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(Arline Sax 1936– ). American actress.
Acted in as Tasha Martel: "The Long Patrol" (1978), episode
of Battlestar Galactica.
Acted in as Tasha Martel: "The Long Patrol" (1978), episode of Battlestar Galactica.
She is best known, inevitably, for her role as the Vulcan woman T-Pring who, in "Amok Time," contrives to avoid getting married to Leonard NIMOY's Mr. Spock (which, given all of the man's issues, was probably a good idea). She was indeed fetching with Vulcan ears, but the performance itself is inconsequential. Rather more memorable is her appearance in one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, "Twenty Two," where she is first the morgue nurse in a woman's nightmares who beckons her to enter saying "Room for one more, honey" and later the real-life stewardess who invites the woman on board a doomed airplane with the same line. But her outstanding performance, without a doubt, came in the Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand": despite having to deliver some of the worst dialogue that Harlan ELLISON ever wrote, she acquitted herself well as Consuela Biro, the only human being in the cast, alternately repelled by and attracted to Robert CULP's mysterious Trent. Although she finally walks away from him, having learned that he is a robot, one has to imagine that fond memories of her sympathetic words and deeds will serve as the only factor motivating him to persevere for twelve hundred years in his quest to rescue the human race.
Outside of these highlights, Martel's filmography functions as a survey of the highs (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild, Wild West, Mission: Impossible) and the lows (My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, The Flying Nun) of science fiction and fantasy television of the 1960s, although she did have the good judgment, or good luck, to avoid any close encounters with Irwin ALLEN. Of these performances, only her Russian cosmonaut in an episode of I Dream of Jeannie commands (minimal) attention. By the mid-1970s, entering her forties and losing her youthful beauty, Martel inevitably began to ponder retirement—let's face it, when the only films you are being offered feature a talking vagina and a canine vampire, you shouldn't need to be told that your career is over. Yet while she was no longer on the screen, she remained visible as a regular visitor to Star Trek conventions, including one I attended, where anyone who had appeared on the original series could long enjoy a warm welcome, and she has more recently been summoned back by Tim RUSS to again don her Vulcan ears for a direct-to-video Star Trek film. But a sequel to "Demon with a Glass Hand," in which an elderly Consuela once more meets and assists the immortal Trent, would surely be more rewarding.
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