Michael Dorn wants to put Worf in the center seat, and he’s asking fans for their help.
Worf in command?
So there’s this episode of DS9 called “Change of Heart” where Worf and Jadzia are on a secret mission together. Yadda yadda yadda Worf disobeys his orders to put Jadzia’s life ahead of the mission. When he gets back, Captain Sisko tells him :
As your captain, it is my duty to inform you that you made the wrong choice. I don’t think Starfleet will file any formal charges — even a secret court-martial would run the risk of revealing too much about their intelligence operations. But this will go in to your service record… and to be completely honest, you probably won’t be offered a command on your own after this.
But actor Michael Dorn is looking to prove the Emissary wrong.
Dorn is once again actively courting CBS to get a “Captain Worf” show made. Operating under the hashtag #WeWantWorf, the grassroots campaign has been running for more than a month after Dorn made a push a few years ago. He’s hoping they’ll have their own change of heart.
Dorn has aged extremely well – he looks and sounds like if he put the fangs and skull ridges back on he could be slicing up holodeck monsters with the best of them. Also Brian Bonsall is old enough now he could legitimately play an adult Alexander.
We’ll see if this is more successful than the recent #BringInRiker campaign, the grassroots effort to get Jonathan Frakes to direct Star Trek 3. One hallmark of #WeWantWorf is sending baskets of mini-muffins to CBS executives to get our favorite Klingon back on the air. They have forgotten the Klingon proverb that if you really care, send gagh.
Worf has appeared on more episodes of Star Trek than any other character: he was in 176 episodes of TNG plus 74 episodes of DS9 – and Dorn even played his own vavnI’ in The Undiscovered Country. NOW whether that means the character is super popular and deserves even more love or that the market is oversaturated with Worf remains to be seen. (I am still strongly in favor of a time-travelling procedural with hologram Moriarty, Barclay, and sexy Hoshi Sato.)
Because he had so much screen time, Worf is easily the most dynamic character in all of Trek history. Sure, he started off as a glorified extra who acted like he was, basically, a werewolf that Wil Wheaton described as “one dimensional and so incredibly stupid.” But he went on to have more storylines than anyone else: discommendation, recommendation, fatherhood, spiritual awakening, sheriff of holographic city of Deadwood, strategic operations officer, marriage, widower, not a Merry Man, etc, etc.
Thank goodness Dorn didn’t throw in the towel after season 1. What kind of numbskull would throw away a recurring role with a major franchise after just one season?