Star Trek: Episode 9 details: In the episode, Pike leads a small team down to an icy planet to find that the ship had crashed and its crew was killed by the Gorn, a race of violent and highly intelligent aliens. After juvenile Gorn bursts from an infected survivor, the crew comes face-to-face with the creatures and one of them spits on Hemmer. Unfortunately for the USS Enterprise‘s chief engineer, the spit carries the eggs of the Gorn, dooming Hemmer. In a noble act, Hemmer leaps from the USS Peregrine into a deep chasm, killing himself.
The last episode surprised many fans when Bruce Horak’s Hemmer sacrificed himself to save the crew. But, later many posts indicate that his time with the show is not over yet.
Bruce Horak to return in a new role
Strange New Worlds co-executive producer Davy Perez was a guest on the 7th Rule podcast, co-hosted by Ryan Husk and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko). When the idea of Hemmer’s return came up, Perez made it pretty clear the Aenar engineer really is dead:
That’s kind of hard… I guess flashbacks, there’s always flashbacks.
Perez nodded in agreement over the comparison. So, it looks like Horak will be returning in a new role, presumably during the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
It is not the first time. Previously Star Trek has reused actors many times over for several different characters if the need ever presented itself. Majel Barrett, who played Number One in the Star Trek: The Original Series pilot, “The Cage,” returned later as series regular Nurse Chapel. She also lent her voice for many Federation computer vocalizations throughout the years, up until Star Trek: Voyager. Barrett also returned to Star Trek as Lwaxana Troi, Deanna Troi’s mother for both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Due to the franchise’s need for new actors as more and more unique characters are introduced, Horak will most definitely have his chance to return to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for season 2, if not also for a role in another series.
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