He BEGGED Berman and Piller to create a new series starring himself as the captain of a Federation Starship. He thought he had a chance when Voyager was in the planning stage, but B&P snagged Genevieve Bujold to play the lead. Unfortunately, Bujold lasted only 4 days because she could not (or would not) adjust to the hurry-up pace of American television. Since the role was written for a woman, she was replaced by a woman. B&P threw Takei a crumb, though. He played the captain of a starship in one episode of Voyager.