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Flashback Friday: Terry Farrell was my favorite Trek babe

09.04.2015by: Droz

I might be getting a little obscure for this week's flashback. After all, it has been a few years since Terry Farrell was in the limelight. Even back in the day she would have been a fairly esoteric choice. It was the recent celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in Vegas that got me thinking about Terry and all the great women who starred on that show's various iterations over the years. There are so many of them, in everything from starring roles, to supporting roles, to guest star roles. A few of those women went on to big careers. Others enjoyed more modest fame. Some virtually vanished without a trace. Terry eventually wound up walking all three of those paths.

Even if you're not a Trek fan, you may know Terry from a few of her other roles. For instance, she played the untouchable eye candy Valerie Desmond in the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle BACK TO SCHOOL. You'll probably remember her 6-foot frame towering over the positively lilliputian by comparison Keith Gordon in one of the great mismatches of 80s cinema. She also spent a little time as comedic sidekick to Ted Danson in the late 90s/early 2000s sitcom Becker. But it's her time as Jadzia Dax, the symbiotic host to a 300-year-old worm on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, that stands as her best claim to fame.

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I got a few reasons to love Terry in that role. First and foremost, she was an interesting character. Jadzia was actually several characters, all locked into the memories of one dual-minded person. She provided many of Trek's more diverse and imaginative story lines. I always looked forward to the next Jadzia heavy episode. There were also those spots. We never really did get to see just how far down on her they went. Jadzia's penchant for angry Klingon sex and an irresistible pull toward other female symbiants were even more persuasive selling points.

All those great things made it all the more difficult to deal with the fact that they abruptly killed off Jadzia at the end of the second to last season of DS9 (oh yeah, spoiler alert). The reasons for that remain unclear. Some speculate that there was some kind of salary dispute between Terry and Paramount that prompted them to kill off Jadzia. Some say that Terry simply jumped at the chance to move to a different show. In the end it doesn't matter, as the effect of Terry's departure meant that she and I didn't really have much to do with one another after that. Once Becker went away, she went and married the former Sprint Guy (a lesser known copycat of the Verizon Guy), moved to Pennsylvania and became a soccer mom. Now Terry only shows up at the occasional Star Trek convention and the regular binge watches of DS9 I engage in every few years. It's a great show. Sure, it would have been nice to have more of Terry, but those 6 great seasons of DS9 will do.

Now take a little tour of Terry's heyday on the celebrity hottie scene.

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