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Emily Banks, who portrayed Yeoman Tonia Barrows - "Shore Leave"

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

A Digital Tribute from GoFigment

Emily Banks
Emily Banks

Emily Banks - Shore Leave

Celebrating Tonia Barrows: A Trailblazer in the Galaxy

As an artist passionate about Star Trek: The Original Series, I have digitally enhanced images of female guest stars who have played an essential role in breaking barriers and making the Enterprise an incredible place for fans to grow up watching. Today, I present a tribute to the talented actress Emily Banks, who portrayed Yeoman Tonia Barrows in the episode "Shore Leave."

In "Shore Leave," Tonia Barrows was a female Human Starfleet enlisted crew member who served in the operations division aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. Her character was created following Yeoman Rand's departure and portrayed as sympathetic and capable. The episode focuses on Barrows' relationship with Dr. McCoy and her concern for Captain Kirk's well-being.

During the episode, Barrows is trapped on the Shore Leave Planet and is accosted twice by a recreation of the legendary Don Juan. The attempted assault is ultimately resolved when Sulu scares the villain away. Dr. McCoy later romances Barrows but sees him seemingly murdered by the Black Knight before Captain Kirk helps her regain her composure. The episode is also filled with lighter moments, such as the "backrub scene" between Barrows and Kirk.

Emily Banks' portrayal of Tonia Barrows in "Shore Leave" was groundbreaking at the time, showcasing a strong, resourceful, and courageous woman who could handle herself in the face of danger. This tribute is a celebration of not just Emily Banks and Tonia Barrows but all the female actresses who've contributed to the rich legacy of Star Trek. Their performances have inspired generations of fans and helped break barriers in the entertainment industry.

To view the digitally enhanced image of Yeoman Tonia Barrows in "Shore Leave" and other remarkable women from Star Trek: The Original Series, please visit Let's continue celebrating these trailblazing actresses and the unforgettable characters they brought to life.

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