First Lady of Star Trek Passes Away

Posted: December 19, 2008 in Scifi
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I am at a loss for words to hear the passing of Majel Barrett Rodenberry who just recently. While I was never a big fan of the Nurse Chapel character on the Classic Trek, I found her most engaging as the original Number One from the first pilot “The Cage” opposite Jeffrey Hunter’s Captain Christopher Pike. Her striking black hair, beauty, and quite strength was a foretelling of future where not only female Commanders and Captains such as Major Kira and Captain Janeway were welcomed but also embraced with a passion as to their male counterparts the various series.  This was a far cry from the flack she received back then from female viewers who did not appreciate Number One (Majel) having so much power as the Captain of the Enterprise who happened to a man. 

Her most memorable character as Lwaxana Troi – the Auntie Mame of the Galaxy – was a pleasure to watch. She played quite the boisterous character was such zeal that she was just as equally adept to show her very fragile interior. This proves that the loudest person in the room is also the lonliest soul in the universe. In addition, she was the voice of the Enterprise – D computer which leads me to discuss the new Trek movie. As I was looking up on IMDB.COM, I discovered that Majel will be with us once more as the voice of the new Enterprise computer. While I was focused on the appearance of Leonard Nimoy as Spock, I did not realize that she was also attached to the new project until now. While I am looking forward to the new movie, watching the movie will be even more important to pay homage to a woman who contributed a great deal to expand her late husband’s universe.

With her passing, at least she can be reunited with the Great Bird of the Galaxy.

Thank you, Majel… for everything.


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