On my recent pilgrima–er, visit to the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, I was asked by my friend Bob Stutzman to do an interview for Trekcore.com with Rekha Sharma, who played “Commander Ellen Landry” (both Prime and Mirror Universe incarnations) in the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” as well as President Laura Roslin’s aide (and Final Fifth Cylon) “Tory Foster” on the 2003-2009 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica”, which is one of my favorite TV series of all time.
Sharma was at the convention promoting her return to the role of Commander Landry for the ongoing video game “Star Trek Online”, specifically the new “Rise of Discovery” expansion pack, a prequel to her first appearance on the live-action series which will see the Prime universe version of Landry back in action at Captain Gabriel Lorca’s side (Jason Isaacs returns to voice Lorca as well), and we also learn some of the tragic circumstances that helped to make Landry the angry young woman we see in the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.”
The link to the full interview on Trekcore.com is HERE: http://blog.trekcore.com/2019/08/interview-rekha-sharma-star-trek-discovery-ellen-landry/
“Star Trek: Discovery” wasn’t Sharma’s first trip to the Star Trek universe; she also had a role as scientist Avi Samara in the superlative fan film series “Star Trek Continues” in the episode “Still Treads the Shadow”, with series star/creator Vic Mignogna, who also plays Captain Kirk.
Sharma also had many other roles in sci-fi television, including Dr. Harden on the 2001 Superman prequel “Smallville” as well as the 2009 reboot of “V”, where she played a duplicitous “visitor” (an alien lizard-in-human-guise) named Sarita Malik (the alien character’s assumed human name). The kindly Sharma has a knack for playing morally ambiguous, or even downright dangerous characters …. which is in direct contrast to her personality.
Interviewing Sharma on behalf of my friend Bob was a pleasure, and I hope to have a chance to interview her again someday.