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Old December 10 2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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Re: Spiner Defends Berman

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Criticism of <font color=yellow>Rick Berman</font> is "short-sighted," says <font color=yellow>Brent Spiner</font>.<p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="http://www.syfyportal.com">SyFy Portal</A>, Spiner challenged fans to match Berman's work record. "It think it's really short-sighted of people to give Rick grief," said Spiner. "I just say to any of them, 'You go produce a television show and produce hundreds of hours of television shows,' which these people have watched more than once." <p>Berman tried hard to do what Roddenberry would have wanted. "I don't know where these ideas come from," said Spiner. "Rick more than anybody else protected Gene Roddenberry's vision. There were times we wanted to do things in an episode, and Rick would be, 'No, no, no. Gene wouldn't want that and that's not what Star Trek is about.' Nobody sets out to do anything that people aren't going to like. You're doing the best you can, and I think he did pretty well. Paramount Pictures thought so. They revered him for a number of years, as well they should have."<p>Spiner has nothing but respect for Berman, ranging from admiration of his hard work to gratitude for his professional attitude towards those with whom he worked. "Trying to get a single episode of television on the air on time is such a daunting task, and this guy did it week after week, year after year," said Spiner. "And he did it in the most graceful manner. If you ever worked for Rick, he never yelled, was never angry, always was even-tempered and reasonable. It's just preposterous for a lot of people commenting on something they know nothing about."<p>To read more, head to the article located <A class="link" HREF="http://www.syfyportal.com/pagetogether.php?id=5647&page=1">here</A>.<center></center>
That's good to hear. And he's right -- Berman's record does deserve respect. His time in charge produced some of the best and most definitive Trek stories, from "Yesterday's Enterprise" to "The Best of Both Worlds" to "The Drumhead" to "Emissary," to "In the Pale Moonlight" to the Dominion War to....

I do think that Berman's work deserves some criticism, too, though. I think that as time went on, he became more and more burnt out and less and less creative. I think that he was not willing to take creative risks on VOY at a time when Star Trek really needed to take risks, to evolve, in order to stay competitive on TV -- at the same time that Behr was managing to override him and take some of those risks on DS9. And I think that by the time he was willing to start breaking with formula (ENT S3), it was too late.

But, by the same token, this guy produced 25 seasons' worth of episodes for 18 years, hiring and working with some of the best writers in the biz (Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, Ronald D. Moore, Joe Menosky, Brian Taylor, Ira Steven Behr, Peter Allen Fields, etc.). That's an accomplishment, no matter how you put it.

Clearly the writers always found Berman to be creatively stifling, if Ronald D. Moore's blog is to be taken as accurate, but that doesn't mean that he's a bad guy, or that he was a bad boss, either.
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