Is Sulu the best Original Series character? Siskoid says yes. Let’s see what his guest David Ace Gutiérrez thinks. A conversation that spans the length and depth of Hikaru Sulu’s career, from astrophysicist to helmsman to captain of the Excelsior, and from George Takei to John Cho, in an attempt to dissect and explain the appeal of one of Trek’s most well-developed “lower deck” characters.
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“Star Trek Theme” by Alexander Courage, with the Irredeemable Shagg on vocals. End theme: “Deep Space Nine Theme” by Dennis McCarthy.
Bonus clips from: “Star Trek VI: The Undiscoverd Country” by Nicholas Meyer, starring George Takai, William Shatner, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan; Star Trek’s “Mirror, Mirror”, starring George Takei and William Shatner; “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” by Nicholas Meyer, starring William Shatner and George Takei; Star Trek: Voyager’s “Flashback”, starring George Takei and Tim Russ; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “Dr. Bashir, I Presume?”, starring Robert Picardo and Colm Meany; and “3rd Rock from the Sun” guest-starring George Takei.
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