Thursday, May 14, 2009
I know a lot of hardcore Trek fans are going to hate me for this, but I really love Keenser.
I'm glad the writers of the new movie created this character and introduce him alongside "Scotty". The two of them make a really good comedic duo without it ever becoming over the top. Keenser is the type of character that should help out in getting the attention of the younger kids who will be showing up to see the film with their parents, and hopefully turning them into the next generation of Trek fans. I can't wait to get my hands on a Keenser action figure. Playmates: make it happen! I'm surprised he wasn't included more in the film's merchandising strategy. A Keenser figure would've been perfect for the Burger King line of kid's meal toys as well.
Actor Deep Roy in the make-up trailer during production of Star Trek.
Here's what we know so far about Keenser:
He was assigned to the Starfleet outpost on Delta Vega along with Montgomery Scott. He and a tribble were "Scotty's" only companions for months until the arrival of James T. Kirk and Prime Spock during the events depicted in the new film. After Spock helps "Scotty" develop transwarp technology a few years before he normally would've. Kirk and "Scotty" beam up to the Enterprise, as a saddened Keenser stays behind with Spock. After the Enterprise crew defeats Nero, Keenser and Spock are rescued from Delta Vega. As the new movie comes to a close we find Keenser aboard the Enterprise working for his pal "Scotty" in engineering. He even gets his own starfleet uniform. Keenser was portrayed in the film by actor Deep Roy, who protrayed all 165 Oompa-loompas in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has also appeared in numerous other films and television shows including Doctor Who, The X-Files, Planet of the Apes (Tim Burton Remake), and Return of the Jedi.
Keenser's make-up was designed and supervised by make-up artist Barney Burman.
Even before the film's release the character had already made an appearance in the Esurance tie-in game "Meltdown on the Ice Planet". The game features Erin Esurance as a Starfleet special agent sent to rescue Keenser from Delta Vega after contact is lost with the outpost. For some strange reason the game takes place years after the events in the new film. Hopefully Keenser gets to stay aboard the Enterprise for a long time so we can see him again in the next film.