Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 80: Melanie Smith, Tora Ziyal #3 on Star Trek DS9

There aren't many characters in Star Trek history that had the same character in one show have multiple performers. Melanie Smith is one actress who can add that honor to her resume, as she played the third (and final) Tora Ziyal on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

In this episode, we learn about Melanie's unusual road to acting, her first on-screen appearance and her first professional gig in “As the World Turns,” what she learned from the legendary Stella Adler, her three appearances on “Seinfeld” including the historic “Shrinkage” episode with Voyager alumni Jason Alexander, her “nude” appearance on “Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” with Bruce Campbell, and working with Andrew Robinson on the cult sci-fi film “Trancers 3”.

After that, it's time for Trek talk about how Melanie got the part of Ziyal and how far she made it an earlier audition to almost become a member of the main cast, breaking down the romance of Ziyal and Garak, how she found the character and what part of Melanie was inside her, working with Andrew, Nana Visitor, and Marc Alaimo, learning the technobabble, what she did to make her version of Ziyal be different from others, and the full story of why Ziyal died!

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the notifications button to be updated when we go live or upload our next video!

Support Trek Untold by checking out our merchandise at or become a Patreon at

Trek Untold is sponsored by Triple-Fiction Productions, a US-based company that 3-D prints Trek-inspired prop replicas for fan films and cosplayers, as well as accessories and playsets for all iterations of Trek figures through the years. Visit them at

Don't forget to subscribe to the show and leave a rating if you like us!

The views expressed on air during Trek Untold do not represent the views of the RAGE Works staff, partners, or affiliates.

Follow Trek Untold on Social Media

Follow Nerd News Today on Social Media

Trek Untold is sponsored by, powered by the RAGE Works Podcast Network, and affiliated with Nerd News Today.

Check Out Some of the Other Shows on the RAGE Works Network