One of the elements that distinguishes Star Trek from other sci-fi on the big and small screen, is an emphasis on the science in science fiction. This penchant for "technobabble" has been criticized by some, but now Star Trek Voyager actress Jeri Ryan says that it actually helped her in her new role.
Ryan cites technobabble
Jeri Ryan, who played the technologically advanced Seven of Nine on Star Trek Voyager for four seasons, is now shooting her new role as Dr. Kate Murphy for the ABC medical procedural drama Body of Proof. And the actress tells the LA Times (via DigitalSpy) that Voyager prepared her for the medical jargon she uses on the new show:
I haven’t had so much of that [medical dialogue] but it’s not that difficult. I did four years on Star Trek. I did technobabble for years, so if I can do technobabble I’m not that concerned about the medical stuff!
Body of Proof debuts in the fall on ABC. More on the show at abc.go.com.
Jeri Ryan and the cast of "Body of Proof"
Too much babble?
So the technobabble helped prepare Ryan for medical tech talk, but was so much needed on Star Trek? Last year Star Trek TNG & DS9 writer Ron Moore talked about how
"frustrating" and "annoying" the "endless pages tech" were in Star Trek. Moore was especially frustrated with tech solutions to episodes. Trek’s technobabble even inspired
Cinnemassacre to put together a list of their Top 10 Trek Technobabbles
So what do you think? Do you like Trek’s technobabble (or ‘treknobabble’)? Or do you agree with Ron Moore that there was too much tech in Trek? Sound off in the comments below.
What about the next Star Trek movie? Should the Trek sequel up the technobabble, or should it have even less than the 2009 Star Trek. Do you think that it is one of the things that makes Trek hard to relate to, or is it an essential part of the heart of Trek that distinguishes it from other genre fare? Let us know in the latest TrekMovie poll.