Thursday’s episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks featured a visit to Deep Space 9, along with the return of Kira Nerys from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. TrekMovie had a chance to speak briefly with actress Nana Visitor on Star Trek Day about returning to Trek in animated form along with the possibility of a return to live-action. We also got an update on her Star Trek book and documentary project.
Were you expecting to return to Trek and to get a call from the Lower Decks people?
No, I wasn’t. I mean, Major Kira is a difficult character to some people. So I always go, “Probably not Major Kira.” But that they called and that they drew her so beautifully—not just in terms of the lines, but also the dialogue. That she was so alive and vibrant 30 years later, it was thrilling. It was wonderful. And working with that team was the way collaboration should be: easy, fun, and everyone supporting each other. It was great.
Was how they wrote Kira more broad or was she the way you envisioned she might be after all those years? Because this is a comedy show after all.
Yeah, you know that’s just a difference in tone, really. Like talking to you may be different than the way I talk to my husband before my morning coffee. It’s still me. So in terms of that, it was just Kira mostly with an old friend that she had a rivalry with. So that it was natural for it to be faster and a little more furious and funny. If they were in dangerous situations, of course, the tone changes. So it’s all Kira, just different facets.
Can you imagine taking the leap from recording booth to being Kira in live action again? And what do you envision that might be like?
I think it would be—look, Kira still lives right here [points to her heart]. They say when you get older, you lose certain things. It just hasn’t been true for me. So certain things have grown like wisdom and certain things like that. But the rest is still there. It doesn’t go away. So I extrapolate that that’s happened for Kira too. She’s still all there.
Last year you talked to us about A Woman’s Trek, your new book and documentary, but then Eaglemoss went out of business, so can you give us an update on the project?
Actually, what made me pause more than Eaglemoss is the fact that I need to talk to all the current women, and they’re on shows that had strict COVID protocols. So I’ve had to wait on a lot of them. And that’s okay. Because meantime, I’ve had incredible experiences of speaking to people who were affected by Star Trek, like the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who is obviously a huge Star Trek fan. I spoke to her from ESA, in Germany while she was on this Space Station. And I have to tell you when I heard someone say, “Open a channel,” and it was me talking to an astronaut in space, a line that I had said so many times before… it was a knockout moment.
And so you still expect there to be a documentary and book released for this project?
Yes. Yes, I do.
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The third season of Star Trek: Lower Decks returned on Thursday, August 25, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays, and streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Latin America and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, India and more and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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