Underappreciated Actor of Another Color #25: Garrett Wang

I'm on a Trek kick; don't judge me.  Besides, I've been neglectful of this particular series; my Underappreciated Actors  rightfully deserve to spank me for my negligence.  I have a lot to make up.

So I'm going to continue with the cute ensign who had me coming back to  watch Star Trek: Voyager week after week, even as it steadily - and painfully - declined.  Born in 1968, Chinese American actor Garrett Richard Wang is a Cali native who spent some time also growing up in Bermuda.  His role on a Star Trek series is unsurprising, considering Garrett's been a science fiction fan since childhood.

Garrett deserves a lot of credit for his work.  He represented Asian American men as a good-looking member of a main cast. As Ensign Harry Kim, he braved his mediocre dialogue and occasionally twitch-inducing characterization, and he looked cute all the while.  That takes skill, y'all.

And let's not forget, Garrett made Blasian history by reportedly being the first Asian American actor to kiss an African American actress in a television series.  It was passionate too.  Just go to Netflix and rent ST: Voyager Season 3, Episode 20, entitled "Favorite Son."

Comments

  1. Nice, he was a very underappreciated and underwritten character. What do you think of Tim Russ?

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  2. What do you think of Tim Russ?

    Love, love, love him. Working on an homage to Tuvok as we speak.

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  3. I first watch "Star Trek: Voyager" when it first aired in 1995, but then the Fox station at the time stopped airing it a couple of years later, and I was pissed. I never saw the rest of the series until it started airing on Spike TV.

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  4. but then the Fox station at the time stopped airing it a couple of years later, and I was pissed. I never saw the rest of the series until it started airing on Spike TV.

    How did you like the rest of the series? Personally, I thought it got abysmal. Which sucked royally because it had awesome cast.

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  5. Kinda liked it as it went on and Janeway's hair got less ridiculous. To be honest, I thought Seven of Nine was one of the best things to happen to the series, it was stagnant and she was incredibly well-written, although I kinda wish they spent the same amount of effort on developing Tuvok's character. But Seven was a lot less complicated so I can understand why they didn't. Kudos on the Tuvok homage, btw.

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  6. It was cool. It wasn't the best, but it gave me some closure.

    I hated how they made the Borg seem less threatening like they did in First Contact...I hate to admit it but Seven of Nine had a nice butt mainly due to the suit she wore.

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  7. His character was so underappreciated on the show it wasn't even funny. I never understood why Janeway felt the need to give everyone else a promotion and not Ensign Kim. Especially after all that he went through.

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  8. He's been at Dragon Con a few times. Let me tell you, that man is just as fine in person.

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  9. Let me tell you, that man is just as fine in person.

    Oh, I'll bet he is.

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