One of my first reviews on DVD Geeks (the tv show) was Star Trek The Animated Series. I was impressed with how much character development we got to see without the limitations placed on the main series. A while back, I received these images as a gift from my producer on DVD Geeks. They are of me as a character on TAS. Being a big fan of Voyager and the Seven of Nine character, the artist also made a version of me in borg likeness. I thought you might get a kick out of these, so here they are. If you'd like to be "animated" by Kail Tescar, check out: http://www.startrekanimated.com/tas_portraits.html
Oh and here's the review of TAS, partially shot at the Vegas Star Trek Convention. Ah memories...
It doesn't get much better than the support of someone named "Roddenberry" behind my campaign. I'm proud to call Rod a friend, and I'm thrilled beyond belief that he made this little video for me. If you haven't already seen his movie Trek Nation on the Science Channel you must do so!
I just wanted to say, even though filming has begun on the sequel, I'm not giving up hope and I certainly haven't stopped taking action. So glad to see that you guys haven't either. This latest video comes to us from David Taylor, a creative Star Trek fan I met on Twitter and in person at a Trek con. He's quite the marketing genius and I'm glad to have him on my side. Check out his work and the Jim Beam Me Up campaign here.
I received this video endorsement from Scott McAlpine who heard about my campaign online and wanted to get involved. As it turns out, some of his props were rented by JJ Abrams' team and got featured in the 2009 Star Trek film. How cool is that? Anyway, I'm always amazed by the kindness of strangers, especially Star Trek fans. There's such a sense optimism connected with the franchise that it makes sense that fans of Star Trek are some of the kindest and warmest people out there.
Of all the endorsements, this one is probably the most special. I've had the pleasure of meeting Sally a couple of times, and she was gracious enough to lend her support. To have the go-ahead from the *original* Dr. Elizabeth Dehner is quite special. Thank you!
Amy is a writer in the skeptic community, an amazing jewelry maker and a talented photographer. I had the good fortune of modeling for her a couple of months ago and here's what she had to say about my campaign.
The EMH is probably one of my favorite characters in Star Trek and I'm not just saying that because Robert was kind enough to do an endorsement! All I had to do was state the nature of my emergency and he was there to lend a helping hand to the campaign.
Visit him at RobertPicardo.com and pick up his new album, Scrooge in time for the holidays.
I've had the pleasure of getting to know the dynamic duo known as the Trekkie Girls for a little while on Twitter. To my surprise, they mentioned me in their latest videocast. (I come in around the 5 minute mark) Show them some love for supporting a fellow female fan!
In this mysterious video Rod Roddenberry takes a call from someone he refers to as "JJ." I'm pretty sure this contains some heavy spoilers about the next "Star Trek" movie - so you've been warned. Oh, and there's a good mention of Elizabeth Dehner in there too!
More and more news is rolling in on the Star Trek sequel. We have a finished script, cameras are planning to roll in January and Benicio Del Toro is slated to be a yet-to-be-revealed-villain. Know what we don't have? Dehner. That's right, you heard me. As Issue #1 of the IDW Star Trek series stated, Dehner has been transferred due to a "change of heart" regarding her relationship with McCoy (I personally have had absolutely NO change of heart about McCoy or Karl Urban). If IDW books are canon, that may be a red flag that they have no plans on making Dehner a part of the sequel. I'm not discouraged by this. Disappointed, yes. I'm disappointed that they chose not to include another rich female character in their timeline. However, I certainly haven't given up. It was always my intention to push to play Dehner, but I knew there was a possibility she wouldn't be in the sequel. We still aren't certain of this. Star Trek movies have always diverged from the books and comics.
I do tend to wonder, what's with all the bro-mance? You've already got a Bones/Kirk friendship and a newly-formed Kirk/Spock alliance, so why do we need a Gary Mitchell/Kirk story rehash? A new timeline with our modern perspectives could have meant Nurse Chapel being more than a lovesick puppy pining for a man she couldn't have. Yeoman Rand could have been more than a glorified assistant with a thing for Kirk. If IDW was going to introduce a past relationship between Bones and Dehner, why not explore that in the movies? Isn't sexual tension the making of many great things? We've got to have more than Uhura on the bridge at some point. The TOS movies had Saavik, Ilia and Valeris to name just a few.
If Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof don't want to bring back TOS female characters, then create someone new. They developed a whole new timeline to be able to do whatever they wanted, so why play it safe? Are they worried the hardcore fans wouldn't accept a new main female bridge character? Regardless, decisions like killing Spock's mother and transferring Dehner have some fans wondering if the writing team can really write strong female characters. On the November, 8 G and T Show, my favorite Star Trek podcast, Teri and Nick discuss this very topic in detail. Teri goes so far as to say that JJ Abrams and co. are afraid of breasts and vagina. Their lively discussion, which mentions my Dehner campaign, inspired this blog entry. It got me thinking, where are all the smart, emotional and tough Star Trek women in the JJ verse? Uhura is definitely not enough. Showing your support for Dehner is letting them know that there's room for more complex female characters.
Remember, do not feel bad for me if we find out Dehner isn't in the script for the sequel. Things can always change. Whether Dehner is a one-line reference in the beginning of the movie or a bigger character, my little campaign is still a success. If I'm just a walk-on extra, this campaign is still a success. If all I get from this is a bit of notoriety and some continued fun with my Trek friends, this campaign is still a success. I believe in doing something for yourself instead of just talking about doing it. Make Me Dehner is my mission to be pro-active about my passion for Star Trek and acting, and I'm not one who backs down easily. Thank you for your support and encouragement. There are more fun Dehner-esque goodies coming your way!