Berman Reveals 'Enterprise' Writing Staff By Christian
August 2, 2001 - 8:45 PM

'Star Trek: Communicator' issue 143 - copyright FanMedia Demonstrating that the producers are intent on bringing in new voices among the writers, Executive Producer Rick Berman mentioned mostly new names when describing the Enterprise writing staff in a new interview.

"We are in the process of putting the staff together," Berman told the Star Trek Communicator (via TrekWeb), in an interview that was conducted while shooting on 'Broken Bow' was still going on. "We have a number of writers that are in place right now. We have a woman named Antoinette Stella, [and] a guy named Fred Dekker. We have two teams of writers as well. We also have Andre Bormanis who has been working with us for years, but is on the writing staff now. We're all working very hard. Brannon and I have written one additional hour episode and the stories for three or four others so we are putting the staff together slowly but surely."

Besides revealing some of the writers, Berman also spoke of one storyline those writers will be developing - the Klingons. "They are a little bit more primitive. One of the lines we have in our pilot script is that we're dealing with a time where 'the Klingons still sharpen their teeth before they go into battle.'"

The Klingons will be appearing in the standard modern makeup, though Berman hinted that the shift away from the Original Series makeup may finally be dealt with on screen. "We've thought about it. I don't know. When the Klingons suddenly changed dramatically in Star Trek - The Motion Picture nobody asked for an explanation. I think it is something we have discussed possibly doing."

Finally, Berman confirmed that Jolene Blalock's character had originally been intended to be the Original Series character T'Pau, instead of T'Pol. "[It] was discussed as a possibility but it was also determined that there were legalities that made it difficult for us to do so we decided against it." T'Pau was created by Theodore Sturgeon for the episode 'Amok Time,' meaning that the rights to the character likely resided with the Sturgeon estate.

Berman made his comments in the new issue of the Star Trek Communicator, which has a cover story on the new series. Features in the new edition of the magazine include part two of their Voyager farewell, an interview with Enterprise designer John Eaves about the Captain's Yacht he designed for 'Insurrection,' and of course the full Rick Berman interview. Information on how to subscribe to the magazine can be found here, while more excerpts from the interview can be found here. Finally, read on for biographical information on the three new writers:

Previously, former Seven Days staff writer has also been reported to have joined the Enterprise staff, which Rick Berman and Brannon Braga themselves are of course also part of.

Much more about Enterprise can be found in the new edition of the Star Trek Communicator, which will be on newsstands next week. To get the magazine delivered to you at home every two months, please click here to subscribe to the magazine for only $19.95 for a full year - that's 33% off the cover price. Thanks go out to TrekWeb for this!

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