rappaport_fajo_mosttoys_1When the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Most Toys” was first produced in 1990, British actor David Rappaport was cast in the role of collector Kivas Fajo. Rappaport attempted suicide over the weekend after a few days of filming were completed. Director of the episode, Timothy Bond stated, “[T]here was a story going around that they had found him in his car with a tube running from the exhaust. Obviously I had to replace him.”

The part was subsequently hurriedly recast, and actor Saul Rubinek was chosen to portray the character of Fajo. Rappaport later attempted suicide again and was successful, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 2, 1990 – just three days before “The Most Toys” aired.

At yesterday’s Wondercon Convention in Anaheim, California, the Blu-ray team (consisting of Mike & Denise Okuda, Brannon Braga and VAM producers Roger Lay, Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett) were out in force to discuss the upcoming release of TNG Season 3. TrekCore’s Tom Bateman was there at the scene to bring us full coverage and shot some great footage. Among the goodies was the news that Robert Meyer Burnett and Roger Lay, Jr. have pieced together original film found from Rappaport’s appearance and edited it into several scenes which will be included on the Season 3 Blu-ray collection. You can watch the announcement in full through the video below:

This is the first time this footage will have been seen by fans after being buried away in Paramount’s vaults for over two decades. Talking to Robert Meyer Burnett some time ago, he mentioned how honored and privileged he felt to be able to handle the footage and edit it together with care and respect. The result is truly astounding – Rappaport gives a rappaport_fajo_mosttoys_2far different interpretation of Fajo than Rubinek, lending an eerily sinister air to the character which was absent in the final version.

We can confirm that the piece is included on the same disc that features “The Most Toys” and is dedicated to the memory of David Rappaport. Robert, Roger and the team at CBS are to be commended for pursuing this footage and ensuring it can finally be seen by fans. It’s a poignant piece given the back-story, but a pleasure to watch.

We’ll have more coverage of the Wondercon Panel soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, feel free to let us know what you think about the inclusion of the Rappaport footage on the Season 3 Blu-rays, and if you haven’t already – lock in your order for Season 3 using the links below!

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  • archer9234

    I totally forgot about Fajo being recasted at the last minute. It was a good idea that they got the footage too. It was totally ignored in the DVD bonus features.

    • hypnotoad72

      Depending on the circumstances accorded the original DVD release.

      Blu-Ray has much more space per disc to utilize…
      It is good to see this footage. David did have something of a career in the industry (even working with Sylvester McCoy!), and to see anything more with him in it is always appreciated.

      The footage is there to celebrate the man and his work, IMHO. I am highly appreciative of it being available for viewing.

  • Wow was he short? That picture on the bottom makes him look really short. It would make him an interesting villain if that was the case. In some ways it would make him somewhat reminiscent of Balok.

    • Tosk

      Yes, very short…seeing as he was a dwarf.

    • Chris2027

      He was reported as being 3′ 11″ but what he told media ranged from 3′ 6″ up to 4 feet…

    • hypnotoad72

      Not necessarily. Balok wasn’t a villain in any way shape or form – he was using projected size as means of non-violent self-defense, against beings he thought might be antagonistic (but in the case of Kirk and the Enterprise he was wrong). But that’s what makes TREK and good sci-fi great: It’s not token or cliched, and allows different POVs, and that story’s revelation is a neat surprise. As is the ending when Bailey volunteers to travel with Balok…

      The only chance at a reminiscent value would be how Fajo was originally written, assuming changes were made at the time Rubinek was cast.

      But now it’s making me wonder… especially as I did not know of Rappaport’s height until reading this article.

      As a villain, a small person could play into a impish stereotype – compensation for things Fajo felt he lacked. He wants to collect things to feel bigger and more powerful. It’s typical late-80s cliched psychobabble, but given season 3’s production style.

      That and, recalling Data felt compelled to kill at the end of the story, there must have been some rewrites somewhere because having a smaller person play Fajo introduces sympathy rather than the outright hate engineered in the fully finished and produced episode. I can’t believe that the only change in the story was the actor, based solely on Rappaport’s suicide. And since TNG had a penchant for making three-dimensional villains, I suspect that’s the case and that the introduction of Rubinek also had the plot being altered to make him a baddie for the sake of it, and Saul’s portrayal – which is delightfully evil – leaves little room for anyone to sympathize or empathize for him. So there had to be plot changes.

      But we won’t know until we see the footage – how different is Rappaport’s approach compared to Rubinek’s? That might yield some clues, but if there were other changes, it’d be most interesting to read…

      • If you look at the final draft teleplay on this site, you’ll note that the last revisions were made on 3/7/90, three days after Rappaport’s initial suicide attempt. So the only changes made to the script after that were in Scene 30, pages 23-25.

        Before that, the last changes made to the script were on 2/28/90, before they began filming with Rappaport. Page 26, Scene 30A, very end of Act Two. Essentially the same scene.


      • Robert J. Sawyer

        You wrote, “Balok wasn’t a villain in any way shape or form.”

        Balok wasn’t a villain in the same sense that waterboarding isn’t villainous. He scared the crap out of people, making them think they were about to die, when in fact no permanent harm — other than psychological trauma — was being caused. In fact, what he did, on the slimmest of pretenses, was psychological torture.

  • Gilbetron

    Wow. This is so cool. I can’t wait to see this.

  • Chris2027

    Interesting, shame he committed suicide, but that’s someone’s right, in my opinion.

    Can’t wait to see it. 🙂

    • hypnotoad72

      It’s a “right”, just as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is, but it’s also horrific. Let’s not glorify or be passionless or clinical about suicide.

      WHAT would compel someone to do such a truly awful thing, and do we condone a society that would compel people to want to off themselves in the first place?

      Forgive me, but if it’s a right – or anything else – we also need to look at the foundation of society, if we really are a society. Since not every case of suicide is brought about by chemical imbalance, external pressures or triggers can be just as relevant, if not the cause OF chemical imbalance over time.

      But I too am interested in seeing the footage. It would be even more saddening if he put out a stronger performance than Saul’s, only to feel a need to commit suicide.

      • Chris2027

        I agree, I don’t think someone should be pushed to suicide, but as they say, the right to live also includes the right to die, if someone wants to end their life, it’s their decision, it shouldn’t be anyone else’s, I don’t think we should incline someone to commit suicide, but if they make that choice, I have no right to tell them otherwise.

        For example, I read a story about 2 brothers who were both going to end up blind and deaf, so they decided to commit suicide.

        I don’t see suicide as morally wrong, etc. it’s horrific, but I still don’t think I have the final word of whether someone wants to end their life or not, if they deem the rest of their life as a horrible existence, I shouldn’t force them to live it. In fact, Patrick Stewart supports assisted suicide.

        From what I read, he suffered from depression, as a result of what, I don’t know.

  • Jack Altamont

    I have the original Rappaport costume from the shoot and always wondered whether anyone kept the footage. Can’t wait to see this footage.