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Old March 5 2012, 02:52 AM   #186
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Re: Why was Kes written off the show?

Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
Lynx wrote: View Post
Well, Jeri Taylor wasn't telling the truth when she stated that "Kes wasn't working and was hard to write for". In fact, Mrs. Taylor herself managed to come up with two good Kes stories in the books "Mosaic" and "Pathways".
Huh? "Mosaic" was a flashback novel relating the story of Janeway's pre-Voyager family life and career. Kes was barely in it.

"Pathways" was a collection of "origin stories" of all the other main characters, told round the campfire. Kes had already left the show, so Taylor had to rewrite the Kes tale to be channeled by Neelix.

Neither of which example proves your claim that Jeri Taylor told lies. When a show-runner says a character is hard to write for, and therefore not working as they'd like, they are obviously not telling you all the reasons why that is so. But the writers certainly painted themselves into a corner. Kes was scheduled to become an old woman - very soon - wearing expensive latex wrinkles in every episode till the end.

Not to mention that Taylor and the other writers had no problems with writing stories for Kes in the first three seasons of the show.
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Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
Wesley was written to be supercool. The Children watching the show were supposed to want to be Wesley or smooch with Wesley.
It worked. Wil Wheaton got more fan mail than any other character while he was on the show, AFAIK.

exodus wrote: View Post
That type of fan support can often save a character from getting the boot on a TV, much like Matthew Fox's character on LOST who was supposed to be killed off first season but huge fan support of the character made the TPTB change their minds.
I thought it was that he was originally scheduled to be killed off in the cliffhanger of the pilot episode, but they decided to keep him. This decision was before any episodes had aired.
I'm going to go out on a limb an assume it might have been a test audience then.
All your other points, I agree with as well.
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