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Denise Crosby: I Was Miserable On Star Trek TNG March 19, 2012

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Actress Denise Crosby has the unique distinction of being the first actor to ask to leave the main cast of a Trek series when she walked away before finishing the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She later returned for some guest spots and even did a couple of Star Trek "Trekkies" documentaries so she never fully left Star Trek behind, but in a new interview Crosby says that she has no regrets and that she was "miserable" in that first season of TNG.

 

Crosby: I was miserable on TNG

Denise Crosby famously walked away from being a member of the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation shortly before the end of the first season. Her character of Tasha Yar was killed off in the episode "Skin of Evil." In an interview with the official Star Trek site, Crosby says that with everything she knows now she would do it again, and she explained…

I was miserable. I couldn’t wait to get off that show. I was dying. This was not an overnight decision. I was grateful to have made that many episodes, but I didn’t want to spend the next six years going “Aye, aye, captain,” and standing there, in the same uniform, in the same position on the bridge. It just scared the hell out of me that this was what I was going to be doing for the next X-amount of years. I think you have to take your chances. I was really young. I didn’t have to make house payments or put kids through private school or support people. I was free to make those kinds of decisions. I’d been in acting school really dreaming of playing all kinds of different things. Whether it’ll happen or not, you don’t know, but you’ve got to give yourself a chance. God forbid you go through your life thinking, “What if?”

The actress also notes how she never expected to return to the series:  

I was surprised on so many levels. First of all, my character was dead. But, I did leave on really good terms. Gene Roddenberry and I met one on one in his office. There was no animosity. I don’t know that anybody really wanted me to go. I think it stirred up a lot of things in all the other cast members. I’m not exactly sure what, but you’ve got to question your own commitment or your own place, what you’re doing there. I think it stirs up stuff. However, Gene and I were very clear about what was going on. He said to me, “I don’t want you to go, but I get it. I get why you’re leaving. I was a young writer at one time and I was hungry and I was frustrated, and I get that.” We hugged and that was it. He got where I was coming from. So I was very happy to come back for “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” and in a certain way I had more to do in that episode than I’d ever had to do before.


Crosby appearing at her own funeral in "Skin of Evil" and returning in "Yesterday’s Enteprise"

More from Crosby at Star Trek.com Part 1Part 2)

 

Comments

1. rogue_alice - March 19, 2012

It is awful to feel trapped in any situation. I applaud her guts to leap.

2. space ta tas - March 19, 2012

I wish she could have died in a fight instead of the oil slick killing her!

3. Harry Ballz - March 19, 2012

It’s funny when people feel trapped in an acting role and elect to move on to…..

obscurity.

4. WillH85 - March 19, 2012

One of those calls that seemed right at the time but turned out probably not to be. TNG was a series that took a season or two to find its self and I think Tasha would have, like other characters, become more three dimensional and gotten more personal camera time as the series went on. But we’ve all made choices like that before where we make the best one we can with what we know at the time. At least it made for a cool comeback and a cool storyline with that. I wish they would have brought Sela back again, like in a TNG movie or something. Too good of a character just to get nerve pinched and that’s the last we see.

5. Michael Hall - March 19, 2012

Can’t blame her, really. The first season scripts which featured her character were, by and large, terrible. It would take one more full season and a revolving door of showrunners and story editors before they ended up with Michael Piller, who not only gave the show some much-needed dramatic heft and creative stability, but ended up bringing on some additional fine writing talent as well. TNG fans owe him a great debt.

As for Ms. Crosby, while I totally respect her desire as an actress to want to do a variety of things and not be typecast as the result of spending years shooting a TV space opera, the sad truth is that her post-TNG career didn’t exactly set the world on fire, her most notable accomplishments being her return guest-starring roles on several episodes of the show, the “Trekkies” documentaries, and even playing her character’s ancestor in a fan film production. Despite her efforts, looks like the space opera devoured her career after all. Life can be cruel that way–but of course, there’s much worse.

6. GaryP - March 19, 2012

The character of Tasha Yar that we know would have been COMPLETELY different had the show progressed. Michael Dorn’s Worf truly benefited from her departure as Worf become fleshed out after he moved to security chief.

7. Horatio - March 19, 2012

+10 Harry Balz!

I’ll never understand most artists. Denise leaves TNG for the reasons she states then pretty much carves out a career out of her less than one season on TNG.

I’ve had the chance to meet and talk with her a few times and she is an incredibly kind and approachable person. If she is happy with having Tasha Yar being taken out by an intergalactic BP then more power to her.

But unlike GR, i’ll never get it.

8. USSEXETER - March 19, 2012

I too liked Yar but Harry Ballz has said it best. +20

9. trekmaster - March 19, 2012

Hm, don’t know. I’m sure the character would have had much more to do if she hadn’t left that early. The first season was poor for any character related to years that had come after.

10. Christopher Roberts - March 19, 2012

I’m pretty sure Crosby was originally going to play Troi, and Sirtis as Yar. Gene Roddenberry saw the actresses and switched their casting.

I would never have guessed she was miserable. Much better actress than she’s given credit for then.

11. John - March 19, 2012

This was the best thing to happen to Michael Dorn.

12. Tanner Waterbury - March 19, 2012

AHHH my medicine has kicked back in…welcome back TM staff!

13. Harry Ballz - March 19, 2012

7+8

Thanks guys!

The way you two are betting quatloos on me, it makes me feel like a “newcomer”!

14. CAPT KRUNCH - March 19, 2012

If she was so miserable, and she was as miserable to watch, then why come back to do Yesterday’s Enterprise and Unification and so on. I know her career went nowhere after she left…she had the stupid death scene…blah blah blah….. I’m glad she left…we got Worf!..
You tell em Harry!

15. njdss4 - March 19, 2012

Harry said it best. Denise left to move on to nothing. She never gave the show a chance to develop her character, then seemed desperate to get back into the show with Reunification.

16. Michael Hall - March 19, 2012

“It’s funny when people feel trapped in an acting role and elect to move on to…..

obscurity.”

Cute, but my best guess is that obscurity wasn’t what she was betting on. If you haven’t taken any wrong turns in your life, made with the best judgement you could muster and the information you had at the time, then I envy you.

17. Harry Ballz - March 19, 2012

Coming to realize that you know nothing is the beginning of wisdom.

18. pass the Tranya - March 19, 2012

personally, i never liked the character. i know they were all pretty thin seaon 1, but unfortunately, i think her portrayal of an (admittedly) bad character made it even worse.

I bet Data was glad she hung around for a while tho…

19. pass the Tranya - March 19, 2012

btw,

wasn’t the planet that the ‘skin of evil’ lived on named after the “little blue pill”..?

20. Dr. Cheis - March 19, 2012

I never much liked the Tasha character and was a bit glad they killed her off. It seemed like her role was too much defined by “she’s the chief of security AND a woman!” and not much of a person beyond that.

After she died, all mentions of her became much more significant, and I enjoyed seeing her return was a lot more exciting than having her around to begin with, and I enjoyed her much more after that.

21. La Reyne d'Epee - March 19, 2012

Re obscurity: are all actors solely motivated by a desire for fame and wealth? Perhaps a lot are happy simply to get by and do work that interests them. I always think actors who end up in big blockbusters for example actually have their options severely limited. I daresay lots of them go off and do obscure theatre as an antidote…

22. Fueled by Armus - March 19, 2012

I wouldn’t have a single issue with her words in this interview if not for the fact that she came up with the idea that got her back on the show! Seriously!! If she was truly “so miserable” why would she even entertain the thought of going back – much less help create that storyline?

She jumped ship mid-season and lost out. I would think that jumping mid-season probably hurt her career more than she thought at a “young age” of 30. Who would want to take a chance on an actress who quits a few episodes in because she’s not happy with how her character is being developed?

And of course she’d do it again. She’d still come back on the show and still be able to be a part of the Trekkies films and still make the rounds at conventions.

23. Vultan - March 19, 2012

She came back because TNG was a great show in the third season.
Not so much in the first season….

I don’t blame her for jumping ship. Even Mr. Confident Leading Man: Patrick Stewart was doubtful of the show’s success in the beginning, as were many others.

24. The Great Bird of the Galaxy lives! - March 19, 2012

Hmmm Wonder if her Playboy spread had anything to do with it? I think they axed her= Kapoots

25. Kev-1 - March 19, 2012

I liked her and still do, but you don’t always know what’s going to happen with a character. Worf was a late cast addition and could have become nothing but Klingon wallpaper. Instead he became a staple of two series. So, you never know. Having said that, it usually never pays to stay where you’re not happy. Unless you absolutely must.

26. Phil - March 19, 2012

I suspect that considering how rancid the scripts were the first couple of years everyone was miserable. One has to be able to evaluate what the production was capable of, and decide if things were capable of improving or not. Considering how her career tailed off from there, I do hope she fired whoever was giving her equally rancid advice.

27. Ted C - March 19, 2012

Just think Ms Crosby, if you had stuck around you would have seven seasons of tv work and 4 movies on your resume. What do you have now, I cant remember?

28. Jinn-Jinn - March 19, 2012

I can understand where she’s coming from. What some might consider a joy, others might consider misery. Especially when you’re young and you want to do other things.

29. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 19, 2012

It was about time that a major character died on Trek. Face it NextGen’rs that first season was pretty awful.

30. Red Dead Ryan - March 19, 2012

Denise Crosby was also in “Deep Impact”.

31. montreal_paul - March 19, 2012

And Pet Cemetery.

32. Red Dead Ryan - March 19, 2012

Crosby also appeared on episodes of “The X-Files” and “NYPD Blue”.

33. Goosenecked Fan - March 19, 2012

Hey!!! ANTHONY LIVES!!!! HE HAS A PULSE!!! YAYYYYYYY!!! NEWS GALORE!!!! YIPPEEEE!!!

34. Captain_Conrad - March 19, 2012

Man, had Rick been in charge at the time, she would have never been let back in. Gene was the last TV series director with a heart. Anyone else would have shunned her and never let her have a career, but Roddenberry wasn’t doing Star Trek for the money. He did it because he loved Sc-Fi and didn’t take offense to people wanting to move on. Now a days, the Hollywood elite is so wrapped up in locking people into their series or movies, that they will destroy anyone who wants to do other things. I’m glad I chose the Coast Guard and decided not to pursue a life in that world of heartlessness and discontent with anyone who has dreams of going places.

35. Shilliam Watner - March 19, 2012

I admire her pluck for getting out of something she wasn’t happy doing. Whether it worked out for her or not, that’s for Crosby to decide and my opinion isn’t necessary.

36. richpit - March 19, 2012

I was glad when Tasha died. The character was horrible and cliche. Yeah, she’s a tough *female* security officer…we get it. The only thing possibly worse? The character of her sister…or whoever that was supposed to be.

Also, I don’t think Denise is much of an actress, even given that the scrips did mostly suck.

That said, it was brave of her to make the decision and sad for her that her career never turned into much of anything afterwards.

37. CarlG - March 19, 2012

It’s too bad they didn’t do anything with her character in Season 1. A woman doing a quote-unquote man’s job must have been way more of an anomaly on 80’s tv than today… they could have done something with that I’m sure. Too bad they basically treated her like a glorified redshirt.

38. CmdrR - March 19, 2012

She still has a career, which is more than most 80’s actors can say today.

I don’t think most of the actors got much to do in season one. It’s a shame. but few season one eps showed the promise of what was to come. So, I guess it made sense for her at the time.

Good luck.

39. PeterW - March 19, 2012

Nobody got to do much in season one. It sucked. It’s hard to say how much development anybody would have gotten if she’d stayed, because the fact that Worf moved way up in her wake demonstrates the show may have been overcrowded.

40. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 19, 2012

36. richpit – March 19, 2012
“The character of her sister…or whoever that was supposed to be.”

I think I know!!!!

http://www.siegler.net/dallastrek/toussaint.html

41. Orb of Wisdom - March 19, 2012

I still think that Star Trek: Nemesis would have been better if instead of that Donatra character, they would’ve had Denise come back as Sela, and have Sela turn out to not be alternate Tasha Yar’s daughter, but a genetically altered and brainwashed Tasha Yar herself. The Romulans already were proven to have that kind of ability and desire, and just where did the Romulans get Picard’s DNA to make Shinzon to begin with? coughcough*alternateTasha*coughcough

42. CarlG - March 19, 2012

Oh, and she was Dexter’s first kill, too! :)

43. Jack - March 19, 2012

39. Agreed. And that first season really was terrible, and I’m not just saying that to be a jerk.

I remember wondering at the time whether it was good form to say to the press why she was leaving. But, I don’t think it hurt her or the show in the long run — she’s had as good a post Trek career as any of them (Stewart’s in his own category).

I agree that her character, like all of them that season, was neither sketched out nor given much to do. For some reason though, I remember her bad lines more than the others’ at that time (the over-enunciated cannots, etc.and lots of “In the 24th century we have evolved beyond…”). The bits about her having to regularly escape from the rape gangs on her home colony and the amazement of others that she was a female (!) security officer were both, well, bizarre, even for the late ’80s.

I didn’t love Troi that first season either and I grew to really like her (but wish she hadn’t just turned into Marina Sirtis in the movies). Heck, I didn’t love, or particularly like, any of them that first season.

44. Magic_Al - March 19, 2012

^22. She didn’t come up with the idea for her return in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. Rather, her good experience on “Yesterday’s Enterprise” inspired her to create Tasha’s daughter Sela as way to continue that storyline.

Unfortunately, many of the “what ifs” of Star Trek involve women characters not being allowed to develop. This goes back to the very beginning with NBC not accepting Majel Barrett as Number One, Grace Lee Whitney being fired (despite her being more integral to the episodes she’s in than, Sulu, Uhura, or later Chekov often were) and Nichelle Nichols deciding to quit (but legendarily being talked out it for sociopolitical reasons). Denise Crosby’s reasons for quitting were similar to Nichelle Nichols': “hailing frequencies open” is not acting. And then there’s the firing of Gates McFadden, which although reversed a year later left a void during a crucial time of the show’s evolution. (One of the things that couldn’t be experimented with in the second season was developing the Crusher family relationship. By the time she returned, it was illogical to depict mother and son as dependent on each other, and Wil Wheaton quit the next year. The idea of families on the starship never gained a lot of credibility and was ultimately abandoned largely because the one family relationship in the main cast never really got a lot of thread sewn into the tapestry.) DS9 and Voyager had stronger female characters than previous Treks, but yet again each show lost regular cast members who happened to be female.

45. Daniel Shock - March 19, 2012

I think things worked out exactly as they should have. She seems like a lovely person and did the right thing for her. It turned out well for all concerned.

46. Reliana - March 19, 2012

I knew the Tasha Yar character could have been so much more but couldn’t figure out what was missing until it was brought up elsewhere that Tasha Yar should have been Kara Thrace before Kara Thrace.

47. r0bt3k - March 19, 2012

i dunno i can understand being type cast, but atleast if you are u will still be famous for the rest of you life, there will be endless conventions camios and so on, but yes it crappy she couldnt have had her character fleshed out more

oh well, Ce la vie,

48. r0bt3k - March 19, 2012

and thats Still all money in the bank to get by on

49. Jim Nightshade - March 20, 2012

Admittedly, denise got to stretch her acting chops much more with yesterdays enterprise n sela episodes…as already said if she woulda stayed her character would have had more depth n better stories…she was also the perfect host for the trekkies docs just the right amount of bemused deachment from the fandom yet being a perpheral member so fans would relate more to her n also confess more personal feelings et al….besides playboy didnt she do an erotic showtime episode of red shoe diaries…wasnt that a david duhovy show–its really tough in hollywood–she did better than some trek actors by quitting right away n with her guest roles she had her cake n ate it too–and re skin of evil…stupid episode wasting her death…she should have died saving her captain or crew..like an honorable klignon death in battle not taken out by an oil slick—

50. Greenberg - March 20, 2012

How apt, since Tasha made me so miserable. I was glad when she left, the show improved with her absence, and I would get a migraine every time she tried to come back – either in alternate universes, or as her half Romulan daughter, or *BARF* in fanfilms. Just when you think you’ve gotten rid of her, bam – she’s back.

51. Jim Nightshade - March 20, 2012

The only part of skin of evil that was good was the emotional ending holodeck goodbye scene-i thought of denise when i read about the proposed holo scene for shat in trek 09–very similar

52. Douglas - March 20, 2012

Denise Crosby was really good in a film titled, “Miracle Mile” as one of the characters in a restaurant discovering the start of an end-of-the-world war. I love her giant early model cell phone she carry’s in a brief case. It’s a good movie.

53. Tom - March 20, 2012

I think if you asked the supporting cast in TOS, they would have similar stories as Denise’s.

Remember the one Nichelle Nichols always tells about quitting, until a very famous fan convinced her otherwise.

54. Robert H. - March 20, 2012

How many of us have been in that position before? Where we are jumping for joy because we got a job, then realize that it’s not what it was cracked up to be.

55. Trek Or Treat - March 20, 2012

Oddly enough, I always thought Yar fared better than a lot of the other characters in the first season. she had this big back story being from the planet of the rape gangs, she had sex with data, she was kidnapped in Code of Honor, she got to go on just about all of the away teams. I thought the fact that she was a female security chief was sort of a big push point for the show in the beginning. Granted her appearances were not necessarily in quality episodes, but how many eps in S1 were high quality? She fared much better than say, Geordi or Troi. She certainly did better than the supporting cast on TOS ever did.

56. Pensive's Wetness - March 20, 2012

could it have been as something as simply ‘They had TOO MANY Bridge Officers, and just wanted to lessen their desired number of cast members as time passed…

57. Horatio - March 20, 2012

Fame is fleeting. Producers, directors and actors have a very short shelf life in Hollywood. They can be hot for a few years and then will fade away and become Trivial Pursuit questions.

This is why I do not understand many in Hollywood. Considering that the number of people actually working in the industry are vastly smaller than the number who wish they were working in the industry you (or at least I) would think that they would be so happy to be on any television or movie set. Who knows how long it will last? They should be so lucky that the show becomes a hit and they can make their millions per episode so that when the time comes for the show to finally end they can then go off and pursue those high end acting jobs they thought they wanted in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Denise Crosby. Her decision to leave TNG seemed more like a ‘what if something better comes along’ decision more than anything else. Or maybe she was worried about becoming typecast. Still, when you get a shot on a high profile weekly television series you grab it by the horns because that may be your ONLY shot.

58. chrisfawkes.com - March 20, 2012

Non of the characters in tng were really fleshed out to what they could have been (picard excepted).

They were ok for television but given that tng was always going to end up on the big screen they should have taken more risk along the way.

Tasha Yar was like Kes to me though in that they were never going to be interesting enough for viewers to tune in on their account. I think each character has to be able to put a certain number of bums on seats.

59. Orb of the Emissary - March 20, 2012

#4 & #41- I agree, I always thought that it might have been nice if it was Sela and not Donatra that appeared in Star Trek Nemesis. Nothing personal against Donatra actress Dina Meyer of course. :-)

60. Thorny - March 20, 2012

36… Come on… Ishara Yar was more interesting in one episode than Tasha was in all her episodes combined.

61. THX-1138 - March 20, 2012

Season one had poorly fleshed out characters, and this is coming from a rabid TNG fan. Yar was pretty 2 dimensional and I think Denise hadn’t really figured out how to play her. She should have stuck around and given the show and her character time to grow. It seemed to work out for Troi and how Marina Sirtis grew as a actress.

Welcome home, AP.

62. Xon - March 20, 2012

I think Tasha had an interesting back story that brought a little humanity to the snow white characters of TNG except Worf who was alien. If they would have wrote more stories that fleshed out her back story she would have been an interestinf character. She was the first full human character not from earth, and from a colony that failed.

63. Daoud - March 20, 2012

The uncut version of 48 Hours also features Denise… in a little bit more “flashy” role than I think she’d want to put forward. Beautiful woman though, and had she been allowed to have the original Ilia-derived role, she would have been very interesting in it.

Sela as a brainwashed, altered like Face of the Enemy, Tasha? Intriguing idea. That could have worked. And absolutely she’d have made sense to show up in Nemesis…. and in the Countdown comic…. and even as a crewperson on Nero’s ship! That would have been a crazy passing of the torch… Sela on Nero’s ship…. why not?

64. Thorny - March 20, 2012

63… Nemesis, sure. But aren’t Nero and the Narada about 50 years before the Enterprise-C and Narendra III? How would Yar or her daugher Sela be there?

65. Thorny - March 20, 2012

Oops, nevermind. I forgot they came from the post-TNG era.

66. Tony Todd's Tears - March 20, 2012

Thank you Denise, without your decision to leave, Worf may never have become the character he did. And we may never have seen.

Tony Todd’s Tears

67. N - March 20, 2012

She was so much better as Sela, but then (imo) the writing on TNG didn’t really pick up until BOBW. There were a smattering of good episodes in season 3 but anything before that was just….ugh.
Personally I think TNG had the second weakest writing next to the abysmal TOS stuff.

How Berman thought Sela wouldn’t fit with the story of Nemesis I’ll never know, she should have been the story.

68. Thorny - March 20, 2012

67… The second season had a few very well-written episodes, such as “Q Who”, “Measure of a Man” and “Matter of Honor”. Those were harbingers of the third season, which aside from a few clunkers, was terrific. BOBW1 just was the end of what in my opinion was the best season of any Trek.

69. Fueled by Armus - March 20, 2012

#44 I realize she was invited back to do Yesterday’s Enterprise and then decided she wanted to come back again and thus helped to create Sela. Sorry I wasn’t clear about that. I still stand by the fact that people who are truly “miserable” don’t readily jump back into the situations that made them “miserable”.

I also think “firing” is too strong a word in a few of your examples. Grace Lee Whitney was gaining weight, boozing it up, and it was effecting her ability to work. I know she claims some bad things happened on set, but to list her in with the rest is a bit absurd. Most people would be fired from a job on a struggling tv show with budget issues if they can’t do the work they’re being paid to do. Gates McFadden was let out of her contract due more to mutual disagreement about her character’s development rather than being flat-out fired.

Also, not sure why you list Wil Wheaton in your diatribe about women not being well-developed in Star Trek…it’s well known he quit because he was full of himself and thought he could do better. Of course, he was a teenager at the time and who makes the best decisions when they’re in their teens?

Everyone who left ST (or thought of leaving) *except* Crosby waited at least a full season before quitting. I still say that anyone watching any tv show with an ensemble cast can tell that it takes awhile to get going on an even keel. It takes while to see how actors interact and to develop characters. Complaining and giving up after with just 3 episodes left in the season, giving many interviews stating about how miserable you were only to return as soon as they asked and then continuing to go out of her way to continue her association with something that made her SO MISERABLE just seems in really poor taste to me and maybe a bit disingenuous.

It just grates on my nerves when the truth is probably more like this: “I was unhappy that first season with my character’s development, but I was happy to appear later on in a few guest appearances and reunite with a cast I liked working with. It has afforded me an opportunity to connect with my fans in a way I might not have otherwise enjoyed.”

70. Goosenecked Fan - March 20, 2012

Season 2 was when TNG started getting good for me. Then decline midway through season 4 onward. Too many Brannon Braga/Rene Echaverria scripts that were just weird and BOR-INNG!! Fortunately, they ended the series on a winner — All Good Things. Otherwise, the episodes I could tell you about from Season 4 onward are few and far between…the series became just dullsville. And that Godawful ghost episode, Sub Rosa, would have made Roddenberry spin in his grave! UGH!!

71. Larry Lugnuts - March 20, 2012

I can’t help but think the low quality and lame chemistry of the first episodes might have encouraged her to go where few Trek actors have gone before.

72. Greystoke47 - March 20, 2012

64: “63… Nemesis, sure. But aren’t Nero and the Narada about 50 years before the Enterprise-C and Narendra III? How would Yar or her daugher Sela be there?”

I don’t think so, Spock came fron 129 years in the future and TNG (if memory serves) began 85 years after the original 5 year mission. So basically, Spock came back from a time that be concurrent with new episodes of TNG if they were doing new episodes. Which is why his advanced age worked.

As for Sela in Nemesis, I agree, that would have been nice.

73. RenderedToast - March 20, 2012

The re-writing of history continues. Denise left Star Trek because she thought she’d have a career if she did so. She didn’t. She got lucky with the Yesterday’s Enterprise cameo. Then, during yet another long period without work, she came up with this Sela concept as a method to get back on the show. The reality is that she made a huge mistake but has too much misplaced pride in herself to admit it even this long afterwards. Sad.

74. Thorny - March 20, 2012

70. Yep… after the recovery from the 1988 Writer’s Strike which delayed Season 2 and forced the use of rehashed abandoned Star Trek: Phase II scripts), TNG went uphill in quality for a good two years, and then started to run out of steam late in Season 4. It still had some excellent episodes thereafter, but mid-Season 2 to mid-Season 4 was the zenith of Trek on TV.

72. Yes, I completely forgot that Nero & Co were from the TNG era.

75. Red Dead Ryan - March 20, 2012

Seasons three and four of “The Next Generation” were top-notch, season five was okay, season six was pretty good, and season seven was a bit up and down, though still with many good-great episodes. Seasons one and two were subpar, but even then there were some good episodes.

I think though, that the most consistent shows were both “Deep Space Nine” and “The Original Series”. But season one of DS9 and season three of TOS were awful, with only a handful of good episodes.

“Voyager” seasons four and five were good, but every other season was up and down, and season seven wasn’t very good.

The first two seasons of “Enterprise” were merely okay, season three was really good, and season four was great, minus the finale of course.

76. MC1 Doug - March 20, 2012

Denise is not the first actor to ask to be written out of “Star Trek.”

Nichelle Nichols had asked to be written out until she met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who talked her out of it.

And Leonard Nimoy refused to sign up for the ill-fated “Star Trek Phase II” TV series. He was having a legal dispute with Paramount prior to signing on to the production of “Star Trek The Motion Picture.” It took Robert Wise and Jeffrey Katzenberg to convince Nimoy to sign up for the movie.

Difference is, Crosby followed through with her request.

77. Goosenecked Fan - March 21, 2012

#74 — “Yep… after the recovery from the 1988 Writer’s Strike which delayed Season 2 and forced the use of rehashed abandoned Star Trek: Phase II scripts), TNG went uphill in quality for a good two years, and then started to run out of steam late in Season 4. It still had some excellent episodes thereafter, but mid-Season 2 to mid-Season 4 was the zenith of Trek on TV.”

I really really agree — I view it based on the number of really great episodes per season. For me, it just started fall off late Season 4. We started getting episodes like Masks and Sub Rosa…and ETHICS…ugh. Oh and that time-filler Groundhog Day episode they did…another yawner. Night Terrors…yawn. Just too many yawners after Season 4…

78. zirk dilgbor - March 21, 2012

Is there something wrong with my browser or are there really no comments on this thread?

79. Sebastian S. - March 21, 2012

Denise Crosby was delightful to me when I met her at Comic Con about 6 years ago. And considering the quality of TNG’s early seasons? I can understand her being miserable in that first season of the show….

80. Patty Wright - March 21, 2012

Denise later played Tasha Yar’s grandmother in the “Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II” episode “Blood and Fire”

81. Better dead than macha - March 22, 2012

Lets just be grateful the character didnt turn out to be “Macha Hernandez”, while it would have been cool to have a latino trek star in 1987, I know of no one named “Macha”

82. Sebastian S. - March 22, 2012

81.

That was the late Gene Roddenberry’s silly attempt at cashing in on the then-popular ALIENS movie, which featured the butch Hispanic marine character Lt. Vasquez (played by ST: GEN’s Jeanette Goldstein; whom I’d met at a con in Pasaden. A very sweet lady who is NOTHING like Lt. Vasquez).

Yes, “Macha” as a name is simply awful. I can’t imagine Patrick Stewart saying, “Make it so, Macha…”

83. loghaD - March 22, 2012

I never thought Yar’s role was all that terrible, though perhaps that’s because I was comparing it with Crusher’s. Watching the way she seemed to get neglected at every turn was just painful.

Anyhow, while I’d’ve loved for Yar to stay on the show, I must say I think her death scene was the second best in all of Trek. I hate long, misty-eyed, cinematic deaths where the character mutters a bunch of inspiring words with their last breath.
I’m much more touched by deaths that are sudden and meaningless; I feel they do a much better job of capturing the real-life tragedy of death.

84. Scotty - March 22, 2012

Tasha Yar is NOT CANNON!!!!!!!

85. da laffin tlhIngan - March 22, 2012

I liked Tasha, but Denise played her a little stiffly because all she saw was the “butch little tank”, in her words. She got very few chances to flesh out her character the first time around, and she acted Sela almost the same way– just a LOT more pissy.

If she had been around longer, maybe Tasha would have been Trek’s first admittedly bisexual character. We won’t know now, of course.

86. dub - March 22, 2012

I think Tasha and Worf would have made a great couple.

87. Tino Trivino - March 22, 2012

This ” Bi(peeeep)h” is just a bad person, she always laughed about the trek fans, she also made one doku (Trekkies) where she was mocking about those poor nerds…
Thats why on the second part of Trekkies she was a bit more polite…

I think she is a real miserable performer, and a real bad person.
I was sooo glad when she left, because she is just fake!

88. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - March 23, 2012

#84 – Correct. Tasha Yar was not a big gun. She just fired off the “big guns”.

However, the character of Tasha Yar is definitely part of Star Trek CANON, as is the other character Denise Crosby played later, Sela.

I have to say that I was glad when Tasha Yar left. I also found the Sela character a bit of a pain as well a lot of the time. For some reason, Denise Crosby, no matter what character she plays, just irritates me. Yes, I have also seen rumours that Denise Crosby could be quite abrasive and sarcastic about Star Trek fans. Not the best way to behave…

I hope the new cast of actors behave better. It is just bad form to behave arrogantly towards those who helped make your employment possible.

89. Kwadratic - June 9, 2012

Call a spade a spade, she is a golden child, however ‘connected’ her family might be she is a poor actress and no bonus to Star Trek . Never became great anywhere else because she can’t act to any great standard!
M. Dorn was great as security officer, one of the best things that happened in TNG was ditching Yar for Worf. It’s a shame they did not let Wesley Crusher be killed off as well.

90. Jack Doodle - June 18, 2012

When Tasha Yar got axed, I was like whew, good riddance. Her character was ridiculous and so was her acting. I also always wished La Forge would be axed too… he did not belong there and made things unnatural and I didn’t care for his acting. Wesley Crusher should have been axed too. This is the problem with all Star Trek series… they are full of bad actors, only the original series gets a full pass in my book.

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