B’Elanna: C’mon, Captain you can’t really hold that against him. It’s just his programming!
EMH: Oh, stop. Do you have any idea how condescending that is? Just chalking everything I do to my programming? What if I just went around blaming every stupid decision you made on… “biology”?
EMH: “Why are they doing that, isn’t that a bit dangerous?” Oh never mind, that’s just their biology. “That’s a terrible idea, don’t they know any better?” Just that pesky
ol’ biology, we really should’ve sprang for the more expensive model.
EMH: “Good God, why are they playing with that? They’re gonna get us all blown up!” Oh, it’s just their biology, we’ll just have God take a look under the hood the next time he comes by.
Remember that terrifying pile of Borg corpses in Voyager’s “Scorpion”? They were action figures.
[Sometimes I think Robert Beltran and Jeri Ryan acted with so little chemistry on purpose because they also thought the decision to stick them in a relationship was haphazard and poorly done.]
Another reason for their poor chemistry is probably because the actors weren’t told.
Beltran and Ryan specifically asked when filming “Natural Law” if they should act romantically interested in each other. In that episode they are stuck together on a planet. That episode could have contained some real groundwork for their romance. But they were told to not to do it – since there would be no romance.
Remember, Natural Law is episode 7×22 and Endgame is 7×25.
Ryan and Beltran are told literally just 4 episodes later that they will, indeed, be having a romance. So it wasn’t just sudden for the viewers, it was just as much a surprise to the actors themselves.
I think this ties in with how they rewrote the ending for Voyager, which originally would have included Seven of Nine dying. If you look at her character development in the last season from that perspective you can sense how they rewrote it on the fly and it ended up feeling shattered and unfocused, ending with a forced romance.
Of course it will feel uncomfortable and weird if the writers can’t lay the proper groundwork for a character development and denies the actors the opportunity to do the same.
On this week’s episode of The Alpha Quadrant Garrett Wang told a story I hadn’t heard before. He has previously talked about how he got in trouble for tardiness at the end of the third season/beginning of the fourth season of Voyager. He was suspended for two episodes because of it. (”Blood Fever” and “Fair Trade,” I think it was.)
Everyone thought it was because of too much partying, and he let people think that. Even after Voyager was over…at at least one convention, he said he wasn’t getting any job offers, and he thought it was because he screwed up on Voyager.
(I don’t think that was it at all. That would have been five years ago by then – ancient history – and Voyager wasn’t exactly big news in the business. Robbie McNeill told a story about having a casting director look at his resume and ask him why he hadn’t worked for so many years. He told her he had a regular role on Star Trek: Voyager. She was like, “What’s that?” I think Garrett didn’t get a lot of job offers because 1) there weren’t a lot of roles for Asian guys and 2) reality TV was exploding at the time, and that took away a lot of acting jobs.)
Anyway, Garrett said this week that it wasn’t partying that got him into trouble. He was just so depressed he couldn’t get out of bed. All he wanted to do was sleep. He had five alarms set and was sleeping through all of them. He knew it was terrible; he was keeping people waiting for half an hour to an hour and a half, and it was very expensive. He finally had to hire a friend to call him repeatedly until he woke up.
And the reason he was so depressed was that he was unhappy with his role on Voyager. He felt he had gone from being the toast of the town three years ago to spending 14 hours a day, 10 months a year spouting boring technobabble. He gave up roles in Mortal Kombat and Glory Daze (where he would have co-starred with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Matthew McConaughey, among others) for Voyager. He felt his talent was being wasted. Rick Berman insisted that the human characters on Voyager had to be “wooden, two-dimensional, and militaristic,” to make the non-human characters look better. And if they didn’t toe that line, the scene would be re-shot until they did.
He got called on the carpet for his tardiness and tried to explain, but Berman thought he was partying and wouldn’t admit it. After he was late three times, Berman suspended him, and threatened to fire him. Garrett says that’s why he was almost written out at the end of season 3. It had nothing to do with Kes or Seven of Nine.
It’s been 20 years and still I find new reasons to hate Rick Berman.