In case y’all were wondering, Sulu did rise to the rank of captain, taking command of the USS Excelsior in 1991’s Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, then reprising the role in 1996’s “Flashback” episode of Voyager.
I may or may not be watching Celebrity Apprentice just for George Takei.
Walter Koenig goes over his lines on the set of the original Star Trek series, while George Takei goes right on piloting the Enterprise.
You know what? Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is better than most people give it credit for.
With the exception of the upholstery Chekov is wearing, of course.
Here’s what I was goin’ on about yesterday.
"Actor portrayal." As if we didn’t know George Takei wasn’t some sort of scientist.
Photo of George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan from Star Trek: The Original Series via TrekCore.com.
Little-known fact: in the novelization for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, author Vonda McIntyre establishes that one of Sulu’s ancestors was in the Philippines for the “People Power” revolution in 1986. Which makes him half-Filipino.
In the book, Sulu discusses this fact during the scene where he manages to borrow a helicopter - “Huey, isn’t it?”. The scene was significantly pared down in the film, which is unfortunate, since it was released the same year Ferdinand Marcos was deposed.