On the Trail of a Trek Allusion
Before I began blogging, a friend of mine finally broke down and read Jane Eyre after hearing about it from me. After she was converted, she admitted that she had seen a Jane Eyre fantasy on Star Trek Voyager, and thought it all so dull that she didn’t want to read it. Well, today, I tried looking for this fantasy, and I found something quite different.
Captain Kathryn Janeway’s favourite ‘holonovel’ is one in which she plays Mrs. Lucille ‘Lucie’ Davenport, governess to Lord Burleigh’s two children Henry and Beatrice. The actress who plays Janeway said herself that the story is ‘Jane Eyre time’ and ‘a gothic romance’ but I don’t see much of a similarity. Apparently the obstacle consists in the children disapproving of the romance. Still, I found this picture interesting. It’s caption read ‘Lucie finds love.’ For a moment, I could be persuaded that this was a picture from Villette. Anyway, here’s our Lord Burleigh (there’s also a Mrs. Templeton, who disapproves of Lucie, and keeps the secrets of the late Mrs. Burleigh and the house so well that I have no idea what they might be).
And more of the… excitement? Beatrice fears her father will discover that she can play the piano. The revelation of Burleigh’s love for Lucie was the result of a technical malfunction in the holodeck and wasn’t actually part of the novel’s plot. Little Henry ‘becomes very upset.’ Well, if I were a starship captain I’d want to spend my free time pretending to be a governess too. What fun that would be! Of Burleigh’s character I cannot find anything, but my friend’s description made me think of Linton Heathcliff… Here, then, are the Burleighs. All information is courtesy of Memory Alpha: