Though currently in an age of endless reboots and continuations, some of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s cast members – particularly actress Chase Masterson – have made it clear that they have some conditions that must be met before they would even entertain the idea of returning.
Speaking to a crowd of fans at the Deep Space Nine panel held during the recent April 8th-10th Star Trek: Mission Chicago fan convention, series stars Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir), and Chase Masterson (Leeta), were asked – as many actors of widely-beloved series are nowadays – if they would ever return to the Bajor-orbiting space station for further adventures.
While all three were open to the idea, each posited that their return would be conditional on any future project meeting individually-specified criteria.
“I would love it, but I would want to know that there was some kind of continuity, that it would really matter,” Visitor asserted. “”I mean, there are some jobs where, they’re jobs, and I go, ‘It’s all right.’ I do [acting] jobs for different reasons. Star Trek is something else, and the relationship with the audience is something else.”
“I really do feel the responsibility,” she added. “So, unless it was a certain thing, a certain way, certain writers, I would be concerned. Would I want to? Do I want Ira Steven Behr to write one and say, ‘Nana, come back,’? Yes.”
Siddig noted that he “just can’t think of how Bashir, where he exists after Deep Space Nine.”
“I mean, I know he was extremely human, and he’s probably a retired doctor or working for an NGO or maybe just collecting butterflies with Garak,” he speculated.
Rounding out the trio’s set of answers, Masterson put forth, “I would want to make sure that Lita – I don’t think they need me anymore to be any kind of thing other than a strong character.”
“And I think if it had to do with social justice, it could work,” she continued. “But anything else, I think we’ve already done that. I think moving along the social justice narrative in terms of Latinum not being the focus on Ferenginar. That, I’d like to do.”
Given the direction of current Star Trek series such as Discovery and especially Picard, whose current season sees half of its story taking place in modern day Los Angeles and tackling issues such as immigration and political division with all the grace expected of a modern Hollywood production, if a DS9 continuation ever gets greenlit, Masterson will more than likely get her wish.
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