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We visit the set of Star Trek: Voyager as they film an episode for the series’ sixth season

Excerpt taken from Cult Times #51
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  Have you seen our Star Trek: Voyager features in these recent issues of Cult Times?
  • Garret Wang on five years of Harry Kim
Cult Times #45, June 99
  Cover:Jeri Ryan and Kate Mulgrew share their views on year five
Cult Times #44, May 99
  • Season 5 previewed for its UK premiere
Cult Times #43, April 99
  Cover: Roxann Dawson shares stories of the lost starship's B'Elanna Torres
Cult Times #39, Dec 98
  Cover:Robert Picardo and Duncan McNeill on Season 5
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  Please note: links are to details of each issue. Features are not necessarily on-line

It's late afternoon in August, and a triumvirate of Voyager actors – Robert Beltran, Ethan Phillips and guest star John Fleck, who plays an alien trader – are messing around on the set during the rehearsal of a scene in the transporter room. Under the watchful eye of director David Livingston, the actors choreograph the shot – although Beltran leads the way with colourful, impromptu rewrites of the dialogue that soon have Fleck and Phillips improvizing, too.

This is the kind of easy atmosphere that the Star Trek: Voyager set has become known for over the years. And that comes as little surprise, considering the series is entering its sixth season already.

“It’s the beginning of the show and the crisis of the week hasn’t quite happened yet,” explains Beltran of the levity. “It’s not serious, and there’s no crisis at hand. Yet,” he laughs.

Keeping things light-hearted is Beltran’s way of getting through the sometimes rote material. “It’s really the only way to get through a show like this. You can look just as silly taking a show like this too seriously. I take the work seriously, but at the same time you try to have fun; otherwise, it makes for very long, long, boring tedious days. Johnny [Fleck] and I always have a lot of fun working together.”

Livingston, who’s overseeing the set-up of this connection scene in the sixth episode, Alice, takes a break for a moment to explain the action. While the scene being shot was originally written to be filmed in a corridor, Livingston had another idea in mind. “I thought it would be better to keep all of the action inside the transporter room, because the transporter room has a lot of cool stuff to look at,” explains Livingston, who tabled his vision to the producers and had the new location approved before shooting today. “This way, when [Fleck’s character] first comes in, he would immediately go into his looking around to find out what he wanted off of our ship.”

Melissa J Perenson

Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) on 'Alice' here

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Star Trek: Voyager current UK Transmission details
Sky One - Saturdays & Sundays, 17.00
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