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Friday, December 19, 2008
The Computer Has Lost Its Voice
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Dies. No offense, but the headline announcing the death of the incomparable Lwaxana Troi should certainly not be "Wife of 'Star Trek' Creator Dies," in my not so humble opinion.
And here she is playing Number One -- the role later assumed by the odious Riker in "Next Generation" -- in the "Star Trek" Pilot, in which she offered us a stunning prefiguration of "Voyager's" kick-ass Janeway:
Here she is as a blonder blander Nurse Chapel, the more domesticated and non-threatening role the sixties shunted her off to instead, but in which she still managed to convey competence good sense good humor and strength.
If the last few frankly awful movies and the idiotic reactionary Bush-era "Enterprise" series hadn't terminated this epochal franchise, one wonders if the loss of the literally ubiquitous Majel Barrett will. Come what may, it will never be the same.