RIP Star Trek Trio

(Above: Grace Lee Whitney with Robert Walker in “Charlie X.’ Source: Apple TV)

The adage that “celebrity deaths come in threes” is definitely true for Star Trek fans mourning the loss of three of the franchise’s revered figures over the past week.

Yesterday saw the death, at 79, of René Auberjonois, who co-starred as spaceshifting security office Odo over all seven seasons (173 episodes) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (syndicated, 1993-1999). During his long career, Auberjonois also co-starred in such series as the comedy Benson for which he picked up an Emmy nomination, and the drama Boston Legal, which paired him with fellow Star Trek alum William Shatner.

(Above: Auberjonois and Shatner. Source: YouTube video)

Thursday saw the death, also at 79, of Robert Walker Jr., who was in his mid-20s when he played a 17-year-old with scary psychic powers in “Charlie X,’ the memorable second episode of the original Star Trek (NBC, 1966). During his long career, Walker also guested on such series as Bonanza, Streets of San Francisco and Dallas, and won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in The Ceremony (1963).

DC Fontana, who died a week ago today at 80, was a prolific TV writer, penning episodes of such series as Bonanza, Streets of San Francisco and Dallas (but none with Walker). She is best known, however, for her sci-fi work, especially in the Star Trek universe: One episode each of Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek: New Voyages, five episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, one episode of Auberjonois’ Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (“Dax,”), and 11 episodes of the original Star Trek, including Walker’s “Charlie X.”

Here, paying tribute to Fontana and Walker, we present “Charlie X”:

The “Dax” episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, written by Fontana and co-starring Auberjonois, is available to subscribers of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and CBS All Access, or you can stream it for $1.99 from Amazon, Google Play,  YouTube and other providers.

This episode will also run over the air on Heroes & Icons, available via an antenna hooked up to your TV set, next Monday, December 16, at 10 pm ET. Visit Heroes & Icons to find where to watch in your area.

Here are some trailers for “Dax”:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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