But according to showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers, part of Garkog’s effectiveness stems from the actor portraying him: Bruce Horak, under a different type of alien makeup. “We love Bruce and wanted to find a fun way to bring him back,” the showrunners told Entertainment Weekly.
The return allows Horak to show off another one of his talents, one that might seem like a surprise to those only familiar with the actor through the ill-tempered Hemmer. In addition to acting, Horak is an accomplished musician, who records as a member of The Railbirds.
Horak wasn’t the only member of the Enterprise crew to show off chops honed in other roles. Despite the jaded persona she adopts as Security Chief La’an Noonien-Singh, actor Christina Chong actualy got her start in musical theater and still records pop songs when not acting. Before walking in the footsteps of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, Celia Rose Gooding put in a Tony Award-nominated performance in the musical Jagged Little Pill, which also earned a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
But even those who knew of Horak’s musical skills, which tend to focus on covers of indie songs like Canadian legends The Tragically Hip, were likely shocked to see him break out an intricate dance number. Inspired by K-pop acts like BTS, the dancing Klingon interlude added one more dose of humor to an already delightful episode.
As the overwhelmingly positive response to “Subspace Rhapsody” proves, Strange New Worlds continues to thrill fans, especially when it finds exciting new ways to bring back favorites like Bruce Horak.