The Lights of Zetar actress found the costume embarrassing
Any woman who guest-starred on Star Trek: The Original Series was going to be put in a skimpy outfit. It was rare for them to be seen in anything else. With both Nichelle Nichols and Grace Lee Whitney having to wear the mini-dresses, it stood to reason that guest stars wouldn’t be clothed from head to toe. And not every actress was comfortable in them. In fact, Jan Shutan, who portrayed Lt. Mira Romaine on the third season episode, “The Lights of Zetar” was embarrassed about having to wear the costume.
Although Shutan hoped that her appearance as Lt. Romaine and Scotty’s (James Doohan) love interest would turn into a recurring role, she admitted to Starlog that she remembers being embarrassed about what she had to wear because she had “chubby thighs.” She added that she and her family laughed every time they saw the show because of what she looked like in the “stupid costume.”
"“That’s why my family and I laugh so hard every time we see the show– we get hysterical at what I look like in that stupid costume. Everyone on that show had long, gorgeous legs and I only had these cute little thighs. I didn’t think they belonged on television!”"
It’s doubtful that many actresses were fans of the short costume, although Grace Lee Whitney, who portrayed Yeoman Janice Rand for a few episodes, did specifically request a costume that would enable her to show off her dancer’s legs. For Shutan, though, she most likely would have preferred the pants that Whitney was originally supposed to wear.
The Lights of Zetar isn’t a fan favorite episode, but…
Many fans thought the episode was dull and uninspiring, but one fan created a blog in 2016 to defend the episode and wrote an in-depth review of it. In addition, the fan goes into great detail about Jan Shutan’s acting ability as well as her “incredible” legs and describes the camera angles that show off the actress’ attributes. So even though Shutan wasn’t a fan of the costume she had to wear on the episode, there are people in the Star Trek community that disagree with her assessment.