Full Writing Staff Now RevealedBy Christian
August 7, 2001 - 8:37 PM
Five new Enterprise writers were revealed today, giving fans the name of the entire writing staff for Enterprise's first season.
According to science fiction site Cinescape, the Series V staff has been joined by the writing teams of Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong and Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, as well as writer Tim Finch. This brings the writing staff to a total of five writers and two teams, excluding series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
Below you will able to find full career descriptions of all five new writers:
- Michael Sussman & Phyllis Strong - Along with André Bormanis, this writing team already built up experience working together on Star Trek: Voyager. The two started as a team writing the teleplay for 'Body and Soul,' one of the first seventh-season episodes, and later also wrote the teleplays for 'Prophecy,' 'Author, Author' and 'Renaissance Man.' All these episodes were based on stories by other writers, but it is likely that the team of Sussman and Strong will also be writing original stories for Enterprise.
Michael Sussman started on Star Trek in the same way that Enterprise co-creator Brannon Braga did, by landing a six-week internship with the writing staff. He pitched several stories, and ended up seeing both 'Meld' and 'The Swarm' developed into actual Voyager episodes. Several years later, Sussman came back to write the episode 'The Haunting of Deck Twelve,' and pitched the story on which 'Unimatrix Zero' was based. Finally, he is also responsible for the stories behind 'Shattered' and 'Repentance.'
Phyllis Strong only joined the Voyager staff for its seventh season. Before that, she was already active in genre television, having written the script for the sixth-season Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode 'Darkness Visible.'
- Maria & Andre Jacquemetton - With this writing team, Enterprise will be getting two writers with a great deal of experience writing for genre shows. The two have worked on series such as 'Jack of all Trades,' 'Highlander: The Raven,' and 'Relic Hunter,' though they also wrote for the non-genre show 'Baywatch Hawaii.'
The French background of the couple has shown through in several of the series they worked on. Their Relic Hunter episode 'Executioner's Mask' dealt with a cursed mask from the French Revolution, and fellow Baywatch writer Charles Memminger once described them as "[chattering] away in French at the drop of a croissant."
The two were hired for Baywatch when that show was relaunched as Baywatch Hawaii for its final season, with the intent to make it more character-driven. "You can be smart and have a fabulous body," Maria Jacquemetton told the Honololu Advertiser at the time, "but you have to deal with things that are real, things people can relate to." Besides their genre experience, hopefully the Jacquemettons will be able to bring this same focus on character to Enterprise as well.
- Tim Finch - Like fellow new Enterprise writer Stephen Beck, Finch used to be part of the writing staff of UPN SF show Seven Days.
Finch started in the show's first season, writing episodes such as 'As Time Goes By' and 'There's Something About Olga' together with writing partner Tamara Shaw. In the second season, he co-wrote the episode 'Two Weddings and a Funeral,' which was directed by Trek veteran David Livingston. He started writing on his own during the show's third and final season, for which he wrote three episodes, including the second-to-last episode of the series.'
In related news, readers who would like to sample some of the work of new Enterprise staff writer Stephen Beck should tune in to UPN at 9:00pm (8:00pm CST) tonight. At that time, the network will be repeating the Seven Days episode 'The Dunwych Madness,' which was written by Beck. The episode deals with an unexplained wave of homicidal violence in a nowhere town, which turns out to be related to a bio-warfare experimentation project.