MacFarlane Pays Tribute to ‘Orville’ & ‘Trek’ Actress

Seth MacFarlane and his show “The Orville” paid tribute within the newest episode to the late actress Lisa Banes, who recurred on the sci-fi/comedy-drama because the character Speria Balask and, like many “Orville” regulars, recurring actors, and visitor stars, had additionally made a mark on the “Star Trek” franchise. Banes, in line with the New York Times, died on June 14, 2021, 10 days after she was struck and critically injured by a scooter in New York City. She was 65 years old.

Due to the transfer from FOX to Hulu, in addition to delays attributable to the pandemic, the third season of “The Orville” had been accomplished for a while. Banes was not solely honored within the June 23, 2022, episode of the show, which was titled “Gently Falling Rain” and was the fourth installment of the season, however she additionally made her debut as Balask in it. In an uncommon transfer, the title card bearing the dedication to the actress ran in the beginning of the episode. Most exhibits and films characteristic such tributes after a closing scene and earlier than the credit roll. The title card learn, “In Memory of Lisa Banes, 1955-2021,” and was written in white towards a darkish, star-speckled background. “The Orville” had honored Norm Macdonald in a similar way within the third-season premiere, “Electric Sheep.” Macdonald, who voiced the character Yaphit, died on September 14, 2021.

Banes Made Two Guest Appearances on ‘The Orville’

Years earlier than her look on “The Orville,” in 1994, in line with Memory Alpha, Banes guest-starred within the third-season “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode, “Equilibrium.” She performed a personality named Dr. Renhol. Memory Alpha describes Dr. Renhol as “Trill and a member of the Symbiosis Commission within the twenty fourth century. In the 2360s, when Jadzia Dax was a Trill provoke for 3 years, Renhol was concerned in her analysis on the Commission’s campus. In 2371 Renhol welcomed Dax again. Unfortunately, Jadzia’s homecoming was resulting from an undiagnosed medical situation that threatened the Dax symbiont. Renhol initially prescribed injections meant to extend Jadzia’s isoboramine ranges. When this strategy did not halt the menace to the symbiont, Renhol needed to take away Dax and be part of it with one other host, understanding that this process would kill Jadzia. Renhol’s determination was not based mostly on the medical wants of the case, nevertheless, however on her willingness to maintain secret the truth that symbionts could possibly be joined to a a lot wider section of the inhabitants than was usually recognized.

“The symbiont was experiencing flashbacks as the results of the failure of a reminiscence block, a block which the Commission had created with the intention to cowl up the truth that the symbiont had at one time been joined with an unsuitable host, Joran Belar,” the Memory Alpha character biography continued. “Benjamin Sisko and Julian Bashir found Renhol’s motives and threatened to reveal the Commission’s secret if all the pieces doable was not achieved to save lots of Jadzia. Renhol relented and Jadzia finally recovered after permitting the reminiscence block to fail and Joran’s reminiscences of the becoming a member of to turn out to be a part of her joined character.”

The Internet Movie Database lists 85 movie and tv credit for Banes, relationship again to 1984, starting with the movie “The Hotel New Hampshire.” Other appearances embody “Cocktail” (because the girlfriend of Tom Cruise’s character), “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” “Frasier,” “Boston Legal,” “The Good Wife,” “Gone Girl,” “Nashville,” and “Them.” The New York Times described her as “a flexible actress who got here to prominence on the New York stage within the Nineteen Eighties,” and the newspaper referenced such stage credit as “Look Back in Anger” (wherein she performed the spouse of fellow future “Star Trek” guest-star Malcolm McDowell), “Isn’t It Romantic,” “Rumors” (her Broadway debut), “Arcadia,” “Present Laughter,” and “The Niceties.”

MacFarlane Paid Tribute to Banes on Twitter

Seth MacFarlane, following Banes’ loss of life, supplied reward and condolences in a Twitter publish: “I’m deeply saddened on the information of Lisa Banes’ passing. We had the great fortune to work together with her on ‘The Orville’ this previous yr. Her stage presence, magnetism, ability and expertise have been matched solely by her unwavering kindness and graciousness towards all of us. An amazing loss…”

According to the Internet Movie Database, viewers haven’t seen the final of Banes as Speria Balask on “The Orville.” The actress will seem in yet another episode, titled “Future Unknown,” airing later this season. According to the New York Times, Banes is survived by her spouse, Kathryn Kranhold, a brother, Evan Sinclair, and her stepmother, Joan Banes.


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