Nerd Candy: Worf, Son of Mogh
Since I can't talk Tuvok and Sisko without saying something about the powerful man who preceded them both, my Star Trek kick now resumes.
Portrayed the suave, charismatic actor Michael Dorn,Worf was not initially intended to become a favorite character. Dorn reports he played Worf in such a way that he intended the audience to roll their eyes every time he came on the screen. And while Worf had a rough start on TNG, by DS9 he was outshining many of his castmates, and by the end of DS9, Worf was the longest running character in Star Trek history (he was on TV for 11 years and appeared in all the TNG movies).
|If we succeed, there will be many songs sung in our honor.|
I initially was apprehensive of Worf, just as I was of Geordi LaForge (hint hint). As I recall, basically all black people were apprehensive because we weren't digging the idea that the only two black main cast members had to be "mutilated" in some way, while Riker, Picard, Troi, O'Brien, and the Crushers all got to look "normal."
However, Worf's overall awesomeness could not be denied. He was a brave, clear-headed warrior who basically personified the very notion of honor. And he was more than just a warrior; he was also philosophical man with a strong sense of identity. Even more importantly, as a Klingon raised amongst humans, Worf exemplified the second-generation immigrant experience in America. Though he had friends, Worf was alone in many ways, and though people admired him and were fond of him (mostly because of his linguistic and cultural assimilation), he still had to constantly explain things about himself to them.
On DS9, a sci-fi show for grown-up thinkers, Worf finally came into his element and got everything due him. He got to be around more Klingons, he got to marry a woman with Klingon tendencies in a Klingon ceremony, and suddenly there was a lot less "explaining" and self-imposed (yet necessary) isolation. Overall, his transfer to DS9 was just a gamble full of win...along with his taste for prune juice ("a warrior's drink").
Any other Worf fans in attendance?