Forget Kirk or Picard: Ronald D Moore was the real captain of Star Trek. A big fan of the original series, he spent 10 years working as a writer on The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and estimates he wrote 60 episodes (not including uncredited work.)
Next year will see a new series – Star Trek Discovery– helmed by a new showrunner, Bryan Fuller. But Moore believes the franchise will continue to go boldly forward into a new era of television.
“I know Bryan well and we’ve worked together,” he told an audience at the Edinburgh Television Festival, “he is going to approach that show in a very different world.”
“All of the other Star Trek shows were done in a different era of television: technologically, stylistically, creatively. So he has a very fresh and exciting opportunity. Knowing Bryan, he will seize that opportunity and strangle it for every possible thing he can get out of it.”
(He means that it a good way.)
Moore is partly responsible for that ‘new world’. After Star Trek, he went on to reboot Battlestar Galactica into the gritty, serialised modern version that has served as the blueprint for so many shows since, and seems to have influenced at least the aesthetic of the new show.
However, Moore is still fond of the work he did on the bridge of the Enterprise.
“Going back, no I don’t have any regrets about the show. Some of the storytelling we did in Battlestar Galactica, to graft that on to Star Trek it would have required changing the entire format of the show, and really a different taste of the show. I know we did the best work that we could under the circumstances, and I feel like I pushed the envelope as far as I possibly could.”