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(November 11, 2000) STAR TREK UPDATE with Executive Producer Rick Berman from Star Trek Communicator #130
Rick, it has been announced now that screenwriter John Logan is working on the story and script for the new Star Trek film. How did you decide upon him?
John is an extraordinary writer. The list of his works is very impressive -- especially in the last few years. I actually met him through Brent Spiner and I am really looking forward to working with him. We have not begun working on the script yet, though John has written the story, along with myself and Brent Spiner. The premise has been accepted and approved by all the parties involved, and when all the proper contractual arrangements with our cast have been completed, John will commence writing the script.
Is Brent Spiner more involved in the story and script on this film than he has been on past pictures?
Yes, Brent has been more involved in the story for this film. He and John have always wanted to work together on a story, and Brent has certainly been a terrific part of the process. As far as the script itself goes, that is all a question of how things evolve.
With Brent involved in the story of this film, is it likely we will see some new, interesting developments with the character of Data?
Yes, I think you could say that. It's not the reason Brent joined us in the story process, but there certainly is a wonderful arc for Data in this movie.
What do you think John will bring to this script?
I think he'll bring a freshness. Not that I don't have a great deal of respect for the writers that we have used previously, but John will bring a different approach to this film. He's an A-list screenwriter who has been a Star Trek fan all his life, and his desire to write for these characters is very strong. He's a remarkable writer, and hopefully everything will fall together as planned, because I'm really looking forward to working with him.
Rick, what do you hope to accomplish with this?
I would love to be a part of creating a wonderful movie featuring these characters that I've worked with for so many years. It is always my goal to make a great movie and, at the end of the day, that is what I hope to accomplish with this film. I want it to be able to stand on its own.
What will the mood be of this film?
I think this film is a bit more light-hearted and more action-oriented. In a nutshell, it's a rip-roaring adventure with a lot of humor.
What kind of director are you looking for?
We haven't even discussed that yet. Jonathan Frakes has done a terrific job on the last two movies, but I don't know what his schedule is going to be like. He has another project that he is involved with now -- a movie he is going to be directing for Paramount and Nickelodeon. So I don't know if he is going to be available to do this or whether we will be looking elsewhere. That is all stuff we will concern ourselves with after the script has been written.
What is the timeframe for the release of the film?
I am beginning to think that we will not make the Thanksgiving of 2001 release date that I mentioned to you in our last update. It is looking more and more likely that the film will come out sometime early in 2002. Production won't begin until next year and a lot of things could factor into it when we start -- there is a potential strike looming in the near future, as well as many other variables.
Will this film feature any of the other franchise characters beyond The Next Generation?
At the moment, no.
Will this have an all-new villain or an antagonist we've seen before?
This will give an all-new villain and an all-new race but it will also feature some previous villains.
What is the current status on the new series?
The new series is what I have been focusing on the most since we last talked. We have a story that has been enthusiastically embraced by the studio and, as we speak, Brannon Braga and I are writing the script. We have been working on it for the last month and it's going extremely well.
Will you be producing a pilot for this series or just launch right in to the show?
We probably will not be producing a pilot in terms of a sales tool. It has not been determined as to where this series is going to go, but I think we have a number of options available to us. My guess is that, wherever it goes, we will most likely be producing a full season of the show.
Because of what is going on currently with UPN and Fox, is there less of a chance in your mind that this new series will premiere on UPN?
There certainly is a chance that it will not air on UPN, depending on what the future of the network is. All things considered, I don't believe that UPN will cease to exist, but will probably continue through some configuration. I do see a very good chance of this show ending up on UPN, but on the other hand, there are other options and interest elsewhere, so we'll wait and see. We are developing the show completely independent of a network at the moment.
Are there any concerns on your part about the film and the new series overlapping from a production standpoint and a publicity standpoint?
I don't think the production standpoint is a problem -- we're used to doing two series and a movie at the same time. From a publicity standpoint, if our new series premieres in the fall of 2001 and our new movie comes out at the same time, there could be a little bit of confusion and overlap. But, since I think there's a good chance that the movie will not open until a little later, I don't think we will have a problem.
Will the new series then premiere in the fall of 2001?
Yes, the plan now is a fall 2001 premiere, I am hoping that the new show will be beginning about a year from now.
Do you foresee any of the current production staff going over to the new show?
I think there will definitely be some new people, but on the other hand, there are some people I have worked with for the last 13 years that are indispensable, and I'm sure that they will be coming over to the new show.
If your goal is to have the new series launch in the fall of 2001, when would you likely start production on the new series?
Sometime early next year maybe February or March. We're not sure yet. We have now been approved to write a script, which we are doing, with hopes that this show will be coming on the air in 2001. However, nothing is etched in stone at this point.
How long have you been working on the concept for this new show?
Brannon and I started the process nearly a year and a half ago.
Is this a similar time frame it took to develop DS9 and Voyager or has it taken longer?
I think we have put more time into this new series than we did with either DS9 or Voyager. There have been a lot of variables in getting everybody to agree upon a concept that is a somewhat radical departure from our previous shows.
What are your wishes for this last season of Star Trek: Voyager?
Above all I want to keep the quality of the show up. I know that we are the only Star Trek show on the air right now and I believe that the viewers have increased in number. UPN's ratings have also improved, which has helped us too. I would like to keep the state of adventure and excitement as high as we can and give the audience an unexpected punch towards the end.
Any guest stars that you would like to see appear in the show's last season?
The usual suspect -- we have been dealing with Dwight Schultz and Marina Sirtis, who we love. We've had some thoughts about bringing Q and the Borg Queen back so we're certainly keeping some of our familiar guest stars in mind.
What will be the future of these Voyager characters?
There are no plans right now for a Voyager film and we still have a full season ahead of us, so there has been no discussion about their future beyond the series.
How do you know when it is time to change the crews in the films? Obviously a decision was made at some point to retire the original crew and bring The Next Generation in. How now with TNG, DS9 and Voyager, do you decide who will be up on the big screen?
These are things that we are taking one step at a time. We have had a lot of involvement with The Next Generation, and looking back after seven years of their run on television, we thought the idea of doing a TNG film was something fresh and unique. We've now made three films with a fourth about to begin. Whether we make DS9 films, Voyager films, or make some hybrid-combination of characters, are all things that are discussed each time we are approached to make a movie. But there are no hard and fast rules. Right now, The Next Generation crew is alive and well, and they have established themselves in movieland and they are our main focus.
Ken Biller is now overseeing Voyager as Brannon is focusing his attentions on the new series -- is that correct?
Yes, it is. Ken is doing a remarkable job. He has taken over the reins of the writing staff and many elements of production for this last season.
With regards to Voyager, will the series end on a more vague note or will it have a definite end. I believe Kate Mulgrew said that the show might end with the ship crashing and one of the crew dieing. Can you respond to that?
Well, I don't believe Kate is writing the show right now! (Laughter) I think Kate had her tongue somewhat in her cheek when she made that comment. We have some exciting thoughts on how the series is going to end and I would hate to spoil the ending for any of your readers by revealing it now. So . . . they will just have to wait and see!
Rick, thanks for giving us a great update.
Always my pleasure.
In other interviews, Ken has said that the crew will have to cross Borg space, but VOYAGER's greatest adversaries don't feature in his plans for the first part of the season.
"You won't see a lot more of the Borg after 'Unimatrix Zero'; at least, not for a while. We've kind of played that out. I don't think the Borg rebellion will be a big centerpiece, but it is certainly possible that we may, let's say, see some of the repercussions of that. I love the Borg Queen. I think Susanna Thompson is a great actress and she's done a great job. But there certainly are Borg stories if we choose to tell them, that may or may not involve the Borg Queen."
There's been endless speculation about how the series might end, with the latest rumors suggesting that one of our heroes might die. At this point of the year, Ken says he hasn't decided to kill anybody, but, of course, that doesn't mean he won't. "I would never tell you that somebody couldn't die. Nobody's dead yet. You never know. Certainly nothing like that has been decided. You'll just have to keep watching to find out."
dreamwatch October 2000
TREK TO BREAK FINAL TABOO
KATE MULGREW LETS SLIP ABOUT POSSIBLE DEATH OF A CREWMEMBER
Cast members of Star Trek: Voyager have indicated that the show's lost starship will finally return to earth in the final, seventh season, but at the cost of a principal character's life.
While producers have yet to confirm if a character will make the ultimate sacrifice to save the stricken Starfleet vessel, stranded in a distant part of space, a new commercial promoting the show's seventh season intones, "Some heroes . . . die young."
Appearing on a US talk-show, Kate Mulgrew appeared to indicate that a character will die. Asked to offer a vision of her own character, Janeway's, fate, Mulgrew said, "I think it should be poignant. I think it should be stunning. Heartbreaking. Unpredictable. The audience should guess, but it should be the last frame of the last episode. An extreme close-up of a beloved character--out." When accused of revealing that her character would die, Mulgrew said, "I was told not to speak of this," then observed, I didn't say Janeway was going to die . . ."
I don't know if we'll make it home in one piece, but I think we'll get there," actress Roxann Dawson told attendees at a recent Philadelphia convention. Dawson also confirmed reports that her character, Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres, will marry navigator Tom Paris, played by Robert Duncan McNeill, and that a pregnancy may follow.
B'ELANNA AND TOM TO WED?
While not confirming Dawson's claims, Voyager's new executive producer Kenneth Biller does say that "one of the things that we are going to do this season is explore that relationship and see really where it goes. We've ignore it for a while, and we are not going to ignore it this year." Detailing the plans for Torres and Paris' relationship, Biller adds, "we are going to explore that relationship as it proceeds through the various stages of adult relationships."
Biller has also revealed what lies ahead for other characters. "It's the last year of the series, so we are doing an episode in which Harry Kim ends up getting command of an alien starship and really playing out what it means to him to have an opportunity to pursue that dream."
The new season will also include character development for the Doctor, amid reports that he may finally be given a name, and will feature a special movie-length adventure, Flesh and Blood, centred around a giant alien medical spaceship. "The Doctor has been, obviously, exploring his own humanity through the course of the series and his struggle for holographic rights," Biller observes. "we are going to bring him front and centre and up against that very issue in the big two-hour movie . . . It's about a holographic uprising that the Doctor gets involved in. [He] becomes very politicised by these holograms and becomes a proponent of their cause."
Provisionally titled 'The Inside Man', and described as an espionage thriller, another new episode will see a holographic Starfleet operative smuggled on board Voyager via a datastream.
Q MAY RETURN
Meanwhile, executive producer Rick Berman has suggested that John DeLancie’s all-powerful alien Q may make a return before the show's conclusion, . . ." Berman has confirmed that, should Q return, he would be depicted more seriously than in his previous appearance in The Q and the Grey.
Berman has also indicated that other familiar faces may appear on Voyager. "Maybe, towards the last episodes, some of the Deep Space Nine people that returned to Earth will get to star on Voyager," he says. "If Voyager does get back to Earth, we might be running into characters from a number of different places."
Other pending developments include the introduction of a new, regular holodeck program in the episode Repression. The Gower Theater cinema at Paramount has been redressed to look like the Thirties Chicago Palace Theater, where Paris will introduce his crewmates to 3D movies.
Voyager returns for its seventh, and final season on UPN on 4 October
Marina Sirtus Interview
Star Trek: The Magazine (October 2000)
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She'll be doing it next year, in the eagerly awaited 10th STAR TREK movie. "I just can't wait," says Marina. "I'm really excited about the whole thing." Rick Berman has said the story is going to be "a whopping good tale" and "a lot more grand in scale" this time; is Marina going to be upset if Troi doesn’t get quite so much to do? "I just want to be in it!" she says. "If we're talking galactic and battles, it's bound to be more the boys. I know that sounds a little sexist -- that girls can be involved in battles too -- but the genre does tend to suit males better. And you've just got to be realistic; Patrick is the star of the show and then it's Brent, and they pay those guys the most money. They're not going to pay them and have them sitting in their trailers! For me it's not about how big my part is; it's about meeting up with all my buddies again."
Marina would still like to be acting in a few years' time, but meanwhile she and her husband, musician Michael Lamper, have branched out with a new venture -- a restaurant named Casa Coyote's in Lake Arrowhead, not far from Los Angeles.
2001 The Year of Star Trek!
Star Trek Update: with Executive Producer Rick Berman
Rick, what is the progress of the new series?
Brannon Braga and I are working on the story for the pilot episode. We'll be discussing the story with the studio shortly and hope to be starting on the screenplay within the next four to six weeks. We're extremely excited about the story idea--it's a really unique and fresh approach to Star Trek.
Does this series, conceptually, take the best of DS9 and Voyager and combine them into one show?
Well, that's not really accurate. It's much more than that. The concept for this new show is somewhat of a dramatic departure from previous Star Trek series. It will be both fresh and unique while at the same time it will remain Star Trek to the core. Although it's a show that takes place on a Starfleet vessel, it's still a rather dramatic departure from the previous three Star Trek shows. I believe it'll be more "Star Trek" than anything since The Next Generation and, perhaps, anything since the original series in terms of its tone and style.
What is now the time frame for the series to launch?
Nothing has been locked down yet. It looks like fall of 2001, but that's not for certain.
What, for you, is turning out to be the greatest challenge on developing this new series?
From the very beginning, my mandate to both Brannon, and myself, was that we not give the fans just another variation on the last three shows. We didn't want to slap another crew on another starship and give it another name and send it on its way. I think that after 500 epidoses (a year from now it will be 526 episodes) it's time for something that's a dramatic departure both for the fans and for the people involved in creating these shows on a week-to-week basis. I'm anxious to tell you and the fans what it's all about, but the studio wants to wait until the proper time.
Do you have a working title for the show?
Yes, we certainly do. But, unfortunately, I can't say what it is yet.
Does the current structure of the new series have the same size cast as the last few Star Trek series?
It will probably be a bit smaller but, right now, our focus is on seven major characters.
What is currently happening on the new motion picture?
We completed our story for the film and submitted it to the studio. We're waiting for a "go ahead" to start on the script. The storyline revolves around The Next Generation crew.
Would you describe the next film as more epic in scale than prior films?
Well, we've never done a film where I wouldn't say to you "this is going to be the biggest and the best." And this one is no different. We have a writer who has never done Star Trek before and has an extremely fresh approach. We're dealing with a story that's poignant in ways that I wish I could tell you. It's a very action-oriented story that revolves around a remarkable villain. A higher percentage of this film will take place in outer space than in our previous films. It is tentatively scheduled for Thanksgiving of 2001.
So next year is going to be a busy year for Star Trek?
The fall of 2001 could very well see a new series and a Next Generation movie literally coming out within a few months of each other.
Have you finalized how you will end Voyager now?
Well, as Brannon has gotten more involved in the development of the new series, Ken Biller has had to fill the "show-running shoes" for Voyager and he and his staff are doing quite an impressive job. Brannon and Joe Menosky are in the process of writing the premiere episode for next season, which is the second part of the cliffhanger. We have numerous scripts in the works including one that tentatively will be a special two-hour movie that will appear in November. As far as how the series will end and how it will all be resolved, we have discussed it and continue to, but nothing has been decided upon just yet.
This must be an exciting time with all of these new projects in the works.
I am at a stage now where I'm chomping at the bit to come into work each morning because of the fun I'm having with the development of the movie and the new series. I can't wave Ken Biller's flag enough on the job he's doing with Voyager. There is nothing that would excite me more than to be able to tell you in rambling detail about both of our new projects, but I'll have to hold my tongue until the powers-that-be say it's time.
I understand you just reached a milestone with the episode of Voyager that just aired?
Yes, the episode that just aired was our 500th episode. It's pretty amazing.
What's as amazing as reaching that 500th episode is that you are able to keep coming up with fresh, new material to keep going.
Well, as soon as we feel that we can't do fresh, new work we'll give it to somebody else to do.
Rick, thanks for your time.
It's always my pleasure.
Rick Berman Interviewed in Star Trek: The Magazine (July 2000)
The new millennium is a busier time than ever for Rick Berman, STAR TREK's executive producer, with a new show and a new movie in the pipeline as well as the final season of STAR TREK: VOYAGER.
All of STAR TREK's fans have been eagerly discussing the possibilities for the next movie and for a new show. Right now, it's too early to be specific, but Rick Berman is happy to talk about the kind of thing we can look forward to.
On the new show, he and writer Brannon Braga have been developing a premise for over a year. Rick says, "What I can tell you is that Paramount is very pleased with the proposal that we have outlined to them, and we are continuing to develop it. My guess is that it will probably not go on the air until September of 2001. It's going to be very exciting and very different."
Rick is aware of the many rumors that are rife, on the Internet and in print. "I don't want to give credence to any of the rumors," he says. "I've read them all, and I've heard them. Some of them are completely made up and some of them are based on things that have nothing to do with the new series. What I can tell you is that all of the rumors that I have read about the stories, about the number of stories, about what they were about, are all utter nonsense."
Different and exciting
Rick's said that the new show is going to be different--does that mean it's going to be darker, funnier, sexier than its predecessors? "Well it certainly is not going to be darker," he says. "I think 'funnier' is not something that would be valid to say. Sexier, perhaps, and more contemporary in terms of style of television production today, as opposed to the style of the mid 80's and 90's when we developed the previous three shows. I would say that would be valid. And I think you can rest assured that it will be set on a starship!"
Is there any mileage in the intriguing element of double-dealing at the heart of Starfleet that was introduced with Section 31 in STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and Admiral Dougherty's complicity with the Son'a in STAR TREK series on the darker side of the universe. I think that if anything DEEP SPACE NINE suffered a bit from things that one might think of as being darker, in terms of Sisko's character and in terms of the war that took up most of the last two seasons.
In VOYAGER although 'dark' is probably not the right adjective, I don't think the idea of a ship that is not traveling off into the stars on a mission of exploration but trying to get home--although with a mission of exploration involved in that process--is as bright and uplifting a direction as perhaps the original series and NEXT GENERATION went. So, I would think that if anything the new series will be perhaps less dark. But, you know, that doesn't mean it's not going to have an edge to it; I think it definitely will."
The next movie
Things are also moving on to the next feature film. "There's hopes that we'll have a movie for Thankgiving of 2001," says Rick. "We are in the early stages of writing and we still have a number of potential obstacles between now and the film being ready for that period, but hopefully those will be ironed out, and we'll be getting to work. We have a wonderful story, and hopefully we'll go into production in the spring."
Interestingly, a writer who is new to STAR TREK has been brought on board to work on the screenplay, but his name had not been released at the time of going to press. "The motion picture division of Paramount will announce it," says Rick. "It's someone who I can happily say is an A-list writer with some major movies that are in various stages of pre-release and pre-production to his credit. We've very excited about having some fresh blood in to develop our script."
Looking back on the previous two films, Rick is taking some lessons forward. He says, "I would say that if there was one thing we learned from the last movie, it was that the next one needs to have a little more of a sense of adventure and for us just to be telling a whopping good tale, and to have something that's perhaps a drop less serious when it comes to Picard's character and the need for him to find himself in an emotional crisis as he was in the last picture. The story that we're developing here is I think a lot more fun and a lot more grand in scale, and we have some wonderful villians: villians more in the character of FIRST CONTACT than the other two movies we've done."
VOYAGER's last season
Rick will also be as involved as ever in the final year of VOYAGER. Kenneth Biller becomes executive producer alongside Rick and Brannon Braga, and Rick has high hopes for the year. "Kenny has always been both a terrific writer and a great producer," he says. "He's a filmmaker: he understands all the elements that go into producing a show. He's a perfectionist, and I think--both in terms of running the writing staff and in his involvement with the production of the series--he is going to carry on what we have been doing and hopefully bring something specifically of his own to it. Brannon will be working right alongside him for the first few months, and then, as soon as he is immersed enough in the script that he and I are going to write for the new series, he'll take a step or two back and let Ken start running the writing staff for the remainder of the season."
The producers and writers have already planned a storyline, commencing with Part II of the Season Six cliffhanger, but we're unlikely to find out quickly what's in store as a final resolution. "I don't believe that we are going to be giving away too much early in the season," Rick says. "As to how the series is going to end, and when the audience is going to learn that, obviously it would be silly for me to give you specifics. But I don't believe there are going to be any dramatic wrapping-up elements in the first half of the season."
On STAR TREK:DEEP SPACE NINE, we saw a sweeping story arc that covered almost the final third of the season. Would Rick like the same for VOYAGER? "I think that probably the arc will be less," he says. "When we were dealing with DEEP SPACE NINE we had dozens of secondary, ancillary characters that all cried out for resolutions of some sort. On VOYAGER there's a specific question of 'Will this ship get back?' or 'Won't it get back?'
These are all questions that I don't think we'll be able to stretch over that many episodes, but let me say there'll be certain hints to the last half dozen episodes that will be seeded through the first half of the season. But don't expect any kind of major resolution of the ship's predicament or any of the characters until, I would say, we're six to 10 episodes before the end."
As the man in charge, Rick is involved in every single element of the shows and movies. How does he square his responsibilities and the production team's creative thinking with the demands of the fans and the constant rumors? "I'd love to say that I put them to one side completely, but you can't" he says. "It's like when a lawyer in a trial says something and the jurors hear it and the judge strikes it from the record; it's still been heard. We listen to what we hear from the fans--the core fans and the broader group of fans--and also we learn about the rumors, and we don't entirely ignore them. We can't entirely ignore them.
"I think that because this is the first time in seven years that we've had only one STAR TREK show on the air, and because that show is going to be going off the air in another year, and because there's not going to be a movie in the year 2000 as there was in '94 and '96 and '98, it breeds a very ripe environment for rumors. They're annoying in the sense that so many of them are completely fabricated, and they're always accompanied by 'I know that the following is true from an insider . . . ' or 'I know from a high ranking person at Paramount' or 'within the STAR TREK organization.' And then you read stuff that is completely made up.
"It's usually humorous; sometimes there are wisps of truth in it, sometimes they're taking things completely out of other contexts and its completely mixed up--they'll have a television pitch rumored as being the next movie, or the next movie pitch will be somehow incorporated into some previous rumors about the television series. So we try to take it in our stride!"
Vision of the future
Rick is very aware, however, of the torch he has to carry: that of Gene Roddenberry's concept of the future. He says, "I would like to think that the new show will come much closer to Gene's vision of what STAR TREK is all about than either of the two previous series. I would say it will come back to a level equal to NEXT GENERATION when it comes to Gene's vision of the future." So the fans' ideals should be safe, and we're all hoping for announcements very soon of what STAR TREK will bring us in its fifth series, and its landmark 10th movie.
(May 2, 2000) STAR TREK UPDATE with Executive Producer Rick Berman from Star Trek Communicator #128
New Series in Holding Pattern While New Film Progresses
Rick, what's the status of the new series?
As far as the development on the new series and where it will air, we are still in a holding pattern. It has had a lot to do with the UPN question between Viacom and Chris-Craft but also with other things connected with the CBS merger and the owning of two networks, etc. There is nothing really new to pass along right now. We are just waiting.
How is the next movie progressing?
I am actually beginning work on the story of the new film this week with a new writer that I can't reveal just yet. He is a non-Trek writer and someone you've probably heard of. There are a lot of variables between this step and this movie going forward but we are taking it one step at a time. We have a general idea of a story and a writer that I think is great.
Is your plan still to make this a Next Generation movie?
I'm still optimistic that it will be a Next Generation film but, again, there are a lot of variables involved before that will happen. We have to wait and see.
Are you still tentatively shooting for a Christmas of 2001 release for the film?
That is correct.
What's happening now on Voyager and can you give us a teaser on the season finale?
We just finished an episode called "The Muse". . . ."Live Fast and Prosper" . . . . "Life Line" . . . . "The Haunting of Deck 12" . . . . Our final cliffhanger has begun shooting . . . . This season finale is . . . the 500th hour of Star Trek. . . .
What are your early wishes for the last season of Voyager next year?
I don't want the whole season to be based on how it is going to come to an end. We have 26 hours of television to produce. The first 24 hours are going to slowly build up to the final two-hour finale. I think we are going to weave in elements of how the series is going to be resolved. I think there are some storylines that will take numerous episodes to unfold and I think we are not going to have a show where the outcome is all held off until the last episode--as with Deep Space Nine. It will probably take anywhere from five to ten episodes to resolve the various things we think need resolving and to tie up the loose ends.
Have you decided on the way you plan to end the show now?
To some degree. We don't have it worked out completely but we are slowly putting the pieces together.
When they first mentioned "Life Line" they referred to the May 10th episode called "Life Signs" but that was soon cleared up with the other references to "Life Line."
They will use motion control photography [no doubt this will be used in having Picardo on the screen as the Doctor and as his maker--father at the same time.
Inspiration for the "Life Line" episode came from the Hal Holbrook role in "I Never Sang for My Father." While Picardo gets writer credit for the story line, he pointed out that he did not write any of the script.
"I Will Be Sold for Christmas" is a song parody that someone mentioned he sang at a convention. He indicated that someone has encouraged him to make a CD of his song parodies before the end of the year. I was never sure if he was joking or serious.
After much joking, he stated that his favorite directors are John Bruno, Allan Kroeker, Robert Duncan McNeil and Les Landau.
In response to the rumor of the November two hour movie: He stated that he had heard that and perhaps that might be Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant. [Not a rebuttal but not an endorsement either.]
When asked about Fury, he stated: I had some interaction with her [Kes], including a wonderful scene that recalls the early days of our friendship when I was first trying to settle on a name, once I had been granted the option of choosing one. However the Fury episode is primarily between Kes and Janeway.
His answer to my question:
I don't have an extradinarily large part in the season finale, as the episode "Life Line" features me in two different characters....our final episode features other actors. So "Life Line" is basically my season swan song.
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03.13.00 Dispatch: Misstep Results in Hairline Fracture for Jeri Ryan.
Star Trek: Voyager actress Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) suffered a hairline fracture in her foot last Thursday (March 9, 2000), after slipping on a step.
Unfortunately for many journalists the break occurred the morning of the "UPN Standard Thursday," a network press junket at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles that Ryan was scheduled to attend. The junket featured several UPN stars, including Star Trek: Voyager's own Robert Picardo (The Doctor).
The Doctor's diagnosis for Ms. Ryan? "I would recommend long, slow, sensual massage from a talented medical professional, such as myself...at her convenience and by mutual agreement with my wife. I wish her well. We really need her big time for our season finale."
The injury is not believed to be serious enough to delay the production of Voyager. STAR TREK CONTINUUM wishes Jeri a speedy recovery.
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