Spiner Defends BermanBy T'Bonz
December 10, 2008 - 9:13 PM
Criticism of Rick Berman is "short-sighted," says Brent Spiner.
As reported by SyFy Portal, Spiner challenged fans to match Berman's work record. "It think it's really short-sighted of people to give Rick grief," said Spiner. "I just say to any of them, 'You go produce a television show and produce hundreds of hours of television shows,' which these people have watched more than once."
Berman tried hard to do what Roddenberry would have wanted. "I don't know where these ideas come from," said Spiner. "Rick more than anybody else protected Gene Roddenberry's vision. There were times we wanted to do things in an episode, and Rick would be, 'No, no, no. Gene wouldn't want that and that's not what Star Trek is about.' Nobody sets out to do anything that people aren't going to like. You're doing the best you can, and I think he did pretty well. Paramount Pictures thought so. They revered him for a number of years, as well they should have."
Spiner has nothing but respect for Berman, ranging from admiration of his hard work to gratitude for his professional attitude towards those with whom he worked. "Trying to get a single episode of television on the air on time is such a daunting task, and this guy did it week after week, year after year," said Spiner. "And he did it in the most graceful manner. If you ever worked for Rick, he never yelled, was never angry, always was even-tempered and reasonable. It's just preposterous for a lot of people commenting on something they know nothing about."
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