With five Star Trek shows in production, we have seen a number of veteran Trek actors reprise their roles, with many others expressing interest in following in their footsteps. However, there is one actor who appears happy to leave his spacesuit in the past.
Meaney doesn’t want to ruin a good thing
Colm Meaney started with a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation and moved up to become one of the stars of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His everyman character Chief Miles O’Brien is a fan-favorite, and he would be a welcome addition to any of the various Star Trek shows in production.
However, while out promoting his role in the film Pixie, when asked by CBR if he was interested in returning to the franchise, Meaney expressed some deep skepticism at the idea:
No, I’ve always kind of felt like seven years in space was long enough. I had a great time doing it. And sometimes, you’re always a bit loathe to go back, especially with something that you enjoyed and was successful because going back, sometimes things end up being ruined.
Time must have flown by for Meaney during his time with Trek, as it was actually twelve years from his first appearance in the pilot of TNG in 1987 and his last in the series finale of Deep Space Nine. And the veteran actor didn’t entirely rule out the idea of a return. In his CBR interview followed up, even pointing to one of the shows as a possibility:
But, you never say never. I know there’s a lot of intrigue and that Patrick [Stewart] is doing his new series [Star Trek: Picard] now, and so, who knows? But it’s not something that’s ever been sort of in the forefront of my mind to go back and reprise [the character] O’Brien.
UPDATE: Meaney reacts to Lower Decks tribute to O’Brien
Even if Meaney doesn’t return, Chief O’Brien’s legacy lives on. In the first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks we saw a far future where Miles was described as someone who is “perhaps the most important in Starfleet history.”
In an interview this week with Collider, Meany expressed the same skepticism about returning to the role, but he was also asked about the Lower Decks tribute. His reaction: “they finally got it right!”
Since his time with Trek Meaney has never been short on work in both film and television. His latest is the crime comedy Pixie, where he stars alongside Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, and Alec Baldwin.
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