majelbarrett

[after being stuck in a turbolift for hours]

ODO: (the back of his neck is very wet) Odo to Ops. Odo out.
LWAXANA: Odo, turn around.
ODO: I can’t. It’s beginning.
LWAXANA: It’s all right.
ODO: You don’t understand. No one has ever seen me like this before.
LWAXANA: Not even the scientist who was assigned to you?
ODO: That was different. It was only research to him.
LWAXANA: You don’t have to be ashamed with me.
ODO: I’m not ashamed. It’s a private matter, that’s all.
LWAXANA: How can I make it easier for you?
ODO: You can’t. I’m fine.
Lwaxana holds out her wig 
ODO: What’s that?
LWAXANA: My hair. (Odo turns round) Nobody’s ever seen me like this.
ODO: Why? It looks fine.
LWAXANA: It looks ordinary. I’ve never cared to be ordinary. So you see, Odo, even us non-shape-shifters have to change who we are once in a while.
ODO: You are not at all what I expected.
LWAXANA: No one’s ever paid me a greater compliment.
ODO: I cannot hold my shape any longer.
LWAXANA: Let go. I’ll take care of you.
He falls into her skirt, held out to catch him

Mr. and Mrs. Star Trek, ladies and gentleman. Series creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett (later Mrs. Barrett-Roddenberry). God, just look at her face. She loves him so much. Majel was the first lady of Star Trek, and provided the voice of the series’ computers for several decades after her original character, “Number One,” was rejected by NBC in 1965 because they felt no audience would ever accept a woman who was second-in-command of anything other than a mop. Gene died nearly fifteen years ago, and his ashes were shot into space in the early 2000s. Majel died just a few short years ago in 2008, days after recording the voice of the computer for one last time for the J.J. Abrams reboot. I read today that her ashes are scheduled for blast-off in 2014. And she’s been on my mind because I think that’s just super-duper.