... as Voyager Q's up for more action

By Albert Kim
Updated September 15, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

He played the prickly Klingon Worf in 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Generations film, so it’s a bit curious calling Michael Dorn the new kid on the Trek block. But that’s exactly what Dorn is as he returns to the role of everybody’s favorite alienated alien on DEEP SPACE NINE this season. ”It was actually an easy transition,” he says. ”It wasn’t like I came on the set and everybody was wide-eyed, going ‘There’s the guy that used to be on that other show.”’

Dorn joins the three-year-old series under the premise that the Klingon/Federation peace treaty has begun to unravel, which necessitates Worf’s taking a special advisory position on Deep Space Nine. ”By introducing Worf and the Klingon threat, it’s going to change the whole dynamic of the station,” says executive producer Rick Berman. ”It will breathe some freshness into the show [which has dropped in the ratings since its debut] and also mean more action and pace.” To that end, the station itself will be rearmed, as will the Defiant, DS9‘s version of the family motorboat.

Pace will also be the key word for DS9’s sister show, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, as wilier, more malevolent aliens are introduced and high-tech, high-performance shuttlecraft are introduced. And there will be two other, less heralded reprises of Next Generation roles. Dwight Shultz will guest-star as the fidgety Lieutenant Barclay, and John de Lancie, who played the inimitable Q on both Next Generation and DS9, will bring his intergalactic-Avon-lady bit to Voyager‘s Delta Quadrant. ”Bringing Q to Voyager has to be done carefully,” frets Berman. ”We don’t want to give the impression that of all the Starfleet ships around, the only ones Q visits are those that have on-air series.”

Guess it’s a small universe after all.