It is insanely unfair that George Takei is more famous than say, another recurring non-regular Trek actor like Andrew Robinson. Who actually is a superlative actor with interesting things to say (A Stitch in Time).
Oh, and Takei's performance in that Voyager episode was an embarrassing disaster that made all his bitchy comments over the years regarding Shatner's acting even more laughable.
A brutal truth this may be, but brutal or not, it is
Takei kind of missed the boat on Star Trek. He did have several real opportunities in season one to work on a character, but then he was missing for most of season two and pretty much a walking prop in season three. A regular 'character' Sulu wasn't. Chekov was more fleshed out.
Which leads us to the obvious question: would any of us have really, hand-on-heart, missed
Sulu if he hadn't been in any of the movies?
I couldn't agree more. I liked his character on TOS and his acting for the role he was given
was adequate. But he wasn't anything special. The guy capitalized on his Star Trek fame and did NOTHING of note outside the franchise. So, for him to make any kind of stink about Shatner or anyone else is completely out of line. He has said he is very grateful for Star Trek and he should really
show it... by towing the line, not taking it for granted, and show some respect for those far more deserving of recognition.