Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis has an idea about where Star Trek should go next, and it sounds just like something we’ve heard from her friend Michael Dorn. For his part, Dorn is out pitching a whole new (and non-Star Trek) idea.
Sirtis ready to return… for Dorn’s Klingon show
Marina Sirtis reprised her role as Deanna Troi in the first season of Star Trek: Picard, and last year she told us she hopes to return to the series. Now in a new interview, the actress endorsed an entirely different idea for the return of Troi. Speaking to the UK’s Big Issue, Sirtis offered her suggestion for what the next Star Trek show should be about:
“I think personally, it should be a Worf show. First of all, he’s a really popular character. And it’s never been done before – to have it about the Klingon Empire instead of the Federation with the Klingons as like, recurring. Have it be about the Klingon Empire and how they deal with stuff. I think it would be great. And although I would hardly be in it – I think I might be in it because Michael Dorn’s my best friend – I wouldn’t mind because I think it would be a really good idea.”
If the idea of a show focused on Worf set in the Klingon Empire sounds familiar, it should: It’s a concept Michael Dorn has been talking about for years. Earlier this year Dorn gave TrekMovie the full pitch on his idea for a Captain Worf show set on a Klingon ship, and while he didn’t mention his friend Marina Sirtis, her appearance on such a show seems like a given.
In another interview pn 5D Podcast:, Sirtis talked about how she wasn’t at all nervous to return to the role of Troi for Picard:
“I played [Troi] for 30 years, on and off. How could I be nervous? I was acting with people that I know in love, and trust. They were treating us like we were royalty. They call us the “legacy actors” because they can’t call us the “old farts.”… I think Jonathan [Frakes] was a bit nervous from what I read in his press, because he said to me, “Well, you’ve just come off stage and you’re at the top of your game, and Patrick [Stewart]’s been shooting for months, so he’s at the top of his game, and I haven’t acted in years and I am really scared that you guys are going to show me up.” But he was wonderful. Once we can see those characters in the mirror in the makeup trailer, they’re just there. “
Now Dorn is pitching a western
Yesterday, Michael Dorn appeared on Los Angeles’ KTLA to promote his recent film Agent Revelation on Amazon Prime, where he talked about what it was like playing Worf in two shows and multiple movies. The actor said it was an “amazing feeling” and “great achievement” to have appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other actor.
He didn’t mention his dream of playing Worf again, but Dorn did talk about starring in and directing a new western project he has written. Dorn is a big fan of westerns and says he is really “pumped” about the idea. The actor feels he can get the project going due to “the huge amount of popularity the actors from Star Trek have and can bring to something that isn’t Star Trek.” No word on if the project will ever happen, so for now the closest thing he has is the TNG holodeck episode “A Fistful of Datas.”
You can watch the full segment below.
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