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When Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine was introduced in the fourth-season premiere of Star Trek: Voyager back in 1997, she could seem at first blush like a character positioned as eye candy above all else. But that perception underestimates the much-needed energy and deeper thematic considerations that Seven injected into Voyager. Seven stands as one of the most fascinating characters in Star Trek lore for how she nudges at the parameters of humanity and demonstrates the strange, exhilarating aspects of finding one’s own identity apart from the larger forces that control our lives. Ryan played Seven in a highly formalized way, with regimented speech that belied her own curiosity, and launched the character into the imagination of countless fans who still consider her one of the most cherished aspects of Voyager, long after the show ended in 2001.
But the state of modern Hollywood almost requires that no property or character ever really ends. Which brings us to CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Picard, a meditative and occasionally thrilling new entry in the famed franchise that brings back The Next Generation’s iconic Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who is navigating a more dangerous universe where the image of Starfleet doesn’t inspire awe so much as doubt. The show has so far maintained a mix of new and old characters, reintroducing Seven of Nine at the end of episode four, after a righteous space battle in which her character handily expresses her skills. The subsequent episode, “Stardust City Rag,” proved to be a major step up for the series, in no small part because of the badass energy Seven brings.
This Seven is very different from the woman we last saw nearly 20 years ago, however — she’s more lived-in, more naturalistic, and hell-bent on vengeance. Ryan spoke to Vulture about the pressure of bringing such a beloved character back, and where Seven’s journey will go on Picard. Continue reading Jeri Ryan Loves Who Star Trek’s Seven of Nine Has Become on Picard
Jeri Ryan has a Borg-like appraisal of joining the cast of “Star Trek: Picard.”
“Yeah, resistance was kind of futile, I guess,” Ryan tells The Post with a laugh. She’s reprising her “Star Trek: Voyager” role of Seven of Nine, the part-human, part-machine former Borg drone she played on that series from 1997 to 2001. Ryan is shocked by her own enthusiasm about Seven’s new life in the show, which picks up two decades after the “Voyager” storyline ended.
“It’s really a kind of delightful surprise to be excited to play her again,” she says of the character, who is now a bourbon-drinking vigilante Fenris Ranger with fewer mechanical Borg implants and a lot more swagger. “I thought that I was done. I’d said goodbye to her, and I’d moved on and that was it.” Continue reading Jeri Ryan on joining ‘Star Trek: Picard’: ‘Resistance was futile’
Jeri joins the cast of MacGyver for a season long arc as aunt Gwendolyn Hayes. Her first appearance is the March 27 episode.
Beam Seven of Nine up… to MacGyver.
TV Insider has learned exclusively that Jeri Ryan, currently reviving her aforementioned iconic Star Trek: Voyager character on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard, is joining CBS’ action drama MacGyver in a season-long arc during its current fourth season.
Ryan will step into the role of Gwendolyn Hayes, who (surprise!) has very close ties to none other than titular hero, Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till). Mac knows a lot of things — like saving the world with the gelled sodium polyacrylate found in disposable diapers, as he did in the Season 4 premiere — but the fact that he has an aunt comes as a big shock for him.
Executive producer Peter Lenkov explains, “Gwendolyn Hayes is Mac’s aunt, his beloved mother’s sister, and an ex-DXS agent who was presumed dead. Mac never knew she existed but Gwen was always keeping track of her nephew’s life in the shadows. She is now the presumed head of Codex, the organization that the Phoenix has been hunting this season.”
Needless to say, Gwen’s appearance and her familial connection to Mac will have a ripple effect on both Angus as well as with his team at the Phoenix Foundation.
“[Gwen] reminds him of his mother, and her ideals and science have merit to them. But the way she goes about it goes against everything Mac thinks and is,” Lenkov says. “Gwen’s new relationship with Mac will pit his desire for family, his faith in science, and his loyalties to his friends against each other and will make our hero rethink everything. Because of her, we will see Mac like we’ve never seen him before.”
Lenkov has been a huge fan of Ryan for some time and says, “I’ve been trying to find a hole in her schedule to get the opportunity to work with her. I think she brought a real gravitas to the role. Gwen’s motivations aren’t black-and-white. Her endgame is a noble one (in her mind). So, like Mac, we’re conflicted by her actions. That’s not an easy role to play. There’s so many layers to the character that Jeri delivered on… and then some. Layers that include brains, humanity, warmth, and just the right touch of evil.”
Ryan will first appear on the series in the March 27 episode.