Combs Talks 'Elevated' ShranBy Antony
January 28, 2003 - 5:38 PM
See Also: 'Cease Fire' Episode Guide
Jeffrey Combs has spoken about the changing nature of his Andorian character Shran.
"It's my fourth time back there [and] they seem to have elevated my character," Combs told TrekWeb about returning to the Enterprise set. "In the first one I was kind of a renegade leader of a not-so-merry band of rebels, and now it seems like I'm leading a bigger band of not-so-merry rebels. I'm more of a strategist looking over maps and negotiating across the table. It's almost like they've put epaulets on me or something. I'm sort of the commander in the field, as opposed to off on a raid somewhere. That's good; it gives me a little more stature."
It seems Shran's negotiation skills will be put to the test in 'Cease Fire'. "There's a planet that is in contention between the Vulcans and Andorians," Combs said. "The Andorians found it, we made it livable, and then the Vulcans claimed it and took it from us because they claimed we were using it as a spy platform on the outskirts of their territory."
In Combs' last episode as Shran, 'Shadows of P'Jem', it was the Vulcans that were spying on the Andorians. Naturally, the reversed dealings between the two races will not be smooth. "They've been holding on to it, and now we are in a battle to take it back. We're in a bit of a stalemate. The Vulcans want to discuss terms for a cease fire, but I decide that I don't trust them—that's already known—and I decide to get a mediator."
More from Jeffrey Combs, including further talk about Enterprise, and memories of Deep Space Nine, can be found here at TrekWeb.