In a couple new interviews Star Trek: Voyager star Robert Picardo talks on his time with Trek, his future projects and his thoughts on the new Star Trek feature. Picardo tells Seb’s Raw Takes that he initially did not have high expectations for his role as the Emergency Medical Hologram on Voyager, saying "when you accept a role that is described as ‘colorless, humorless, a computer program of a doctor’ you don’t necessarily have great expectations for how the character will develop.” The Doctor eventually became one of the break-out characters on the series and Picardo notes his thanks for how the show’s writers gave him "wonderful things to do” as his character grew and became more popular. The actor also endorsed Gene Roddenberry’s more optimistic view of the future, noting “we need more than ever to focus on the kind of hope and positive vision that Star Trek represents.”
Regarding the new Star Trek feature film Picardo seems very positive, saying “I think [Abrams is] a great talent and a really good choice to reboot the franchise. [Having] Kirk and Spock as younger men just completing their Starfleet training … is a very good notion to do with the franchise.” He went on to add that, although the characters will be recast, “if it revitalizes the franchise all of the Star Trek family will benefit from it.”
Picardo reveals to Slice of SciFi that he has recently finished shooting for the live action film Ben 10: Race Against Time which will be on the Cartoon Network and will also appear in the new season of Stargate Atlantis as his recurring character Woolsey (pictured above). Picardo tells Seb’s Raw Takes that shooting on Stargate is “more relaxed” and “mellower” than his work on Trek.
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