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Old August 14 2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

Sisko is probably my favorite captain when all is said and done.

I just finished watching Shatner's new documentary "The Captains" and I have to say, I thought it was a frank and introspective endeavor.

My only question is this, Avery Brooks seemed different than I've heard him described in the past, in person, and in interview...

Was how he was in the film, indicative of how he is in everyday life now, or do you think it was just him having fun in the situation for the cameras?

No disrespect to Mr. Brooks, but I just found it a bit decentralized, almost an attempt at a conversation in a constant state of limbo.

Thoughts?
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Old August 15 2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

I don't know if I've seen the doc in question, but in the documentary extras included with the Deep Space Nine DVDs he seemed normal enough.
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Old August 15 2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

I agree that in the Shat's doc. Brooks did seem alittle(well alot actually) out there...
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Old August 15 2011, 10:17 PM   #4
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

I saw him speak at the Generations II convention at the Royal Albert Hall back in the mid-90s. he was just as "out there" back then

someone asked him what it was like to command the Defiant to which he replied "what ship? we don't have a ship... it's just a set"
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Old August 16 2011, 01:39 AM   #5
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

He was definitely a little 'out there' in Shatner's documentary, but I'm cool with that.
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Old August 16 2011, 01:42 AM   #6
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

I liked it
he seemed to be having a lot of fun with Shatner
they both had a lot of fun
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Old August 16 2011, 02:05 AM   #7
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

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someone asked him what it was like to command the Defiant to which he replied "what ship? we don't have a ship... it's just a set"
So is Brooks the one "out there," or is it the fans? I guess it's a matter of perspective.
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Old August 16 2011, 03:24 AM   #8
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

It is indeed.

However, if I was taking a college course and pulled Brooks as a professor, It'd get old quick if everytime someone asked a question, he played a jazz solo or just redefined the question by challenging your perception of reality.

Still my favorite captain though.
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Old August 16 2011, 06:13 AM   #9
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Re: Is Avery Brooks a little out there?

He seems like a passionate man.
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Old August 16 2011, 07:58 AM   #10
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It is indeed.

However, if I was taking a college course and pulled Brooks as a professor, It'd get old quick if everytime someone asked a question, he played a jazz solo or just redefined the question by challenging your perception of reality.

Still my favorite captain though.
Well, I suppose that's just it, though: unlike the other Captains, he's a teacher and a professor, and it's their job to provoke thought and answer questions with another question. (also kids: this is why it's always important to attend your discussion sections and seminars )
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Old August 16 2011, 08:21 AM   #11
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I *knew* this would be about The Captains!

I was at a pre-release screening in Hollywood back in July and Brooks was easily the best, most entertaining part of the doc.

That said, he sure has hell does come off as being way,way out there. But he's hella entertaining, and his jazz is awesome.
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Old August 17 2011, 01:52 AM   #12
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No question there. His jazz was quite good.

I think I just wanted to see Brooks responding more as himself, more "real" like Bakula, Mulgrew, & Stewart were. Pine wasn't bad either. I'm not sure if I've ever had the ability to tell if Shatner was being real or not. It always just seemed put on.
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Old August 17 2011, 03:58 PM   #13
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I think I just wanted to see Brooks responding more as himself, more "real" like Bakula, Mulgrew, & Stewart were. Pine wasn't bad either.
I agree, it was interesting hearing Stewart talking about his marriage, Mulgrew about her children, Bakula about his history as a Trek fan, and Pine about... oh, I don't really care about Pine. It would have been interesting to get some more insight into Brooks but whenever he was asked a question he deflected it towards something more philosophical or he'd start singing. I don't think the editing helped either, it made him seem a bit loopy.

In this panel where Shatner and Brooks discuss the making of the film he comes across as more grounded, but he still goes off on one or two intellectual tangents.
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Old August 18 2011, 07:06 AM   #14
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Thank you for pointing me towards that Comic Con Panel! (In spite of the audio issues) I thought it was a really nice treat, and more in line with what I'd been expecting from Avery Brooks in the film itself.

Alright, cool. Seems like he's just an extraordinarily gifted man.
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3chordboy wrote: View Post
I saw him speak at the Generations II convention at the Royal Albert Hall back in the mid-90s. he was just as "out there" back then

someone asked him what it was like to command the Defiant to which he replied "what ship? we don't have a ship... it's just a set"
Dude, what a buzz kill.
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