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Dawson Very Proud Of 'The Andorian Incident'

By Caillan
October 24, 2001 - 10:27 AM

See Also: 'The Andorian Incident' Episode Guide

Former Voyager actress Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) couldn't have had a better experience directing the upcoming Enterprise episode 'The Andorian Incident'.

"It's interesting to be directing something that you're not acting in," she told Tony Tellado at Sci-Fi Talk. "Voyager afforded me this opportunity and I had a blast on Enterprise. I haven't seen the finished product, but I'm very proud of it."

Dawson described the episode as a great action-adventure story. "The writing was fantastic," she said. "It has a 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' feel, swashbuckling adventure, humour, and it allowed the actors to have character interaction. I enjoyed all of those qualities in this script and I certainly enjoyed bringing them to life. I couldn't have been more pleased."

The episode marks the first appearance of the Andorians on Enterprise, something which Dawson was nervous about. "What's great is that it brings back an alien [the Andorians] that hasn't been seen since the Original Series. It was a very important episode because we are trying to establish this alien as a prominent aspect in the world that they're creating in Enterprise. I tell you, you have blue people with antennae. Either it's going to work or it's not. I was very nervous about it."

Fortunately, the director was full of praise for the cast, especially guest actor Jeffrey Combs (Shran) and Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer). "[Combs] was the lead Andorian in this," Dawson said. "He brought some wonderful colours and hues to this role, I have to say. I think it established them as a permanent colour on this show - he's truly great. Scott Bakula is a fabulous dream. He sets the bar high and the cast follow him. The cast is extremely strong."

Enterprise actress Linda Park (Hoshi Sato) said she had a great time working with Dawson. "We all loved her - she created a great atmosphere for the actors to work in - it was okay to mess up. Her forte was really dealing with the actors and the story."

Park found Dawson a positive role model, especially because she was an actress who had already been through the Trek experience. "She's a really lovely woman, her confidence and quiet assurance was a great thing to see - the only woman director that we've had," Park said. "She was a great person - to see that she went through all this [on Voyager] and still knows who she is and that she still has a great sense of herself was very inspiring."

The full audio interviews with Dawson and Park run Wednesdays and Saturdays on Sci-Fi Talk. 'The Andorian Incident' airs October 31 on UPN.

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