Dominic Keating of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Talks Blu-ray Discs & More
"It was a fine time in my life, and luckily, I was old enough to appreciate it. There's a certain thrill to driving through those iconic Paramount gates every day."
Unlike many actors in later Trek series, Keating is a fan of the original series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. "I was a huge fan of the original show. I would run home from school to watch it. The episode that had what looked like fried eggs on the ceiling still sticks in my memory. And Kirk's chiffon-clad alien ladies were my first foray into erotica at age nine." His family was also the first on their block to have a color television, and he recalls running outside to tell friends the ship's officers' uniform colors.
Many ENTERPRISE fans have expressed disappointment with the series finale - which is not on the Season Two Blu-Ray. Keating is more sanguine. "I didn't have a problem with the series finale. I found out recently that Scott Bakula had made a call to the production offices complaining. That surprised me. I think the device used to get Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis into the episode was a little clunky, but Robert and Brannon [producers Robert Berman and Brannon Braga] had seventeen years of Trek production between them and of course they wanted to wrap that up, since it looked - and looks - as if that was the end of the television franchise."
Keating reveals that he did audition for the first J.J. Abrams STAR TREK film, when there had been going to be a plot line about Kirk on the farm in Indiana. I read for that - I was back a couple of times. Then I suppose they did due diligence and found out I'd been on one of the series."
Fans at his panel asked additional questions of Keating about individual episodes of ENTERPRISE, followup on anecdotes told at previous science fiction conventions, and on his work in JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE.
What are he and the rest of the cast doing currently? Aside from voice work on a number of popular electronic games, "I love playing bad guys. I've played a lot of bad guys since ENTERPRISE went off. Did you see my CSI: NEW YORK episode? I was a badass in that. It's fun to play bad." Keating's also been an Irish motorcycle thug on SONS OF ANARCHY. He may be playing again, though bad or good he's not sure, with a possible recurring role in Brannon Braga's upcoming WGN America series, SALEM. "It's rather True Blood meets GRIMM, with a backdrop of early Salem, Massachusetts. They're building a mini-Salem in Lousiana for it. I had lunch with Brannon in Las Vegas, and he sent me the pilot script. There's nothing for me in that, but there may be something recurring." John Billingsley, who played Dr. Phlox, is preparing to star in the upcoming CBS series, INTELLIGENCE, slated to start in February. Scott Bakula was recently in the HBO made-for-television movie, LIBERACE: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
The Blu-Ray set has just been released (it became available at the end of August) and features 1080p high definition picture and remastered 7.1 sound. Official retail price is $120.99. It's available online at Amazon.com and other online retailers.