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TrekToday - Brannon Braga Celebrates 100 Episodes

Brannon Braga Celebrates 100 Episodes

By Caillan
May 11, 2003 - 1:59 AM

Wednesday night boasts a double whammy of Trek milestones — Enterprise's fiftieth outing and executive producer Brannon Braga's one hundredth credited Star Trek episode.

"Bounty", set to air at 9:00 p.m. on May 14 after "First Flight", marks the one hundredth Trek hour which bears Braga's name as a writer, his official web site reported. This encompasses all episodes on which Braga has been credited using the terms "Written by", "Story by" or "Teleplay by" on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise.

Brannon Braga has been one of the stalwarts of Star Trek's creative team since landing an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Writing internship on The Next Generation in 1990. His first credited episode was season four's "Reunion", which he penned with Ronald D. Moore, among others. He gained a reputation for writing some of the show's most high-concept instalments, including "Cause and Effect", "Schisms", "Realm of Fear" and "Genesis".

Braga and Moore later wrote The Next Generation's final hurrah, "All Good Things", for which they won a Hugo Award, and the feature films Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, both of which were nominated for Hugos. In 1994, Braga was part of the producing team recognised with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for The Next Generation's seventh and final season.

After the end of TNG, Braga joined the staff of Star Trek: Voyager and rose through the ranks to become executive producer for the show's fifth and sixth seasons. Together with Joe Menosky, he penned many of Voyager's two-part "event" episodes, including "Future's End", "Scorpion", "Year of Hell" and "Dark Frontier", as well as the show's one hundredth episode, "Timeless". His other Voyager credits included "Deadlock", "Prey", "Living Witness", "Someone To Watch Over Me", and "Life Line". One of his most infamous contributions to Trek was season two's "Threshold", in which Tom Paris broke the Warp 10 barrier only to mutate into an amphibian.

Stepping back from showrunning duties to become consulting producer in Voyager's final season, Braga set about creating the fifth Trek series, Enterprise, with longtime franchise head Rick Berman. Braga has written or co-written over thirty Enterprise outings so far, including Wednesday night's "Bounty", on which he is credited as the story writer. Two of his latest Enterprise episodes, "Carbon Creek" and "A Night In Sickbay", were last month nominated for Hugo Awards (story).

BrannonBraga.com is compiling a book of congratulations to celebrate the writer's one hundredth Trek episode. Fans are invited to send in photos of themselves, memories of their favourite episodes, and photos of Brannon Braga from conventions and other appearances, as well as congratulatory messages. Please note that story ideas will not be accepted.

If you wish to participate, head over to this page. All submissions must be received by Thursday, May 15, 2003. Congratulations to Brannon Braga from everyone here at TrekToday!

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