Most of the actors who seem in theStar Trek universe have a number of abilities, particularly in terms of the performing arts. Sometimes these abilities turned main elements of their Star Trek characters.
During a GalaxyCon panel in January, Jonathan Frakes revealed that when the writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation came upon he was a jazz trombonist, they determined to write down that into his character, Commander William Riker.An identical factor occurred with Robert Picardo’s character, The Doctor. Picardo advised Horror Geek Life that when he was engaged on his character with the producers of the show, he prompt that maybe The Doctor had a ardour for opera. He meant that the Doctor appreciated listening to opera, however the producers thought he meant performing opera. So, they wrote a script the place he sang. It went so nicely, it turned a recurring a part of his character.
However, not all ofStar Trek’s multi-talented actors bought to show off their abilities throughout their episodes. Five musically inclined Trek veterans by no means bought to carry out on Star Trek, however they did determine to type aTrek-themed band collectively.
The Enterprise Blues Band
In the early 2000s,Star Trek’s most prolific visitor star, Vaughn Armstrong got here up with the concept for the Enterprise Blues Band. After attendingStar Trek conventions for years, Armstrong seen that there have been usually downtimes between panels or after hours the place the followers weren’t being entertained. He determined that the excellent answer was forming a band of Trek actors to carry out for his or her followers.
Armstrong reached out to fellow Trek actors Steve Rankin, Casey Biggs, and Richard Herd, who had been all on board. He additionally recruited Star Trekvisible results guru Ronald B. Moore. Only one member of the band, William Jones, had by no means labored on Star Trek.
The group began writing their very own songs collectively, which they compiled into two authentic albums. Enterprise Blues was launched in 2004, and Intergalactic Roots Music was launched in 2005.
Their first album was utterly Trek-themed with tracks like “Red Shirt Boogie Blues,” “Trekkie Deckie,” and “Get Me To The Holodeck.” The band’s second album was much less Trek-centric, although it nonetheless included tracks like “Bat’Leth Baby” and “Ooh Mr. Sulu.” Interested followers can nonetheless buy each albums through their website.
The Band’s ‘Star Trek’ Credits
Five of the six band members have labored on Star Trek sooner or later, both onscreen or behind the display screen.
Armstrong has the distinction of being the actor who’s had the most visitor roles onStar Trek. He performed 12 completely different characters in hisStar Trek profession. Fans most likely acknowledge him as Admiral Maxwell Forrest fromStar Trek: Enterprise, however he additionally performed a number of aliens, together with just a few Klingons, an Alpha Hirogen, a few Cardassians, and a Vidiian.
Though Casey Biggs solely performed two roles in the Star Trek universe, one in every of them was main. Biggs is best-known to Trek followers as Gul Damar fromStar Trek: Deep Space Nine. He performed the position in 23 episodes of the show and have become one in every of the main antagonists of the later seasons. He additionally performed an Illyrian Captain in a single episode ofEnterprise.
Steve Rankin was a frequentStar Trek visitor star. His first look was in a single episode ofStar Trek: The Next Generation as a Romulan. InDeep Space Nine Rankin performed each a Klingon and a Cardassian. He had a one-off position inStar Trek: Voyageras nicely. His most recognizable position, the solely position during which he confirmed his face, was Colonel Green in Enterprise.
(*5*) is best-known for his non-Trek roles, however he is additionally a frequentStar Trek actor. His first look in the Trek-verse was inThe Next Generationas a Klingon. He returned to theStar Trek universe inVoyager as Admiral Paris, Lieutenant Tom Paris’ father. He appeared in 4 episodes of the sequence, together with the finale.
Though Ronald B. Moore by no means appeared in an episode of Star Trek, he created the seems for a lot of aStar Trek alien. He served as the visible results supervisor onThe Next Generation,Voyager andEnterprise.
The band recurrently carried out atStar Trek conventions and on Star Trek: The Cruise. However, they have not carried out collectively shortly. Hopefully, they will do a reunion tour post-pandemic.