Sometimes it's hard to believe how many episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" featured Chase Masterson's character Leeta (just 17). Yet, Leeta has become an enduring character in Trek fandom, and Masterson a fan-favorite both online and on the convention circuit.
So it's no surprise her recent guest role on The CW series "The Flash" has been getting a lot of attention. That attention, she recently told Voices From Krypton, is thanks to the fact that DS9 was a hit, not just when it was running, but afterward. And they all knew it would be, even some 20 years ago.
"We knew what we had when we had it," Masterson said. "That's one of the best things you can ever say about anything, and it's true of DS9. Ira Behr said during the fifth season that he thought the show would hit its popularity after production wrapped, when the show was in syndication and people could basically binge-watch."
DS9 went against the grain of other Star Trek series by moving toward serialized stories, something "Star Trek: The Next Generation" dabbled in, and turned out what would become The Dominion War storyline.
"That was a lot of confidence to have in the audience, because it hadn't really been done before," Masterson said. And that work helped really launch careers of writers like Ronald D. Moore, David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, Rene Echevarria and Robert Hewitt Wolfe.
"Every single day, I hear people say how the show holds up, over 15 years after we wrapped," she said. "Deeply flawed characters with complicated, messy relationships, hashing out their lives. Boldly going, but not across universes. Boldly going across the boundaries of war — sometimes between species, and sometimes within ourselves.
"We're the final frontier."
Masterson's first episode, "The Nuclear Man," aired Feb. 10, with the followup, "Fallout," set for Feb. 17. It stars Grant Gustin in the title role, along with Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanaugh.