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#1 Posted on 24.8.05 0505.33 Reposted on: 24.8.12 0505.42
Brock Peters, best known for his role as Tom Robinson, the black man falsely convicted of raping a white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird,died yesterday, peacefully in bed, at 78.
I, being a Star Trek fan, will always better remember him for playing Admiral Cartwright in Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI, as well as Benjamin Sisko's father Joseph. I'll cry a small tear the next time I hear Joseph Sisko's line about dragging that alligator back up to the ceiling every night.
He definitely made an impression on a lot of people, and of course he was an important part of one of the most historically significant movies ever. He had a sincere quality to his performances, something that you can't teach.
Yeah. My favorite moment from Brock Peters took place in the Deep Space Nine episode "Homefront", when Joseph refuses to take a blood screening to prove he's not a Changeling. "What you're asking me to do is wrong!"
Joseph: Benjamin Lafayette Sisko. What the hell's gotten into your head? You actually thought I was one of them, didn't you?
Sisko's pretty shaken up about facing his own paranoia.
Benjamin: I don't know. I wasn't sure.
Joseph: This business has gotten you so twisted around that you can't think straight. You're seeing Shape-shifters everywhere.
Sisko can't deny it.
Joseph: Maybe you ought to think about something for a minute. If I was a smart Shape-shifter, a really good one, the first thing I'd do would be to grab some poor soul off the street, absorb every ounce of his blood, then let it out on cue whenever someone like you tried to test me.
Sisko looks up at his father in surprise. That hadn't occurred to him.
Joseph: Don't you see? There isn't a test that's been created that a smart man can't find his way around. You aren't going to catch Shape-shifters using some gadget. The only thing you can count on inthis life...
Joseph is suddenly overcome with pain as his own body betrays him. He doubles up in pain, clutching his head.