Commentary: Trek Stars 113: We Just Call Him Lou Now / by Mike Schindler

Burton, Part 2: Roots.

LeVar Burton's first on-screen performance is also the first to earn him an Emmy nomination. At the age of twenty, he burst onto the scene in the television miniseries, Roots. The show looks at the history of an African American family over the span of a century, from slavery through liberation. Burton leads a huge cast of critically-acclaimed veteran actors, and received a Best Lead Actor nomination for his efforts.

In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, John, Mike and Max look at Burton's work on Roots. We discuss the cultural impact of the series, Burton's performance, and how his portrayal of Kunta Kinte influenced people's perceptions of history. We also remember TOS director Joseph Sargent, and take a look at who's writing STAR TR3K.

Running Time: 46 minutes 17 seconds


John Mills, Mike Schindler and Max Hegel

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Mike Schindler

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Roots (00:00:53)
Joseph Sargent (00:28:25)
STAR TR3K Writers (00:30:48)

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