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Old August 28 2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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Robert Picardo Apperication Thread

In conversing in other threads, I've mentioned that I think Robert Picardo, throughout Voyager, has demonstrated himself to be potentially one of the most diverse actors potentially in all of trek. He certainly is a contender for the "nomination", but in terms of Voyager, I think the writers certainly gave him the ability to absolutely flourish as an actor and that most certainly is contrasted on screen as we see him evolve over the seasons.

There are several landmark episodes I think really drive home his talent as an actor:

Heroes and Demons (S01E12) - This is the first episode I feel we really start to get a hint of the potential of Robert Picardo as an actor. Over the course of this single episode, we watch his character evolve and flourish on screen.

Projections (S02E03) - In this episode we watch as The Doctor struggles with what reality is to him. Contrasting to other characters who we've seen go threw this fight on screen such as "Remember Me" (TNG S04E05), "Distant Voices" (DS9 S03E18) or "Doctor's Orders" (ENT S03E16), Picardo commanded the role. Ironically each of these instances show cases the doctor from the series but I think Picardo is objectively the clear winner with Billingsley being a close second. I won't deny a lot of the great potential for this sort of story came from masterful scripting, however.

Alter Ego (S03E14) - This episode clearly illustrated Picardos ability to jump into wide ranges of personalities and illustrated a grand command of persona. Everytime I rewatch this episode, I'm reminded how deeply Picardo can pull off the range of these parts.

Message in a Bottle (S04E14) - I personally find this to be one the series best episodes and a lot of comes down the execution of Picardo's character and the illustration of his character's adaptability in a tough situations.

Living Witness (S04E23) - This episode was nominated for an emmay sheerly because of Picardo's acting in it (I don't recall nor can find if it got it, so I am kind of forced to believe it didn't get it). Picardo's character fought so terribly hard for the honor of his ship mates you felt an absolute sympathy for his situation.

Renaissance Man (S07E24) - I'll jump ahead to this one to keep the post a little on the shorter side. Though I'd concede that a lot of this episode comes down to writing for the character over writing for the actor, this episode was such an awesome second to last episode. Looking back at all the other series, only Enterprise has a more memorable second to last episode.

Looking back on the totality of the episodes that Picardo really made shine and the episodes that he headlined and turned into grade AAA episodes, often times I'm all but forced to consider him as the most important actor of the series as a whole, after you take everything else into account. That's not to say other characters / actors didn't shine in the series, but I feel he might be the character that really made the series work.
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Old August 28 2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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OH Mr. Picardo how I love your shiny pate!

OH Mr. Picardo won't you be my photonic date?

OH Mr. Picardo on you no one could hate..

for.. OH Mr. Picardo with VOY fans you highly rate!


There. That's my appreciation of Mr. Picardo for the evening. I might get around to appreciating him some more tomorrow.
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Old August 28 2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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I've seen him in person several times, such a great guy. I saw him in a musical he was in and it was amazing
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Old August 29 2013, 06:55 AM   #4
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I think there's honestly a good reason he has tended to show case a lot of the trek specials over the years --- he actually does present them well.

From what I've read about him in person, he comes off pretty humble in person too, is that what you felt KaraBear?
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Old August 29 2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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oh yes, he was one of the nicest people. We saw him at a non trek event, a play he was in. We hung around afterwards in hope that he might come out and we could say a few words t him. We found out that he wasn't going to come out and we were about to leave when we overheard a group of women talking about waiting for their good friend bob picardo. well we snuck over and causally started talking to them, when he came out he offered us an autograph, even dug through his own bag for a sharpie
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Old August 29 2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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Its always neat to hear when series stars like this are actually really cool to their fans.

There's so many horror stories out there of actors being absolutely rude to the fans or other assets of the franchise, which just never seemed to be the case with Picardo.
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Old August 29 2013, 08:12 PM   #7
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I have to say I've met most of the Trek actors and they're all really nice.
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Old September 8 2013, 09:55 PM   #8
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I always thought he was best described as a cross between Richard Belzer and Paul Finebaum
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Old September 9 2013, 01:10 AM   #9
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Robert Picardo is awesome!

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Old September 9 2013, 01:36 AM   #10
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haha that's a fab picture Captain Kathryn!
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Old September 9 2013, 01:47 AM   #11
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KaraBear wrote: View Post
oh yes, he was one of the nicest people. We saw him at a non trek event, a play he was in. We hung around afterwards in hope that he might come out and we could say a few words t him. We found out that he wasn't going to come out and we were about to leave when we overheard a group of women talking about waiting for their good friend bob picardo. well we snuck over and causally started talking to them, when he came out he offered us an autograph, even dug through his own bag for a sharpie
I don't think I have ever heard a bad fan experience with Robert Picardo. He seems really sweet and nice on his Facebook, Twitter, etc...and all of the fans I know that have met him all seem to think so as well.
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Old September 9 2013, 08:50 AM   #12
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Captain Kathryn wrote: View Post
Robert Picardo is awesome!

Whoa, this almost makes me wanna put my photoshop cap on and do some work myself.

Nicely done!

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oh yes, he was one of the nicest people. We saw him at a non trek event, a play he was in. We hung around afterwards in hope that he might come out and we could say a few words t him. We found out that he wasn't going to come out and we were about to leave when we overheard a group of women talking about waiting for their good friend bob picardo. well we snuck over and causally started talking to them, when he came out he offered us an autograph, even dug through his own bag for a sharpie
I don't think I have ever heard a bad fan experience with Robert Picardo. He seems really sweet and nice on his Facebook, Twitter, etc...and all of the fans I know that have met him all seem to think so as well.
You know, I was watching the recent Renegades spotlight with many of the stars from Voyager. Picardo and Russ were both there and Picardo was absolutely fun during that Q&A.

I do have to say, one of the things I've always found fun about Picardo is he actually has a pretty strong grasp of a wide range of topics (almost like a true Renaissance man, making the second to last episode very aptly named) and it always struct me as really awesome when he challenged the writers, producers and directors to get techy terms where he was involved correct.

Comparing to other actors who played doctors and engineers, the only other actors in Trek who seemed to care about this stuff were Brent Spinner and Colm Meanly and Colm himself tended to try to play specific techy terms. Brent was the only other one who strived to make sure they were accurate (at least in terms of actors).

We all know this ended up being Diana Muldaur's biggest problem =(.
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^^Brent Spiner is another one who I have rarely, if ever, heard negative fan comments about. From what I have heard, he is also quite fond of his fans and the genre.
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Old September 9 2013, 03:37 PM   #14
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^^Brent Spiner is another one who I have rarely, if ever, heard negative fan comments about. From what I have heard, he is also quite fond of his fans and the genre.
with the exception of one actor, what I love about the Trek actors is how much they love their fans, how grateful they are. They realize that we're the reason they have their fame, their careers. I saw Marina Sirtis on stage once and she actually said something along the lines of "thank you for keeping me working, thank you for my car, my house..."

they get it.

We saw Magel a few weeks before she passed. She had to leave early because she wasn't feeling well. when we learned she had passed away my husband and I both looked at each other and said the same thing. wow she must have been REALLY been not feeling well but she still made the effort to be there for her fans.
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Old September 9 2013, 10:53 PM   #15
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Sirtis I've seen a lot on conventions. For some reason her and Dorn always seemed to find time to go East Coast conventions so they showed up a lot at them. Both were always fun. I've seen each at no less then 4 conventions a piece.

Brent Spiner is one I feel like I had the privilege of seeing on stage. He did a stand up comedy routine that I remember had everyone roaring, but I was far too young to remember anything else about it. He was EASILY the funnest actor I've gotten to see at a convention.
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