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Berman on Voyager

DontHateMe

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Report this Aug. 28 2009, 9:51 am

Rick Berman gave an interview in late 2006 where he talked about all the shows and the movies. It is available at trekmovie.com. Here are the highlights about Voyager:

Berman on Voyager [1:43:10 - 2:08:20]

After end of TNG Paramount felt two shows running concurrently worked and wanted a replacement, but Beman an Piller felt they "were pushing it" with too much Trek (along with feature films currently in development)
Paramount "was adamant" especially about using Trek as anchor for new UPN
Without TNG the "could go back to a ship" but wanted woman captain and new setting (Delta quadrant) to "do something we hadn¿t done yet"
Co-creators Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor "adored" Genevi¿ve Bujold, originally cast as Capt. Janeway, but Berman felt ¿there was something funny¿that didn¿t seem right" with her and her ability to deal with episodic TV
They told Bujold about "how horrible" it was to work on episode TV and "painted a very dark picture" but she still wanted to do it, then quit by 2nd day, which he feels "was a wonderful sense of vindication" that he was right about Bujold, as Mulgrew was his first choice as she was "perfect for the part"
Kate Mulgrew had "most number of hair issues" of all of Trek (due to others wanting to change her look, not the actress)
Berman on Robert Beltran "he grew a little bit frustrated that his part never got quite as big as he hoped it would, but he did a good job"
Tim Russ was second choice for Geordi and so Berman was anxious to hire him
Berman on character of Kes "it just didn¿t work, her character became superfluous" so she was written out
Bringing on Jeri Ryan as 7 of 9 in response to studio concern about ratings slippage and requirement to "spice things up"
Success of Jeri Ryan "did cause problems" with Kate Mulgrew and there "was a little antagonism" between the actresses
High use of Holodeck on Voyager was somewhat due to writers being "anxious" to use again device after DS9, where Quark¿s holosuites were "wh!!!houses" with "nasty purposes"
For final episode they "considered everything" including not returning to Earth, 7 of 9 dying, Janeway dying and more
Berman¿s final assessment on if the "ship headed home" premise was right one to do: "It was difficult. I think it was a good idea to go in that direction, but there is something about venturing outward and trying to get back home that are dramatically different from one another. And I think Star Trek, by and large, is a show about exploration, and Star Trek is about going forth and not trying to find your way home, so it did hold us back in certain areas¿but I think it was the best of both worlds"

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Report this Aug. 28 2009, 10:39 am

Quote (DontHateMe @ Aug. 28 2009, 9:51 am)
Rick Berman gave an interview in late 2006 where he talked about all the shows and the movies. It is available at trekmovie.com. Here are the highlights about Voyager:

Berman on Voyager [1:43:10 - 2:08:20]

After end of TNG Paramount felt two shows running concurrently worked and wanted a replacement, but Beman an Piller felt they "were pushing it" with too much Trek (along with feature films currently in development)
Paramount "was adamant" especially about using Trek as anchor for new UPN
Without TNG the "could go back to a ship" but wanted woman captain and new setting (Delta quadrant) to "do something we hadn?t done yet"
Co-creators Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor "adored" Genevi?ve Bujold, originally cast as Capt. Janeway, but Berman felt ?there was something funny?that didn?t seem right" with her and her ability to deal with episodic TV
They told Bujold about "how horrible" it was to work on episode TV and "painted a very dark picture" but she still wanted to do it, then quit by 2nd day, which he feels "was a wonderful sense of vindication" that he was right about Bujold, as Mulgrew was his first choice as she was "perfect for the part"
Kate Mulgrew had "most number of hair issues" of all of Trek (due to others wanting to change her look, not the actress)
Berman on Robert Beltran "he grew a little bit frustrated that his part never got quite as big as he hoped it would, but he did a good job"
Tim Russ was second choice for Geordi and so Berman was anxious to hire him
Berman on character of Kes "it just didn?t work, her character became superfluous" so she was written out
Bringing on Jeri Ryan as 7 of 9 in response to studio concern about ratings slippage and requirement to "spice things up"
Success of Jeri Ryan "did cause problems" with Kate Mulgrew and there "was a little antagonism" between the actresses
High use of Holodeck on Voyager was somewhat due to writers being "anxious" to use again device after DS9, where Quark?s holosuites were "wh!!!houses" with "nasty purposes"
For final episode they "considered everything" including not returning to Earth, 7 of 9 dying, Janeway dying and more
Berman?s final assessment on if the "ship headed home" premise was right one to do: "It was difficult. I think it was a good idea to go in that direction, but there is something about venturing outward and trying to get back home that are dramatically different from one another. And I think Star Trek, by and large, is a show about exploration, and Star Trek is about going forth and not trying to find your way home, so it did hold us back in certain areas?but I think it was the best of both worlds"

yeah, we know. we've been discussing this for the past couple of days in the thread linked below:

Original thread re: Rick Berman discussing Voyager

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