June 17, 1998
Farrell the `Trill' sheds `Star Trek'
by Allan Johnson
Thousands of "Star Trek" fans will be in
mourning -- one of their heroes is leaving the enduring science-fiction franchise's
universe. But don't shed any tears for Terry Farrell of "Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine." She's not.
Farrell plays Jadzia Dax, the alien "Trill" whose female body is the host for a
wormlike "symbiont" that has lived for 300 years and carries the essence of all
of its previous hosts -- including the last, a male. So Farrell basically played a woman
whose immediate past life was lived as a man. That made for some gender-bending moments
during her six seasons on the Federation space station Deep Space Nine.
Farrell's last episode on "Deep Space Nine" will air in Philadelphia at 10
tonight and again at 8 Sunday evening on Channel 57. We don't want to give away what
happens on the season finale. Let's just say Dax gets the short end of an encounter with
an intruder. It didn't take Farrell long to find another job, however. She has a
co-starring role in "Becker," a CBS series starring Ted Danson
("Cheers") as a crusty but brilliant doctor. The show is tabbed as a midseason
replacement series. Farrell plays the owner of a diner Becker frequents.
Farrell decided before the 1997-98 season began
that she would depart "Deep Space Nine" after her contract was up..
"I needed to do something different after six years," Farrell says. Farrell
will miss the crew and cast, especially good friend Michael Dorn, who played Dax's husband
Worf, the Klingon Starfleet officer and former "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
character. "I loved that there was this love story between these two people that
you'd never think in a million years really belong together," Farrell says.
Farrell also will miss some of the intelligent storylines she's been in, including one
where her previous male incarnation encountered his ex-wife, resulting in a controversial
kiss between Farrell and actress Susanna Thompson. "It was nice having something
that I thought was a positive social message about love and same sex," she says,
"and how it matters who you are and what you're about, rather than what you look like
and what other people think of you." "I'm 34 years old and honestly, women
don't have as long of a career in this industry as men do. If I don't take the chance to
make it so that I have a career, rather than just being a working actress, if I don't take
that shot now, when is it going to happen?"
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