Monday, June 8, 2015

Character Insight No. 148: Jannar

This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe. An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.  

Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, we return to Enterprise and profile Jannar, now that you have the required background on the Xindi Council and Degra from last week.
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Jannar is the personal friend of Degra on the Xindi Council. Jannar, like Degra, was of the same mind when it came to how to handle the humans after the Enterprise first entered the Delphic Expanse. To this end, he was vocal about using the Xindi super weapon instead of taking rash actions of war against Earth, and he was also strongly opposed to developing and using a bioweapon.

From the episode Azati Prime:
Jannar: Better their world than ours. 
Degra: That's what I keep telling myself. But the reality is, a good number of the dead will be innocents. And children. 
Jannar: It's best not to think about it. 
Degra: That's difficult when you have children of your own. 
Jannar: What we do is for them - for our children's future. Remember that. 
Degra: I wonder how they'll... remember us. 

As a scientist, he has strong reservations about hurting innocents like children, unless absolutely necessary. Thus, Degra has his biggest ally in Jannar, and this is the council member that helps convince the rest of the Xindi Council to listen to Captain Archer after being convinced to review the evidence himself of the Sphere Builders being the only potential beneficiaries of using the super weapon.

Jannar has his arboreal people launch their vessels in support of Enterprise when Captain Archer then has to defend against the super weapon being launched. Jannar also helped fill the crew of Degra's ship after Degra was executed, to provide a chance for Captain Archer and company to catch the super weapon and have a chance to stop it before Earth's destruction.

Unlike the Oppenheimer role that Degra plays, Jannar is more straightforward for a role. However, he provides another deep glimpse into the complicated decisions and nature of the Xindi side of this conflict. And another ally for Archer's crew, which is critical to the end result of saving the planet.

Rick Worthy played Jannar, and despite making 10 appearances in this season of Enterprise, he was never deterred by the long days in the makeup room to get ready to play this character. He personally enjoyed the similarities in appearance of Jannar to Chewbacca, the legendary Star Wars character. When not in various Trek roles, Worthy can be found in TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, CSI, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica.

Until next time, enjoy Chewie-like characters, regardless of the show or movie they appear in. 


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