Keating 'Bowled Over' By 'Shuttlepod One'

By Caillan
January 24, 2002 - 7:40 AM

See Also: 'Shuttlepod One' Episode Guide

Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) never guessed he'd have the chance to stretch his acting range on a science fiction show, but that all changed when he received the script for 'Shuttlepod One'.

"As an actor, this experience, particularly on 'Shuttlepod One,' I didn't expect it," Keating told the Sci-Fi Wire. "I don't want to insult [executive producer] Brannon [Braga] or anyone who writes for the show, but I didn't expect to play such a three-dimensional, living, breathing human being on a science fiction show. I didn't expect it. So I'm bowled over. I hope there's more of that to come."

In the episode, Reed and Connor Trinneer's character, Commander 'Trip' Tucker, find themselves marooned in a shuttlepod with no apparent hope of rescue. "We have a ticking clock, in that we're running out of air," Keating said.

Shooting the episode was an arduous experience, the actor explained. "It was quite hard filming, because in the episode we turn the thermostat down to conserve oxygen, so the temperature drops, and they built an igloo for us on Stage 8 and put six air conditioners in there with packs of dry ice, and it took the temperature down to sub-zero, and we did three days in that. It was pretty tough."

'Shuttlepod One' is currently scheduled to air at 8:00pm February 13 on UPN. The full interview with Keating can be found here at the Sci-Fi Wire.

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