Trinneer: Revisiting Trip TuckerPosted by T'Bonz - 09/08/11 at 11:08 am
Connor Trinneer misses the character he played on Star Trek: Enterprise, and shares his opinions on the Mirror Universe episodes and Trip’s death.
Although Star Trek: Enterprise ended too soon for Trinneer, he has been able to move on from it without regret. “To this point in my career, that has been the most satisfying experience for me, that and Stargate,” he said. “Do I miss Enterprise? You don’t really want to miss things. You don’t really want to go back. You want to look forward to what’s next. But it was an extremely satisfying experience that we’d all have loved to have lasted longer. It didn’t. That’s life. We’re actors. Get over it. Move on. But it’s nice to know that I was involved in something that gave a lot of satisfaction – and continues to give a lot of satisfaction – to people.”
Unlike many fans, Trinneer wasn’t keen on the Mirror Universe episodes. “A lot of people liked those Mirror, Mirror episodes, which I hated,” he said. “And you might have seen more of that, those throwback episodes, because people liked them. I tell a story about that in the Q&A’s at the conventions. I walked in and did my take on how this guy was supposed to be and the director (James Conway) said, ‘I want him to be a little gruffer.’ I said, ‘You mean, like a pirate?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, do it like a pirate.’ So I was like, ‘Arrggghh, arrrgghhh, arrrggghhh.’ I did the scene and he went, ‘Cut. Print.’ I said, ‘No, I was kidding.’ He said, ‘No, it’s great. That’s what we’re doing.’ So, the entire time I was like, ‘That’s not what I meant.’ I’d say, ‘Come on, Jim!’ But I think you would have seen more of that throwback stuff.”
How does Trinneer feel about Trip’s death and the series finale? “Well, look, the show was over, so as far as I was concerned, whatever we did to get it done, we got it done,” he said. “Then, when I read the script, basically half of it was about the death of Trip and his role in continuing on this necessary event that was to occur. I was totally satisfied with it. I know other people weren’t, but I was satisfied with it as an actor because there was a lot to do, a lot going on. They were talking about their feelings about that character and all that. I know that people had their opinions about bringing in The Next Generation people. Hell, I loved working with Jonathan Frakes and I wished I could have done it more. I loved the guy. I didn’t care in regard to how they were going to sew it up. I was really happy with my involvement as a character in it, if that makes sense.”