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Star Trek vs. Batman (Trivia Answer)

Trivia Question from Yesterday:

There were a number of notable actors who gave their voice talents to Batman: The Animated Series including at least 7 from the Star Trek films and movies. Can you name them all? Hint: As far as I know TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY are represented as well as at least two actors from the movies.

Answer:

The Riddler (voiced by John Glover)

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Played Verad Dax in DS9’s “Invasive Procedures”

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Leslie Thompkins (voiced by Diana Muldaur)

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She’s actually been in two Star Trek series TOS and TNG. Her TOS episodes were “Return To Tomorrow” and more notably “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”

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But she’s probably best known (if not best loved) for her role as Dr. Katherine Pulaski on Season 2 of The Next Generation. Personally I like her McCoy-like personality in the TNG-verse and think she’s underrated.

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Red Claw (voiced by Kate Mulgrew). This one I didn’t know till I saw it on the Wikipedia page for Batman.

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Even before she was the first female Captain in a Star Trek show, Kathryn Janeway was a tough lady.

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And now she’s Red again (in Orange is the New Black).

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How colorful.

Ra’s al Ghul (voiced by David Warner)

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Portrayed Chancellor Gorkon in my favorite Star Trek movie “The Undiscovered Country”.

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As well as Gul Madred in the two-part TNG episode “Chain of Command”. There are four lights!

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Also he played an ambassador in Star Trek V, but that’s best forgotten.

Mr. Freeze (voiced by Michael Ansara)

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Portrayed Kang in TOS and DS9.

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But not this Kang.

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Lucius Fox (voiced by Brock Peters)

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Played Admiral Cartwright in Star Trek IV and VI.

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As well as Captain Sisko’s father Joseph in DS9.

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Dr. March (voiced by Rene Auberjonois). He appears in the first animated series episode “On Leather Wings”

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And all the time on DS9 as Constable Odo.

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Never looks very happy.

Can you name any more that I’ve missed?

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Do I use my brain or my external brain?

There’s a game I like to play that I suspect is common to a lot of us. Often, when I go back to a movie or a TV show or even a video game that I haven’t watched or played in a while I’ll recognize somebody but I’ll have a hard time remembering their name or where I know them from. This can happen with new stuff too, but more often happens with older stuff where someone I didn’t recognize the first time has become a beloved or at least vaguely familiar person due to another role.

The most recent example of this happened last night playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (which is kinda terrible on the PC, but did make me want to bust out my Wii copy again). Usually video game likenesses leave no impression with me, but the main character looked awfully familiar, and I had a feeling I recognized him from somewhere. I could have just looked him up, but my brain was already hitting me with scenes from other things I remembered him in, and if I could just think about it for a moment I’d get it. Turns out I knew the actor from Being Human where he plays the vampire who lives with a werewolf and a ghost.

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With smart phones, tablets and computers at the ready I could have had this answer in seconds, but it’s more fun I think to still try to get it yourself. When my wife and I play this game, it’s always a temptation to look something up on IMDB which almost always has the answer, but then we don’t get the satisfaction of figuring it out for ourselves.

External resources are great for verification, but I still think it’s part of having a lively mind to know trivia. The Guinness Book of World Records first existed as a way of settling bar bets over who had the record for what, but debating the point before looking it up makes being right not just random and factual, but personal. And it kinda bugs me when someone around me with a smart-phone leaps to the Internet for an answer when I ask a question, rather than trying to puzzle it out with me. Then you’re just being Alex Trebek on Jeopardy. He doesn’t really know all the questions to the answers, he has them on cards.

On the other hand, you can agonize over something for thirty minutes and not be able to think about much else until you have the answer. Looking it up can relieve the “I’m not going to be able to think about anything else until I have the answer” syndrome when recall isn’t really working for us. I have this with the silliest people. I love the actor Dustin Hoffman, but for the life of me I can never remember his name. It’s gotten a little easier now that my brain has associated not being able to come up with his name with his actual name, but for a while there it was just a blank. And this is an actor who has been in countless things I’ve loved.

I suspect this debate is only going to get worse when technologies like Amazon Echo become more ubiquitous. Already we have Siri and Cortana, but Echo aims to be a technology that is omnipresent in your house (kinda like on Star Trek where they can ask the computer a question from wherever they are). Literally all you’d have to do is ask the question aloud, and Echo plays with you. We may never need our brains to remember anything ever again.

How about all of you? Do you try to remember something first, or do you just look it up?

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