ENTERPRISE actor Anthony Montgomery
hasn't had that many opportunities to shine since the series began a year and a half ago. In fact, since season one's "Fortunate Son," there has been a dearth of A-stories revolving around the young Enterprise helmsman. Next month's "Horizon" will offer a rare glimpse into the background of 'Travis Mayweather'.
"If I can say I am dissatisfied with anything, it's just the fact that I want to work more," he told Rich Handley for issue #143 of the Star Trek Communicator. "As an actor, I want to act--I want to be given the opportunity to do what I do--and sometimes I've felt stifled in not being able to get out there and do me."
Montgomery takes it in stride, however, noting that the show's three main characters are more essential than Mayweather.
"They just have to make sure the trifecta of Trip, T'Pol and Archer is always met because that's the key," he says. "There are seven people. It's not called STAR TREK: MAYWEATHER. It's not called THE TRAVIS SHOW. So I'm really not worried about it."
That said, he finally got to stretch his role in "Horizon," airing April 16th.
"It's not just big, it's huge. You get to meet more of my family; I'm not going to give a bunch away because I want people to tune in," he says of the installment. "You see more than just the pleasant Travis you've seen. You see the inner workings of the machine, and it was wonderful."
"It was really a touching episode for me," he continues. "You get a feel of how hard it was for Travis to leave the family and join Starfleet."
Montgomery says his character has, despite minimal screen time, been able to grow significantly in the series' brief tenure.
"In the episodes they're aired so far, you've seen him fly a ship through a minefield, having never done it before; you've seen him get hurt on a glacier, having only seen snow twice. So I just want him to keep growing."
In "The Breach," airing after "Horizon," Travis learned a new skill: rock-climbing.
"He was born and raised on a cargo ship! It's not like he had a holodeck to practice on, so when did he learn to rock-climb," he jokes. "When did he get the angst to go out and do all these thrill-seeking things? Mayweather is the 'thrill seeker' of ENTERPRISE. I myself have to find the happy medium, but Travis is very proficient at these things!"
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