Brannon Braga InterviewBy Amy
September 25, 2000 - 3:08 PM
One of the first things Braga does first is to quash the recent rumors that series V will have no pilot. "I've told you, at the very least, that we are writing the pilot, and that we are deeply immersed in the pilot script," he says, referring to himself and Rick Berman. Other than that, Braga delivers no specifics on series V, but does seem acutely aware of fan expectations for the news series and current opinions of the franchise. "Hopefully [it] will rekindle the adventure and thrill of the franchise… We've got to do something that at once recaptures the heart and soul of Star Trek while at the same time reinvents Star Trek to make it different… This series is an important step in the franchise's future, and you don't want to just rush it out" and appears dedicated to keeping Trek "fresh and bring it into the 21st century." It also looks like the new series could be a break from the traditional Starship/Starbase format – "I said it before, we don't to plop a new crew on a new ship and title it Star Trek: Intrepid."
Now that he has officially handed over the reins of Voyager to Ken Biller, he says that "there is a part of me that is very wistful about not seeing it through to the end" as he did for 'The Next Generation', adding that he turned down a spot on 'Deep Space Nine' to do so. "So", he says, "I was little regretful, but at the same time, I was ready to move on. Six years with one group of characters is a long, long time. It's nothing that I am crying over every day. I am actually kind of relieved. It's nice to do something new."
On leaving, he also adds that "I did a script for [Biller], and a story for him, but at some point I had to step away to work full-time on the new show, on the pilot, which Rick Berman and I have been working on diligently for the past month." He will leave Voyager, however, with his name on two scripts, that of the second part of season 6 cliffhanger finale 'Unimatrix Zero' and Tuvok murder mystery, 'Repression'