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DOOHAN, JAMES
(1920–2005). Canadian actor.

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM CREDITS
Acted in: "Plague from Space" (1952), episode of Tales of Tomorrow; Space Command (tv series) (1953); "Valley of the Shadow" (1963), episode of The Twilight Zone; "Hot Line," "Hail to the Chief" (1964), episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; "Expanding Human" (1964), episode of The Outer Limits; "The Shark Affair" (1964), "The Bridge of Lions Affair" (1966), episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; "A Strange Litle Visitor" (1965), episode of Bewitched; The Satan Bug (uncredited) (John Sturges 1965); Star Trek (tv series) 1966-1969); Jason of Star Command (tv series) (1978-1980); Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Robert WISE 1979); Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicolas MEYER 1982); "Naughty Marietta/The Winning Ticket" (1983), episode of Fantasy Island; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Leonard NIMOY 1984); Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Nimoy 1986); Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (William SHATNER 1989); Knight Rider 2000 (tv movie) (Alan J. Levi 1991); Star Trek Adventure (interactive short film for theme park attraction) (1991); Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Meyer 1992); "Relics" (1992), episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation; National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon (Gene Quintano 1993); Star Trek: Generations (David Carson 1994); Storybook (Lorenzo Doumani 1995); "There's No Space Like Home, or Return of the Jed Eye," "Behold a Pale Planet or, What If God Was One of Us?," "Loquatia Unplugged or, Come Back, Little Cyber" (1996), episodes of Homeboys in Outer Space; Trekkies (documentary) (Roger Nygard 1997); Bug Buster (Lorenzo Doumani 1998); Through Dead Eyes (Robert Brody 1999); Skinwalker: Birth of a Timeless Legacy (short) (2004); Curse of the Shaman (Steve Stevens, Jr. 2005).

Provided voice for animated films: Star Trek (tv series) (1973-1975); Tarzan and the Super 7 (tv series) (1978-1979); Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced (video game) (Michael McConnohie) (1992); Star Trek: Judgment Rites (video game) (Greg Christensen, Chris DeSalvo, Chris Jones, Mark Whittlesey, and Wesley Yanagi 1993); "Where No Duckman Has Gone Before" (1997), episode of Duckman; Star Trek: Generations (video game) (Simon Ffinch, Guymond Louie, and Rick Rasay 1997).

 
So, who was the best captain of the starship Enterprise? Anytime that question is raised, James Doohan's Montgomery Scott should definitely be part of the discussion—because, as the original series progressed, most of the episodes came to involve William SHATNER's Captain Kirk, Leonard NIMOY's Mr. Spock, and DeForest KELLEY's Dr. McCoy all beaming down together to an alien planet to engage in some colorful adventures while Scott assumed command of the Enterprise and often had to deal with significant crises on his own, distinguishing himself by always remaining calm and making judicious decisions. Indeed, out of all of the later captains of the Star Trek franchise, only Scott BAKULA's Captain Archer fitfully endeavored to emulate the excitable Kirk, while the others modeled their behavior on the more sedate Mr. Scott.

On those increasingly rare occasions when Kirk remained onboard the Enterprise, Scott retreated to the engineering room, but he still regularly functioned as the hero; for whenever the ship was experiencing mechanical difficulties, all Kirk could do was frantically order Scott to do something about it. In these situations, Scott was stoically cautious—"Captain, it will take years to repair all of this damage"—but he nonetheless responded with haste when Kirk replied "You've got ten minutes" and somehow managed to fix everything in time even as he advised Kirk, "But I dunno know if it's going to work."

There was nothing in Doohan's previous career of minor, overlooked television appearances to suggest that he was ready for the spotlight, though we retrospectively pay more attention when we see his familiar face in episodes of Tales of Tomorrow, The Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—even if he disconcertingly lacks that endearingly phony Scottish accent that was always the most regrettable facet of his Star Trek performances. Only a part as a police officer chasing down a dangerous superhuman in The Outer Limits episode "Expanding Human" indicated that he might thrive if given a more prominent role. His big break came when, during an audition, he impressed Gene RODDENBERRY not with his acting skills, but his ability to simulate foreign accents—a plus for a series that sought an apparently international cast while actually limited to actors from the United States and Canada.

When Star Trek was cancelled in 1969, Doohan may have dealt with the blow by looking forward to the opportunity to again act while using a normal voice—only to discover that, like all of the series' regulars except Shatner and Nimoy, he was now deemed too familiar a face to be given other roles—except at places like that rest homes for washed-up actors, Fantasy Island. Only a subpar Saturday morning television series, Jason of Star Command, was willing to give him a steady job, though he was only an expedient replacement for another science fiction series has-been, Jonathan HARRIS, in this projected continuation of Harris's series Space Academy. Fortunately, the Star Trek franchise was then revived as a film series, providing him with steady employment in his declining years.

However, like other magical aspects of the original series, the crucial role of Mr. Scott as the Enterprise's ersatz captain was never recaptured in any of the films, as Doohan was generally given little to do and did not do it particularly well. Only Nimoy's marvelous Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home offered some genuine glimpses of the Mr. Scott viewers had come to cherish. Even worse, a wretched episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation recast the resourceful engineer as a morose "relic" from an earlier age—brought back to life, it seems, solely to testify to the questionable competence of his obviously inept successor, Levar BURTON's Geordi La Forge. And Doohan was visibly out of place when he and Walter KOENIG were brought in as replacements for Spock and McCoy in Star Trek: Generations, inasmuch as Montgomery Scott's proper function was always to replace Captain Kirk, not to accompany him.

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