Jeffrey Combs Tells TrekMovie He’d “Embrace” ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Role, If Offered

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.

So far the only actors confirmed for Strange New Worlds are Ethan Peck as Spock, Anson Mount as Pike and Rebecca Romijn as Number One (photo from Star Trek: Discovery season two)

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.

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.


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This is the show that was CREATED by listening to the fans. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE FANS NOW!!! WE WANT COMBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If they cast the character, great, but I’d not assume for a minute that a Z list character is vital to the success of the new show.

Yeah I agree Boyce wouldn’t be vital to the success of the show. However, one of the standout scenes from The Cage is the scene between Pike and Boyce at the beginning. There’s a strong friendship there that I think would be worth exploring in Strange New Worlds, and doesn’t require any additional setup.

By itself, that’s fine. The part doesn’t have to be played by a middle aged white guy, though.

Woke much Phil ?

ruh-roh

Better him than a potentially undeserving recipient of affirmative action.

Potentially underserving? What the fuck? Why don’t you check your fucking privilege?

The doctor doesn’t have to be a white guy, unless you’re using an established character that was a white guy… well, unless you’re Jar Jar Abrams and his AngloKhan. White Privilege is a social construct created to justify the on-whole failure of the Great Society programs. Minorities were duped by the government into thinking the government gives a crap about anything except their vote.

Cry me a river, Temarc. The only privilege I have is being free from PC nonsense and Cancel Culture. Good job going immediately to the left wing tactic of foul language to compensate for your inability to generate your own thoughts, opinions, or retorts. I’ll wait here while you consult Media Matters or MoveOn.org on what to say next.

And… now the racist lowlifes show up. Why racists even like Star Trek is beyond me. It stands against everything you stand for. It looks down on you.

Hiring someone purely because of their skin color is quite racist, and yet you support that.

Hey, numb nuts, you’re going to the mat for a very bit part character that’s almost completely irrelevant to all things Trek. Absolutely nobody cares, except maybe those fine people marching in Charlottesville. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, in the sci-fi universe, what this character is is irrelevant if they chose to cast him. Go look for a fight somewhere else.

How is he “Z list”? Boyce is one of the main characters of “The Cage” and has some of the best scenes.

Lets see, he has a few minutes of screen time, has a few lines, and pours the captain a drink. Based on this command performance, the network ordered up a full season of Star Trek….oh, wait.

You think you made a counter-argument. And yet… you didn’t.

Sure I have. It’s not relevant what particular skin color this character is, if they even choose to cast him. If you’re going to content that the entirety of the success of this show hinges on a Z list character being cast as a middle aged white male, then support your argument. Please, explain how the character not being a middle aged white male just completely takes out of it. You can’t.

Who is this “we,” and how did the hive mind decide that OMG OMG OMG it must be Combs?

Excelling in one, or even two, roles does not mean that Combs is automatically right to play Boyce, even assuming that Boyce is still CMO by the time of Discovery. I agree that Combs played Weyoun and — especially — Shran excellently. But I do not quite see him as a perfect fit for Boyce. Someone like John Slattery might be better.

Another casting idea: Tony Sirico?

dude…. this show isnt even out yet!
It still can disappoint you.

“This is the show that was CREATED by listening to the fans. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE FANS NOW!!! WE WANT COMBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

You have no idea what “FANS” want since you are one person. There is no huge consensus among fans about this, so stop being melodramatic and presumptive. Speak for yourself only, because that’s the only person whose opinion you represent.

oy… no please no. (i dont mean no jeffrey combs who i love as do most horror or trek peeps) no as in let creatives do their thing. let fans do their thing. if fans had to pick who was going to play pike or spock in discovery season 3 you think they would have picked mount and peck? there’s nothing wrong with tossing them ideas… but fans have to stop thinking they are the torch bearers. there’s definitely a symbiotic relationship with trek and fans… but i’m pro let them do it with a little fan inspiration and cross your fingers.

I think Jeffery Combs can bring some good characters to the Star Trek movies, yes he perfect.

I’d love to see Combs involved again with Star Trek. However, in the pictures above I’d actually say that Biggs looks a better fit for Boyce!

Agreed. Plus, I feel like Combs role on DS9 was too distinctive and too iconic to allow him to slip into a new role on Star Trek. All I would be able to see is Weyoun. In a way he’s a victim of his own success. It’s kind of like how you couldn’t recast William Shatner as a different character on Star Trek.

Okay maybe that’s a little bit different because Kirk! But I’m sure you see my point.

Nah, he is at least as poplar as Shran.

He played Shran on ENT after Weyoun on DS9.

I disagree. Jeff can make one character completely different from another. The only thing that gives it away is his voice. He is perfect.

You DO realize Weyoun wasn’t his last popular (or even his most popular) Star Trek role… don’t you?

I do get your point Christoph although in the case of Comb’s all the character’s he’s played on Trek have been alien’s so I don’t think it would be a problem. I mean the guy has played 3 distinct recurring roles in Star Trek and these have all become pretty iconic characters. Two of those characters have even shared the screen in the same episode so I’d be more than happy if he’s given the opportunity to build another iconic character. I think he could even do a good Boyce, I just thought it was ironic that one of the pictures in the article has him alongside another popular Trek guest star who in my opinion actually looks a bit more like he actor that originated the role.

It could happen! It was all the outpouring of enthusiasm and push from fans that got them a Pike show in the first place so if there is just as big of a push to get Combs on the show I can see it as at least possible.

I don’t personally care if a Boyce shows up or not but I would LOVE Combs on the show up like so many others, so I hope it happens. And even if a lot of fans still hate Alex Kurtzman, they do have to admit he does listen to them…and maybe he’ll listen again. ;)

I would love it if they just brought Shran back.

Shran could come back… Andorians don’t live as long as Vulcans probably.

Well if he did come back it would suggest Andorians have long life spans as Vulcans. He’ll definitely be over a hundred years old!

But while I prefer to see Combs back as Shran then again I doubt it would mount to anything than a cameo appearance or in a few episodes, so it’s probably better to see him as Boyce. He’s guaranteed to be around a bit more.

But this is Combs we are talking about!! Just have him play both roles! Problem solved lol!

Who says it has to be Shran? Could be his offspring, or a Cousin. Just look at Brent Spiner who played at least 3 generations of Soong characters (Arik, Noonien, Altan Inigo), and they happen to look very much alike.

The benefit for Combs, is that he could play a different Andorian, with very different makeup, without it having to be Shran. Doesn’t even have to be related.

At this point Brent Spiner playing different Soong characters is just becoming ridiculous. It’s some kind of inside joke but nothing you can take seriously anymore.
I don’t know if this is a good example to follow with other characters.
As you say, the advantage with Combs is that his previous roles featured relatively extensive alien make up so it’s easier to cover up if he returns as a different character.

Well…I don’t know. I think if he’s gonna play an Andorian, he should be related to Shran.

Yes. Would be great to have him back with Pike.

It won’t happen. Look at the situation from a diversity standpoint. The supporting cast is going to have to be more diverse than it was in the 1960s. If this series is set after The Cage, then Dr. Boyce just retired and there is a new CMO. I like Combs a lot, but I would imagine with the three leads all being white that racial category is full.

He could get the role but diversity is important especially in the current political climate.

Stop with the racial obsession. Diversity is paramount but so is inclusion and welcoming unique people.

They could introduce new racial characters on the show but leave the existing ones from TOS alone.

“Stop with the racial obsession. Diversity is paramount but so is inclusion and welcoming unique people.”

Agreed! Also there are many kinds of diversity beyond the skin-deep one, and frankly the new shows are lacking in all of those categories.

When one does not see a person, an individual first and foremost, but a skin color, we already have a word for that. It’s called racism, and contrary to what our one-sided MSM want us to believe both the far left and the far right are guilty of it! When the only hammer one possesses is “institutional racism”, then everything looks like a nail to hammer it with.

There’s nothing more exemplary for that than the source of the current mass hysteria, who thanks to the courageous publishing of the court documents by the Daily Mail, has been exposed as a most vicious, violent serial criminal who spent a good part of his life in jail, beyond a doubt, but solely due to the virtue of his skin color (and the most lamentable way of his expiring) has been glorified to some kind of larger-than-life hero or saint by a media relentlessly seeking to incite a race war. But of course they have their own set of facts and reality will be adjusted to match the foregone conclusion…

That is to say, let’s look at the actors based on merit and their ability to match the role to the best of their ability, and not ticking boxes on a color chart!

“He could get the role but diversity is important especially in the current political climate.

Stop with the racial obsession. Diversity is paramount but so is inclusion and welcoming unique people.”

You are incomprehensible. How did you (allegedly) graduate from high school without the ability to be clearer than this?

Wow judgy much?

Paramount, was that pun intended? 😂

“Diversity is important but so is inclusion”

Those two words mean the same thing, friend.

There’s Mark Piper from WNMHGB too, after Boyce and pre-McCoy.

The Short Trek “Ask Not” cast Amrit Kaur as an ensign of prominence for their engineering section

Eric, the majority of EVERY Star Trek show including DIS and PIC have been white people. Seriously look it up. Picard is a perfect example. There were ELEVEN main and supporting characters on that show and guess what 8 out of 11, yes 8 out of 11 of them WERE IN FACT WHITE. If you are talking about just the main players (everyone travelling on the La Sirena) only 2 of the 6 them were people of color. Yes, shocking right?

In fact lets go deeper and point out EVERY returning character from TNG and VOY were ALSO all white: Seven, Hugh, Icheb, Riker, Maddox, Troi and obviously Picard. The irony of Picard is it’s probably the whitest show out of all of them and it was made in 2019.

Discovery main cast is a little more mixed for sure but GUESS WHAT, the majority still happens to be white, especially in season two when you add Spock, Pike, Leland, Number One and Tig as new recurring characters.

I wish people stopped with this silliness. If there is a ‘diversity quota’ on these shows they are still pretty low for the most part. SNW could still have tons of white people on it like they all have literally right now.

2 of 6? You CAN’T COUNT!
Isa Briones.. Filipino
Evan Evagora.. Maori
Santiago Cabrera.. Hispanic from Chile
Michelle Hurd.. not white

Ok, I didn’t realize Briones was Filipino. I thought Evagora was Greek. And I was including Cabrerra and Hurd. But OK, I stand corrected but even THEN most of the cast is still mostly white regardless! Right?

This idea white people are the minorities on these shows is ridiculous. I mean look at the list, a few Asians, one black actor (who is mixed btw) and a Hispanic but the rest still white. It’s so eye rolling to suggest white actors are getting the short end of the stick in these productions.

Evagora is an Australian of New Zealander Maori and Greek heritage, while Briones is British born with most of her life in the USA and is of Filipino, Swedish and Irish heritage.
I think Americans have difficulty in interpreting people of very mixed heritage. You tend to have this ‘one drop’ attitude.

I get all of that of course. I mean most Americans are all mixed with multiple nationalities and races. That’s actually the irony with a lot of racist people, they seem to think they are ‘pure blood’ when in reality they are mixed with black, Asian, whatever. But yes I agree most people in America identify with one ethnicity and usually stick to it. My own girlfriend has German, Kenyan and Spanish roots, but she mostly identify as black because that’s what her immediate family identifies themselves as and looks.

He is a dummy. He probably thinks Alexander Siddig is white as well :D

Where is the LOL button? Give me a FN break. DS9 had many colors. Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Alexander Siddig, Cirroc Lofton, Penny Johnson Jerald…that was just the main characters. Quit bringing your hate to ST. We don’t want it.

You completely miss my point. I’m well aware every Star Trek show has diverse characters. But regardless the MAJORITY of the characters are still white or played by white actors. Yes or no?

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I don’t really care. I’m saying its eye rolling for others to suggest (usually these people who thinks having ANY leads of color as being ‘SJW’ and is apparently one too many people of color like in people moaning over Discovery) and that somehow there isn’t ENOUGH which actors or something. That’s just isn’t reality.

I’m not the one who spends my time here counting how many black or Asian actors are on it. I have NO issues with the casting of any of these shows, I just get tired of people who seem to think if there is not ten white actors in a cast then clearly the rest are ‘diversity hires’ when A. Star Trek represents a GLOBAL society and B. White people are NOT the majority race in this society…but they still make up the majority of these shows anyway so what is the problem? It’s like the people who moan when TWO gay and lesbian characters are in Discovery. OMG, TWO?????? How long will the other 20 or so straight characters be able to stay on the show?

DS9 had plenty of main and supporting characters of color but the overwhelming actors were STILL WHITE. DS9 had around 30 main and supporting actors which is nuts lol (I couldn’t help it, sorry ;)). And yes, around ten of those actors were people of color which is great. But the other 20 or so were not. So no one has to worry about white actors not being cast in these shows. There are still very very many of them. That’s my only point!

Both Voyager/DS9 are probably the MOST diverse in their casting actually but both shows still had more white actors regardless.

You completely miss my point. I’m well aware every Star Trek show has diverse characters. But regardless the MAJORITY of the characters are still white or played by white actors. Yes or no? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I don’t really care. I’m saying its eye rolling for others to suggest (usually these people who thinks having ANY leads of color as being ‘SJW’ and is apparently one too many people of color like in people moaning over Discovery) and that somehow there isn’t ENOUGH white actors or something. That’s just isn’t reality.

I’m not the one who spends my time here counting how many black or Asian actors are on it. I have NO issues with the casting of any of these shows, I just get tired of people who seem to think if there is not ten white actors in a cast then clearly the rest are ‘diversity hires’ when A. Star Trek represents a GLOBAL society and B. White people are NOT the majority race in this society…but they still make up the majority of these shows anyway so what is the problem?

It’s like the people who moan when TWO gay and lesbian characters are in Discovery. OMG, TWO?????? How long will the other 20 or so straight characters be able to stay on the show?

DS9 had plenty of main and supporting characters of color but the overwhelming actors were STILL WHITE. DS9 had around 30 main and supporting actors which is nuts lol (I couldn’t help it, sorry ;)). And yes, around ten of those actors were people of color which is great. But the other 20 or so were not. So no one has to worry about white actors not being cast in these shows. There are still very very many of them. That’s my only point!

Both Voyager/DS9 are probably the MOST diverse in their casting actually but both shows still had more white actors regardless.

And finally, you do realize my OP here is SUPPORTING Combs for the role and generally excited for SNW, right? How am I ‘hating’ Star Trek? Get a grip.

You completely miss my point. I’m well aware every Star Trek show has diverse characters. But regardless the MAJORITY of the characters are still white or played by white actors.

Setting aside whether this is true, it would be completely inappropriate for all four of the top-billed cast to be white, and three of the four to be white males. That is not a cast that looks like America, much less Planet Earth.

I do not even see how Boyce needs to appear. The character was clearly nearly retirement. It might be even more interesting to see how Pike deals with the retirement of his confidant.

I would like to see some characters from countries that we have not previously seen on Star Trek, like Turkey, India, or Kazakhstan.

Personally I think they should bring Boyce onboard. I completely agree that from a timeline point of view it’s not necessary. Of course enough time has passed from The Cage for him to have moved on and the argument that it’s unrealistic for the key personnel in all the Starfleet crew’s that are depicted onscreen to remain constant is compelling. I’m also in complete agreement that the cast should be diverse, I just think it would be a good way of appealing to long term fans to have him as part of the crew and involving the character in no way compromises their ability to cast a diverse crew. I don’t think we’ve even seen the CMO in Discovery yet have we? Likewise the Chief Engineer and before Geordi was promoted to that position in TNG there was a revolving door of characters taking that role when the story needed to see somebody in that position. The bottom line is that Boyce doesn’t need to be a series regular, heck he doesn’t even need to be there for the long haul. He could easily retire, be transferred or killed off but it would give long term fans the opportunity to see that character explored and if he’s not going to be there for the duration it would make his departure more meaningful.

I agree with all of this and the irony of this entire discussion. A. We have no idea if they will even make a Boyce but B. if they do it doesn’t mean he would even be a main member of the cast. Maybe he will or maybe he will just pop in a few episodes like the way they did Tig and Linus.

I just think basing everything from a one off fifty year old pilot is unrealistic. Pike and Number One were really the only characters people talk about because they were the top officers in that episode and Pike just became more canonized as the franchise went on. But outside of those two and obviously Spock the rest is really not important at all. If they have them fine, if not, no one is going to really care. Now if they showed Boyce in Discovery and we got to know him like the others, then it probably would be different. But they didn’t and the fact they didn’t probably tells you they didn’t think the character was necessary at all.

And as you said its been a few years since the Cage anyway, so they can change whatever characters they want. They can even add more TOS characters which most fans would be much more excited about anyway, certainly me. I would be way more into seeing a young McCoy show up personally. And since nothing in canon stops them from being on the ship pre-TOS except Kirk and Chekhov.

Exactly Tiger2. It will be the quality of the stories that make or break this show, whatever they do or don’t do with Boyce is just fan service at the end of the day. As you know I’ve been one of those fans asking for a Pike show from the moment they were introduced so the fact that we’re getting that and it will feature a Pike, Spock and Number One being played by actors I’ve been more than happy with on a beautifully reimagining of the classic bridge is more than enough for me. My preference would be to include Boyce in some way but if they don’t then I can tell you that it’s in no way going to diminish my excitement for this show. When you boil it all down the essence of this new series is basically fan service and we know that it’s going be more episodic than Discovery or Picard. So regardless of whether Boyce is part of the crew I’d be surprised if he didn’t at least pop up as a guest star in an episode or two. I think it’s a given that we’ll see some of the classic crew like Uhura, Bones and Scotty but I hope we’ll see some of the less mainstream characters as well like Gary Mitchell and Captain Robert April. We know very little about the latter and given that they cherry pick the elements of TAS they could cast any race in the role.

Regarding the other aspects of the discussion, it seems as though you’re getting attacked from all sides. That’s a little unfair because I think there’s an element of people using strawman tactics against you rather looking at the context of your entire post.

Regarding Combs, I personally would love to see him in SNW but as an alien CMO, assigned to the Enterprise as part of the inter-species medical program with Boyce transferring to Starfleet Medical. As for the other part of this thread, have to agree with Corinthian7 and the essence of what Tiger2 is saying. To take it a step further, IMO so called “white” males only make up about 15-20 percent of the world’s population (and that is generous considering there are 3 billion Asians in China and India alone), so if the show really wants to be representative of planet Earth, only about 1-2 out of 10 cast members should be white males. I think it is pretty safe to say that Mount will be joined by more than 1 other white male cast member for SNW (Ethan Peck aside), in other words no need to complain. Full disclosure – I am from Toronto where whites with a European background are just another minority in the city along with everyone else, so diversity is what I am used to. Apparently this happened in the early 2000s, something that was predicted when Pierre Trudeau (Justin’s father) started to preach official multi-culturalism for Canada in the 1970s instead of the so-called “melting pot”.

Obviously I agree with your post Corinthian7. Most fans are just happy to have a Pike show at the end of the day because they want to be back on the original Enterprise and they want to see the relationship between Pike, Spock and Number One the most since they are the most famous. And I’m also guessing they will treat those characters the same way as TOS and later Enterprise did as the main trio dynamic and the others more supporting anyway. I’m not suggesting it will be like TOS where the others were more background but the focus will probably be on those three and the others will be important but not as emphasized.

So as said Boyce could have a major role or none at all because I don’t think it really matters. It was one character in a handful of scenes in one pilot and we have never heard one single thing about about that character (at least canon wise) since. The two times we got Pike in the Kelvin universe and now Discovery Boyce has never so much has been referenced in a throw away line. But yes no matter what I’m sure he will pop up on this show just for continuity sake if nothing else.

As far as the other part of the discussion, its fine obviously. I’m a big boy and I have no issue with people disagreeing or correcting me. It’s safe to say I’ve gotten much worse here and other places lol. BUT I wanted people like the poster I replied to at least understand what I was saying (even if they still disagree). And I wasn’t saying Star Trek has too many white actors or anything or that I have a problem with it. None at all in fact. That’s the irony I was DEFENDING the idea that Boyce could be white because as I said (and will continue to say) the majority of every main cast is still mostly white but still maintains a good balance of diverse characters for the most part.

So I assume no matter what SNW will have a decent mix of people, but there is no ‘diversity quota’ that I can tell from these shows because while every cast is mixed, no show seems to have any consistency about it. This really hit me watching an episode of Enterprise just yesterday (which Jeffery Combs was in) and thinking about this topic. That cast was also mostly white. The three main stars of it: Archer, T’pol and Trip are white. Yes maybe they are mixed with something else but they are basically white as most of that cast is.

But its funny because then look at Voyager, the show right before it and the leads were much more diverse than Enterprise. Voyager had at least four main characters who were people of color. Enterprise only had two. In fact both VOY and DS9 had the two main leads be a person of color and a woman. ENT did keep the man-woman dynamic going with captain and first officer but race was not an issue. And of course diversity doesn’t only mean race and it’s great to see women more in charge which we also didn’t get until DS9.

So SNW isn’t going to stand out just because it has more than three white main actors anymore than Enterprise did which wasn’t that long ago since you could argue Phlox was probably the fourth lead on that show. And no one cared. And every show will just be different. If Section 31 does happen its main star will be a woman of color like Discovery has but who knows what the rest of that make up will be?

That assumes that Dr Boyce would be a principle character on the show and not a recurring one.

He should do it. CBS is listening to fan feedback. I really appreciate that.

Strange New Worlds is already the best Star Trek show since The Next Generation.

Jeffrey Combs is perfect for the role.

“Strange New Worlds is already the best Star Trek show since The Next Generation.”

Before a single scene has even been shot? Don’t get me wrong: I’m looking forward to it, and it potentially could be the best — but if you’re going to criticize people for hating shows that haven’t even premiered, you need to be consistent when it comes to people loving shows that haven’t even premiered.

Does your crystal ball also show how the stock market is going to do tomorrow? Asking for a friend….

LOL this is an odd statement even for you. How could a show that hasn’t even been created yet is the best show since TNG?

But this is also the kind of crazy hype that can kill things before they get out of the gate. The Star Wars sequel trilogy just went through this when so many people thought that trilogy was going to be on the level of the OT, now most think its worse than the prequels.

For Star Trek, I think that was a big issue with Picard as well and many thought that show was going to be the best Star Trek show since DS9 just based on the hype alone. And maybe some feel that way but certainly not everyone (nor me). And since its the same people making all these shows we’ll have to wait and see.

This needs to happen.

It’s a paying gig, who wouldn’t want one coming out of lock down?

Casey Biggs as Admiral Robert T. April.
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Make it happen…

I would support this 125%. Loved Weyoun and Shran. He would be great.

I would love Jeff to play the doctor! I think we all love Jeff. He is one of the best ST actors ever!!!

How long do Andorians live? It would be fun to see Shran again if the Dr. Boyce thing doesn’t pan out.

We know that Archer was still alive in the Kelvin TOS time period. Maybe he is alive in the Prime timeline also. We could get an Archer and Shran reunion.

I don’t think there is really a time span to how long Andorians live (not canonically at least) so yeah Shran can probably show up again. Would love to see Archer back too but I think PU Archer was suppose to have died sooner than KU Archer so we can’t really go on that. But love to be proven wrong. ;)

Shran and/or Archer could easily appear in a time travel episode. Be it the 1701 going backwards to the NX era or Archer & Shran coming forwards in time. The opening of the particular episode could show Pike as a child attending a speech or meet and greet with an old Archer, only for him to meet a younger Archer later in the episode via some time travel plot.

One of the more intriguing tidbits from Star Trek Continues was a closing montage in which Vic Mignogna’s Captain Kirk appeared in an ENT-era uniform. That implies they had some time travel episode in the pipeline. (Yet another reason why STC ended too soon.)

He’s brilliant in enterprise he a face of many star trek Allen’s

The clowns in charge now have zero respect for the old shows so I’d say it’s almost impossible they’d utilise any of its actors – beyond of course people everyone knows (even them) like Stewart.

Well, there’s that little problem that John Hoyt has been dead for twenty nine years, too.

They just brought back Jonathon Del Arco to reprise the role of Hugh, a character that had appeared in 3 episodes of Star Trek TNG in the early 90’s.

I really like Jeffrey Combs, he’s always brought to life great characters in Star Trek. A lot of fans would really enjoy seeing Dr Boyce fleshed out properly as the ship’s doctor, Pike’s confidant and ‘bartender’. I think having Combs as a permanent member of the cast and giving him a much deserved chance to shine in such a role is win-win for everyone.

I have to admit that Jeffrey Combs would never have been my first thought for this character. Jeffrey is such a colorful theatrical character actor, I have a hard time seeing him in this roll, but I would be thrilled nonetheless. I do think he has likely shot himself in the foot following his negative remarks about the studio.

MAKE IT SO!

Gotta have him back as Shran, too.

I’d be up for him taking on that role or any to be honest. I think Combs is an excellent actor overall.

this needs to happen!

Jeffrey Combs would be a great Dr. Boyce!!!!
Who should be Lt. José Tyler???

Samuel L Jackson.

Ha ha He would be awesome on the bridge!! They’d need to do a whole new Connie though, the Constitution, Yorktown, or something, with him in charge as Admiral Fury.
Alternatively I suppose maybe you could have him as XO Cartwright and do a whole tragedy arc(??). It’s too bad they made Cartwright go bad in VI.

I’ve had it with these mother**king Klingons on that mother**king ship!!

I smell an Emmy….

Ha ha I’d pay real money to see Samuel L Jackson on the bridge.

Shouldn’t that be Roxann Dawson and not Rosario Dawson?

Actually no.

Rosario Dawson has been pretty open on social media that she’d love to appear in Trek at some point.

Roxann Dawson is doing very well as a director (including directing her first feature that received a Best Song Oscar nomination).

Forget Boyce. Bring back Bones.
You know, the CMO that totally replaced Boyce – be “Boyce who?”

It was the chemistry between Spock & McCoy that made the show.

I think as brilliant as Me Combs’ is at the character he’s portraying; he’d make a good Bonea