Starship Polaris said:Unless the series utilized characters invented by Berman or Braga or any of the other writers of 24th century Trek they wouldn't be owed residuals. One doesn't get paid for the setting.
Yeah, I'm having a tough time imagining what unique contributions Berman may have come up with that can't be done without.
He was, ultimately, a BUSINESS MANAGER, not a creative type. So I'm actually somewhat inclined to give Berman more slack than some of the other folks... he wasn't, really supposed to be the "sci-fi-visionary," was he?
Braga, and yes MOORE, I blame for a number of things, though. IMHO, if it hadn't been for Pillar's influence, TNG would have never been as good as it was. I think Michael Pillar was really the guy who kept mid-run TNG on a good storytelling track.
Feel free to disagree, of course.