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Old July 26 2012, 06:25 PM   #170
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Re: The OFFICIAL TNG Blu-Ray Season 1 Discussion Thread

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I think the writers, casting director and production designer also had something to do with it as well. The director is never solely responsible, not on a tv show like this in any case.

The episode didn't make it to air without Roddenberry's approval.

Check your facts:

Russell B. "Russ" Mayberry (born 22 December 1925; age 86) is a former television director whose credits include the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Code of Honor". This episode is his only work on the Star Trek franchise. In the midst of filming the episode Mayberry - who was described as being offensively racist and treating actors poorly[1] - was fired by Gene Roddenberry and replaced by Les Landau (who went uncredited).

WilWheaton wrote:
I've read that the Ligonians were not explicitly described as entirely African American in the script, but were cast that way at the behest of director Russ Mayberry, who apparently went on to be so offensively racist and treated the actors so poorly that Gene fired him before the episode was completed and handed the directing responsibilities over to then – First AD Les Landau. [Citation Needed] (Ironically, Mayberry went on to direct quite a few episodes of "In the Heat of the Night," which proves either that he learned something from this experience or that he's really good at directing stories about racists.)
I don't doubt he was fired for being racist. But the fact that they were doing wardrobe, props and hiring actors at least a week or so before shooting shows Roddenberry would've known where the episode itself was going and he approved it. It's his show.

And you can't lay the "Planet of Pretty White People" on Russ Mayberry and that happened just a few episodes later.
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