McNeill On Directing 'Enterprise'By Lisa
May 8, 2002 - 5:04 PM
See Also: 'Cold Front' Episode Guide
Robert Duncan McNeill, best known to Trek fans as Voyager's Tom Paris, recently spoke about his experiences behind the camera directing the Enterprise episode 'Cold Front'.
"I was pleased with it," McNeill told Star Trek Monthly. "It was an unusual episode, different from my experiences on Voyager and different, from what I hear, from what they generally do on Enterprise. It was an unresolved story. We didn't do a lot of those on Voyager. We really resolved our stories."
The actor went on to describe the ways in which the episode was a difficult on to direct. "In 'Cold Front,' by the time Scott Bakula figured it all out, the guy got away, and the story never really resolves itself. So the challenge was how to keep the mystery and the tension going, how to keep the story moving. I think it worked. And I liked working with everybody," he said.
McNeill has since become more involved with directing on the WB's Dawson's Creek, but hoped that he might return to Trek one day. "I would like to do more. I'm in a place right now where, after seven years of Star Trek, it's really exciting to be out of Star Trek," he said.
"I don't have any bad feelings towards Star Trek. I really appreciate what I was able to do on Voyager and what I was able to learn. It was great. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But now what's really exciting to me is to try doing other things too. So, going back and doing one Star Trek a year would be perfect - just wonderful."
More from Robert Duncan McNeill including his work on Dawson's Creek and on Tom Paris, can be found in issue 92 of Star Trek Monthly, available in the UK. Alternatively, extracts are online here at Scifi Pulse.