“I know, I know–he couldn’t find a cup of water if you dropped him in a lake, but… even if he is an idiot, he’s still my brother.” Armin Shimerman as Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
When coming up with a list of my favorite secondary characters from the non-Kelvin Star Trek universe, I decided not to choose one from each of the five TV shows…instead, this is a list of my top five true favorites! You can tell Deep Space Nine is my favorite of the Star Treks, because three of the characters on the list are from that show. And, yes, Jeffrey Combs is on this list as two different characters…he’s definitely my favorite Star Trek guest star!
Shran–I love how the longer you watch Enterprise, the more Shran’s story unfolds…he’s definitely more complicated than he appears at first glance. I also love the way he gestures with his antennae, and I especially love how he keeps a running tally of how much Captain Archer owes him!
Q–Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? He’s definitely the universe’s biggest all-powerful troll, and I can’t help but wait and see what he does next. When we played Chrono-Trek, I was really hoping I would have the chance to join the Continuum and win the game!
Weyoun–Appearance number two of Jeffrey Combs on this list is as the Vorta, Weyoun. There’s no doubt he’s a bad guy, but he also has his moments, and he’s impossible to hate, especially when he talks about his background in creative genetics.
Martok–No top five Star Trek list of mine would be complete without a Klingon, and I had to choose Martok, who is not only a Klingon general, but also basically Worf’s adoptive older brother. He has an excellent sense of humor, and is also a fierce warrior…what’s not to love?
Garek–And for my third Deep Space Nine character, I had to choose the Cardassian tailor…the plain, simple, tailor. The more you know about him, the less you know, and every now and again you’re reminded of all of the horrible things he has done. But he’s also a good friend and a patriot, which makes him all the more lovable.
This year, we’ve been watching through all of Star Trek (not including the Kelvin Timeline) chronologically. While we’re just now at the point where Deep Space Nine enters the picture, I think it’s time to list my favorite main characters from across the five series of Star Trek we’ll have watched when we’re through. I decided that since there are five shows, it would only be fair to pick one character from each, which helped narrow the list down some, too!
Enterprise: Commander Trip Tucker–I think this was the hardest choice for me. I really like Enterprise, but I’m not sure that I like any one character better than another. If forced to choose, however, I guess Trip is my favorite. You know, as long as I ignore the series finale!
The Original Series: Dr. McCoy–An irascible old gentleman, McCoy really speaks to me. The older he gets, the crankier he gets, and I know how he feels. I also really admire his dry sense of humor!
The Next Generation: Worf–I could choose Worf in not only Next Gen but also Deep Space Nine if I wanted to. He’s an interesting and complex character, and I love seeing how he adapts to serving with humans (and embracing his Klingon-ness) over the years. He may be my favorite character in all of Star Trek. Even though I could choose him twice, I had to leave a space for his wife, so next up is…
Deep Space Nine: Jadzeia Dax–Just Dax isn’t good enough, because I really, really don’t like Ezri. But Jadzeia is one of my favorite characters ever, and my list wouldn’t be complete without her. She’s strong and confident and cheeky, and she can kick anybody’s ass…there’s so much to admire!
Voyager: B’Elanna Torres–Obviously, I really like Klingons, and in some ways, B’Elanna is the mirror-image of Worf. She’s not a full-blooded Klingon like he is, but they deal with many of the same issues, and I like her unique perspective.
Up next…my favorite supporting characters!
“Sir, I protest. I am not a merry man!” Michael Dorn as Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Prune juice…Warrior’s Drink.” Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan and Michael Dorn as Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Troubles me? What’s so damned troubling about not having died? How old do you think I am?” DeForest Kelley as Admiral McCoy in Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Well, uh, double dumbass on you!” William Shatner as Admiral Kirk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
This line, spoken by Admiral Kirk at Captain Spock’s beautiful, is a beautiful tribute to a complex character:
Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human. William Shatner as Admiral Kirk in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
“There’s no such thing as a safe tribble.” DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy on Star Trek: The Animated Series
“Look, I’m a doctor, not an escalator. Spock, gimme a hand!” DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy on Star Trek