Hotel night manager Raules Davies recently fronted a major on-air campaign for Star Trek: The Next Generation which airs on CBS Action each weeknight. Raules also conducted live chats over on Twitter during the episodes, sharing trivia and giving other fans the chance to win some great memorabilia and other prizes. Though he has no TV presenting experience, he is amazed that his life-long Star Trek fandom has led to his dream job. Here Raules chats about his affection for the show and even shares his "dream crew".
CBS A: Obvious first question, can you recall the first time you saw Star Trek?
RD: The first time I distinctly remember watching Star Trek was about 1977 sat on the floor in my Grandmother's House in Thomasville, Georgia.
CBS A: Which episode was it?
RD:Unfortunately I can't remember... I think it was Who Mourns For Adonis but I'm not 100% sure.
CBS A: What was it about the show that captured your imagination?
RD: Where it was set was the main thing... The fact that the adventures were on board a space ship was the greatest appeal and the fact that it wasn't all about "Us vs. Them" like Star Wars, was also a plus. Roddenberry pitched Star Trek as "A Wagon Train to the stars" I saw it more as Captain Cook or Magellan exploring the earth... sort of galleons in space.
CBS A: Do you have a favourite Star Trek series?
RD: I do - my favourite Star Trek series is The Original Series, followed by Voyager. The pair of them - with only having one ship against the unknown cosmos carry with them an underlying thrill before you even watch the shows.
CBS A: The cartoon series has also got quite a following, are you a fan of it?
RD: I am a fan of The Animated Series. It contributed more to the Star Trek universe than people realise. For example the first captain of the Enterprise being Robert April and James Kirk's middle name, Tiberius were both introduced in the cartoons, but held as fact now.
CBS A: Star Trek: The Next Generation really raised the TV sci-fi bar, why do you think it remains so popular?
RD: The timing of TNG's release has a lot to do with it - there are a lot of people whose first introduction to Star Trek came with The Next Generation so there will be that nostalgic element that TOS has - but more than that, like the 60's original, the stories coupled with visual excitement are always interesting. I remember one episode from season 7 (Eye of The Beholder) where we are taken into a nacelle for the first time - when watching the episode I remember yelling "Show me!" at the TV asking to be shown the interior... I'm happy to say they did. Basically, what I'm saying is that it carries that intelligence and excitement mandate that is Star Trek to the next level without being religious, political or offensive to anyone. The acting's not bad either.
CBS A: Were you nervous about doing the Twitter feed Q+A sessions?
RD: Very nervous! Scared to death in fact! Where CBS was all very excited and enthusiastic, I was sitting in a corner, in a pool of perspiration, rocking back and forth, mumbling to myself! Ha ha ha! During PM's question time he is given the questions a week early to enable him to provide a response - with live questions you can't predict what you're going to be asked and it's a very risky enterprise (no pun intended). I'm honoured CBS has such faith in me.
CBS A: Are you a sci-fi fan or does your interest only stretch to Star Trek?
RD: I am a major sci-fi fan. Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, V, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Babylon 5, Blakes 7 and yes, even Star Wars. Star Trek just happens to be the top of the heap, so to speak. I watch and enjoy it all... not just TV either, even computer games, comics and movies.
CBS A: OK, list your dream Star Trek crew from all five series the franchise has existed in.
RD: A tough question to finish up with, huh? My dream crew would be:
Captain - James T. Kirk - TOS
1st Officer - Katherine Janeway - VOY
Science Officer - Spock - TOS
Security Chief - Worf - TNG
Doctor - Julian Bashir - DS9
Helsman - Tom Paris - VOY
Navigator - Travis Mayweather - ENT
Chief Engineer - Montgomery Scott -TOS
2nd Engineer - Miles O’Brien - TNG/ DS9
CBS A: Would you like to do more presenting in the future?
RD: Very much so. I had never considered being a presenter before but I must confess, this is great. As a fan of most sci-fi I'd like to think I could speak with an element of authority on a few shows. Don't ask me any on sport though. Ha ha ha. I also wouldn't mind acting or anything else.
CBS A: Raules Davies, thank you very much.
RD: Thank you.