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McNeill Talks 'Twilight'

By Michelle
October 14, 2003 - 9:12 PM

See Also: 'Twilight' Episode Guide

Robert Duncan McNeill, director of the upcoming Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Twilight", said that when he read the script he said, "'Holy crap how are we going to do that?'"

Speaking to Star Trek Monthly, the former Tom Paris actor wondered whether he was chosen to direct this episode because of the action sequences he oversaw last season. "This one is just loaded with lots of action and special effects," he revealed.

Though he had just read the outline of the episode at the time of the interview, McNeill said it "looks to be a really challenging show to do...right now it reads as if Enterprise is [going to be] destroyed."

McNeill said that at one point in the episode the bridge is "literally blown apart, with bodies sucked into space...bulkheads in corridors are supposed to get blown away." He added that he did not know how they were going to "blow the roof off the bridge" and show people being sucked into space."

"Things change dramatically once you actually get into prepping a show. You realise you can't afford things or you realise something is just impossible to shoot," he noted.

The episode apparently will include Silik and the Suliban, and will focus on Archer moving forward in time. "This is jumping into the future with Archer and seeing something that he does that affects the timeline, as well as affecting the past and affecting all sorts of other things, in terms of big issues with hunanity and civilization ans also interpersonal relationships," said McNeill. "We get to peek 20 or 30 years down the road."

"Twilight" is currently scheduled to air November 11th.

The full interview is available in issue #110 of Star Trek Monthly. Many thanks to Jeanette for the transcript!

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