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Old November 26 2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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Ro Laren

I was curious about the Ro Laren character. Is there a reason why she didn't appear on DS9 in some form or fashion presumably as a member of the Maquis? I think it would have made for some great storytelling given her history along with Eddington's history as well. I would think that a conflict between Ro and Kira, 2 Bajorans on different sides, very interesting. Am I way off on this?
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Old November 26 2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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I was curious about the Ro Laren character. Is there a reason why she didn't appear on DS9 in some form or fashion presumably as a member of the Maquis? I think it would have made for some great storytelling given her history along with Eddington's history as well. I would think that a conflict between Ro and Kira, 2 Bajorans on different sides, very interesting. Am I way off on this?
Actually, Kira was originally written for Ro Laren, but, apparently Michelle Forbes wasn't interested in being tied to the Series, so, that character became Kira.

Not sure why they never woked in a Guest role for Ro Laren, though
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Old November 27 2012, 12:32 AM   #3
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Perhaps after the first season, they decided to avoid too many crossovers.
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Old November 27 2012, 12:33 AM   #4
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Yes, it's well known that Michelle Forbes turned it down. She's said in interviews she was too young to get tied to a seven season show, and I don't blame her. She's a fabulous actress, but to this day she seems pretty reluctant to get tied up in anything on-going. She's the queen of guest starring.

It definitely would have been cool for her to come back, but I'm not really upset that she didn't.
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Old November 27 2012, 12:47 AM   #5
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Since DS9 actually... used the Maquis storyline unlike Voyager, it would've been nice to see her in Defiant or in Eddington's arc, or even get a story of her own, but yeah.. didn't make or break the series.

I do like how she turned back up during the relaunch novels though.
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Old November 27 2012, 01:08 AM   #6
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I would have SO loved it if Ro Laren had been in the Kira role.
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Old November 27 2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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Ro was a good little Starfleet officer by the time DS9 rolled around. She would stand with Sisko and support the idea of Bajorans joining the Federation. With Kira, though, they had the chance to have a command-level officer with a different agenda.

Kira did end up supporting Federation membership pretty quickly, though. She was always a proud Bajoran patriot, while Ro seemed ashamed of being Bajoran. I suppose that would've been her arc, growing to appreciate the people and culture she had run from earlier.
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Old November 27 2012, 01:40 AM   #8
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It would have definitely been interesting to see Ro show up during some of the Marquis story lines...at least one of them.
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Old November 27 2012, 03:44 AM   #9
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Ro Laren would have been wonderful in Kira's place, but the show would have of course evolved in a different direction than the canon story we know and love.

I would have liked to see a continuation of Ensign Sito's character like they had originally planned. She was such a wonderful character that was just beginning to redeem herself, only to die prematurely.
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Old November 27 2012, 04:07 AM   #10
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Most of Michelle's episodes were in 1992. In 1993, she was in a movie with some guy named Brad Pitt. Can't blame her if she wanted to keep her movie options open.
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Old November 27 2012, 04:35 AM   #11
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Have you guys seen Michelle Forbes semi-recently in True Blood? It surprised me when I saw her as the main villain from season two of that show. I was like, "Wait a second, I recognize her...so familiar..."
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Old November 27 2012, 12:11 PM   #12
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Most of Michelle's episodes were in 1992. In 1993, she was in a movie with some guy named Brad Pitt. Can't blame her if she wanted to keep her movie options open.

Didn't Colm Meany do some film work during DSN's run, which is why he was missing from some episodes.

So it is possible he had a clause in his contract allowing a certain amount of film work
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Old November 27 2012, 12:56 PM   #13
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Didn't Colm Meany do some film work during DSN's run, which is why he was missing from some episodes.

So it is possible he had a clause in his contract allowing a certain amount of film work
There are over a dozen credits for Meaney released during DS9's run. Some might have been done during the seasonal hiatus (hiatuses? hiati?). He's also on record as saying the producers were very good about arranging his schedule so he could pursue film offers.
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Old November 27 2012, 03:04 PM   #14
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I continue to be glad that Michelle passed. I really loved Nana's role on DS9, and we got to witness Nerys' whole character arc, whereas Ro had already half finished hers on TNG.
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Old November 27 2012, 05:11 PM   #15
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It would have been interesting to see Ro and Eddington bounce off each other, or Ro and Thomas Riker. She could have exposed either as a poseur.
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