On Thursday at the 56-Year Mission Las Vegas convention Star Trek: Enterprise fans were entertained by a lively panel featuring John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Connor Trinneer (Charles “Trip” Tucker), Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed), and Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather). This was the same group that assembled for a panel at the Star Trek Mission: Chicago convention earlier this year, and they covered much of the same ground, but one difference this time was the panel was moderated by actor Garret Wang, Star Trek: Voyager’s Harry Kim. This gave Montgomery a unique opportunity to talk to Wang about (unhappily) following in his footsteps.
Montgomery got Harry Kimmed
During a light discussion about episodes or scenes the actors didn’t enjoy filming, Montgomery got a bit more serious, saying:
If have to be honest, I didn’t like the fact that I didn’t have much to do. Because I’m actually pretty damn talented, if I do say so myself. Because I worked hard at it. That’s not me looking for kudos. But I work hard at my craft. And I just felt like I was underutilized. So there’s not one particular one. There were many scenes where I just literally go in for a day and “Oh, this is all I have to say?, ‘Captain, there’s an ion storm, should we go around it?’ Okay, cut. I’ll see you guys next week.” So it was like that and having a bunch of those is probably what I didn’t like. I just wish I could have been able to contribute more.
After spending seven years on the USS Voyager with his Harry Kim famously never being promoted past ensign, Wang had to chime in, saying:
Wang: Anthony, I just want to say, I feel your pain. “Shields at thirty percent, captain.” “You’re wrapped Harry, thank you.”
This prompted Anthony to reveal how he was warned early on that he and his about playing Ensign Mayweather may face the same fate as the Wang’s Ensign Kim:
How about when I got on the show and they said, “We hope they don’t Harry Kim you.” And I didn’t know what that was… Because they started telling me what was going on. They weren’t using me. And I didn’t even know what that was. Harry Kim, and they said, “Well, he was a part, but he didn’t really do much. And I was like, “Oh wow.” I didn’t realize Garrett’s character was a verb. They Harry Kimmed me.
Later in a discussion about which other character they might have liked to play, Montgomery returned to the idea of just getting more to do with his own, including a different rank:
I think would have had fun being Commander Mayweather. That’s got a nice ring to it. Commander Travis Mayweather.
The actor went on to reveal how he was told there would be a more significant connection between his character and Commander Trip Tucker:
I don’t know if you guys [the audience] know this because you guys know far more about this franchise and series than we do. But Travis and Tripp were supposed to be–I was told they were going to be like best friends or really close when I first got the job. And that didn’t end up happening. I don’t know. There was a left at Albuquerque but that’s what I was told.
The series premiere of Enterprise may have shown the beginnings of this intended connection when Trip found Travis hanging out in the ship’s “sweet spot” where the gravity gets reversed.
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