Earl Grey 214: No Idea What Was Going to Happen / by Richard Marquez

Elizabeth Dennehy Interview.


Running Time: 1 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds

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Elizabeth Dennehy played Commander Shelby in two of the most important episodes in all of Star Trek, "The Best of Both Worlds" and "The Best of Both Worlds: Part II." This was one of her first TV roles and she made an immediate impression with fans for portraying Commander Shelby as an ambitious, no-nonsense expert on the Borg who frequently clashes with Commander Riker.

In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, and Richard Marquez interview Elizabeth Dennehy about playing Commander Shelby in "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter, including how she prepared for the role, what it was like to work with the cast, and which scene was the most difficult to do. We also discuss how the reception of Shelby has changed over time, her convention appearances, her many non-Star Trek roles, and her father - actor Brian Dennehy.


Intro (00:00:00)
Listener Feedback (00:01:58)
Welcome, Elizabeth! (00:06:25)
Acting Influences (00:06:40)
Brian Dennehy (00:08:32)
Preparing for the Role (00:15:16)
Criticism and Backlash (00:18:25)
"The Best of Both Worlds" (00:21:24)
Technobabble (00:27:31)
The Poker Scene (00:30:15)
Possible Return as Shelby (00:32:18)
The Cast Dynamic (00:34:40)
Seth MacFarlane (00:35:57)
Too Many Shows to Watch (00:37:46)
Shelby as a Role Model (00:40:43)
Conventions and the Novels (00:43:28)
Non-Star Trek Roles (00:47:28)
Other Activities (00:49:45) Closing (00:57:49)


Justin Oser, Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez


Elizabeth Dennehy


Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Amy Nelson (Producer) Richard Marquez (Producer) Tony Robinson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E Hueter (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)