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Old March 24 2013, 08:32 AM   #27
jimbotron
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Re: Did they ever explain how Geordi...

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I guess Argyle came off the best, since he got to be in it twice, but then the actor cheated to try and get the role full-time.
What's this? I haven't heard about this
According to the memory of a 14-year-old Wil Wheaton:

http://www.aoltv.com/2006/10/27/star...s-gone-before/

The Chief Engineer of the Week in this episode was Argyle, played by Biff Yeager. I don't know if it's entirely true (and this is recalled over twenty years, through the memory of a 14 year-old) but I remember hearing that Biff was under consideration to become a permanent Chief Engineer, until the producers found out that he (or someone acting on his behalf) had encouraged Trekkies to write letters asking to have him on the ship full time. There's nothing wrong with a letter-writing campaign, but it helps if the letters come in after your episode has aired. Yeah, apparently the letters came in before this show went out, and some Trekkies complained that they were spammed via mail (this was well before e-mail was widely used) and those two factors sent Chief Engineer Argyle -- and Biff -- to the Cornfield.
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