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In reading and remembering more about Majel Barrett, I'm reminded of all of her pivotal and memorable roles:

  • Number One - A female first officer! OMG! Eventually they chose the weird alien (Spock) over the strong female, no matter how well she did in the role. Go figure.
  • Nurse Chapel - Unrequited love played so honestly, plus she had a good rapport with DeForrest Kelley.
  • Computer voice - made it into all 5 series (including 2 episodes of Enterprise), plus spoofed herself in an episode of Family Guy.
  • M'Ress - A breakthrough character in that it wasn't some guy in a rubber suit, and for years Trek fans thought cartoons would be the only way we'd see alien species we could buy on television.
  • Lwaxana Troi - I'm sure her most enjoyable, and certainly most scene-chewing role, and one of the rare characters to make it into more than one series.
  • Lady Morella - Certainly a pivotal role in Babylon 5, and so glad she was able to do it.
  • Dr. Julianne Belman - A small role in Earth: Final Conflict, but more memorable because she managed to create a respectable show out of Gene's old notes (I really enjoyed the series until the last season, myself). She also brought Andromeda to life as well in the same way.
  • "Q-in-Law" - On a long road trip to Chicago many years ago, we entertained ourselves with the book-on-tape version of this Peter David novel, read by Barrett and John DeLancie, and it was the funniest thing I think I've ever heard. Not only did she do all the female roles and he all the male, but the premise of the book was that Q decides to marry Lwaxana Troi to experience love... and then dumps her after he'd given her the power of the Q. Hilarity ensues! Truly a memorable work for me. :)
She will always truly be a Grand Dame of science fiction fandom, and will be truly missed.

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katerinfg
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm planning to divest most of my Trek novels in the near future, but Q-in-Law is one that won't be going anywhere! That book never fails to make me laugh until my sides hurt.
mikhalmc
Dec. 19th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Lwaxana with the power of a Q was possibly the greatest Star Trek novel moment ever. That scene with them outside of the Enterprise was perfect. Peter David completely captured the character of Lwaxana on paper.

I've been trying to figure out what my favorite Lwaxana episode was....its so hard to pick one. It was just a treat every time she appeared on the show. From her over the top portrayal of a mother trying to find love for her daughter to the woman who made the great Captain Picard so uncomfortable. I think that beyond being such an over the top character, Majel managed to bring some depth and feeling in the more tender and serious moments as well.

Highly memorable of those serious scenes would be from TNG's "Dark Page" where she's in a coma and we discover that she had a daughter who died. Also highly memorable is her appearance on Ds9 where she and Odo are trapped in an elevator.

In my opinion though, the most Lwaxana fun would have to be in TNG's "Menage a Troi" where she and Deanna were kidnapped by Ferengi. (also notable in that episode is Wesley's promotion to Ensign and that great scene at the end of the Ep where he emerges from the turbolift in uniform.)

Okay...now that I've scared myself by pulling that information out of my head and not the internet, I'll sign off. :P
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