Begley Likes Environment on `Voyager'
Spelling, Ian, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
It seems appropriate that Ed Begley Jr., an Emmy-nominated actor and devoted, outspoken environmentalist, ventures into space on "Star Trek: Voyager."
" `Star Trek,' in the movies and various series, has always devoted story lines and whole episodes to the environment, to the future ramifications of things done now," Mr. Begley says.
"So I was very pleased to be asked to do `Voyager,' and especially to do two episodes that very much touch on issues that I care about."
In "Future's End, Parts I & II," airing Nov. 6 and 13, Mr. Begley guest-stars as Henry Starling.
"Harry is kind of an evil Bill Gates," Mr. Begley, 47, says by telephone from his L.A. home. "He's a big computer genius, a multibillionaire, a regular human being living in L.A. in 1996."
Starling, it seems, made his fortune by stripping a crashed, time-traveling, 29th-century starship of its computers and building an empire around the futuristic technology it carried.
Indeed, it's suggested that the entire computer boom of the 20th century was caused by Starling.
The Voyager crew arrives in 1996 to prevent Starling's actions, which also involve captaining the crashed ship, from causing billions of deaths centuries down the road.
"In his arrogance, Harry doesn't realize the dangers he presents," Mr. Begley says. "So the Voyager people try to stop me.
"I essentially spend two episodes doing a pretty good job of thwarting them. They're good episodes. They're entertaining, and they'll make you think a little, too."
The actor, son of the late character actor Ed Begley, has been entertaining audiences and making them think for three decades.
His long list of credits includes such films as "Young Doctors in Love" (1982), "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984) and "Batman Forever" (1995) and such TV work as "Battlestar Galactica," six seasons on "St. …