Braga, Blackman Talk T'Pol's Outfits

By Michelle
October 9, 2003 - 6:30 PM

Executive producer Brannon Braga called the choice to change T'Pol's costumes primarily a creative decision, yet costume designer Bob Blackman claimed, "There wasn't enough raw sex appeal."

Blackman, who spoke to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said that an important shift for the newly redubbed Star Trek: Enterprise was to dress T'Pol, "the logic-loving, unemotional Vulcan portrayed by Jolene Blalock in as little as possible."

"The ratings dropped," Blackman observed. "If you want the show to run seven years, you have to think about demographics."

"Obviously, there's the ratings," Braga said, but he credited T'Pol's leaving the Vulcan high command with the impetus to change her outfits.

"The main thing is, it was believable that this change was happening," Braga added.

"I always want things to be more interesting, more unique," Blackman said, recalling how he enjoyed "de-Borgifying" Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager.

"It was all based on how you keep it looking very sensual and keep the young boys around," he said.

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