Star Trek's George Takei kept himself in the eye of the geek public with his role on Heroes—and keeps himself in the ear of the public with multiple voice acting jobs for television and videogames. But his newest role is a character he's never tackled before: holographic ninja.
In the upcoming Nickelodeon TV show, Super Ninjahs, Takei plays the grandfather of the main character, Mike, and trains him and his friends in the ways of their family tradition of martial arts. However, Grandfather is dead, and his training comes by way of hologram.
George Takei told TV Guide:
"The grandfather has the serious task of instructing the next generation of ninjas, but he also has a lot of funny moments and I find that a refreshing take on the traditional teacher-student relationship."
This is also a refreshing take on the genre version of these relationships: In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi is wise yet arguably manipulative, while in Smallville, Jor-El is strict and oh-so-cold.
Although this Nickelodeon show skews a little young for us (pre-teens or young teens will probably get a bigger kick out of this), as long as Takei is putting his deep, sonorous voice to good use, we'll be watching and listening, fascinated.
Check him out below.
(via Huffington Post)