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'Repentance' Information

By Amy
November 5, 2000 - 10:28 AM

The Trekker Newsletter recently scored an exclusive interview with Tim Russ (Tuvok). The interview, while brief, reveals some information on the plot of the episode currently shooting. According to Russ, 'Repentance', as it's called, "involves prisoners who are being transported to a place where they will be executed. It deals with the issues of capitol punishment and reform".

BW: Is it inspiring to actually be able to act differently than your character usually does? An example of that would be the episodes "Repression" and "Riddles". Also anymore upcoming Tuvok-based episodes?

TR: I have enjoyed working with the cast and crew of the show - they are very talented and fun people. The actual nuts and bolts of shooting a one hour drama can be tedious and sometimes exhausting. It is difficult to plan anything else in your life outside of the show, because you only know your schedule roughly a week in advance, and it can change at the last minute. As an actor, I have to portray the same role year in and year out, which can stifle ones creativity.
As a career break it has been invaluable, and I've had the opportunity to work in other areas of production from directing to voice-over as a result of being on the show.
It is always a more interesting if not a tough week of shooting for me if my character is featured in a story. I do like the opportunities to break out of the Tuvok character whenever I can. But I don't think it's wise to do those story lines too often.
There will be other Tuvok episodes before the season's over.

BW: What episode of Star Trek Voyager are you guys currently filming as of today?

TR: Today we are shooting an episode entitled, "Repentance". It involves prisoners who are being transported to a place where they will be executed. It deals with the issues of capitol punishment and reform.

For the full interview, where Russ also talks about his current musical projects and what it's like to be a part of Trek lore, please click here.

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