Lyndsey Marshal is best known for portraying the legendary Cleopatra on HBO’s Rome. As Cleopatra, Marshall used guile and seduction to go from a prisoner to the ruler of Egypt. It would have been easy to portray Cleopatra more one-dimensionally but Marshal manages to bring the character to life and really explore the motivations for her actions. The depth Marshal brings to her characters would make her a fantastic choice for the next captain.
One of the complaints many Star Trek fans had about Kathryn Janeway was that her motives weren’t always clear. Some of that was of course due to the writing on Star Trek: Voyager, but we think that Marshal’s captain would have the complexity to avoid that type of pitfall. We could see Marshal’s captain being reminiscent of Jadzia Dax from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Dax, of course, got to command the Defiant for a short time during DS9’s run. We always wished we could’ve seen more of her in the captain’s chair and we think that Marshall could recapture some of the fun of having a complex female character as the captain.
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