Star Trek Writer/Producer Ronald D. Moore participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session and spoke about his time working on Star Trek and on Trek’s future.
Topics included how he got into writing for Trek, Deep Space Nine, Dukat, Q, favorite memories from his time on The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Generations‘ Soran.
A Reddit poster wondered if Moore regretted the direction in which they took Dukat. “After Sacrifice of Angels his character seems to become a cartoonish super-villain rather than a complicated villain,” said the poster, ServerofJustice. “I don’t think I’m alone in feeling unsatisfied with how his story played out. I’m not a writer but it seems as though Damar’s redemption was a plot that could have been perfectly laid out for Dukat instead.”
Moore disagreed, saying that “we were all pleased with where we took Dukat; it felt like it was organic based on where the character began, who he was in the past and in the present, so I don’t think we have any regrets.”
Who was the most challenging Trek character for Moore to write? “It’s tricky to write for Q in Star Trek because he was an omnipotent being with complete control of the universe, and figuring out how to make him ‘Human’ was a bit of a challenge,” said Moore. “On BSG, I always particular enjoyed writing for Baltar, I thought he was the most human character in the entire series.”
Moore didn’t have one favorite memory from The Next Generation, but several. “[It’s
hard to pin it down to one particular moment,” he said. “Off the top of my head; meeting Stephen Hawking, seeing my first episode being shot, watching the last episode get shot, and getting to walk the corridors of the Enterprise anytime I felt like it.”
For the role of Soran, a famous actor was originally considered for the role instead of Malcolm McDowell. “There was an interesting moment in time where Paramount actually pitched us the idea of having Marlon Brando play Soran in Generations,” said Moore. “None of us knew what to make of that idea, but we were more than willing to give it a shot, but it never went anywhere.”
To read the entire AMA session, head to the link located here.