would love to see Ms. deBoer land a whole lot more roles, and
preferably some really meaty ones. I don't have a theatrical
background, and so maybe I'm speaking naively here. However, I
think she's a rather underrated and understated actress, which is why I
enjoy watching her TV roles so much.
why I think the Ezri Dax role was well-suited for her.
Let's compare Ezri with her predecessor, Jadzia. Jadzia was
supposed to be a well-established and experienced scientist and
Starfleet officer. That's certainly a juicy role to play;
however, Ezri presented a new set of challenges. Ezri was an
ingenue and a relative newcomer to life on DS9. She was also in
the unenviable position of having a Trill symbiont thrust upon her (and
into her cranium!), thus flooding her with several lifetimes of
memories for which she was unprepared. Some of those memories
were decidedly unpleasant, too.
deBoer handled this quite well, which is why I thought she was a
joy to watch. Despite its reputation for cheesy acting, the Star
Trek universe has known some mighty fine thespians—the likes of
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Avery Brooks and more. However, I
think that Ms. deBoer deserves a lot more attention that what she gets,
and so I'd love to see more of her acting chops.
What really sells me on her are the little expressions that she gives, as shown in these images. I'll say more about that on the next page.
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