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Separated at birth: Do Sonja and Jay look like Star Trek characters?

Today seems like an appropriate time to ponder a truly important Geekend question: Do TechRepublic Senior Editor Sonja Thompson and Jay Garmon resemble Star Trek characters? Check out these photos.

Since the Star Trek reboot is all the talk and because we're already missing our good friend Jay Garmon (aka The Trivia Geek), who bid us a fond farewell one week ago, it seems like the appropriate time to ponder a truly important Geekend question: Do TechRepublic Senior Editor Sonja Thompson and Jay resemble Star Trek characters?

Here's the background: In the span of one week, Sonja received two e-mails in which TechRepublic members compared Sonja and Jay to two Star Trek characters. Member jdclyde commented that Sonja looks like T'Pol from Star Trek: Enterprise, and member Al Fleagle noted that Jay resembles a Romulan. (Mark Kaelin informed me that the Romulan photo is from Season 1, Episode 14 – Balance of Terror, in which the actor plays the Romulan commander of a starship that enters Federation space.)

Here are the side-by-side comparisons:

 

(The photos are also featured in the April 10, 2009 edition of TechRepublic Out Loud on Video.)

Post in the comments to let us know if you think they could pass as look-alikes. Happy Friday!

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Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

34 comments
jck
jck

Actually, I kinda think Jay resembles the actor who played the Starfleet cyberneticist who wanted to disassemble and study Data in TNG. Just my two cents.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I have on numerous occasions been mistaken for Stephen King. Usually when I was walking in downtown Boston. I certainly don't see the resemblance; but try denying that to an insistent little old lady. Now THAT sounds like a real horror story. An ordinary guy that wakes up and suddenly everyone thinks he's someone else, they all think he's different people, and no one remembers who he really is.

richard
richard

Get your grammar right!

SirWizard
SirWizard

Thanks, Richard. I retched on "compared she and Jay to two Star Trek characters." Presenting oneself by using bad grammer in this purely text medium is much like presenting for video in filthy clothing. "Learn to write well, or not to write at all." John Dryden 1631-1700

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

Sonja does not bear Romulan resemblance - more Borg. Jay seems neither Vulcan nor Romulan - more like Roman...

MarkWAliasQ
MarkWAliasQ

what we want to know is if they are body doubles :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

to use "padding", right?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

On both counts.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Are you trying to say that I'm not warm? ;)

santeewelding
santeewelding

Without getting into deeper trouble... Just as your smile charms me so, the look in that photo -- announcing that you are equally capable of the opposite -- would have me running for my dear life.

jdclyde
jdclyde

as a woman that you just ticked off.... :D

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

that isn't warm.

deepsand
deepsand

BTW, did I mention that I'm Vulcan? :O

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Get really carried away at Breeding Year/Season. :p Remember Spock Killing Kirk? Col 0:-)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

< slaps forehead, hangs head in shame >

deepsand
deepsand

Beneath that cold exterior lies a molten pool of emotions, just waiting to erupt!

jdclyde
jdclyde

was flipping channels and said "Hey! Thats Soni!" That pic was just the closest I could find. in the show, she does look much more similar. :D

deepsand
deepsand

She's much too warm to be a Vulcan. Jay, on the other hand, better resembles the Klingons of the origianl series.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Trek trivia fans will know Mark is one of the few guest stars to play two roles. The first was the Romulan commander pictured in the article. The second was that of Spock's father, Sarek, in the episode "Mission to Babel". Dammit, where's that Vulcan emoticon I keep asking for?

mmoran
mmoran

... be a self-contradictory concept? I think you mean "logicon." ;>)

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...Does Robert Picardo count for playing two roles? EMH on Voyager, and EMH in First Contact. ?:|

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

How many roles does Majel Barrett have? At least three - Nurse Christine Chapel on the original series; Lwaxana (sp?) Troi on Next Gen; and the voice of the onboard computer systems on all series (except Enterprise?) including the animated one. If you count each subsequent ship's computer as a different role, then you can count Picardo as two. If you consider all onboard computers as the same role, like an actor playing Hamlet in different costumes, then Picardo gets only one. Me, I think it's only one - same computerized personality, different ships. Same for Dwight Schultz, whether Reg Barkley is live on Next Gen or a unerased computer program on Voyager. Gods, how did I ever manage to get married?

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I haven't read any of the Star Trek books, but as far as I know from the movies and various shows, there hasn't been a U.S.S. Barrett shown or mentioned. If there hasn't been, there ought to be one (ATTN: Paramount; make it so)!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Now I've got to throw myself through the galactic barrier again. I hate that.

basaunders
basaunders

She was also Number One in the original pilot!

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

You'll have to wait seven years for Vulcan emotion.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

in the original Mission Impossible series, circa 1966.

J. D. S.
J. D. S.

\\// Live Long and Prosper (sorta)

mmoran
mmoran

... either Vulcan or Romulan. But I'm having an easier time visualizing Jay as a Klingon. Any of you Photoshoppers out there want to take a shot at adding some forehead ridges?

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

I don't have Photoshop, but I do have a two-by-four.

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