April 30th, 2013
Let’s be honest: Neither of us is actually going to sit through the recently-released Star Trek: The Next Generation DVDs, no matter how much we want to. We don’t have time and, despite appearances, we still have some dignity.
Fortunately, AICN has done it for us. And they’ve helpfully pulled all the good nuggets from the interviews with TNG writers (including the great Ron Moore, but not, so far as I can tell, the great Jane Espenson).
Of course, if you can name two or more writers from TNG, maybe the dignity hang-up is a stretch.
Just in case you think I’m kidding, snack on this little morsel:
* Patrick Stewart, perhaps envious of William Shatner, apparently told every TNG writer he met that Picard wasn’t “shooting and screwing” enough.
* Berman kept a (posthumous?) bust of Gene Roddenberry in his office that he would blindfold so Roddenberry couldn’t see what Berman and his staff were doing to Roddenberry’s universe.
* Moore’s nickname during season three was “Young Peter Guillam,” the character played by “Into Darkness” star Benedict Cumberbatch in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
* A model of the Enterprise Moore built as a youth was used as a prop in Kirk’s quarters for the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
Yeah, I’m pretty hot and bothered, too. Enjoy.
Espenson was a TNG writer? It’s not mentioned on her IMDB page.
DS9 is though.
Rick Berman kept a blindfold over the (theoretically) real Roddenberry in GR’s last years.