What Star Trek's Commander Shran Looks Like In Real Life

Commander Shran blue skin antennae

Thy'lek Shran is such an impressive character that the Andorian manages to show up on Looper's list of  the best Star Trek villains despite the fact that his attitude is usually far more hostile than his actions. In fact, he often ends up allying with Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) on "Star Trek: Enterprise." But who's the actor behind the extensive blue makeup? 

The man playing Thy'lek Shran is none other than Jeffrey Combs, a true Star Trek veteran. While it's impressive that  Suzie Plakson played four different Star Trek characters and no one noticed , Combs' franchise résumé as a  Star Trek actor who played multiple characters  is even more magnificent. He's portrayed a total of nine different roles in the franchise — or even more, if you count the various cloned Weyouns as separate characters. 

On "Star Trek: Enterprise," apart from Shran, Combs appears as disgruntled Ferengi pirate Krem on the Season 1 episode "Acquisition," as well as an unnamed holosuite guest on the Season 7 episode "What You Leave Behind." On "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," he plays the aforementioned sleazy Dominion diplomat Weyoun, fellow recurring character Brunt, the rich alien Tiron, and — as a departure from his usual makeup-heavy alien roles — a 1950s NYPD officer called Kevin Mulkahey. His other Star Trek roles include the illegal fight organizer Penk on "Star Trek: Voyager" and the sentient computer AGIMUS on the animated "Star Trek: Lower Decks." 

Jeffrey Combs is a horror icon as well as a Star Trek veteran

Jeffrey Combs started acting in movies and on TV shows in 1981. By 1983, he moved into horror films — something he would be associated with throughout his career. His breakthrough role came in 1985, when he first portrayed Dr. Herbert West in "Re-Animator," one of the most unique and  best zombie movies of all time . A career of sequels and other horror works followed, pockmarked with plenty of sci-fi work on the side. Combs is also a prominent voice actor who's portrayed Ratchet on various Transformers shows and multiple DC characters in assorted works. His movies include the Steve Martin comedy "The Man with Two Brains" and Peter Jackson's "The Frighteners." He's also played the regenerating Kevin Burkhoff on "The 4400," among many other roles.

Interestingly, the Star Trek role that offers the best overview on Combs' career isn't Thy'lek Shran, but AGIMUS. Apart from being both a voice role and a Star Trek character, the computer's voice has similarities to none other than Dr. West. "I did feel like maybe the computer spoke well, and Herbert speaks well," Combs told  TrekMovie . "You can't get past who you are to a great deal. I can't give the computer an accent of any kind, so that's just my speaking voice. I tried to not be as dark as Herbert could be. I tried to keep AGIMUS more upbeat, positive. A little more happy, so people would fall for his nonsense."

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Thy'lek Shran

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Thy'lek Shran was an Andorian commander in the Imperial Guard in the 2150s . Despite his aggressive and xenophobic background, Shran became an unlikely ally of Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer and a proponent of strengthened ties between Andoria and Earth . ( ENT : " The Andorian Incident ", " Cease Fire ", " Proving Ground ", " Zero Hour ", " United ")

  • 1 Early life
  • 2.1 Raid on P'Jem
  • 2.2 Coridan Uprising
  • 2.3 Deployment to Weytahn
  • 2.4 Deployment to the Delphic Expanse
  • 2.5 Defense of Earth
  • 2.6 Vulcan Invasion of Andoria
  • 2.7 Destruction of the Kumari and the Babel Crisis
  • 3 Married life
  • 4 Return to duty
  • 5 Alternate timeline
  • 6 Awards and honors
  • 7 Memorable quotes
  • 8.1 Appearances
  • 8.2 Background information
  • 8.3 Apocrypha
  • 8.4 External links

Early life [ ]

Several members of Shran's family were members of the Imperial Guard. His older brother joined while Shran was still in school and was assigned to a forward surveillance unit . ( ENT : " Proving Ground ")

When Shran was a boy, he stumbled into a large den of ice-bores . As a result, Shran wound up with third-degree burns over half his body. ( ENT : " The Aenar ")

Commander of the Kumari [ ]

In 2142 , Shran was promoted to commander of the warship Kumari . ( ENT : " Babel One ")

Raid on P'Jem [ ]

In June 2151 , Shran led an Andorian commando team which raided the Vulcan monastery at P'Jem . The Andorians long accused the Vulcans of hiding a clandestine long range sensor array in the monastery for illegal surveillance of Andorian territory . The Andorians had mounted two previous raids and found no conclusive evidence. Despite this, they remained convinced that the sensor array was there. During this third raid, Captain Archer accidentally stumbled into the confrontation while on a courtesy visit to the monastery. Shran, believing the Humans to be collaborating with the Vulcans, imprisoned Archer, along with Trip Tucker and T'Pol , who were accompanying him. T'Pol's presence with the Humans only amplified Shran's suspicions . Shran interrogated and tortured Archer for information, but learned nothing of use.

Shran thanks Jonathan Archer

Shran expressing his gratitude to Archer for exposing the listening post

The prisoners managed to stage an escape with support from security officers from Enterprise NX-01 . In the ensuing firefight , Archer and Shran accidentally uncovered a passage into an advanced listening post ; the Andorians had been right all along. As a gesture of peace , Archer gave Shran detailed sensor readings and images of the facility and allowed him to leave freely. As he departed, Shran said he was in Archer's debt . ( ENT : " The Andorian Incident ")

Coridan Uprising [ ]

Later that year, Shran was assigned to an Andorian covert ops unit supporting an uprising on Coridan , a world allied with Vulcan . When a shuttlepod from Enterprise carrying Archer and T'Pol was shot down by the rebels, Shran contacted the security team sent to extract them and provided assistance. Shran, claiming that he had "lost sleep" over his debt to Archer, wanted to arrange the Captain's freedom as payment of that debt. His information proved crucial in releasing the Enterprise crewmen, and Shran also helped avoid a fire-fight with a commando squad from the Vulcan starship Ni'Var by shooting Traeg , a Coridan rebel who was about to fire on Vulcan captain Sopek . With T'Pol having been wounded taking a shot for Sopek, Shran angrily told the Vulcan captain that it should've been him who was shot. ( ENT : " Shadows of P'Jem ")

Deployment to Weytahn [ ]

In late 2152 , Shran was commanding ground forces deployed to Weytahn , a planetoid strategically located between Andorian and Vulcan space and referred to by the Vulcans as Paan Mokar . Recognizing a dangerous stalemate with the Vulcan forces, Shran sought to negotiate a truce with Vulcan ambassador Soval , with the talks mediated by Captain Archer. Although the Vulcans resisted the inclusion of Archer due to their innate disdain toward Humans, Shran took the unusual step of insisting on Archer's presence, stating that he trusted Archer to be objective based on their previous encounters. Despite some pitfalls in the process (Shran's lieutenant Tarah disobeyed his orders and opened fire on Archer's shuttlepod), the negotiations proved successful, and a final cease-fire was arranged. During the negotiations, Shran and Soval negotiated for weeks over little details and Soval never once lied to Shran. As a result, Shran grew to trust and respect Soval. ( ENT : " Cease Fire ", " Kir'Shara ")

Deployment to the Delphic Expanse [ ]

Shran, 2153

Shran in 2153

In December 2153 , the Kumari was deployed to the Delphic Expanse with orders to capture a prototype of a Xindi weapon for use as a deterrent against a potential Vulcan invasion. Shran followed Enterprise 's warp trail, hoping to save time as the Human ship was also searching for the Xindi weapon following the Xindi's unprovoked attack on Earth. The Kumari provided tactical and engineering assistance to Enterprise , helping to repair major damage the latter ship had incurred in an encounter with several spatial anomalies. The Kumari and Enterprise launched a joint assault on a Xindi weapons-testing area, and Shran captured the Xindi prototype. Shran had not informed Archer ahead of time of his intentions to take the weapon to Andoria. Furious, Archer used the weapon's remote activation codes to force Shran to jettison the weapon before it was destroyed. Their plan foiled, the Kumari returned to Andoria. Prior to leaving the Expanse, Shran secretly relayed all technical and tactical sensor readings his ship had taken from the weapon to Enterprise ; this information proved to be of enormous use in preventing a second Xindi attack on Earth. ( ENT : " Proving Ground ")

Defense of Earth [ ]

During the Xindi weapon's attack on Earth, Shran and the Kumari appeared out of high warp, having managed to track Degra's shuttle through a subspace vortex to Earth. Shran offers his help to Archer in saving Earth, having the Kumari fly cover for Degra's near-defenseless shuttle against a Xindi-Reptilian warship commanded by Councilor Dolim . Shran's intervention allows Archer and an away team to beam to the superweapon and ultimately destroy it while Shran battles Dolim's ship. After detecting Dolim's transport to the superweapon, Shran orders his crew to target the warship's unshielded engines and the Kumari destroys the Xindi ship, rendering Dolim unable to escape. Shran states that he and Archer are no longer even, Archer now owes him for his help. ( ENT : " Zero Hour ")

Vulcan Invasion of Andoria [ ]

In 2154 , the Vulcan High Command planned an invasion of Andoria . Shran led a group of Andorian ships who were hiding in a nebula . Enterprise , with help by Soval, located Shran and attempted to alert him to the invasion. Not fully convinced, Shran kidnapped Soval and restrained him. Using a machine to prevent Soval from blocking his emotions, Shran attempted to retrieve the real location of the Vulcans' fleet. Shran did not want to harm Soval and simply wanted the real location of the fleet, growing more desperate and upset as he tortured Soval. When Enterprise found out about Shran kidnapping Soval, he was returned to the ship. Having been convinced by Soval's continuing insistence on his innocence, Shran shows remorse for his treatment of Soval and genuine concern for his condition, stating he did what he had to do and Soval would understand. After being convinced, Shran and Enterprise set forth to the location of the incoming Vulcan fleet. Shran only had a fleet of seven ships while the Vulcans had twelve, though more Andorian ships were on the way. When the Vulcan fleet arrived, the first fights occurred just between the Vulcans and Andorians. When Enterprise was ordered to be destroyed, Shran attempted to stop the Vulcans from doing so, stating that Archer now owed him twice. When problems in the Vulcan High Command ended, the battle halted. ( ENT : " Kir'Shara ")

Shortly after this, Shran became romantically linked with his tactical officer Talas . She initiated the pairing; Shran later told Jonathan Archer that he had the choice between arresting her and mating with her. He chose the latter. ( ENT : " Babel One ")

Destruction of the Kumari and the Babel Crisis [ ]

Shran Kumari bridge

Shran on the Kumari bridge

In November of the same year, the Kumari was destroyed by a Romulan ship posing as a Tellarite vessel. Shran made it to an escape pod . Shran, Talas, and eighteen other crew members were rescued by Enterprise . Determined to make Gral , the Tellarite ambassador , confess to the attack, Shran and Talas burst into Gral's quarters and held him at gunpoint. Archer eventually cooled the dispute, but Gral's aide Naarg wounded Talas with a phase-pistol . The wound proved mortal, and as she lay dying, Talas asked Shran to avenge her. After her death, Shran challenged Naarg to the Ushaan , a traditional Andorian duel, but Archer, fearing the collapse of the fragile Andorian-Tellarite-Vulcan alliance, invoked the right to substitute for the Tellarite. Shran was hesitant to fight the Captain because he did not want to hurt someone he considered a friend. During the duel, Shran wounded Archer and urged him to give up, while the captain retorted that he "was merely making Shran look good in front of his soldiers."

Shran missing an antenna

Shran missing an antenna after an Ushaan with Archer in 2154

The duel ended when Archer lopped off Shran's left antenna, rendering him defenseless. He was expected to compensate for the loss of the antenna in a few days and regrow it in nine months, or half that time with therapy. ( ENT : " Babel One ", " United ")

When evidence suggested the Romulan ship was being controlled via telepresence by an Andorian Aenar , Shran and Archer traveled to Andoria to meet with them. After enlisting the assistance of an Aenar female named Jhamel , they were able to contact the Romulan ship's unwilling pilot and stop the attack. Shran assisted Jhamel during this time, showing deep care for her. Before departing the Enterprise , Shran tells Archer that he may not get a new ship so it could be some time before they see each other again. Archer and T'Pol offer any assistance they can give him in the matter. ( ENT : " The Aenar ")

Married life [ ]

Shran and Talla

Shran holding Talla in 2161

Shran eventually married Jhamel. In 2156 , she gave birth to their first child, Talla . Two years later , Shran had quit the Imperial Guard, even though he was considered a hero. He thought he needed some change as he had a family. As a civilian he made some poor choices and had friends involved in questionable businesses. As they thought he had taken a Tenebian amethyst that belonged to them, Shran was forced to fake his death. With the help of some old colleagues from the Imperial Guard, Shran managed to disappear for three years until he was discovered. Shran emerged from hiding in 2161 , just prior to the signing of the Federation Charter , after his daughter was abducted. With the assistance of Archer and Enterprise , Shran was able to rescue his daughter. ( ENT : " These Are the Voyages... ")

Return to duty [ ]

Sometime prior to 2164 , he had rejoined the Imperial Guard and was promoted to general . In 2164 , he appointed Jonathan Archer an honorary member of the Andorian Guard. ( ENT : " In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II ")

Alternate timeline [ ]

In the alternate timeline where the Xindi destroyed Earth, Shran had been promoted to general sometime prior to 2165 . He assisted the Human colony on Ceti Alpha V , providing Enterprise with deflector shields to replace its polarized hull plating . ( ENT : " Twilight ")

Awards and honors [ ]

The 23rd century Federation starship USS Shran was named after the general, as was the 25th century starship USS Thy'lek Shran . ( DIS : " Battle at the Binary Stars ", PIC : " The Next Generation ")

Memorable quotes [ ]

" You should be the one dying, not her. "

" Captain Archer. Look at the trouble you've gotten your pink skin into this time! "

" Your world is in jeopardy, and where are your friends, the Vulcans? Where is their mighty fleet? They couldn't even spare one officer! She was forced to abandon her career to remain on your ship – a remarkably selfless act… for a Vulcan. But we've come to your aid. We've come into the Expanse when they refused. We're here to help you. "

" So… how did you get picked for this assignment? " " I volunteered. It made sense. I've had the greatest amount of contact with pink… with Humans, and the last time we met you helped my people avert a war. I don't like unpaid debts. " " We keep doing each other favors. " " Isn't that how alliances are born? "

" The Andorian Mining Consortium runs from no one. "

" This was a failure?!" " A spectacular one – but, yes. "

" For two hundred years, all that's kept them from invading Andoria is the threat of massive retaliation. With a weapon of this magnitude at our disposal, they wouldn't dare attack us. " " You're putting Earth at risk because of a border dispute with the Vulcans?! " " We disrupted the Xindi test, took their weapon. We may have helped save your world! " " I guess I'm not familiar with the Andorian concept of help! "

" You're not using your head, pink skin. That ship you're on is no match for the Reptilian. "

" Tell Archer… we're not even anymore. He owes me ! "

" One Reptilian transported to the weapon… " " Let's make sure he has nowhere to go back to. "

" Tell Archer that's two he owes me! "

Appendices [ ]

Appearances [ ].

  • " The Andorian Incident " ( Season 1 )
  • " Shadows of P'Jem "
  • " Cease Fire " ( Season 2 )
  • " Proving Ground " ( Season 3 )
  • " Zero Hour "
  • " Kir'Shara " ( Season 4 )
  • " Babel One "
  • " The Aenar "
  • " These Are the Voyages... "

Background information [ ]

Shran was played by Star Trek veteran Jeffrey Combs .

The first name "Thy'lek" and Shran's rank as general in 2164 were mentioned in Jonathan Archer's biography , seen in " In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II ".

In the script for " The Andorian Incident ", Shran was introduced with the description, " His white hair and blue skin make his teeth appear sickly gray by contrast. "

Shooting The Andorian Incident

Filming Shran as a combatant in "The Andorian Incident"

Without auditioning for the part, Jeffrey Combs was offered the role of Shran by Executive Producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga . [1] Braga later explained, " Casting the role of Shran was a daunting challenge, because you've got to have some blue guy with antennae be threatening. When you have someone like Jeffrey, who you know is going to nail it and bring it dimension, you're like, 'Let's use him.' Plus, the fans love him. " ( Star Trek: Communicator  issue 139 , p. 24)

A fan of Star Trek: The Original Series himself, Jeff Combs thought it would be interesting to explore the Andorians, a race which was rarely seen on-screen prior to Enterprise . He made a point to ask whether the character would be killed off at the end of the episode, recalling his experience of playing Weyoun . Once informed that Shran would survive "The Andorian Incident", Combs readily accepted. [2] In a 2011 interview, Combs recalled, " Shran was a gift. I loved Shran. I got to play a completely different color, and I was excited about that. And I don't mean blue. Shran gave me a totally different spectrum than I had with Brunt and Weyoun. I got to play a captain, someone with a real chip on his shoulder. My prototype… I looked at the Vulcans as if they were the British and the Andorians as if they were the Irish, and Jimmy Cagney was my ideal. That's the kind of the guy I saw Shran as, a tough little guy who holds his ground, and you've got to go through him, not around him. " [3]

As the director of "The Andorian Incident", Roxann Dawson was delighted with Combs' initial work as Shran. She later remarked, " He really created an extraordinary character there, didn't he? " ( Star Trek: Communicator  issue 143 , p. 32)

Combs first day on set as Shran for "The Andorian Incident" was Wednesday, 22 August 2001 , with a makeup call at 5:30 AM and a set call at 10:00 AM. He filmed his scenes until the final day of production on this episode, Wednesday 29 August 2001 , on Paramount Stage 8 and 9 . It was also the first time on this episode, he worked with his stunt double Kim Robert Koscki . ( Call sheets )

Between the filming of "The Andorian Incident" and the production of "Shadows of P'Jem", Rick Berman stated about the character of Shran, " He's not necessarily an Andorian terrorist in the sense of being destructive. There's a little of that but I think he's more of an Andorian James Bond . He's an Andorian on a very important reconnaissance mission. " ( Star Trek: Communicator  issue 136 , p. 15)

Shooting United

Filming "United"

The final draft script of " United " stated, " Shran is a student of history. "

Along with Ambassador Soval , Daniels and Porthos , Shran is one of only four characters, outside of the ensemble cast, to appear in all four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise .

Manny Coto has stated that, had the series been given a fifth season, Shran may have joined the crew of Enterprise , as an "auxiliary or an advisor." [4] [5] Jeffrey Combs himself was unaware of this idea until after the series ended. He commented, " I deeply appreciate it. At the same time it sort of hurts. 'Ah, man, the one that got away! Dang it! Coulda, shoulda, woulda.' But I take it as the huge compliment that it is. I was quite involved in that fourth season and so it sounds like it would have been a natural progression, and it would have been a cool one, to have a new alien on the bridge adding another dynamic. That would have been really, really interesting. " [6]

Ultimately, Jeffrey Combs felt that, of all the characters he had played on Star Trek , Shran was the one he'd most like to play again. " I like his attitude and his complexity. And there was still some stuff to explore about him. I think I'd like that. " [7]

Shran was also popular with other production staffers, including married writing couple Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens . The latter noted about Combs' portrayal of the character, " Jeffrey is sort of everyone's favorite Andorian. " Added Judith Reeves-Stevens, " Jeffrey as Shran, you're not concentrating on the fact that he has blue antennae that move, he sells the character. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 40)

Shran's appearances during Enterprise were watched by Noah Averbach-Katz in preparation for his Star Trek: Discovery role of the Andorian Ryn . According to Averbach-Katz, aside from TOS : " Journey to Babel ", Combs for all intents and purposes "invented" Andorians by his portrayal of Shran. [8]

Shran was also a character in the aborted film Star Trek: The Beginning .

Apocrypha [ ]

In the non- canon Pocket Books novel The Good That Men Do , Shran's complete name is "Hravishran th'Zoarhi". Later novels establish that "Thy'lek Shran" is the Aenar form of his name. In the "Age of Discovery" expansion of Star Trek Online , Shran's great-grandson, Captain Thy'kir Shran (voiced by Jeffrey Combs), serves as captain of the USS Sebrova during the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-57.

His mirror universe counterpart appeared in the novella " Age of the Empress ".

External links [ ]

  • Thy'lek Shran at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • Thy'lek Shran at Wikipedia
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Jeffrey Combs' Versatile Star Trek Roles

Jeffrey Combs has portrayed various compelling characters in the Star Trek universe. Here are all the roles Combs has played.

While some actors are constantly typecast in the same roles or genres, others have received both critical and public nods for having played very diverse characters in the entertainment industry. Names like Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, or Emma Thompson come to mind. A franchise as popular as Star Trek , with its twelve shows and thirteen movies, is widely known for recasting such prolific actors in various human and alien roles, sometimes even in the same episode.

One recurring, fan-favorite Trek performer is Jeffrey Combs, whose portfolio includes horror classics Frightmare , Re-Animator , and The Frighteners , the voice of Scarecrow in The New Batman Adventures , and the voice of Question in Justice League Unlimited .

Combs played nine different characters across four Star Trek shows: Deep Space 9 , Enterprise , Voyager , and most recently, the adult animated series created by Mike McMahan, Lower Decks .

Related: Jeffrey Combs' Best Performances, Ranked


Combs may have auditioned for the role of William Riker, which he lost to Jonathan Frakes, but his first Trek character was Tiron, in the DS9 season 3 episode “Meridian,” in 1994. Tiron was a pale humanoid alien with a green coloration on his forehead. He is very wealthy, entitled, and a little on the creepy side, as he became so obsessed with Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) that he commissioned a holosuite featuring a hologram in her likeness.

Weyoun 4 to 8—DS9

Weyoun is Combs’ personal favorite role in the franchise, probably because he got to play 5 versions of him, starting with the Season 4 episode To the Death , and ending with the series’ heartbreaking finale, What You Leave Behind . Weyoun was a Vorta, a genetically engineered race that was created solely to serve the diplomatic interests of the Founders/Changelings.

Whenever one Weyoun died, he was immediately replaced by his clone. Combs’ Weyoun 4 was killed by his own Jem’Hadar soldiers after questioning their allegiance. Weyoun 5 was obliterated in a transporter malfunction, though it was probably not an accident. As for Weyoun 6, he was considered a defective model, because he was the only clone to ever question the devastating Dominion War that was instigated by his masters. And so, he ended up killing himself by triggering his brain implant. Weyoun 7, on the other hand, simply had his neck snapped by an irritated Worf (but don’t Klingons always feel irritated?). And last, Weyoun 8 was shot by the space station’s mysterious Cardassian tailor, Garak.

“I played him as if he prided himself on how eloquent and elegant he could be, and on his ability to manipulate and cajole. He considered himself really adept at the political game.” (Jeffrey Combs in Star Trek Monthly issue 17, pp. 17-18)

Related: Star Trek: Supporting Characters That Deserve Their Own Movie


Combs donned the prosthetic head (gigantic ears included) of a very annoying Ferengi on DS9 : the overzealous Commerce Authority auditor, Brunt. His first appearance was in the Season 3 episode Family Business , in which he investigated the bar manager, Quark, and his mother, Ishka. After being a thorn in Quark’s side on several occasions, Brunt attempted to have Quark’s brother, Rom, removed from his new office as Grand Nagus, but ended up losing his license instead.

When Combs played both Weyoun and Brunt in the DS9 episode Dogs of War , he was branded as the first Trek actor to portray two different recurring characters in the same episode.


The dynamic of the blue-skinned Andorian commander Thy’lek Shran and the Enterprise captain Jonathan Archer is one of the most iconic on television. What started as a hostile interaction (kidnapping and torture included) would soon transform into mutual respect. Through the seasons, the duo would do each other life-saving favors against Vulcans spies, hostile Andorians, and the evil Xindi race.

Unlike most of Combs’ Trek roles, Shran was passionate, compassionate, and honorable. Combs would also go on to voice Starfleet captain Thy'kir Shran, the commander’s great-grandson aboard the U.S.S. Sebrova, in the Star Trek Online roleplaying game.

Suldok—Elite Force II

Combs may not have portrayed a Romulan on TV (yet), but he did voice the main Romulan villain in the 2003 PC game Star Trek: Elite Force II . Suldok was an anti-Federation commander who developed a military coup against the Romulan Empire via genetically engineered bugs.

Kevin Mulkahey—DS9

In the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode Far Beyond the Stars , set in an alternate 1953 Harlem, Combs assumed the role of Kevin Mulkahey, a racist and violent police detective who beat up criminals, writers, and even other police officers. Unlike most of his charismatic alien villains, Combs’ human character was detestable from the get-go.


Combs’ only appearance on Star Trek: Voyager was as the ringmaster Penk, in the Season 6 episode Tsunkatse . Penk was a humanoid in the Delta Quadrant who was in the business of kidnapping unsuspecting candidates of various races to supply them for the Norcadians’ popular, bloody, galactically broadcasted “gladiator” game, Tsunkatse. This episode featured Dwayne Johnson as the Pendari Champion who was pitted against Seven of Nine (Jerri Ryan).


In Star Trek: Entreprise ’s season-1 episode, “Acquisition,” Combs portrayed the Ferengi Krem, who boarded the Enterprise NX-01 with his companions in an attempt to sabotage it and snatch it away. Krem was a rather laidback and complacent character who, with the help of Captain Archer, became aware that Ulis, his cousin in the raiding crew, had been exploiting him and paying him less than what he was due. He would eventually betray Ulis and help Archer take back his ship.

AGIMUS—Lower Decks

Jeffrey Combs devotees have most likely recognized his voice in the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks as AGIMUS, a controlling, megalomaniac sentient computer with a flaring red button. When the Yosemite shuttle transporting him to the Daystrom Institute of Advanced Robotics crashed, he became stranded on an unfriendly planet with two main characters, Mariner and Boimler, whom he then attempted to manipulate and pit against one another. After they were rescued, AGIMUS expressed his desire to forsake his evil ways and join Starfleet, but was taken to the Self-Aware Megalomaniacal Computer Storage.

Holosuite Guest—DS9

In the finale of Deep Space Nine , Jeffrey Combs made a fleeting appearance as an elegantly dressed human in a 1960’s holosuite program. It was unclear whether that man was supposed to be a background hologram character or an actual station officer. Perhaps that intriguing, silent character was the producers’ way of expressing their final appreciation for the actor's talent on the show.

Veterans other than Jeffrey Combs who have taken on multiple roles in the Star Trek franchise include Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, Starship computer voice) and Vaughn Armstrong (as a human, Klingon, Cardassian, Romulan, Vidiian, Borg, Kreetassan, and an Alpha Hirogan).

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Published Jul 27, 2011

Star Trek’s Mr. Everywhere – A Jeffrey Combs interview, Part 1

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If you were to turn on your television right now and watch a repeat of DS9 , Voyager or Enterprise , chances are you’d catch Jeffrey Combs acting up a storm. Combs, you see, was pretty much Star Trek’s guest star of guest stars, the go-to guy whenever the producers, casting people and/or a particular director needed someone they could count on to deliver the goods. The actor – who at the time was best known for his role as Dr. Herbert West in the cult-favorite horror film Re-Animator -- played Brunt and Weyoun , and variations of them, as well as Officer Mulkahey and Tiron on DS9, Penk on Voyager and Krem on Enterprise. Combs has kept busy in the years since his last Trek appearance, acting in films, on TV and on stage, and appearing at conventions around the world. StarTrek.com recently caught up with Combs at his Los Angeles home for an exclusive two-part interview in which he recounted his Trek experiences, filled us in on his current projects, which include several movies and the animated series Transformers: Prime, and talked about his packed schedule for Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention next month in Las Vegas.

Go all the way back. How did you land your first Trek job?

Combs: I had auditioned a number of times, maybe three or four times, for Deep Space Nine. I only auditioned for The Next Generation once, and that’s when they were casting the pilot. All those years, and I was never invited to come in and audition for The Next Generation. Then DS9 came along and I kept getting in the batter’s box, thank you very much. One day I walked in and Jonathan Frakes was directing the episode. I knew Jonathan slightly. We’d both auditioned together for a film some years earlier and we had mutual friends. And he cast me (as Tiron in “Meridian” ), bless him. The really lovely thing about it was that once I was on set I reconnected with Rene Auberjonois , who I’d done theater with. It just so happened that Rene was starting to cast for what was going to be his very first episode as a director ( “Family Business” ). Rene suggested me and, bless them, the producers agreed and cast me for Brunt. There was some resistance at first because I’d just done a show, but they went, “Yeah, but no one will know.” So out of that I start recurring, and then they tagged me for Weyoun, and the rest is DS9 history.

At what point did someone – and we’re assuming that someone was Ira Steven Behr – say, “Be ready. We’re going to keep using you and using you and…”?

Combs: It’s all Ira. It’s all Ira. I did not know that Ira had been a fan of my work. He told me a story once. He said, “Even before you were on DS9, I saw you in a supermarket.” I said, “Well, did you come up and say hi?” He said, “No, no, no, I didn’t, but I saw you?” I was like, “Why didn’t you do that?” But it’s Ira. Bless him, and bless him again. I remember the day that I was standing on the sound stage in full Brunt makeup and Ira came up to me and said, “You know, we want to use you as another character, where we’ll see more of your face.” I said, “Oh, wow. That’s great. Thanks.” But I didn’t really believe it. It’s Hollywood. People say stuff. But Ira is a breed apart. He means what he says. And out of that came Weyoun. Of course, they killed Weyoun at the end of the episode, but the writers realized afterwards, “Wait a minute, this is a character we find interesting.” So that’s how Weyoun could be cloned at the drop of a hat. Problem solved.

You ended up in dozens of episodes of Star Trek , spanning from DS9 to Enterprise. For the sake of time, let us throw the names of some of the characters you played at you, and please give us a few thoughts on each. Tiron…

Combs: Tiron had a weird nose, and I had problems breathing out of it. I had gills, and every time I’d breathe in through my nose, the nose would suck in. So I really had to make sure, technically, that I didn’t blow the makeup by breathing! But I got to work with Armin Shimerman . He was the sweetest guy. He was the one who came to me and said, “Welcome. If you want to run the scene, if you want to work on it, I am at your disposal. Just find me in my trailer or wherever. It doesn’t matter. We’re really glad you’re here.” Boy, that was a big thing. That generosity and professionalism is, to this day, what Armin Shimerman is all about.

Combs: That headpiece. Even though I had big ears, I could not hear. But, man, did I have the best time playing Brunt. To be able to make Quark squirm… delicious would be the word that I would use to describe Brunt.

Combs: Weyoun is your best friend. He really is, and he wants you to know that. He wants to alleviate all of your problems. There’s really nothing to worry about, until the knife is in your back, and then you realize you’ve been had. It was a wonderful counterpoint. I loved being so evil and yet being so good-natured and pleasant about it. That was a decision that I made, honestly, the first day that I shot Weyoun. I had no idea what a Vorta looked like until the makeup was done at 6:30 in the morning, when I looked in the mirror and went, “Who is this guy? OK, make a decision.” I decided right away that he was a very pleasant fellow, very placid. Sometimes you’ve got to run with your initial instinct, and in that case it was a good one.

Combs: I would say meeting the Rock. Also, running the scanner down the body of Seven of Nine was not too unpleasant. But meeting the Rock; I’ll never forget, he came up to me and said, “Hey, how are you? Listen, call me Dwayne?” I remember thinking, “Dwayne?! OK, I’ll call you Dwayne.” He said, “Can I ask you a question?” I said, “Sure.” He said, “Can I take a picture with you?” I remember thinking, “He wants to take a picture with me? Wow, that’s very cool.”

Combs: I loved Krem. He was such a weak sweetheart. That really gave me the opportunity to play the opposite of Brunt, to show that there are sweet and good-hearted Ferengi as well. Of course, Max Grodenchik with Rom could make that argument in spades, but still, for me to able to play that note was really interesting. Also, introducing the Ferengi was interesting. If you notice, they never called them Ferengi in that episode because that would be going against the Trek bible. But, still, it was the first encounter with the Ferengi, and that was very cool.

Combs: Ah, Shran was a gift. I loved Shran. I got to play a completely different color, and I was excited about that. And I don’t mean blue. Shran gave me a totally different spectrum than I had with Brunt and Weyoun. I got to play a captain, someone with a real chip on his shoulder. My prototype… I looked at the Vulcans as if they were the British and the Andorians as if they were the Irish, and Jimmy Cagney was my ideal. That’s kind of the guy I saw Shran as, a tough little guy who holds his ground, and you’ve got to go through him, not around him.

To keep track of Jeffrey Combs and his current projects, visit his official site at www.jeffreycombs.com . And check back at StarTrek.com again tomorrow for part two of our interview with Combs.

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Jeffrey Combs as an Andorian on Star Trek: Enterprise, and as an evil computer on Lower Decks

Mild spoilers ahead for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2, Episode 7, “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie.” 

Jeffrey Combs is Star Trek royalty. There’s just no other way to say it. Prior to 2021, Combs played eight distinct characters across three different series. But now, after his turn in the latest Star Trek: Lower Decks episode — “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie” — Combs has now played nine characters across four shows. If you loved Combs as Shran in Enterprise or Weyoun in DS9 , you’re gonna love him as the voice of an evil and hilarious A.I. in Lower Decks . Den of Geek had a chance to chat with Combs about returning to the Trek universe, why he’s glad he didn’t get the role of Will Riker in 1987, and his firm belief that the prequel series Enterprise contains some of the best of Trek ever. 

In the latest episode of Lower Decks , Boimler and Mariner have to transport a rogue A.I. via shuttlecraft, to a secret Starfleet storage facility where, apparently, little evil computers are all stored. The twist is, that along the way, their shuttle crashes on an inhospitable planet — very reminiscent of Ceti Alpha V from The Wrath of Khan — leaving Boimler and Mariner stuck with the evil computer, who is trying to get in their head.

“I’m constantly just trying to get someone to plug me in,” Combs explains. “I cajole. I threaten. I charm. Just help me get off this planet! I’m the solution! It’s just a delicious note to play. I just keep trying to get them to do it. Then I can take over the multiverse.”

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Before playing the voice of this little evil computer, It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Jeffrey Combs in the Trek universe. His last appearance was in the Enterprise season finale in 2005, playing the cranky Andorian Shran, a role which Discovery’s most recent Andorian, Noah Averbach-Katz, said was his “template for the Über-Andorian.” Depending on your favorite era of Trek , you might have a different image of Combs in your mind. In Deep Space Nine , although he played the Ferengi Brunt his most affecting role was probably Weyoun, the duplicitous and scheming Vorta clone.

“With Weayoun, everyone was a snarling gravelly-voiced villain,” Combs says. “And I thought: ‘hmm maybe I do something different and play a different note.’ I always try and find that. It’s not always there. Shran was a little more of a serious take. But even he can get a dark joke in there, every once in a while.” 

When asked, Combs jumped at the chance to do Lower Decks , saying “After I hear the word ‘Star’ followed by the word ‘Trek,’ I’m completely enamored of the idea and eager to be a part of it.” That said, Combs admits that the tone of Lower Decks was, at first, tricky.

“My biggest challenge was meeting the tone of the script,” he says. “I hadn’t seen much of Lower Decks , so, at first,  I didn’t have much of a frame of reference.  It was a completely different kind of tone from what I’m used to with Star Treks. It’s a little sassy. A little irreverent. But it does have some honesty about it and some issues that people are dealing with. But I just kind of like the fast-paced sort of wry humor that’s mixed in. I think I hit their music. I tried to keep up with the very talented pack of actors.”

In 1986, when Lower Decks actors Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid were still young kids, Jeffrey Combs was in a “crowded room,” waiting to audition for the role of Commander Will Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Combs laughs off the memory, saying “ Everybody auditioned for Riker. It was a cattle call. It was a room with a ton of guys and in a corner, in this big room, they would call you up and you’d read for 20 seconds. When my agent called me with an audition for a new Star Trek series and described the role, I said, ‘I am not right for that role. There must be something else in there I can do.’ It was described as a tall, leading man — hey hello! So I showed up in my cowboy boots, trying to get as much height as I could. Futile. I have to say… they chose the right person: Mr Frakes!” 

Of course, Combs reunited with Jonathan Frakes several times throughout his various appearances on Star Trek , starting with the DS9 episode, “Meridian,” which was directed by Frakes. And of course, Combs appeared onscreen with Frakes in the Enterprise series finale, “These Are the Voyages…” These days, the most misunderstood Trek series of them all is having something of a renaissance . 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of Enterprise , reasserting the enduring power of the series that was supposedly the one that fans liked the least. When I ask Combs what he thinks of the newfound adoration of Enterprise , his love of the series is unequivocal.

“Well, it should be praised. People were ambivalent about it at first. I really don’t know why. Let’s not forget The Original Series was canceled after three seasons,” Combs says. “I feel like Enterprise’s sea legs, and its voice, were just starting to happen when it was canceled. It did hit its stride in that last season. And I think the same thing can be said for DS9 , Voyager , and maybe Next Generation. These things take some time to find their music. They pulled the trigger too fast. I feel strongly about this.”

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The notion of a fifth season of Enterprise in the year 2006, would have certainly created an alternate universe of Trek production history. Had Enterprise lasted seven seasons, like its three predecessors, it would have gone off the air in 2008 or 2009, which certainly changes the trajectory of the reboot films. It’s a tough world to imagine, but if you love Star Trek , Combs does have a point. The third and fourth seasons of Enterprise are utterly re-watchable, and some of the episodes in those seasons, like “Demons” and “Terra Prime,” represent just how powerful and intelligent Star Trek can be. 

“I think it holds up quite nicely,” affirms Combs. “There’s no marked difference in any of them, and in fact, some of the best episodes of Star Trek are on Enterprise .” 

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Interview: Jeffrey Combs On The Serendipity Of Playing Multiple Characters In ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’

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| May 11, 2019 | By: Anthony Pascale 38 comments so far

On Monday May 13th, the documentary What We Left Behind  about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will hit US and Canadian theaters in a one-night event. TrekMovie has spoken to members of the cast and producers about what we can expect from the documentary and about their time on DS9.

Today we present our interview with Jeffrey Combs, who appeared in 31 episodes of Deep Space Nine playing a number of characters, including the recurring charaters Brunt (a Ferengi) and the Weyoun, a Vorta who was the primary representative of the Dominion, the main antagonist of the series. Combs went on to appear in Voyager as well as the fan-favorite Shran the Andorian, a recurring character on  Star Trek: Enterprise. He is one of a small handful of actors who have appeared as eight or more characters in the franchise.

One of the themes of What We Left Behind is how DS9 was a different kind of show. You had the opportunity to work on Voyager and especially Enterprise . How would you say your experience was different on Deep Space Nine ?

Good question. To answer, I will use a metaphor. Let’s say I work on the line at Ford making cars and a new model comes along. Well, the assembly line is modified and there are different people, but the same basic assembly concepts and apparatus and infrastructure are in place, even philosophy. So, even though they were quite different in tone and in personnel, it was also very comfortable to me. I knew that each show had more similarities than differences, in terms of the daily schedule, what to expect, and the level of quality of every department, including many of the same people. Like for instance, for all of the shows, Robert Blackman was the costume designer. So, that is a consistency that was comforting. So, the basic running philosophy was the same, it wasn’t an Earth-shattering difference for me at all. And that is good because most of the time actors like myself that recur it is a bit like going to a new school. You walk and things are humming along and you just don’t know the ins and outs of everything. So, any kind of reassurance you have around yourself that things are familiar, that really helps you. Actors deal with a lot of anxiety and trepidation when they walk onto a set they aren’t familiar with.

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Jeffrey Combs as Tiron in “Meridian,” his first appearance on DS9

As a recurring actor, you appeared on DS9 over 30 times, playing a number of different characters. Why do you think they kept calling you back so many times, especially for different roles?

That is a really good one. It all happened in a really unorthodox way. It started out fairly benign. I had auditioned for a couple of episodes of Deep Space Nine and not gotten the gig. So when I went in for “Meridian”—which was my very first—it was an alien who only showed up once. It was a “oner.” I auditioned and was in the batter’s box again and I got that job, and I never imaged it would be any more than a guest star for one episode of Star Trek, a show that as a kid I absolutely adored. I love the original series, so just getting on a Star Trek series was a bit of a milestone for me. And Jonathan Frakes was the director of that episode, so he got me on the dance floor and I appreciate that.

As I was on set, I reconnected with my dear friend Rene Auberjonois. I had done theater with Rene, and it just so happened that Rene was prepping to direct a Ferengi episode [“Family Business”] and he suggested me for Brunt. There was a little bit of natural resistance for that because “wait, he is on an episode, why would we double dip like that?” But Rene went to bat for me and said: “who is going to know? He is a Ferengi.” And they said yes, and that turned into a recurring role. So, I thought that was it. The lovely thing was I didn’t have to audition for Brunt, in fact, I didn’t have to audition for Star Trek ever again after that. I am forever grateful for that as I am a dreadful auditioner.

So, I started doing Brunt and [showrunner] Ira Steven Behr walked up to me on set one moment and said: “We really like your work and we want to bring you back in something people will recognize your face in.” And little did I know that Weyoun would blossom into surpassing Brunt in recurring and become more and more integral to the storyline of Deep Space Nine . I still pinch myself every single day at my great good fortune. And of course,  Enterprise called and asked if I would play Shran, which I was very grateful for because I loved that character and enjoyed every moment with that and Scott [Bakula] and the crew.

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Jeffrey Combs as Brunt in DS9’s “Family Business”

Were there ever episodes that you had to turn down? Could there have been even more of you in Deep Space Nine ?

That’s a really good question because I had other things going on besides Star Trek. I have a sort of foot in the horror world – Re- Animator , Frighteners , From Beyond – the list goes on and on. You would think there would be some sort of collision at some point. I do remember Frighteners interfering with Deep Space Nine , but it all worked out. Deep Space Nine was very accommodating with dates. They could be somewhat flexible, if you couldn’t make it this time you could make it another. Remarkably, there was never a collision like that in all those years I did Star Trek. I probably turned some things down that weren’t quite as interesting to me as Deep Space Nine.

Through the process of being interviewed for the documentary – or maybe by watching it – did you learn anything new about Deep Space Nine,  or about you or your characters?

The thing is when you are shooting these things, they don’t really tell actors very much, at least recurring roles. You are always kind of on the bubble. You never know how many episodes you are going to do because the writers don’t know. I even knew at the time that they might have a general idea of an arc for a season or a group of episodes or kernels of ideas to explore, but a lot of the time the writers were much like you see in the documentary fleshing out an imaginary first episode of an eight season. They are winging it. They are riffing in a lovely way. And that is one of the reasons why I was lucky enough do as many episodes is that what they would do is watch dailies and watch performances and this would spark some inspiration or a story that they hadn’t thought of before and off to the races. That was sort of an eye-opener. It is not a bible with: now we do this and now we do that. They are literally – to a big degree – just dealing with what is right in front of them.

One of the themes I love about the documentary is everybody’s memory of the same event is very – as I think Armin [Shimerman] said – is very Rashomon-ic . Everyone has a different memory of things, and that is very human. I love the specificity and the ambiguity that the documentary brings to everybody.

For Weyoun, how did the character evolve for you, and did you approach the different Weyouns differently? It started also as another oner but became this major character, which is a bit of a weird process.

It was a weird process. Like I said before with them finding inspiration with what they are looking at, okay. They never dreamed of Weyoun being a recurring role, and I didn’t. All I knew is that they came through with how they wanted to see my face in a new character and the character dies at the end of the episode. When a character dies, that’s it. It’s a oner, not to return. It is just serendipitous.

It is a bit of a collaboration, but not necessarily in the way you would think where we’re all sitting around riffing about it. They put something down on paper. I walk in at 4:00 a.m. not knowing how I am going to look. I would have an idea of what I am going to be wearing because I had a wardrobe fitting, but I don’t know what I am going to look like when they are done with my makeup. And I have about fifteen to twenty minutes once I am in my getup to look in the mirror and make some very quick and definitive, a gut, instinctual decision about who this guy is based on the words on the page but also on what I am wearing and how I look. And when I was done and the episode was done and I was killed, it was the writers who were looking at dailies and saying, “Why did we kill this very interesting character?” And they had the flexibility to say they don’t have to kill him, he can be cloned. And I am forever grateful to whoever came up with that suggestion, as I so relish playing Weyoun.

In answer to the second question, I did not try to play each Weyoun any differently. I viewed it as a clone that comes back completely intact, not a beat missed. Now, maybe the situation is different and the tension is rising or something. But I never tried to play the character differently with each iteration. What I may be facing is different and therefore my reactions would be different. But I never thought, “How do I make this guy different?” Other than the one that was supposedly defective.  

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Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun 8 in the series finale of DS9 “What You Leave Behind”

Have you been watching the new show  Star Trek: Discovery ?

I wish I could say I have seen more of it, but I am not a CBS All Access subscriber. I did watch the shows that they had gratis at the very beginning and I really enjoyed it. In the spirit of Star Trek, I like that they are choosing to go where no one has gone before and go another way and not try to imitate any other series.

I don’t suppose there were any characters you spotted and thought to yourself that was a role you could do? As an actor can you resist watching anything without that?

Every movie I see, I go: “why didn’t I go up on that?” I think: “I could have done that.” Are you kidding? Not just Star Trek. But, Discovery is shot in Canada, and that is a fact affects decisions. So, it’s just the nature of the beast.

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Actor Jeffrey Combs remembers his varied performances across Star Trek in the documentary “What We Left Behind’ (Shout! Studios)

What We Left Behind in theaters Monday

As  previously announced ,  What We Left Behind  makes its one-day-only theatrical debut on May 13 in the US and Canada. Tickets are still available  through Fathom Events .

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What We Left Behind theatrical event poster

Keep up with all the updates and news on the DS9 documentary in our  What We Left Behind  category here at TrekMovie.com.

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One of the sad things about Enterprise shutting down early was that Shran was not able to become a regular character as was planned for season 5 according to the show runner Manny Coto. Jeffrey Combs was a great asset to Star Trek. The new Trek powers that be would be wise to put him back on the field in one of the new series (or more than one, as was the previous case).

Would have loved to have seen an expansion of his Andorian role in Star Trek Enterprise Season 5 !

Shran was one of a very few Enterprise characters that riveted me.

I was so very grateful that Enterprise seriously took on the Andorians, and Jeffrey Combs sold the character and the culture right out of the gate.

I hope they can find a guest starring role for him in the Picard show…

And if Pike’s Enterprise ever happens, I’d love to see him play another Andorian.

SECOND! And as Andorians live a pretty long time [per Memory Alpha], perhaps he could even play Shran, or son of Shran in a Pike series ….

I really miss not having a Season 5 of ENT. I enjoyed how they were developing the Andorians, and I always enjoyed Combs as Shran.

He was such a great character. I’ve always liked Andorian characters, going back to Journey to Babel, and Commander Shran was absolutely the greatest!

Loved him as Shran.

I’m not big on live performance and theater, but he did a one-man show as Edgar Allan Poe that Harlan Ellison raved about. REally wish I had seen that, as I’ve always enjoyed the guy’s work (especially as elfman clone), even in the cheesy 80s movies.

Great Actor whose abilities go way beyond just the Star Trek Franchise . Would hope to see him in Marc Zicree’s coming Space Command Series or Bruce Boxleitner’s new Lantern City Series !

For my latinum, Jeffrey Combs and Andy Robinson are unquestionably the co-MVPs of Deep Space Nine guest stars, and with the broad and deep recurring cast of DS9 that’s saying something.

God I miss that show.

Yes , two good actors who could project their characters very well !

I love Weyoun and Shran. Brunt was cool too.

Combs brought a lot to what could have been a one-note, subservient character. Somehow he infused Weyoun with a dignity and duplicity one would not expect from seeing the character’s words on a page of script.

I feel in love with Combs’s acting style when he played Dr. West in Re-Animator. He brought that wacky, just-short-of-psychopath thing he has to his Trek roles as well. Would love it if they could hire him for something Trek-related in the near future.

They need to get him and some of the older character actors on Discovery. I would so love to see J.G Hertzler, Marc Alaimo and him in the show or perhaps in one of the other developing shows.

Discovery being shot in Canada seems to have an impact on casting. They have a lot more local acting talent in the smaller roles. Could be that it is mainly to get some Canadian tax incentives but could also be that California-based actors are less eager to travel up north for a guest spot.

Yeah, I think they might be less eager to travel there. Wasn’t that a big problem for Anson Mount as well? I heard that was one of the reasons he didn’t want to commit to a full time show if it was shot in Canada.

GOD they had such good “guest” actors on DS9! Marc Alaimo, Louise Fletcher, Andrew Robinson, JG Hertzler …. the list could go on, but these, with Jeffrey Combs, are the tops!

They really did. The character actors on DS9 carry the show, IMO. The actors who played Odo, Quark, Rom and Nog, also, in addition to those you listed. In that respect (and others), DS9 is different from the other 4 Trek TV series.

Surprising that he was only in 31 episodes. I think of him as almost a regular cast member. Kind of amazing that he developed the Weyoon character from intuition in 15 minutes while looking at himself in dress for the first time. That’s a pro.

Another great Trek character actor that I’d like to see get more attention is Randy Oglesby, best known as “Degra” in ENT, but he also played 6 other Trek characters. One of his most memorable is the man with half of his face burned, inspired by Red Dragon ‘s Francis Dollarhyde, in DS9’s “The Darkness and the Light.” I didn’t recognize him in that role even after being familiar with him from watching ENT several times through. Degra is my favorite, though. I really like that character a lot. Oglesby’s performance makes “Stratagem” in particular a very compelling episode.

Enterprise got a bad wrap. I really enjoyed the exploratory vibe it captured so well. Without a doubt, Shran was a bright spot and it is a shame we didn’t get to see where that character would go with more time. I’m a big fan of his brilliant deep space nine work too!

The Deities of Disco should hire Combs for a regular guest role in season 3 (distant Andorian descendant of Shran?) So he can show the kiddos how mature acting in a drama series is done! Then again, Mount & Peck did exactly that in season two but they couldn’t stay, nor have their own series apparently (thanks to “beloved” Space Hitler taking up slot #3) . The differential to the old guard would be too obvious. Can’t have adults in the room for too long ;)

I’m on a DS9 rewatch in honor of the documentary and now in season 6. And Weyoun is one of the characters you just smile every time he shows up because you know its going to be a really fun and engrossing scene. The character is so appealing to watch and I love how quirky he comes off in one moment but then dead serious in the next. Combs acting ability is just on another level the way he perfects these characters. Weyoun and Shran are some of the most popular characters in the franchise and set the bar on memorable side characters. We need more characters like this in future Star Trek shows.

“We need more characters like this in future Star Trek shows.”

Hell, we need more ACTORS like this in future Star Trek shows! :)

Jeffrey Combs as Shran was probably the best thing about Enterprise. Wonderful character in a fairly tedious series

ENT is unique as a Trek TV show in that it got cancelled after it had turned the corner and substantially improved. So, revisiting ENT with fresh eyes, one wouldn’t know why it got cancelled. I’m one of the viewers who gave up on ENT somewhere in Season 2. There have been several popular reasons given for why ENT failed, and I think that topic would make for a good TrekMovie podcast or article. For my part, I believe it was a combination of the oft-cited causes that ultimately led to ENT’s cancellation. Looking back on ENT now, I appreciate the exploratory vibe, too.

But, by the end of ENT Season 4, Berman-produced Trek had been on TV for 13 straight years, with two series airing simultaneously for nine years straight. When you have that much supply of a certain type of entertainment, the audience’s standards and expectations tend to increase, in accordance with the economic laws of supply and demand. Whereas when that type of entertainment is in more limited supply, people are more happy with whatever they can get, as can be seen with the rise of Trek fan films in the years following ENT’s cancellation, when there was no TV-format Trek for over a decade. So, Trek fatigue, I believe, was real, and it was one cause of ENT’s downfall, but not the only cause.

Another cause, I believe, was ENT’s traditionally (for Trek) slow start. The two seasons that ENT took to get good is normal in retrospect, but by 2003, with a glut of Trek on TV for nine years, viewers wanted quicker progress. ENT’s normal rate of progress was just too slow by that time. Another cause is that Berman — and he has admitted as much, himself — had become fatigued as an executive producer of five Trek TV shows over the course of 11 years. Berman’s showrunners were all promoted from within his organization. And by the time of ENT, the writing and creative vision for Trek TV had likewise become fatigued and stale. (continued below)

(continued from above) Yet another cause, which I haven’t seen mentioned much, if at all, is that Scott Bakula, as the star of ENT, was playing more of a cowboy-type captain than any of his Berman-Trek predecessors had. It was the G.W. Bush years and, at the time, I got the distinct impression that ENT was trying to appeal to more of a red-state sensibility than Trek had done since TOS. Captain Archer was introduced as a guy who lost his temper quickly, used coarse, aggressive language, spent his down time on spectator sports, and didn’t have time for overly cerebral bureaucrats. Archer, to pinch a term from Capt. Ramius in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, was more of a buckaroo protagonist than Trek fans were used to. And with as much resentment and animosity as there was toward G.W. Bush, who had lost the popular vote and only won the election by suing for it in court, I suspect that Archer’s buckaroo temperament and personality put some fans off the show. At least I can say that it bothered me at the time.

I liked Archer , and his buddy Trip . I thought he was a more old world /human type of Captain with flaws and a good heart .

I like them now, too. I find them refreshingly different from other Trek characters. Bakula’s portrayal of Archer changed a bit over the course of the series. I’d say he’s markedly less buckaroo by Season 4. And I really like and appreciate how he plays the excruciating decisions to torture, murder and steal as the Season 3 Xindi War arc progresses. Those episodes hold up well on repeat viewings. I can really feel how difficult it is for him to deal with his moral conundrums, as he slowly loses his innocence, one decision at a time. That’s part of what it means to be human — having to choose between two unacceptable options.

Well said , Cygnus ! Like all humans who would get excited about exploring space , but then must face the realities and dangers of space travel , this is the character he represented along with his space cowboy buddy , Trip . Both became extremely disillusioned by the dangers and hardships they were confronted with . Probably the reason , the producers decided to finish by the end of Season 4 . But there is a series of post-Enterprise novels that enlighten us to their future , which I found to be an exciting continuation of the tv show .

Yeah count me as an Archer fan too! I never had a single issue with him like a lot of fans did. I just loved how laid back and patient he could be in one moment but then become stern and hot tempered in the next. I love the fact he wasn’t as ‘enlighted’ as the other captains and had an ax to grind with the Vulcans. I loved him and T’pol’s relationship. It felt a bit like Sisko and Kira’s at the beginning, a little confrontational that evolved into a real friendship and trust by the time the show ended.

And I liked his turn in the Xindi war arc as well. The good nature and wholesomeness was basically gone by then but it reflected a reality he was no longer just going planet to planet to make friends but now saw upfront the dangers of what it meant to be in a universe teeming with life and consequences that could bring when start to be part of that community. By the time Kirk and the others showed up, the Federation had been through many wars and conflicts so they had a more balanced view of space travel. With Archer’s crew, until the Xindi, Starfleet didn’t have any real conflicts with aliens with the exception of the Suliban and that was never major like the others.

I still think they should’ve focused third season on the Romulan war. Its what fans really wanted to see and probably could’ve turned the ratings around faster.

It would be interesting to see how the Xindi War themes work with the enemy changed to the Romulans. I think many of them could translate well. The biggest problem, however, would be that the Romulans don’t live in a strange and mysterious expanse of space. The adventure of the Enterprise setting out alone to traverse the mysterious Delphic Expanse is a major part of Season 3’s appeal, for me. The strange people that Archer & co. meet along the way… the aliens who steal from the Enterprise, presenting Archer with his first lesson in the Delphic Expanse… the captured alien prophetically telling Archer that he won’t make it in the expanse unless he loses his morality, the morality that prevents him from torturing the alien. I don’t see how that could apply to a war with the Romulans, who live much closer to the Federation and other known civilizations. On the other hand, the downside was that it didn’t make sense for an enemy as important as the Xindi (they nearly blew up the Earth!) to have never before been mentioned in any of the Trek series prior to ENT, whcih made the Xindi seem somewhat contrived.

“And with as much resentment and animosity as there was toward G.W. Bush, who had lost the popular vote and only won the election by suing for it in court, I suspect that Archer’s buckaroo temperament and personality put some fans off the show”

And you are damn right about that! Archer (and his misportrayal/miscasting by Scott Bakula) is everything that is wrong with Enterprise in a microcosm.

He and some other pathfinder characters on the show foreshadowed the hostility towards the portrayal of scientific and military professionalism on the screen that became a public gripe with Prometheus and reached its sad zenith (or should I say, nadir) with Discovery: It’s as if we are supposed to buy that 150 years hence the descendants of NASA, Earth’s best and brightest, are a bunch of whiny, bigoted amateurs who forgot why we have rules, hierarchy and a supposed meritocracy (Archer being where he was as an act of nepotism was, of course, another perfect match for Bush).

The crass racism and sexism of crybaby Archer against Vulcans in general and TPol in general which made the show reactionary even by then-contemporary standards (and extremist in the opposite way of Discobery, where political sensitivities are concerned) always seemed inexplicable to me, but finally I understood Archer’s and the others’ behaviour was a mere function of the plot of “Vulcans having held us back and being a PITA for 100 years”, a vague and abstract background concept the show never viscerally sold to us, and which I never bought. On the contrary, as portrayed the Vulcans and TPol seemed to be the only reasonable and rational adults in the room, victims of the overemotional and self-centered teenaged human bullies who claimed to know better at any instance without knowing anything about outer space community standards (again, the lack of professionalism), and being proven right by Enterprise away times mucking things up really badly time and time again.

Had the show actually bothered to SHOW how exactly Vulcans held back humans and what were the dire consequences, the disasters and strife of humanity as a visible result of it (rather than a petty millennial feeling of not being the parents’ favorite child and not being allowed to freeload on alimony anymore but having to work hard themselves for all the good stuff) , then maybe Archers cowboyisms and hostility, not to forget his permanent grumpiness, would have been a TAD more believable!

I think your critique is too harsh on the characters , Vulcan Soul , since the show is mainly made for general viewing . But I agree , given an ideal series , there would be more time spent in explanation of circumstances in the show .

Darfyn, to my mind the portrayal of Archer was way too extremist to fly for “general viewing” (and apparently, it didn’t, given the show was cancelled due to low ratings). That line from the pilot “You don’t know how much I’m restraining myself from knocking you on your a$$” alone was so bizarre in its crudeness it is strange how it could survive rewritings even in 2001. My impression is that people are viewing Enterprise and its characters through the rose-colored glasses of their hazy memories and forget how much society (and themselves) have shifted since that time.

There is something comical about the hypocrisy of people who now can’t even have a male character even look at a female one in a queer way without crying scandal would defend the obviously chauvinist and racist ways of Archer (is it because even as a Vulcan, T’Pol is not “of color”?) But I get it, humans are not self-consistent rational creatures…

The Andorian Mining Consortium runs from NOBODY!

Wouldn’t that more aesthetically pleasing in blue?

He was also a great choice as the voice of The Question – the character that inspired Watchmen’s Rorschach – on the Justice League Unlimited animated series. That character has a blank face – not even spots like Rorschach – so all of the acting comes through Jeffrey’s voice. He did a great job.

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Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun.

Jeffrey Combs is an actor, best known to Star Trek fans for his recurring roles of Weyoun , Thy'lek Shran and Brunt in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise . He also played Tiron , Kevin Mulkahey , the mirror universe Brunt , Penk , and Krem .

Combs reprised his role as Weyoun in Dominion Wars and Star Trek Online and also voiced Brunt in the latter. He also voiced Commander Suldok in Star Trek: Elite Force II .

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Star Trek: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thy'lek Shran

A constant frenemy to the NX-01, there's more than meets the antennae under that blue skin.

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Making his debut in Enterprise's first season episode The Andorian Incident , Thy'Lek Shran, Star Trek's first recurring Andorian, wasted no time in making his mark on the show, and Trek lore as a whole.

Although his first appearance would portray him as a ruthless commando with a (not unfounded) distaste for Vulcan trickery, Shran would spend the next four seasons leaping and bounding across the line of hero and villain in the eyes of Captain Archer and the Enterprise crew.

Slavishly bound to Archer by a constantly shifting debt of oneupmanship and tit-for-tat, Shran's appearances would rapidly become a fixture of Enterprise's run. As his single-minded opposition to the hated Vulcans gradually shifts to one of conciliation, he becomes emblematic of the unity disparate societies could foster and, ultimately, leads to the formation of the Federation itself.

Whilst we can learn much about Andorian culture from Shran's appearances, there's still much we don't know about the man himself. Here then are some little-known facts about the tenacious commander, that may peak the antennae of even the most ardent of Trekkies

10. Nobody Else Could Play The Part

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When casting the role of a recurring character, Star Trek's casting directors often have entire phonebooks of reliable names they can call upon, who sit for hours on end in make-up to portray myriad characters across Star Trek's multiple series.

Of all these names, few have such regard in the fan community as Jeffrey Combs. Reoccurring to the point of being meme-worthy, Combs' Trek acting CV includes Penk in Voyager' s Tsunkatse , the Ferengi Krem in earlier Enterprise episode Acquisition, and the megalomaniacal supercomputer AGIMUS in multiple episodes of Lower Decks . It's in Deep Space Nine , however, where Combs truly makes his mark, appearing as Tiron in the episode Meridian , as well as the recurring roles of Brunt (FCA) and five different versions of Weyoun.

It's unsurprising then that, when the time came to cast Shran, the team behind the camera knew exactly who to call. Combs was offered the part without even auditioning, and impressed the crew with his ability to act past the slightly silly antennae to create a character who could portray both threat and pathos with the kind of depth the role demanded.

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Star Trek: Enterprise's 20 Best Episodes, Ranked

Enterprise's trip & reed actors reenact classic star trek shuttlepod episode, walton goggins gives definitive response to rumored justified feud with timothy olyphant.

  • Star Trek: Enterprise was a prequel series set a century before Star Trek: The Original Series, with dwindling ratings leading to its cancellation after season 4.
  • The main characters of Star Trek: Enterprise included Captain Jonathan Archer, Sub-Commander T'Pol, Commander Trip Tucker, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, Ensign Hoshi Sato, Ensign Travis Mayweather, Dr. Phlox, Admiral Maxwell Forrest, Ambassador Soval, and Shran.
  • Streaming services have helped renewed appreciation for Star Trek: Enterprise among fans, despite criticisms that the show recycled concepts and didn't explore darker stories like other Star Trek series.

Star Trek: Enterprise introduced a host of new characters who would become pivotal players in Star Trek 's 22nd century . The 4th Star Trek show developed by executive producer Rick Berman, the series was originally titled simply Enterprise in its first two seasons, and it was a prequel set a century before Star Trek: The Original Series. By season 3, the show was retitled Star Trek: Enterprise , but despite a creative shakeup and a more serialized format, the series delivered dwindling ratings for the UPN Network and was canceled after season 4 in 2005.

Infamous for Star Trek: Enterprise 's aligned theme song "Where My Heart Will Take Me" sung by Russell Watson, the prequel depicted the pioneering voyages of the NX-01 Enterprise commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula). Enterprise provided origins and explanations for various Star Trek tropes, but it leaned towards recycling concepts such as a primary trio made up of the Captain, a Vulcan, and a Southerne r. Enterprise also eschewed potentially darker and more harrowing stories, preferring to stick to more familiar Star Trek tales that, unfortunately, felt like a shadow of those seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its other spinoffs. However, Star Trek: Enterprise has found a renewed appreciation among fans thanks to streaming services and binging. Here are the main characters of Star Trek: Enterprise .

Star Trek: Enterprise's 20 best episodes use darker themes and moral ambiguity as Captain Jonathan Archer and crew explore the stars.

Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer

Captain of the nx-01 enterprise.

Considered "the greatest explorer of the 22nd century," Captain Jonathan Archer commanded the NX-01 Enterprise , the first Starfleet ship capable of warp 5 travel. As the first human Starfleet Captain to explore deep space, Archer faced serious challenges, from time-traveling Suliban to Klingons to the multi-species aliens called the Xindi. Archer played a major role in the initial formation of the United Federation of Planets , and he served as the first Federation President after the events of Star Trek: Enterprise . Archer's loyal beagle Porthos also joined the NX-01 Enterprise's voyages, going where no dog has gone before. Scott Bakula is a beloved actor best known for his starring role in Quantum Leap.

Jolene Blalock as Sub-Commander T'Pol

Vulcan science officer and first officer of the nx-01 enterprise.

T'Pol served as Science Officer and First Officer of the NX-01 Enterprise. Originally a liaison representing the Vulcan High Command, T 'Pol gradually shifted her loyalties to Captain Archer and Starfleet. T'Pol was a source of calm, experience, and logic among the NX-01 Enterprise's human crew, and she developed an unlikely romantic relationship with Commander Trip Tucker. T'Pol predates Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy/Ethan Peck) by a century as the first Vulcan to canonically serve on the Enterprise. Jolene Blalock also appeared in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder and Stargate SG-1 .

Connor Trinneer as Commander Trip Tucker

Chief engineer of the nx-01 enterprise.

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III was the Chief Engineer of the NX-01 Enterprise. Trip completed the core command trio with Archer and T'Pol, and he is an old friend of Jonathan's. A good ol' Southerner in the mold of Star Trek: The Original Series ' Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Trip kept Enterprise's engines running and personally experienced many of the wonders and dangers of deep space exploration. Trip and T'Pol also became a romantic item for a time before he was killed off in Star Trek: Enterprise' s controversial series finale . Connor Trinneer also starred in Stargate: Atlantis and The Fabelmans, and he is cohost of The Shuttlepod Show podcast.

Dominic Keating as Lieutenant Malcolm Reed

Armory officer of the nx-01 enterprise.

Lt. Malcolm Reed was the tactical and armory officer of the NX-01 Enterprise. The British Reed developed many of the tactical procedures Starfleet would later adopt, and his "Reed Alert would evolve into "Yellow Alert" and "Red Alert." Reed also had an affiliation with Section 31 prior to serving on Enterprise. Dominic Keating also appeared in Sherlock Holmes and The Host.

Star Trek: Enterprise stars Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer brilliantly reenacted "Shuttlepod One" on their podcast, The Shuttlepod Show.

Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato

Communications officer of the nx-01 enterprise.

Ensign Hoshi Sato was the Communications Officer of the NX-01 Enterprise. A talented linguist who can speak 40 languages, including Klingon, Sato's work would eventually lead to the development of the universal translator. Star Trek: Enterprise 's series finale revealed that Hoshi served on the Enterprise for a decade. In the Mirror Universe, however, Hoshi cunningly installed herself as the first Empress of the Terran Empire. Linda Park also appeared in Crash and For All Mankind.

Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather

Helmsman of the nx-01 enterprise.

Ensign Travis Mayweather was the conn officer, navigator, and helmsman of the NX-01 Enterprise. Mayweather was a "boomer" who grew up on cargo ships in deep space before he joined Starfleet. Travis was perhaps the most underdeveloped character among Star Trek: Enterprise' s main cast, and he has been injured, incapacitated, or even "killed" more times than any other character. Anthony Montgomery also stars in Greenleaf and All The Queen's Men.

John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Chief medical officer of the nx-01 enterprise.

Dr. Phlox was the Chief Medical Officer of the NX-01 Enterprise. As a Denobulan, Phlox was on Earth as part of the Interspecies Medical Exchange before he was called to serve on Enterprise. Phlox was knowledgeable and tolerant of other alien species, and he was another source of experience about the perils of deep space for Enterprise's human crew. Phlox had unusual physical characteristics as a Denobulan , and he utilized offbeat methods of medicine in his Sickbay, including live alien species . John Billingsley also starred in Intelligence, Turn: Washington's Spies, and The Orville .

Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Maxwell Forrest

Captain archer's commanding officer.

Admiral Maxwell Forrest was Captain Jonathan Archer's friend and superior officer. Forrest oversaw Starfleet's NX Program, which was Earth's successful attempt to develop a warp 5 engine. Forrest was a recurring character on Star Trek: Enterprise who gave Archer orders, and he was an ally regarding Starfleet's thorny dealings with the Vulcan High Command. Forrest was killed on Vulcan during a terrorist bombing in Star Trek: Enterprise season 4. Prior to Enterprise , Vaugh Armstrong portrayed numerous alien characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager .

Gary Graham as Ambassador Soval

A vulcan who lived too long among humans.

Soval is the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth in the 22nd century. Although disliked by Captain Archer, who saw him as the spokesman for the Vulcan hindrance of Starfleet, Soval eventually revealed himself to be quite fond of humans, and his actions were intended to protect humanity. Soval was also one of the rare Vulcans of his era capable of mind-melds. Soval represented Vulcan in the alliance of worlds including Earth, Andoria, and the Tellarite homeworld that would lead to the founding of the United Federation of Planets. Gary Graham is best-known for the Alien Nation franchise, and he also appears in The Expendables.

Jeffrey Combs as Shran

Enterprise's andorian ally.

Thy'lek Shran is an Andorian who was a popular recurring character on Star Trek: Enterprise . Shran was a Commander in the Andorian Imperial Guard whom the NX-01 Enterprise first encountered when a Vulcan listening station that spied on Andoria was discovered on the moon, P'Jem. Although initially disliking humans, who he called "pink-skins," Shran eventually became a trusted ally of Captain Archer, and he gained respect for Vulcans like T'Pol. Had Star Trek: Enterprise received a season 5, Shran would have likely joined the main cast in a bigger role. Jeffrey Combs has played numerous characters in the Star Trek franchise, including Weyoun and Liquidator Brunt.

Star Trek: Enterprise is available to stream on Paramount+.

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Whatever Happened To The Cast Of Star Trek: Enterprise?

T he sixth series in the long-running "Star Trek" franchise," "Star Trek: Enterprise" ran from 2001 to 2005 on the UPN Network (now The CW). The series, created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, took place approximately a century before the events depicted in " Star Trek: The Original Series " (TOS) and followed the crew of the first starship named Enterprise (not the one depicted in "TOS") as they had their first encounters with the show's most iconic alien races, such as the Klingons and Vulcans. Scott Bakula was at the helm as Captain Jonathan Archer, leading his diverse crew through four seasons of science fiction adventure before the show's abrupt cancellation in 2005.

Like all "Star Trek" alumni, the cast of "Enterprise" has enjoyed a certain degree of acclaim long after their series left the air, thanks to the ardent "Trek" fanbase. Some have continued to act and gain even greater fame, while others have settled comfortably into careers split between doing new work and looking back nostalgically at their "Trek" experiences. Following is a list of the primary cast members of "Enterprise," as well as several actors who played recurring roles, and what they've been up to since the mighty starship was permanently parked in spacedock.

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Scott Bakula As Captain Jonathan Archer

As Captain (and later Starfleet Admiral) Jonathan Archer, actor Scott Bakula led the crew of the Enterprise through four seasons of adventures on "Star Trek: Enterprise." Bakula was arguably the best-known cast member on the series, having earned a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy nominations as the time-traveling hero of the original "Quantum Leap." Bakula was also visible to film and TV audiences through appearances in high-profile projects like "American Beauty" and "Murphy Brown," as well as extensive work in Broadway theater productions.

After "Enterprise" completed its final mission in 2005, Bakula remained extremely active as both a leading man and guest or recurring player. He starred as Special Agent Dwayne "King" Pride in seven seasons of "NCIS: New Orleans," for which he netted a People's Choice Award nomination in 2015. Bakula also starred in the critically-acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning comedy-drama "Men of a Certain Age" with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher, and guested on series ranging from "The Simpsons" to a very funny episode of "What We Do in the Shadows," in which Nandor and Nadja confuse him for Count Dracula. 

On the film front, Bakula has collaborated with Steven Soderbergh on several occasions, including the 2009 feature "The Informant!," the TV drama "Behind the Candelabra" -- which earned him a fifth Emmy nomination in 2013 -- and most recently, the 2023 science fiction thriller "Divinity," which Soderbergh produced.

Jolene Blalock As Science Officer T'Pol

Landing the role of Science Officer (and later First Officer) T'Pol on "Star Trek: Enterprise" proved to be the big break for Jolene Blalock's acting career. It also turned out to be her most notable screen role: the former model enjoyed guest appearances on series like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "JAG" prior to joining the cast of "Enterprise." While appearing on the series, she also turned up twice on another small-screen sci-fi drama, "Stargate SG-1," and co-starred with Ray Liotta in a thriller, "Slow Burn," which was filmed in 2003 but released in 2007.

Blalock gave only a handful of film and TV appearances after "Enterprise" ended in 2005. The majority of these were guest appearances on "CSI: Miami" and "House," and co-starring turns in the Jason Segel comedy "Sex Tape" and several direct-to-video features, such as "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder." She appears to have stepped away from acting after 2017, preferring instead to focus on her marriage to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, with whom she has three sons. The couple also oversee the Rapino Foundation, a charitable organization that benefits developing nations.

Connor Trinneer As Chief Engineer Trip Tucker

Washington State native Connor Trinneer graduated from stage work and bit parts on television to romantic hero status when he was cast as chief engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker on "Star Trek: Enterprise." Trip's primary storyline was an on-and-off relationship with T'Pol throughout all four seasons of the series, though the pair eventually settled for friendship prior to his apparent death in the final episode of the series. For his work on "Enterprise," Trinneer earned Saturn Award nominations in 2002 and 2003.

Trinneer's post-"Enterprise" work has featured a recurring run as the villainous Wraith Michael on "Stargate: Atlantis" and guest roles on numerous series, including "9-1-1," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "and "24." Film projects included a lead in the SyFy original movie "Star Runners" in 2009 and "Unbelievable!!!" a broad comedy featuring 40 cast members from various "Trek" series, including his "Enterprise" co-stars Linda Park, Dominic Keating, and John Billingsley. 

More recently, Trineer appeared in the Tom Cruise drama "American Made" (as President George W. Bush) and Steven Spielberg's "The Fabelmans." In 2023 he reprised the role of Trip Tucker in an episode of the animated short series "Star Trek: Very Short Treks." He's also co-hosted several popular "Star Trek" podcasts, including "The Shuttlepod Show" and "The D-Con Chamber," with "Enterprise" co-star Dominic Keating.

Dominic Keating As Tactical Officer Malcolm Reed

British-Irish actor Dominic Keating was already well-known in his native England for roles on series like "Desmond's" before crossing the pond to play Tactical Officer Malcolm Reed on "Star Trek: Enterprise." Keating came to the United States in the late 1990s and landed guest roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and other series before joining "Enterprise" for all four seasons on the UPN Network.

Keating remained busy as both a live-action and voice-over actor in the years after "Enterprise." A four-episode arc as an Irish mobster on "Heroes" and guest roles on series like "Prison Break" and "Sons of Anarchy" kept him on screen into the mid-2010s, while video games like "Diablo 3" and "World of Warcraft: Legion" made excellent use of his vocal talents. Keating also played an '80s-era British pop star in a series of TV spots for Sprint/Nextel in the 2010s. More recently, as noted earlier, Keating teamed with Connor Trinneer to co-host the "Star Trek" podcasts, "The Shuttlepod Show" and "The D-Con Chamber."

Linda Park As Communications Officer Hoshi Sato

Shortly after graduating from Boston University in 2001, Linda Park embarked on both her screen acting career and her tenure as a "Star Trek" hero by landing the role of communications officer Hoshi Sato on "Star Trek: Enterprise." Park, who made her feature film debut that same year with a small role in "Jurassic Park III," remained busy with other projects during the series' four-year run, including the 2004 feature "Spectres" starring fellow "Trek" vet Marina Sirtis. She also made her debut as a producer with the 2003 short film "My Prince, My Angel."

Park quickly segued to series regular work on the short-lived "Women's Murder Club" and a recurring role on Starz's "Crash," which was inspired by the 2004 film of the same name. Guest roles on "NCIS" and "Castle" kept her busy for much of the next decade, though she revisited the "Trek" universe in the short fan film "Star Trek: Captain Pike" in 2016. The following year, she joined the cast of "Bosch" for three seasons while also appearing on shows like "The Affair" and "Grey's Anatomy."

John Billingsley As Dr. Phlox

John Billingsley had been active on television and in films for over a decade prior to landing the role of Dr. Phlox on "Star Trek: Enterprise." His work included roles in features like "High Crimes" and on network series like "Northern Exposure" and "The West Wing," as well as a recurring turn as serial killer George Marks, the only criminal to escape capture on "Cold Case."

When "Enterprise" came to a close in 2005, Billingsley resumed his busy TV and film schedule , which included recurring roles as the creepy, vampirized coroner Mike Spencer on "True Blood," scientist Shenandoah Cassidy on the short-lived "Intelligence," and conspirator Terrence Steadman in Season 1 of "Prison Break." 

By the mid-2010s, Billingsley was appearing in multiple series per year: between 2014 and 2019 alone, he was in episodes of "Bones," "Twin Peaks," "The Orville," and "Lucifer," while also enjoying recurring roles on "Turn: Washington's Spies" (as the father of Revolutionary War spy Robert Townsend) and the Freeform series "Stichers," in addition to his work on "Intelligence." His busy streak has continued well into the next decade, with guest turns on "Station 19," "Manhunt," and "Pam and Tommy."

Anthony Montgomery As Ensign Travis Mayweather

Ensign Travis Mayweather served as the Enterprise's navigator and helmsman throughout the four-season run of "Star Trek: Enterprise." As played by actor Anthony Montgomery, Mayweather lent stalwart support to the Enterprise crew's adventures, and on occasion, became the focus of an episode. Among these was the Season 2 episode "Horizon," which introduced viewers to Mayweather's family and his complicated relationship with his father and brother.

Montgomery, whose grandfather was the legendary West Coast jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, was familiar to TV viewers prior to "Enterprise" through a recurring role on the WB series "Popular," a short-lived early TV credit for Ryan Murphy. When "Enterprise" completed its final mission in 2005, Montgomery moved on to guest roles on "Grey's Anatomy" and the rebooted "Magnum, P.I." and recurring roles on series like "Greenleaf." He also returned to series regular work with the BET limited series "The Family Business" in 2020. 

In addition to his acting career, Montgomery also released a pair of albums of original music and created a graphic novel series, "Miles Away," with writer Brandon Easton.

Vaughn Armstrong As Admiral Maxwell Forrest

Though Vaughn Armstrong's name may not seem immediately familiar to you, he holds something of a celebrated place in the "Star Trek" universe. Armstrong played 12 different characters on four separate "Trek" series, including nearly every alien race in the show's vast array of extraterrestrials, including multiple Klingons, a Borg, and a Romulan. However, he's probably best known as Starfleet commander Admiral Maxwell Forrest, who initiated the Enterprise's missions, on 14 episodes of "Enterprise." True to form, Armstrong also played Klingon and Kreetassan commanders on the series as well.

The LA theater veteran, who appeared in episodes of "Wonder Woman," "Days of Our Lives," and "Melrose Place" prior to his run on "Enterprise," remained very busy after the show's conclusion. Guest and recurring TV credits include "Mad Men," "Modern Family," and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," while Armstrong also turned up in several independent features (including "Unbelievable!!!") and lent his voice to several "Star Trek" video games. In addition to his acting work, Armstrong also led the Enterprise Blues Band, a folk and blues group that featured several other "Trek" performers in its lineup, like Richard Herd and Casey Biggs.

Gary Graham As Ambassador Soval

Though science fiction fans may often associate actor Gary Graham with the mostly forgotten "Alien Nation" spinoff series and its many made-for-TV features, the Long Beach, California native also made several appearances in another long-running sci-fi franchise. Shortly after guest-starring on an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager," Graham played the Vulcan ambassador Soval on 12 episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise," and reprised the role in the short "Star Trek" fan film "Prelude to Axanar." He also turned up in two other "Trek" fan films, "Of Gods and Men" and "Renegades," as well as the slightly more professional "Unbelievable!!!"

Graham's pre-"Trek" and "Alien Nation" credits included the films "All the Right Moves" and Stuart Gordon's "Robot Jox," and after "Enterprise," he appeared in episodes of "Nip/Tuck" and "Crossing Jordan." He kept busy with roles in low-budget independent films throughout the 2000s, including the critically panned "Jeepers Creepers: Reborn" in 2022, and also played in various amateur bands. The 73-year-old Graham died of cardiac arrest on January 22, 2024.

Randy Oglesby As Degra

Randy Oglesby was another character actor who found regular employment on various series within the "Star Trek" universe. He made his first appearance on a Trek series in an episode of "The Next Generation" and later played multiple characters on "Deep Space Nine," while also enjoying a guest shot as a Brenari refugee on "Voyager." He is perhaps best known for playing Degra, the architect of the world-destroying Xindi weapon, on 10 episodes of "Enterprise." He also played a Xyrillian on "Unexpected," the fifth episode of Season 1, before taking on Degra in Season 3.

Oglesby began acting in the early 1980s, appearing in films like "Pale Rider" and on series like "Dallas" under the names Thomas or Tom Oglesby. After adopting his middle name (Randall) for screen work, Oglesby appeared steadily through the 1990s and 2000s in projects like "Independence Day" and "Pearl Harbor" before making his "Enterprise" debut. He continued to appear on other series during this time period, most notably on "The Practice" and "JAG"; post-"Enterprise" roles included guest shots on "Mad Men," "True Blood," and most recently, "WandaVision" (as Wanda's doctor). Oglesby also enjoyed a recurring role on " For All Mankind " as the conservative governor and later vice-president Jim Bragg.

Jeffrey Combs As Commander Shran

Actor Jeffrey Combs is perhaps best-known for his horror film roles, including mad scientist Herbert West in the "Re-Animator" trilogy, along with "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Would You Rather." But Combs also has a long history of film and television roles outside of the horror genre; like Gary Graham, these included guest and recurring appearances on numerous titles in the extended "Star Trek" universe. One of his best-known "Trek" turns came as the flinty Andorian commander Shran on 11 episodes of "Enterprise" between Seasons 1 and 4.

Combs' "Trek" work also included multiple characters on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," as well as appearances on "Star Trek: Voyager" and voice-acting on "Star Trek: Lower Decks" and several "Trek" video games. Combs' post-"Enterprise" roles have been firmly divided between live-action and animated projects: the former included episodes of "The 4400," "Cold Case," "Gotham" and "Creepshow," while Combs could also be heard voicing characters on "Transformers: Prime" (as Ratchet), "Ben 10: Omniverse," "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" (as The Leader) and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

Rick Worthy As Jannar

Like Jeffrey Combs, Gary Graham, and other versatile character actors on this list, Rick Worthy turned up in several different film and television projects within the "Star Trek" franchise. The most substantial of these was a recurring appearance as the sloth-like Arboreal named Jannar on 10 episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise," but eagle-eyed viewers can also catch Worthy as a Klingon on "Deep Space Nine," two different androids and a Starfleet crew member on "Voyager," and as an Elloran officer in the 1998 feature "Star Trek: Insurrection." Two years prior to that appearance, Worthy also lent his voice to the 1996 video game "Star Trek: Klingon."

Worthy's credits prior to "Enterprise" included appearances on "NYPD Blue" and "Stargate SG-1," and he remained exceptionally busy on TV after the "Trek" series came to a close in 2005. He played the humanoid Cylon Simon in eight episodes of the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot and later turned up in multiple episodes of "Heroes," "Supernatural" (as the Alpha Vampire), and "The Vampire Diaries" (as the father of Kat Graham's character, Bonnie Bennett). More recently, Worthy enjoyed lengthy runs as Resistance member Lem Washington on "The Man in the High Castle," and as Henry Fogg, dean of the magic university Brakebills, on "The Magicians."

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Travis Mayweather, Jonathan Archer and Hoshi Sato

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The Andorian Incident

  • Episode aired Oct 31, 2001

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)

Archer, Trip and T'Pol are captured by the Andorians at a Vulcan monastery on P'Jem. They believe that the monastery is being used to spy on Andoria. Archer, Trip and T'Pol are captured by the Andorians at a Vulcan monastery on P'Jem. They believe that the monastery is being used to spy on Andoria. Archer, Trip and T'Pol are captured by the Andorians at a Vulcan monastery on P'Jem. They believe that the monastery is being used to spy on Andoria.

  • Roxann Dawson
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Rick Berman
  • Brannon Braga
  • Scott Bakula
  • John Billingsley
  • Jolene Blalock
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Richard Tanner and Connor Trinneer in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)

  • Capt. Jonathan Archer

John Billingsley

  • Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol

Dominic Keating

  • Lt. Malcolm Reed

Anthony Montgomery

  • Ensign Travis Mayweather

Linda Park

  • Ensign Hoshi Sato

Connor Trinneer

  • Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III

Jeffrey Combs

  • Cmdr. Shran

Bruce French

  • Vulcan Elder

Steven Dennis

  • Vulcan Initiate

Jamie McShane

  • Tactical Crewman

Bill Blair

  • Vulcan Monk
  • (uncredited)
  • Female Crewmember

Solomon Burke Jr.

  • Ensign Billy

Evan English

  • Ensign Tanner
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  • Trivia This is the first episode to prominently feature Andorians since Yesteryear (1973) , where an Andorian officer had Spock's job on the Enterprise in an alternate history.
  • Goofs Several times during the episode, the edge of Shran's costume rubs against his neck revealing Jeffrey Combs' natural skin colour under his blue makeup.

Captain Jonathan Archer : If anyone has a suggestion, I'm all ears.

[Looks at the Vulcans in the room]

Captain Jonathan Archer : No offence.

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  • October 31, 2001 (United States)
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