Anyone notice how much bad luck Trek actresses seem to have?
Gates Mcfadden (fired, but asked back in S3)
The first few seasons of TNG were an unhappy time for a lot more than just the talent; check out how often the writing staff changed. TOS veterans like Gerrold, Fontana, and Justman all bailed, and the new writers never stayed for long. Even Ira Steven Behr talks about how TNG was one of his most hated jobs.