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 Encore: Lycia Naff

Lycia Naff – From TNG to Lower Decks, and Everything In Between!

This encore episode is double the size than a typical Trek Untold because it's actually two shows in one! This is because I first interviewed Lycia Naff at the end of November 2020, and nearly a year later, we did it again since her journey in Star Trek had just resumed.

 Lycia Naff is known best to Star Trek fans for her two appearances in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as Ensign Sonya Gomez from the second season episodes “Q Who” and “Samaritan Snare.” Over 30 years later, Lycia returned to the franchise to reprise Sonya in “Lower Decks,” only this time she was now a captain of her own ship, the USS Archimedes! Although Gomez was originally meant to be a love interest for Geordi LaForge, things didn't work out for Ensign Gomez after spilling her hot chocolate on Captain Picard. Lycia tells us the behind-the-scenes story about what happened to her character and what happened to the third episode she was meant to appear in that would have changed Geordi's character. Plus, memories of seeing the Borg in their debut appearance, working with the cast & crew, including having to spill hot liquids on Patrick Stewart, and why she believes Ensign Gomez never returned… until she miraculously did in the second season of LDS. In our second portion of the interview that took place a year after the first, Lycia discussed what got her out of retirement to take the role, what it was like reprising this fan-favorite character, and all the in's and out's of being on a Star Trek show again.

 You may also recognize Lycia from her role in “Total Recall” as the three-breasted mutant hooker on Mars! Lycia recalls working with Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger in this iconic and memorable role, with some happy stories and one “explosive” tale.

Lycia explains why she left acting and pursued journalism, leading to one of her biggest stories, when she broke the news about the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations. We talk about the investigation, the fallout from this story, and how it changed the landscape of modern feminism. We also chat about her not-for-profit group, Drive-By Do-Gooders, and in this pair of interviews, we see what changed as COVID continued ravaging LA's homeless communities. Plus, horror stories of working with Debbie Allen on the “Fame” TV series, sharing the screen with Daryl Hannah in “Clan of The Cave Bear,” her time in “Hunter” and “Lethal Weapon,” riding motorcycles & killing the undead in the B-movie “Chopper Chicks in Zombietown” and a few other Hollywood tales.

Visit to donate to the cause, and if you donate $35 or more, Lycia will send you an autographed picture. In the comments section where you donate, include your name and address and what pic you would like, and Lycia will send it on your way!

Note: This episode discusses sensitive topics, including sexual assault. It is uncensored, and the content may be disturbing to some. Discretion is advised.

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