We love it when our favorite sci-fi franchises crash into one another, and today we’ve got news that two biggies are colliding in one small way, as Star Wars and Star Trek are coming together. Specifically Star Trek: The Next Generation is bumping into Star Wars Rebels, with Brent Spiner officially joining the cast of the new animated series from Disney and Lucasfilm.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard about Spiner, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Data, the sentient android on TNG, joining the Rebels crew, but it’s official now. Reports confirm the rumors we first heard earlier this year, and Spiner’s first appearance will be in the upcoming episode “Rise of the Old Masters,” which is an ominous sounding title.
There might be some SPOILER-Y material beyond this point.
He will lend his voice to Gall Trayvis, a former politician, a Senator in the Galactic Empire who was exiled for expressing his opposition to the government. Hera describes him as “the only member of the Imperial Senate with the courage to speak out publicly against the Empire.” That’s a ballsy stance indeed. In exile, he hacks into news transmissions in order to publicize secrets that the Empire wants to keep under wraps. He sounds a little bit like Logan Cale’s (Michael Weatherly) Eyes Only in Dark Angel.
It doesn’t sound like Trayvis will play a huge role in Rebels. He doesn’t even appear in the flesh, so to speak, in the episode. According to the report, he’ll pop up during one of these broadcast interruptions where he reveals that Luminara Unduli is still alive and being held prisoner. A legendary Jedi master and general, Unduli was thought to have been killed at the Battle of Kashyyyk after Order 66. Obviously, that’s a pretty big reveal, and as such, our heroes jump into action and attempt to rescue her. That would be one hell of a get for the burgeoning rebellion.
More than anything, it sounds like Trayvis is going to serve more as an instigator, with his report as an inciting incident, rather than playing much of a role in the action. It’s important to the story, but we wouldn’t hate it if Spiner has a meatier part to play in this particular drama. This doesn’t mean he won’t in the future, but it doesn’t appear that he’ll be all that involved in “Rise of the Old Masters.”
Star Wars Rebels airs on Mondays on Disney XD.