Trek Untold-Episode 117: Karole Selmon
Karole Selmon's “Code of Honor” in Life and Acting
The first season of Star Trek TNG episode “Code of Honor” is an infamous one within the fandom, reviled by fans and the actors in it alike. Karole Selmon played Yareena in that episode and, for the first time, shared her thoughts on it and the reputation it holds.
Karole gives us the whole story, starting from her audition, tension on the set with some crew, the kindness of Patrick Stewart, memories of Gene Roddenberry, working with Jessie Ferguson and Julian Christopher, her fight scene with Denise Crosby with an accident on set that few know about, and her perspective on why this isn't the worst Star Trek episode of all time, including a few reasons most people rarely think about when discussing this one. She also has another surprising Star Trek experience that very few know about that she shared with Trek Untold.
Karole tells us about her experiences performing on stage around the US and the globe, including a communist country, the trauma in her life that led her to the stage, what she learned from her first movie role in “Mother, Jugs, and Speed,” and working with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and James Earl Jones in “A Piece of the Action.” Plus, sprinting on “Hill Street Blues,” being in “Roots” with Ben Vereen, being buried alive in “JJ Starbuck,” and more.
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