The Return of Leeta
As further proof of the Bajoran woman’s enduring popularity, Cryptic Studios has now cast Chase Masterson to voice Leeta in their MMORPG, Star Trek Online. Well, not Leeta exactly, since the game is set some 30 years after the events of Deep Space Nine, but rather a hologram of her in the position she was most well-known for – at the head of a dabo table.
The Dabo mini-game plays much like roulette, but the real joy is in having Chase’s smooth, silky voice accompany your wheel-spinning.
As a long-time Star Trek fan, one of the joys of watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was catching the talented, beautiful and extremely funny Chase Masterson. As Leeta, the curvaceous Bajoran bar girl who is more than meets the eye, Chase brought a fresh energy to an already stellar cast of characters, quickly endearing herself to fans and appearing in seventeen episodes over five seasons.
In fact, Leeta was created specifically for Chase, who had auditioned for another character only to be told that she looked too mature and too sexy for the role. The rejection turned out to be her big break, for instead of only having one-time appearance, she eventually embodied one of the more popular characters in the Star Trek canon.
On a personal note, I am so please to have met Chase Masterson in person in San Diego. It is arguably one of the biggest highlights of my first Comic-Con experience, and she is truly as personable and delightful as others have said. Her autograph schedule was released the week before we left, so I made a mental note to drop by the Autograph Area to meet her, but in the bustle of trying to do a dozen things in a day, I never got a chance to actually drop by her booth till the last day of the Con. Coincidentally, there was also no one around at that time, so I had the fantastic opportunity to just talk to her – my first Star Trek celebrity. What a rush!