20REGRETTED: ROBERT BELTRAN
By design, first officers on Star Trek shows are not meant to overshadow the captains. However, Robert Beltran’s Commander Chakotay is among the least memorable or interesting first officers in the franchise. Beltran himself has expressed similar complaints about how his character was written.
Talking to StarTrek.com in 2012, Beltran expressed
his regret that Chakotay’s relationships with the other series regulars weren’t evenly or fully explored. “…After Seska left, it was only that relationship with the captain that had depth to it. Chakotay and Tuvok didn’t have much. Chakotay and Paris didn’t have much,” he said. After Jeri Ryan joined the show as Seven of Nine, Beltran felt that the writers didn’t listen to his requests to develop Chakotay as much any more.