Visitor: I Wanted To Kill DukatBy Caillan
September 20, 2003 - 11:23 PM
If Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) had her way, it wouldn't have been Benjamin Sisko taking on Dukat in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series finale, but Kira.
"I definitely think that I should have been the one to kill Dukat," Visitor told Star Trek Monthly's Nick Joy (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "If I had any frustration about the end of the show, then that was it."
The actress said the writers resorted to the "very typical 'Sisko is hero, Dukat is the bad guy' approach" and would like to have seen a more "subversive" ending. "Even if at the last moment I turned away from killing [Dukat], that psychology would have been interesting. And then Dukat pulls a weapon on me, so I'm backed into a corner of having to kill him — that would have been so great. Not black or white."
And it was those shades of grey that permeated Deep Space Nine for much of its run that made the series so enjoyable to work on, according to Visitor. "I think that people liked the black and white mythology of the original Star Trek and The Next Generation. By that I mean good/bad, right/wrong. There was a lot more 'grey' on our show. Look at it... I was a terrorist, and I was a regular character. Wow! That's why I never got bored of it for seven seasons."
The complete interview with Nana Visitor can be found in issue 109 of Star Trek Monthly, out now. Alternatively, excerpts are available online at Sci-Fi Pulse.