Meaney: Trek Past And FuturePosted by T'Bonz - 03/12/13 at 01:12 pm
Although he has no desire to revisit the franchise, Star Trek‘s Colm Meaney enjoyed his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation and on Deep Space Nine.
Meaney had nothing but praise for his time on the show; praising the writing and the schedule flexibility offered by the executive producer.
“It was generally a really enjoyable show to do,” said Meaney; “the writing was very good and I was fortunate the executive producer agreed to let me go and do films. I was a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, then went to Deep Space Nine as a regular. He said if I did the show he’d let me out to do films. I’d disappear for a couple of weeks and do films, which kept me fresh.”
Meaney explained why Star Trek is popular. “I’m not a big science fiction fan but I liked the show and the more I did it the more I appreciated the writing – we could deal with topics such as genetic engineering and homelessness,” he said. “There was always an optimistic element – it says racism can be eradicated, everyone can get on, and the fact there may still be an Earth in three hundred years’ time is hopeful.”
As much as he liked his time on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Meaney has moved on from the Star Trek franchise. When asked if he’d return if a new show featuring Worf was produced, he said, “No, seven years in a space suit is enough for me but Michael Dorn, who plays Worf, is a terrific actor and he’d do a wonderful job.”
Meaney recently appeared in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, which has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray.