As 2022 comes to a close, it’s hard to say that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a more influential year. in his acting careereven if that influence was his long in-the-making Black Adam movie close disintegrate on its own DC movie slate for years. But was it his year as an actor? No way, because that is, was, and forever will be, 2000.
Because that’s where “Tsunkatse,” episode 15 of Star Trek: Voyagerthe previous sixth season aired, marking Johnson’s acting debut before exploding onto the scene a year later. Mother is coming back. Born out of an absurd idea for the UPN broadcaster to cross over its two biggest shows-The traveler and WWF nee WWE Smackdown—Johnson has a major role in the episode as the Champion of Pendari, a bloodthirsty melee fighter Tsunkatse who goes along with the captured Seven of the Nine.
It is in detail stupidity, if only because Star Trek fans The Rock is perhaps the third most famous star—Ninth place deep Legends JG Hertzler and Jeffrey Combs, best known for playing General Martok and Weyoun (among many other duties!) respectively, above The travelerhis predecessor has a guest turn as well. Hertzler plays a fellow fighter in the ring of this popular deathmatch, the Hirogen—a race of Predator-esque hunters The traveler he had met before—who trains a captive Seven in the art of Tsunkatse so that he can survive long enough to be rescued by the crew, while Combs cheers as Penk, the thin steward of Tsunkatse’s tournament that captures Seven as his new ultimate hero.
But we expect happiness from it Star Trek stories like these stars. Rock, for Star Trek and to the world at large beyond his turn as one of the greatest fighters of his age, he was an untested, unproven chameleon, at this point just beginning a journey that would lead to boxing dominance and, well, Johnson is just being kind. his most overrated performance in a sea of action films. Sometimes, that’s all you need, and that’s all well and good, but outside of a few stand-out roles, it’s hard to argue that Johnson has carved out an acting career that challenges him, instead largely challenging him in the way he pulls off so many stunts. he can do, how many tight shirts he can fit his big arms into rolled arms, how many times he can blur the line between the character he’s meant to play and the image of The Rock in the audience’s head.
The champion of Pendari is the predecessor of Johnson’s work would be real and spiritual, because they are just Mwamba and others. Star Trek Foreigner forehead makeup used. Maybe then, it’s the best kind of Johnson’s special niche. A very clean idea, when the Rock is the Rock, But Askance, was a strange thing. You could even say that Johnson has spent nearly two and a half decades of long acting chasing a high as “Tsunkatse,” but he finds himself unable to replicate the joy of the first time he could turn Rock into a middle performance.
Everything that Dwayne Johnson is – at the peak of his wrestling career then, at the peak of his acting now – is in the Pendari Champion. A calm, slightly creasing nature with the trademark People’s eyebrow. The canonization of Rock Bottom as the second great act of military combat Star Trekjust back double punch. The fact that he doesn’t speak, the fact that his costume had to be cheaply put together so that he looks a little different than in any regular episode. Smackdown. It is Johnson’s embrace that is absolutely incredible Star Trek a plot to try to escape a dangerous alien fighting club: he is there to be Johnson, and yet it is not Johnson. Is Dwayne Johnson the Champion of Pendari, or is he rock Champion of Pendari?
We have Star Trek: Voyager to thank for this timeless question, the humble and satirical television show that launched the only work that can spawn an entire universe of superhero movies in one go. At least Seven of the Nine survived the Rock Bottom that the DCEU didn’t.
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