On Friday, CBS lit up the world of Star Trek by finally officially confirming Captain Pike’s Enterprise was returning for the series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We already know some of the major characters for the show, and now fans are starting to wonder who else will be filling out the crew.
Could Combs be the new Boyce?
The official announcement for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds confirmed that Anson Mount (Captain Pike), Ethan Peck (Spock), and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) will be reprising their roles from the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. The show is set onboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike, in the years preceding Star Trek: The Original Series. The characters of Pike, Spock and Number One were all established to be on this earlier Enterprise in the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage.”
One of the other important characters from “The Cage” who didn’t appear in Discovery’s second season was Dr. Phillip Boyce, played by actor John Hoyt. Not only was Boyce the Enterprise’s Chief Medical Officer, but “The Cage” established he had a close bond with Captain Pike and acted as both confidant and personal bartender. Strange New Worlds will be set a few years after “The Cage,” so there very well could be changes in the Enterprise crew, but the ship still must have a doctor, so Boyce being a key character on the show is entirely plausible.
If Boyce is part of Strange New Worlds, either as a series regular or a recurring character, the question is: Who would play him? There are of course many capable actors who could fit the bill, but some fans have already highlighted one: Jeffrey Combs. The 65-year-old veteran actor is well known to Trek fans playing multiple roles in three Trek series, including the recurring roles of the Ferengi Brunt and the Vorta Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the Andorian Shran in Star Trek: Enterprise.
The Combs-as-Boyce concept gained traction on social media with a Saturday tweet from fan @AndorianSoup simply noting the similarities between Hoyt and Combs.
WAAAAAAAIT A MINUTE 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CpKybYzMD8
— Andorian Soup 🖖 (@AndorianSoup) May 16, 2020
In just a day that tweet has over a thousand likes and has even a thread on Reddit, which has trended to the top of the main Star Trek subreddit. Today all this activity caught the attention of Jeffrey Combs himself. While flattered, Combs poured some cold water on the notion, saying, “the chasm between what fans want and what the studios want make the chances of it happening slim to none.”
Thank you. Nice thought, but the chasm between what fans want and what the studios want make the chances of it happening slim to none…. and Slim left town.
— jeffrey combs (@jeffreycombs) May 17, 2020
Of course, this doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it seems clear that Combs has not been approached. It isn’t even known if Boyce is a character on the show and if so, whether casting for the role has begun. Obviously, Strange New Worlds doesn’t have a premiere date yet; co-creator Akiva Goldsman told Variety that he has no idea when the show will start shooting, with all production currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sharma wants back in
The Boyce casting isn’t the only bit of fan speculation going on. Actress Rekha Sharma who played (now dead) Commander Landry in the first season of Discovery responded to a fan suggestion that she could show up as Landry’s sister. The actress seemed keen, joking that she’s already working on it during quarantine.
Perfect! 😍 I'll get the twin I've been growing in quarantine to play her!
( It's basically like sourdough ) https://t.co/zRh002FhOv
— Rekha Sharma (@TheRekhaSharma) May 17, 2020
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