George Takei’s role in NBC’s Heroes seems to be expanding. What started as a one-off is turning into a bit of a recurring character who is tied into the shows over arching mythology. Takei appeared in this week’s episode and will also appear in next week’s finale. Comic Book Resources has a new interview with the former Mr. Sulu to talk about his Heroes role (and a bit of Trek as well). Regarding his expanding role on heroes Heroes Takei notes: "it’s been very interesting as with each script I’m making new discoveries about my character." Regarding where it is all headed Takei stated "I’m just as eager as you are to get the next script to see what happens next." TrekMovie.com might be able to help Mr. Takei out on that one. At last week’s Saturn Awards, Heroes producer (and former Star Trek Voyager writer/producer) Bryan Fuller told TrekMovie that Takei will appear in Season 2, saying "I understand there are plans, but I cannot say anything more."
CBR also asked Takei some Trek questions as well…
If we can veer off into “Star Trek” land for a short bit, what do you think of this new reboot they’re doing with the films?
I think it’s fantastic. I think it’s extraordinary that 40 years after we got started — we got started in 1966 — actually, this is the 41 st year, that there’s still this excitement and enthusiasm about Start Trek. I’ve been thinking on it and what I’ve deduced is that the people who discovered Star Trek during our first run are the studious ones, the organized and disciplined ones who took to that kind of world that they saw on the Starship Enterprise, and they each pursued their individual careers and many of them have been very successful. Bill Gates is a Star Trek fan and he now has the resources to build his own Science Fiction museum and more than a third of it is Star Trek related. Then you have this other very successful director, J.J. Abrahms (“Lost,” “Mission Impossible III”), who is a Start Trek fan. Now, Paramount has announced that because the last film was a flop and the last spin off series, “Enterprise,” was a cellar dwellar, they said no more Star Trek. But when you have a J.J. Abrahms walking into your office and say, “For my next project I want to do Star Trek,” you click your heels together and say yes sir. That’s the new interesting wrinkle — the “Star Trek” fans are becoming very prominent each in their chosen careers, some indeed powerful, and they’re the ones reviving Star Trek 41 years later. It’s amazing.
Then there is the fan series, "Star Trek: New Voyages" you and Walter Koenig have worked on.
Yes, and that’s another manifestation of this. These people didn’t want to see Star Trek fade away. These are people who have pooled their money and there’s this one guy, James Cawley, who has given leadership to the whole thing and they decided to do their own Star Trek series. They negotiated with Paramount and promised they wouldn’t make any money off it, so there’s another spin-off series put on by fans with their own money. From what I understand the budget is something like $70-100k for each episode. They’ve put together their own money for their passion.
My last Star Trek question – so you’re OK with them rebooting and reimagining the franchise from day one?
I would trust that anyone who really loves Star Trek to know the elements that made Star Trek what it is. You know, confidence in our ability to reach challenges, to be inventive, to be creative, to be problem solvers and to face the challenges of the future, as daunting as they may be, as something that is invigorating. Something that makes you work at your optimum, to see the future as a great adventure. If they keep those elements and that element of finding our strength and diversity [it’ll be fine]. What’s amazing to me is that what was purely science fiction back then in 1966 is today reality.
The other amazing thing is today we do have a space craft in outer space and the people who live on that craft are made up from people from all over this planet. Back then, we were locked in a cold war, Russians and Americans were mortal enemies, but today, up there on the International Space Station, Russians, Americans and others are working together side-by-side. So, I don’t call it science fiction, I call it science prediction.