I selected these images, and those on the preceding page, to show how Ezri used subtle (and sometimes, not-so-subtle) facial expressions to convey her moods and reactions. It often seemed as though her expressions were in a constant change of flux, and yet she never took this to excess. Rather, to my mind, her changing expressions seemed properly emotive and utterly natural. It's as though she really stepped in to this role, and handled herself well.
One of my favorite bits occurred in Afterimage, when Ezri complained about spacesickness, and asked Sisko if the station's inertial dampers could be adjusted to make DS9 spin more slowly. The expressions on her face were absolutely priceless!
In the same episode, Ezri was sent to act as counselor to Garak.
Garak had been struggling with guilt over his role in betraying
Cardassia, which was necessary to prevent the Dominion from winning the
war. Note how various expressions crept over Ms. deBoer's face as
she observed Garak's final emotional breakdown. I feel that she
had truly stepped into her role. It was as though she, as an
actress, was observing one man's breakdown and catharsis for the very
first time, and that was just then realizing what had occurred.
Again, a wonderful moment, made more real by her emotive reactions.
There were so many other scenes that served as fine examples. Her
complaints about adjusting to her new body in Take Me Out to the Holosuite, for
example. Or her reactions in Afterimage,
where she responded to what she perceived as Bashir's flirting with
her. I'd love to document each of these scenes, and talk about
what Ms. deBoer brought to that role. Suffice to say that she was
mighty darned good.
there are any producers out there reading this, I hope that they'll
give her some more of these roles in the future. She is perhaps
my favorite Star Trek actress of all time.
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