Published Jun 24, 2017
By Maria Jose and John Tenuto
Star Trek audiences first meet Montgomery Scott’s engineering partner Keenser when Spock and James Kirk arrive at the remote Federation outpost on Delta Vega. Keenser provides emotional and technical support to Scotty during the subsequent battles with Nero, Khan and Krall. It is a combination of the character’s unique design elements, personality traits of loyalty and friendship, and the humorous and excellent performance by veteran actor Deep Roy that endeared the character to many fans.
For the Fighter Pods line, Hasbro introduced an approximately 1-inch version of Keenser among the 36 character designs offered as Toys R Us exclusives.The Keenser That Never Was
Keenser represents the best about Starfleet – loyalty, diversity, exploration and contribution based on talents and abilities. He also brings a sense of fun to the Star Trek universe, both on the screen and on collectors’ shelves. Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio, and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.