Next Generation Actors Hope You Forget

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Denise Crosby nearly played the role of Councilwoman Troi before producers decided to swap her with Marina Sirtis’ characters, and she became Tasha Yar, the franchise’s first female head of security (per StarTrek.com ). Famously, however, the actress was unhappy with her relatively minor role in the first half of the show’s first season, and she unexpectedly asked to terminate her contract. In hindsight, it was the wrong decision, as the show earned critical acclaim and seven successful seasons, but at the time, it made sense. Unfortunately, Crosby’s post-“TNG” career didn’t turn out the way she had hoped.

After a series of flops, Crosby was relegated in the mid-90s to low-budget sci-fi horror films. For example, the 1995 B-movie “Mutant Species,” a movie that plays to all the sci-fi monster tropes you’ve seen before (and generally done better, even in other B-movies). Written and directed by garage filmmaker David Prior (“Deadly Prey”), the film sees an experienced military soldier transformed into the perfect mutant hunter, amounting to a ridiculous and unconvincing giant rubber suit.

While it’s certainly not the only gruesome sci-fi effort on Crosby’s resume, it’s perhaps his most infamous, as it turned out so bad it made it into the show. of RedLetterMedia’s “Best of the Worst” movie reviews. Once seen by their millions of subscribers, renewed attention was suddenly given to this forgotten flop (per Bulletproof Action).

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