This week Star Trek Voyager’s Jeri Ryan returned to series television as part of the cast of ABC’s medical examiner show Body of Proof, which started off with strong ratings. While promoting the show, the Seven of Nine actress also talked a bit of Star Trek, including Voyager’s controversial pairing of Seven and Chakotay. Excerpts below.
Ryan: Chakotay/Seven relationship "came out of the blue"
The official Star Trek site talked to Jeri Ryan about her new show and other projects but they did also have an interesting diversion into the finale of Voyager:
The big question everyone seems to have about the Voyager finale, “Endgame,” is this: Did you buy relationship between Seven and Chakotay (Robert Beltran)?
Ryan: It’s not that I didn’t buy it… My problem with that relationship was that it came out of the blue. They had started the set-up of the relationship a few episodes earlier, in the episode (“Human Error”) where Seven was experimenting with her humanity on the holodeck. And so she sort of fell in love with Chakotay there. They said something like her could never have these sorts of relationships because she would die, or whatever. The next episode that we shot after that (“Natural Law”), Seven and Chakotay were stranded on some planet together. We specifically asked the producers – Robert and I – “Now, are we going to play this? Is this going to go somewhere? Because, obviously, we’d need to carry something over from…” And they said, “No, no, no, no! Absolutely not. Don’t play any of that. Nothing’s going to happen.”
So, after that one episode we never played any sort of attraction or anything between the two characters. And then, out of the blue, all of a sudden, they’re dating (in “Endgame”). That was a little annoying, especially when you’ve specifically asked about it and they said, “No, absolutely not.” Then, suddenly they’re in love. That was a little… It’s one of the frustrations of network television. And it’s how you learn, also. You have to try to be the babysitter and the protector of your character.
Ryan questions wisdom of pairing up Seven and Chokotay on Voyager
For more with Ryan Ryan on more her worries of Voyager typecasting, her famous catsuit and more including Body of Proof and her upcoming work on Mortal Kombat, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Leverage, Warehouse 13…read full interview: Part 1, Part 2
Ryan’s Body of Proof starts strong
Tuesday saw the series premiere of Body of Proof, the medical examiner show headlined by Dana Delany, with Jeri Ryan playing Delany’s boss. The first episode of the ABC drama was #1 in it’s timeslot with 13.9 million viewers, which the New York times called "promising" and The Hollywood Reporter calls "a decisive win."
Here is the latest promo from ABC (USA only).