Moore On 'Star Trek' Films

By T'Bonz
June 25, 2008 - 9:35 PM

According to Ron Moore, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise would have been an excellent movie.

As reported by, Moore was not happy with Star Trek: Generations. "If you listen to the commentary track on the Generations DVD, Brannon [Braga] and I talk pretty openly about our dissatisfaction with 'Generations' and the reasons why it went south and the reasons we are not happy with it. I kind of feel it was a missed opportunity and a movie that just didn't come together."

Moore went on to say that, "'Yesterday’s Enterprise' would have been a great movie. You could certainly have done a fairly significant major motion picture out of it. It would have had a startling dark. I'm surprised Rick [Berman] cottoned to it, because the alternate Enterprise was so dark and so war-like and a completely different Federation and starship. It would have been a much edgier and rougher feeling on the big screen. You would have had to expand that idea of what it meant to be on the Enterprise at war for most, if not all of the movie would have been that idea. That would have been great. So sure, I could have seen 'Yesterday's Enterprise' as being the first feature."

Star Trek: First Contact, one of the more successful Star Trek movies, did well because it had some things in common with Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. "'Wrath of Khan' says 'here is how you do a 'Star Trek' movie," explained Moore. "It's action-adventure. You've got a big villain. You've got themes of aging and great little character moments, small moments of humor interspersed throughout. It embraces all the characters. You laugh with them, you cry with them. It ends on a bittersweet but hopeful note. It is just a great movie and it really stands up. 'First Contact' hits a lot of those chords too, but it was done on a restricted budget."

Moore visited the Star Trek XI set and had a positive opinion of it. "I saw it. I liked it. I liked the aesthetic. I liked the production design. I was very pleased with the visual of it." As for the movie story, had he been asked, he would have told them that "I would have been more concerned with trying to capture the spirit of the Original Series. I am more interested as a fan of that. Going back and capturing that feeling of being on the frontier and being on the edge of something that was something that was part and parcel to the Original Series."

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