Wang Says Trek Needs More Risks

By Michelle
February 23, 2004 - 8:32 PM

Garrett Wang, who played Ensign Harry Kim for seven years on Star Trek: Voyager, said recently that he wished he had pushed for more humorous interaction between his character and the others early on in the series and stated that he would not be surprised if Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled soon, though he hoped to play an alien on the series.

"I think that's so key to a drama. Balancing all the dramatic life threatening moments with levity," said Wang at Paramount's salute to the space program, which also celebrated the upcoming release tomorrow of Voyager's first season on DVD, reported at TrekWeb.

"Each of the actors on the series has their own unique sense of humor and they are all very funny people," recalled Wang, who was frustrated that the producers only utilized the comic potential of Neelix and the Doctor. "It would just kill me to see how we were all interacting when the cameras weren't rolling and I thought that those were some of the funniest moments I've ever seen."

Wang also expressed regret that Voyager was not more distinct from previous Star Trek series, saying, "When Roddenberry passed the reigns over to [Rick] Berman, unfortunately Berman kept the same formula...maybe I'm not on Rick Berman's good list because of it but I've always said that risks should have been taken."

What set his show apart for him, Wang said, was the camaraderie among the cast. Yet he said that he would be glad to appear on Enterprise, though "with my rift with Berman I really doubt that will happen."

He said that he thought the first hour of Voyager's finale, "Endgame", was brilliant, but was dissatisfied with the ending, particularly the lack of reaction among the crew to the fact that they were home.

"The last day of filming was very bizarre," he added. "Kate [Mulgrew] was very quiet and I think that set tone amongst everyone on the bridge."

Wang revealed that on an upcoming DVD, he would be seen in footage in which he took a video camera along on a Star Trek cruise.

The full article on Wang's appearance is here.

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