Earlier in the week, we interviewed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Casey Biggs (Damar) as well as Jeffrey Combs, who has had multiple one-off and recurring roles in Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. After talking to them about the joint appearance coming up Sunday for Creation Entertainment’s Virtual Fan Experience, TrekMovie had a brief sidebar with Jeff Combs to talk about Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Combs clarifies: he is interested
A couple of weeks ago after a very popular tweet suggested that Jeffrey Combs step into the role of Dr. Boyce for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds—the newly announced series set on Captain’s Pike’s Enterprise—we reported on Jeffrey Combs’ initial response on Twitter. At the time, Combs said it was a nice thought but expressed skepticism it could actually happen due to “the chasm between what fans want and what the studios want make the chances of it happening slim to none.”
All the clamor has taken Combs by surprise. He told TrekMovie, “I remember reading that article. I was like, ‘Oh my god, it has become an article. Okay, wow.'” It isn’t even known if Strange New Worlds will be bringing back the character, but if CBS is looking for someone to play Dr. Boyce, Combs made it clear to TrekMovie that he’d be interested:
Some people were saying, “Jeff says he doesn’t want to do it!” And that wasn’t my point at all. My point was there has always been a disconnect and fans and the networks and studios. It goes all the way back and not just with Star Trek. There is often this disconnect and that is what my tweet was about. What you want and what they want is most of the time not in harmony…I took it as a compliment that people wanted me to be a part of it. It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t relish it or jump in and embrace it, but I have to be a bit of a realist here and it is not likely.
While Combs is correct that studios and creatives develop projects looking at a number of factors, it cannot be denied that CBS ordering Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as a series grew out of positive fan feedback. When the show was announced, co-creator and head of Star Trek for CBS Television Alex Kurtzman said: “When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it.” So, when it comes to casting the new show, it’s possible Kurtzman and his team are still listening.
Combs, who is a regular at Star Trek conventions and appeared in last year’s DS9 documentary What We Left Behind, also wanted to make it clear he is honored by fans calling for him to return to Trek for the new show:
I deeply appreciate the enthusiasm of the fans. I love them so much. …I would love it. I was completely surprised the fans jumped all over that and I guess my tweet was an attempt to go: Thank you, I appreciate that, but let’s be realistic. I have to be realistic. No one wants their hopes to be dashed on the rocks of disappointment.
Combs tells TrekMovie that while he would love the opportunity, he hasn’t taken any proactive action. Unlike some celebrities – like Rosario Dawson – he isn’t out campaigning for another Star Trek gig. “They will call you, you don’t call them,” says the actor, continuing, “It is a complicated decision-making process on their part that is incomprehensible how they come to decisions.” The Southern California-based Combs did say that if there were an opportunity, working in Canada for an extended period wouldn’t be an issue, “That doesn’t bother me, I have done it before.”
Here is the tweet that started it all.
WAAAAAAAIT A MINUTE 🤔 pic.twitter.com/CpKybYzMD8
— Andorian Parsnip Soup 🎄 (@AndorianSoup) May 16, 2020
Combs and Briggs virtual event on Sunday
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Casey Biggs (Damar) will join actor Jeffrey Combs (DS9: Weyoun and Brunt, ENT: Shran, and more Trek roles) in this weekend’s Creation Entertainment Virtual Fan Experience, doing a live panel and Q&A. The panel is on Sunday, June 7 at 1 pm ET. The live event uses StageIt, with tickets priced as “pay what you can.” They will both also be doing a limited virtual meet and greet on June 10 with 10 slots being auctioned off. You can bid at auctions.creation.com.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds news at TrekMovie.com.