Dominic Keating Plays Sinister Roles In Post-Business Sci-Fi
After Star Trek Enterprise, Dominic Keating played several sci-fi heavyweights.
By his own admission, Dominic Keating “didn’t have much to do” like Lt. Malcolm Reed on Star Trek Enterprise “Apart from coming to rescue the captain all the time” (Altman & Gross, The Fifty Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, page 705).
Before Business At first there were rumors that Reed would be the franchise’s first openly gay character, but the show’s writers never went in that direction. And the series’ cancellation meant that Reed’s ties to Section 31, revealed in season four, would end up playing out mostly in later licensed novels. Thus, the NX-01 armory chief was never able to grow beyond the “British speaking on an American spacecraft” that Keating feared the character was (Altman & Gross, page 663).
Nonetheless, Dominic Keating and the character he played remain fan favorites. In an interview with Brad Balfour of PopEntertainment, Keating said he was “the first to walk through the door on [the Enterprise] thrown in to go do the conventions ”, and he considers his Business years as “the icing on the blood cake” of his career.
This career hasn’t seen Dominic Keating revert too often to sci-fi or fantasy onscreen. Here’s a quick look at this talented actor’s turns into speculative genres after his tour of duty on Business ended.
Dominic Keating plays sinister scientists, a wizard and a “psychotic”
Surprisingly, given the genius of Malcolm Reed, a quick turn of Dominic Keating’s credits in genre productions after Business show him assuming mostly, but not exclusively, sinister roles.
In 2007, Keating appeared in three genre projects. He landed a recurring role in the second season of the NBC superhero drama, Hero. Keating played an Irish gangster named Will who, along with his associates in crime, causes problems for series protagonist Peter Petrelli.
Filming his “very first rain scene” for Hero seems a particularly vivid memory for Keating:
I fought tooth and nail to get my character to wear these pointy crocodile skin shoes, and my God, I regretted it. It was freezing cold in the California desert and we were soaked. . . . It was just torrential and we were soaked for eight hours. I had to change socks six times and of course you have never seen my feet or my shoes once.
That same year, Keating also starred in Species: Awakening– the fourth (and, now, the last) entry in the sexy sci-fi thriller franchise, but the first without Natasha Henstridge. He played Forbes McGuire, a shady scientist who creates a charming but deadly alien-human hybrid named Miranda.
And in 2007, Keating had a small role in Beowulf, director Robert Zemeckis’ ambitious but unappealing motion capture of the epic Old English poem that your high school English teacher forced you to read (although, as the Star Trek: Voyager the episode “Heroes and Demons” proves it, it’s a terribly funny story). Looking as waxy and glassy-eyed as the rest of the “enhanced” CGI cast, Keating plays Cain – not the biblical murderer whose poem says the monster Grendel descends, but one of Beowulf’s staunch warriors.
In 2010, Keating starred in a steampunk riff on the stories of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a direct-to-DVD mockbuster designed to follow in the footsteps of 2009 Sherlock holmes film with Robert Downey, Jr. In this version, Keating plays the distant brother of the great detective – not Mycroft, as the Sherlockians might expect, but the new character of Thorpe Holmes, inventor of mechanical monsters that terrorize London.
In 2011, Keating took on an iconic fantasy role, a version that Sir Patrick Stewart also played: the wizard Merlin. Keating cuts a fine figure as the archetype of the enchanter in The Dragon Warrior (also known as The only warrior), wielding a magic staff with the best of wizards.
Most recently, Keating was one of over 40 franchise alumni appearing in the Star Trek parody of Snoop Dogg Unbelievable!
While Keating is post-Business The TV and movie credits are light on sci-fi and fantasy, he has contributed his voice to a number of video games across genres. Players can hear his vocal talents in Dragon Age: Origins as well as the entries in the Epic mickey, Diablo, and World of warcraft series.
As of this writing, Keating’s most recent credit is a television series titled Phoenix (a noble sounding name for Trek fans), which IMDB calls a sci-fi action drama. It’s hard to glean too much from the show at this point, but Keating plays “the psychotic Billy Blue”.
With a bit of luck, Phoenix will be the first of many other post-Business forays into science fiction and fantasy for Dominic Keating!