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Old February 13 2011, 05:30 PM   #31
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Re: Worst Star trek actor ever

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jolene blalock for regulars
Sorry to be so negative, but I think she has the guests beat, too.
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Old February 13 2011, 06:09 PM   #32
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I forgot about Marina Sirtis. I think she got better, though; decent in the films.
I'm exact opposite, I thought she was fine in the series and then completely out of character in the films, especially Nemesis.


Also a lot of people pick on Jolene Blaylock, but I don't think it was the acting nearly as much as the way the characters was written.
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Old February 13 2011, 06:53 PM   #33
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I forgot about Marina Sirtis. I think she got better, though; decent in the films.
I'm exact opposite, I thought she was fine in the series and then completely out of character in the films, especially Nemesis.


Also a lot of people pick on Jolene Blaylock, but I don't think it was the acting nearly as much as the way the characters was written.
Out of character compared to the series, but it seemed less like she was reading lines, going, "I feel great pain, or whatever."

I agree with you on Jolene. She was full Vulcan. They're stoic. She was fine.

Beltran sounds like oneo f my high schoolers reading from a textbook. Plus the character was bland on top of it.
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Old February 13 2011, 07:04 PM   #34
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James Doohan.
No, James Doohan was a good actor. He just did a bad accent.

The worst guest star ever was Melvin Belli in the TOS ep “And the Children Shall Lead.” That is, if a high-profile lawyer trying to act qualifies.
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Old February 13 2011, 08:02 PM   #35
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I forgot about Marina Sirtis. I think she got better, though; decent in the films.
I'm exact opposite, I thought she was fine in the series and then completely out of character in the films, especially Nemesis.


Also a lot of people pick on Jolene Blaylock, but I don't think it was the acting nearly as much as the way the characters was written.
Out of character compared to the series, but it seemed less like she was reading lines, going, "I feel great pain, or whatever."

I agree with you on Jolene. She was full Vulcan. They're stoic. She was fine.

Beltran sounds like oneo f my high schoolers reading from a textbook. Plus the character was bland on top of it.


Leonard Nimoy, Mark Lenard, and Tim Russ all did great jobs playing Vulcan characters. Her bad acting had nothing to do with her character being a Vulcan.
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Old February 13 2011, 08:23 PM   #36
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I actually thought Blalock was much better than Tim Russ. She wasn't bad at all.

I do agree that Sirtis was worse in the movies than in the show, but she sucked in the show too.
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Old February 13 2011, 09:20 PM   #37
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Guest star: I'm tempted to say, the fellow who plays a guy named Lutan in the fourth episode of TNG. He claims Lt. Yar for his own and tries to trade her for a vaccine. (Now you know the scene, right?) "Then there will be no treaty, no vaccine, and no Lt. Yar!" (Isn't it romantic when a man refers to his lover by her rank?)

But no. The performance which brings abject, seething pain to my mind whenever I dare to recall it, is right here: Michael McKean, taking a break from playing some lawyer, to portray the monochrome clown in the Romper Room of Pain from the first (worst) season of Voyager. Warning: These clips may not be suitable for some humans.

Series regular: Almost a quarter-century ago now, I did something I have to admit that, in retrospect, I regret. Kind of in jest, without coming to recognize the power it would have, I started an online campaign ("online" back then meaning, on one of the pre-Internet national modem networks) to get Lt. Yar's character, um, killed. And to some extent, we were successful. I regret it because, well, that was worse than Denise Crosby deserved, and what I suppose I would have preferred is if she were given a better character and she had the time to adapt to it. Because in "Yesterday's Enterprise" (which took place in a timeline where her character did not die), Crosby was truly the star of the episode.

I've said it before, but Denise, I'm still sorry.

A lot of people disagree with me on this, but it's my opinion: The most disappointing performance overall from a series regular, from the front of the series to the back, comes from Avery Brooks. Too many of his episodes seemed to have been phoned in. There comes. A time. When you wish. Each sentence. Were not. Delivered. Like a bad. Shatner. Impression. From deep inside. A mayonnaise jar.

Who would I have preferred? I don't think there are many people who would disagree with me (even if they liked Brooks) that a superb Capt. Sisko would have been portrayed by Phil Morris.

All that said, my Spock's Brain award for truly worst performance by a regular performer goes to Robert Beltran as Chakotay. Seriously, something handcrafted by Edgar Bergen would have done a better job. Oh yea, his character wasn't written all that well. And I agree with his critique of his character and of himself. Doesn't change anything.

And I dare anybody to come up with clear reasons why Wes Studi would not have been a far greater Chakotay. Studi would have been for Chakotay what Nimoy was for Spock. He would have been a reason to watch the show. His interplay with Kate Mulgrew would have been phenomenal. Completely missed opportunity there.

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Old February 13 2011, 09:23 PM   #38
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I actually thought Blalock was much better than Tim Russ. She wasn't bad at all.
I agree. She was really good.

I'd have to go with Beltran, too, but he did it on purpose.

Not that his acting was particularly bad, but does anybody have any idea exactly why John Cho was cast as Sulu? I mean, I see why they picked Pine, or Quinto, or Saldana, or Yelchin. They all (more or less) resembled their predecessors and/or brought something new to the role. I can't see that with Cho. His only resemblence to Takei is that they're both of Asian heritage, and that's it. Neither does he do anything in the movie that actually stands out (yes, Sulu did the fencing scene, but that was mostly done by a stuntman, not Cho).
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Old February 13 2011, 09:56 PM   #39
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^I like John Cho, both as an actor and as Sulu. Hopefully he will have more character development in future films.
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Old February 13 2011, 10:01 PM   #40
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Worst regular: Robert Beltran, he wasn't even trying.

Worst guest star: whoever played Sisko's mother. She was completely wooden.

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Nana Visitor.

I think I'm going to have a seizure every time I hear her voice. Like Kramer from Seinfeld when he hears Mary Hart.
I'm pretty sure the title of the thread is "Worst Star Trek actor", not "Actor whose voice irritates you the most".
Hmmmm. Zips off to start a new thread...
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Old February 13 2011, 10:22 PM   #41
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Blalock was just terrible from the little I have seen. Also Bernie Casey in the Maquis was pretty bad and kind of hurt what was other wise an excellent 2 parter.
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Old February 14 2011, 01:05 AM   #42
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I actually thought Blalock was much better than Tim Russ. She wasn't bad at all.
I thought that they were both great, though Russ got less to work with, except in a a few Tuvok-centric episodes.
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Old February 14 2011, 01:22 AM   #43
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A lot of people disagree with me on this, but it's my opinion: The most disappointing performance overall from a series regular, from the front of the series to the back, comes from Avery Brooks. Too many of his episodes seemed to have been phoned in. There comes. A time. When you wish. Each sentence. Were not. Delivered. Like a bad. Shatner. Impression. From deep inside. A mayonnaise jar.

Who would I have preferred? I don't think there are many people who would disagree with me (even if they liked Brooks) that a superb Capt. Sisko would have been portrayed by Phil Morris
I liked Brooks most of the time, but I agree that this is true for many of his performances, particularly in "Far Beyond the Stars" where he definitely channels Shatner at his worst in the final scene.

Morris did a good job in his few DS9 appearances playing aliens. I think he could have done well playing the captain...as long as people didn't have trouble taking him seriously because they recognized him from "Seinfeld".
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Old February 14 2011, 02:00 PM   #44
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They were all so horribly badly awfully intolerable. I don't know how anybody ever watched the shows or films.
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Old February 14 2011, 02:21 PM   #45
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Rosalind Chao. Any Niners remember the episode where Kira is pregnant with the O'Brien's child? And Miles and Nerys are getting a little too chummy? Yeah well not only was I rooting for them to get together but I was really really hoping that Keiko would meet an unfortunate demise. I have never seen RC in anything that she did not come off as insipid and whiny.
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