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Excerpts & Images From Star Trek Magazine #31 w/ Roxann Dawson Interview December 31, 2010

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The latest official Star Trek Magazine is on newstands now. Issue #31 has a focus on the women of Star Trek. We have excerpts and images, including covers and bits from an interview with Star Trek: Voyager’s  Roxann Dawson. Check it all out below.

 

 

STAR TREK MAGAZINE ISSUE 31

"Savvy Lasses" Feature excerpt

The women of Star Trek are not to be underestimated. They come from all backgrounds with agile minds, street smarts and the ability to step up to any situation in a manner equal to their peers regardless of gender. Christopher Pike’s “Number One” and Kathryn Janeway are prime, obvious examples of such women, but what about some of these other “savvy lasses” in Star Trek? As Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward explain in the following extract from the latest issue of Star Trek Magaizine, they can show up even where they’re least expected…

From the moment they set foot on the campus of Starfleet Academy, cadets carry an expectation to one day be among the Federation’s best and brightest. In Star Trek, there should be no surprise when a woman in the captain’s chair is able to outwit an opponent or devise a solution to a planetary disaster. One woman initially set the bar for resourcefulness and dependability, proving herself among the savviest women in the 23rd Century – regardless of reality: Nyota Uhura.

Introduced as a communications officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, Uhura proved her worth as an officer time and again. As she became more experienced with each mission, her confidence increased along with her responsibilities. Not only was she trained to serve at the Enterprise helm (“Balance of Terror”), but when her male counterparts were seduced into submission by the denizens of Taurus II, Uhura assumed command of the starship and led a landing party to rescue the senior staff (“The Lorelei Signal,” Star Trek animated). She helped Captain Kirk liberate the U.S.S. Enterprise to assist in the rescue of Spock from the Genesis Planet (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) and went on to positions of increasing responsibility at Starfleet Academy.

In the alternate reality seen in the recent movie, Uhura is depicted as even more confident and capable at a young age than ever. As a cadet, her skill as a translator of Romulan dialects earns her a field promotion to Enterprise bridge officer during Nero’s attack on the Federation. Her very service aboard the starship in the first place hinged on her slyly brokering a deal with Spock, influencing his judgment against the posting by exerting some pressure against their clandestine relationship. She also is among the first of the crew to recognize their existence in the alternate reality – and with it the chance to remake their lives along a new and unique path. Uhura does not shy away from the situation.


"Lasses" feature in new Star Trek Magazine

Roxann Dawson
interview excerpt

Every Star Trek TV series had its own tech-savvy, fiercely loyal chief engineer with plenty of backbone as well as a flaw or two. On Star Trek: Voyager, it was Lt. B’Elanna Torres who was responsible for keeping the ship functioning at peak efficiency during its seven-year journey back home to Earth. In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, Steven Eramo caught up with actor turned director Roxann Dawson. Here’s a taster of the interview…

In between her real-life and TV pregnancies, Roxann Dawson took back the action reins in several stories, including two B’Elanna-centric episodes. In season five’s “Extreme Risk,” she begins engaging in life-threatening holodeck activities, while in the following year’s “Barge of the Dead,” she has a near-death experience and meets the ghost of her mother, Miral (Karen Austin), in Gre’thor, the Klingon Hell.

“The episode ’Extreme Risk’ actually came out of a conversation I had had with executive producer Brannon Braga,” says Dawson. “He was wondering where B’Elanna would go next, and I began talking about her life and that maybe she was at a point where the conflict between her Klingon and human sides was so great that she began taking risks to know what it was like to feel. B’Elanna wanted to pit one side against the other and see which would win as far as her fears and vulnerabilities went. It was a very private thing that wound up obsessing her.

“I love what they did with that script. It was an emotional and exciting episode to do because it was so psychologically risky. In fact, I’ve spoken with a number of people who have gone through moments like that. They’ve taken undue risks to test the boundaries of life for one reason or another, whether because of something that has happened in their own life, or even due to clinical depression. Sometimes people will do things just to reaffirm to themselves what it means to be alive. So I thought it was a risky as well as wonderful thing that the writers were willing to go there with B’Elanna and really show this sort of psychologically tormented side of her that was crying out for some help, and I was thrilled to perform that.

“‘Barge of the Dead,’ to me felt very much like a classic Star Trek story in that it talked about family roots, and especially for B’Elanna, the denial of her past and those classic generational relationships. It was also a chance to bring the Klingon world to the forefront in such a classical way, which you really couldn’t do otherwise in a show like Voyager. The sets were fantastic and it was a very well-written script that I enjoyed working on a great deal.”


Dawson interviewed in in STM #31

More in the Star Trek Magazine 30

Issue 31 of The Official Star Trek Magazine is on newsstands now. It comes with two covers, with one available only in comic book shops.


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Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
December 31, 2010 3:52 pm

Anthony. Quite busy arn’t we.
The Women of Trek have all been great. From Tos to Enterprice. Voyager Ep Extreme risk was a great Ep.

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December 31, 2010 4:34 pm

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December 31, 2010 5:39 pm

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December 31, 2010 6:04 pm

Wow, a new update. That wasn’t a long wait at all…

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December 31, 2010 6:50 pm

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December 31, 2010 7:27 pm
keachick
December 31, 2010 10:14 pm
“Her very service aboard the starship in the first place hinged on her slyly brokering a deal with Spock, influencing his judgment against the posting by exerting some pressure against their clandestine relationship.” What was “sly” about Uhura’s behaviour in Star Trek ’09? All Uhura wanted was what she believed was justly hers and she did not like the fact that Spock was discriminating against her because of their personal relationship. She was correct to call Spock out on this and he realised this as well, hence the reassignment. Clandestine relationship? Who said? On the transporter pad, there was nothing… Read more »
December 31, 2010 11:29 pm

If “everybody knew”, Spock would be out of work for abusing his academy instructor position to have an affair with one of his students, changing the assignments, his misconduct aboard the Enterprise,
and looking the other way as a bridge working cadet whom he had an affair with failed to stay on her post times and times again during both her working hours and a crisis.
Even going as far as to ignore a direct order to alert Vulcan to evacuate in favour of a more stimulating activity with her superior officer.

But, hey, it’s Abrams <3

CmdrR
January 1, 2011 4:56 am

That four-panel has Michelle Forbes and Suzie Plakson in it. You got my -urm- hopes up. Yes, hopes.

January 1, 2011 7:10 am
“In the alternate reality seen in the recent movie, Uhura is depicted as even more confident and capable at a young age than ever.” Bullsh%&. Allow me to go over what you deem to be important and see if the film had her qualities pay off. •As a cadet, her skill as a translator of Romulan dialects earns her a field promotion to Enterprise bridge officer during Nero’s attack on the Federation. While being able to translate Romulan is a very important skill, it doesn’t do her character any justice because as we see in the movie, the Romulans all… Read more »
January 1, 2011 9:16 am

Let’s hope the Uhura/Spock relationship is left in the past and they all conduct themselves as officers should in the next movies.

Aurore
January 1, 2011 9:34 am

Renesmee and Giovanna.

Sparkling in the sunlight , glowing through the lens flares…

:)

keachick
January 1, 2011 12:32 pm
Some of you people are unbelievable – immature, patronising, sexually uptight/jealous/envious (Lord only knows). Almost every single Star Trek (television and movies) has aliens speaking ENGLISH. So, what is so different about this Star Trek? The fact that there were no Romulan transmissions (or any other, for that matter) does not negate Uhura’s role and importance. Good grief, Uhura was not asking “her boyfriend” why he had to go down to Vulcan, she was asking the ACTING CAPTAIN why he had to leave his post just as that moment to go down to a planet that was minutes away from… Read more »
January 1, 2011 1:30 pm
@13: “Almost every single Star Trek (television and movies) has aliens speaking ENGLISH.” /clears throat Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 3 “Minefield” http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Minefield_(episode) This episode deals with the crew encountering an unknown alien force. When these aliens hail the Enterprise, the crew do not understand what they are saying because their universal translators do not understand the language. Hoshi, the communications officer who is skilled in understanding languages is able to translate what the message means and identify them as Romulans. So you see? In Enterprise, Hoshi was the language expert and she got to put her skills to… Read more »
Red Dead Ryan
January 1, 2011 2:31 pm
14 Comparing Uhura from the new movie and Hoshi from “Enterprise” is like comparing apples to oranges. On a tv show, a character has more opportunities to be able to be seen spending time translating alien languages because it is only a small percentage of about 22+ hours during a given season. A 2 hour movie, on the other hand, doesn’t allow for the time needed to have a character explain to the audience what some alien is saying. The audience will fall asleep. Plus, the idea of a fake alien character speaking in a fake alien language is now… Read more »
keachick
January 1, 2011 4:30 pm
Who says that the orders that Acting Captain Spock gave for the evacuation of Vulcan were not being carried out? Uhura was not the only person given that order. The entire bridge crew were, who would then be responsible for seeing that the various departments concerned with taking care of (hopefully) the many homeless people did what was necessary. As a bridge officer, having your captain suddenly leave his post to go down to a planet in such circumstances does require explanation or exposition. Unless Spock explained his reasons, then his actions would be deemed completely irresponsible and crazy. Uhura… Read more »
Wow
January 1, 2011 5:26 pm

Jeyl is right.

January 1, 2011 5:36 pm

I second that

January 1, 2011 5:42 pm
@15: ” On a tv show, a character has more opportunities to be able to be seen spending time translating alien languages because it is only a small percentage of about 22+ hours during a given season” Actually, it’s only one episode and Hoshi was knocked out for a lot of the said episode’s duration. And in that span of less than one hour os story time, she did what her character is established to do, even in the confines of that very episode. She did her job. Uhura doesn’t do her job, others do it for her. Has it… Read more »
January 1, 2011 6:02 pm
“Who says that the orders that Acting Captain Spock gave for the evacuation of Vulcan were not being carried out? Uhura was not the only person given that order.” Ok, let’s say you’re right about that. Vulcan was contacted by Hannity and she was able to get the high council to issue a planet wide evacuation. Now, here’s the issue with that. If someone else can do this, Uhura’s role on the ship is now meaningless. When I think of a character who is an integral part of the crew, I think of a character who actually does the work.… Read more »
Red Dead Ryan
January 1, 2011 6:57 pm
19 “The new Enterprise doesn’t need Uhura.” Yes it does. The new movie was based on “The Original Series” featuring the seven bridge characters. Uhura is needed to monitor incoming and outgoing messages, distress calls, communiques etc. What we don’t need is Uhura wasting valuable minutes trying to decipher a fake message when the computer can do it. We never saw Uhura deciphering languages during TOS anyway. It was mainly implied. We don’t necessarily need to see Uhura doing everything her position requires. Because a two-hour movie needs to have Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty doing theirs. And we need… Read more »
January 1, 2011 7:41 pm

Ah, the joys of dreaming about wiping out and dominating other cultures….. the rest of the universe will soon bow down to humanity too, god forbid somebody dared to keep a language or their natural hair.

January 1, 2011 7:47 pm
“That may be so, but unfortunately, Star Trek had become a joke in the mainstream ever since “Klingon” became a language. A lot of people became turned off since it was excluding non-fans.” A lot of what you’re talking about sounds more like speculation. Unless Star Trek had an episode that had all it’s characters speaking in klingon the whole entire time with no subtitles, how does not knowing the klingon language exclude non-fans? Also, it wasn’t Star Trek that was excluding non-fans because of the Klingon language. It was Star Trek fans that made the Klingon language a big… Read more »
Red Dead Ryan
January 1, 2011 8:26 pm
23 “A lot of what you’re talking about sounds more like speculation. Unless Star Trek had an episode that had it’s characters speaking in klingon the whole entire time with no subtitles, how does not knowing the klingon language exclude non-fans?” Because Klingonese is not a real language. It’s just a bunch of non-sensical gibberish that has been taken way too seriously by far too many “fans” like you. I have no problem with writers coming up with “alien dialogue” once in a while, but once you need a dictionary for it, it’s gotten carried away. “What do you think… Read more »
January 2, 2011 6:22 am
@24. “Because Klingonese is not a real language. It’s just a bunch of non-sensical gibberish that has been taken way too seriously by far too many “fans” like you.” Red, you’re wrong. For starters, Klingonese is a real language because it can be used to communicate real phrases that someone else who understands the language would be able to interpret. That’s the entire point of a language. Just because you create it doesn’t mean it’s not real. Second, the Klingon language is NOT a bunch of “non-sensical gibberish”. It was created by a man named Marc Okrand. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4553276866205869246# And you… Read more »
Trek Lady
January 2, 2011 7:39 am

“Star Wars” fans don’t obsess over minute and irrelevent details like many Trek “fans” do.”

LOL! Sorry Red, but yes they do. Oh, yes they do! SW fans can fanwank with the best of them. Not all, but then not all ST fans are that obsessive either.

Red Dead Ryan
January 2, 2011 11:44 am
25 Just because someone “creates” a language doesn’t mean that it amounts to being “real”. I mean, what are you going to use “Klingonese” for? A Trek convention? Why would anyone in their right mind waste time and energy learning a fake language when they could expand their horizons and learn Spanish or Russian? And if you tell others that you can speak Klingon, they’ll tell you to “get a life” or tell you that you are an obsessive fan that needs to get out more often. And I am aware that Jedi is considered a religion in Britain. And… Read more »
Damian
January 2, 2011 3:25 pm
10–The Romulans sounded like they were speaking English because of the universal translator. That is the general Star Trek explanation as to why so many aliens speak English (with notable exceptions such as “Minefield” or DS9 “Sanctuary”). Obviously, from a real world sense this was necessary because nobody was going to watch a weekly show where you had to read subtitles; like the transporter, it was created as a workaround to move the stories along. Just wanted to clarify that. I’m not getting involved in the whole Uhura (2009) is an intergral part of Star Trek and talented linguist -vs-… Read more »
January 2, 2011 4:22 pm
@27. “It was never meant to be taken seriously. It’s just entertainment.” So when people learn Klingon and they’re being entertained by it, you think that’s taking it too seriously? I think that’s doing it’s job! And don’t even try to use that “They could be doing something else” tactic, because you know what you can use that argument for? EVERYTHING!!! Like how I could be writing a book instead of arguing with you, or how you could be writing a whole new language instead of arguing about the Klingon language. And I’m really tired of this whole “never meant… Read more »
Trekboi
January 2, 2011 7:21 pm

“Read Dead Ryan” perhaps you should live up to your name lol

Red Dead Ryan
January 2, 2011 9:52 pm

29

Why do need to be so condescending and angry? When I meant that it shouldn’t be taken seriously, I meant it in terms of overall importance in day-to-day life. I take Trek seriously too. I care about its place in our pop culture. I buy the dvds, action figures, cds etc. I read the tech manuals and encyclopedias. But I don’t live and die with Trek. I go to work. I play video games. I do crossword puzzles. I try and do different things.

30

You’re an idiot.

captain_neill
January 3, 2011 5:29 am
Red Dead How can alien languages be outdated. One of the things I liked about Enterprise was hearing more alien languages as it made sense as the NX 01 was the first crew out there and the Universal Translator had to be adjusted to pick up the language. With a century or two the Universal Translator would be improved and english is more common. Also about Uhura, it did seem she was more interested in Spock than doing her job at times in the film but still did her job. I hope they drop that relationship in the next movie… Read more »
wi-kiry-lan
January 3, 2011 8:39 pm

This science fiction movie Attack of the Moon Zombies has esperanto references in it and will have an esperanto track. That’s even more obscure than klingon nowadays. Also you can help fund the production if interested
http://www.sainteuphoria.com/aotmz.html

keachick
January 3, 2011 10:39 pm
“You know I got annoyed when the mainstream said things like look how hot Uhura now is, which I felt was an insult to Nichelle Nichols.'” Many of the younger viewers may not have seen much of the TOS series to appreciate just how ‘hot’/beautiful the Nichelle Nichols Uhura was/is. Also tastes change as well. Personally, I think that Nichelle Nichols was one of the most stunning and beautiful women ever to grace any screen. As Uhura, she represented beauty, poise, elegance, grace and intelligence and she also had a lovely speaking voice. I think as more people (re)acquaint themselves… Read more »
January 4, 2011 4:03 pm

I don’t usually comment, but I have to say that everything Jeyl said was spot on.

keachick
January 4, 2011 5:05 pm
Star Trek 09 was criticised because it had Romulans speaking English and it appeared that Uhura didn’t do much, if anything, at all. I pointed out a FACT that Star Trek, from TOS onwards, more often than not, had aliens speaking English. Another FACT. The reason we hear Nero speak English is because Uhura had done her job as in that she made sure that any communications between humans and romulans would be understood by both parties, by inputting all three dialects of romulan into the communications computer data base (if they weren’t there already) and by using the sicence-fictional… Read more »
Aurore
January 5, 2011 9:15 am

STOP IT!

You risk alienating some people with all your facts and common sense!

:)

keachick
January 5, 2011 4:07 pm

#37 Who are you referring to?

Aurore
January 5, 2011 4:38 pm

38

You risk alienating some people with all your facts and common sense remarks.

I’m referring at your post in 36, in particular. Good night.

:)

Harry Ballz
January 5, 2011 10:20 pm

keachick

Aurore has a unique sense of humour. We’ve decided to find her…charming.

Aurore
January 5, 2011 11:08 pm

Who’s ” we”?

Good morning!

:)

Damian
January 6, 2011 5:56 am

36–Some of the novels have picked up on Uhura’s linguistic stills. They expanded on her role a bit, which is one of the reasons I like the novels. In the series and movies, she is shows to be a competent bridge officer, with expertise in communications. But they never did really focus on her abilities as a translator. However, a few novels addressed that oversight.

keachick
January 6, 2011 2:05 pm
That oversight, or more the difficulty in showing Uhura’s work (would be a snooze-fest for most) is what prompts people to undervalue Uhura’s character in this movie and for some to basically call her a slut in that the only way she could get on the Enterprise is by sleeping with her instructor and for others to think Spock is pussy-whipped. Clearly, the writers were aware of her abilities (and we are not talking ‘in the bedroom’ here) and wrote it into the script. Spock was aware of them but unintentionally did a little reverse-discrimination on her, which was quite… Read more »
Iva
January 7, 2011 8:06 am

If you pay attention, those who are accused to be whoring themselves…. are in fact sleeping with their superiors. Coincidence?

keachick
January 7, 2011 5:16 pm

Gosh, I feel sorry for you, Iva. I really do.

Iva
January 8, 2011 3:00 am

Good for you, don’t forget to wash your hands and teeth on the way out.

keachick
January 9, 2011 1:01 pm

On the way out to where? My hands and teeth are just fine, thank you.

Drew Kam
January 10, 2011 1:22 am

Slight problem – the links to subscribe to the mag (under the Uhura comic cover shot) are pointing to Zinio’s Star Wars related subscriptions …

Whoopsie!

January 12, 2011 6:20 am

On your way out of your teacher’s office, I’m sure he’d appreciate some discretion, married or not.

keachick
January 13, 2011 8:04 pm

Iva – you are rude and presumptuous who needs to keep yourself out of other people’s private lives, especially when it comes to what they do with their genitals. Now run along.

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