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Old July 2 2013, 03:43 AM   #28
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Re: Episode of the Week: 2x22 "Shades of Gray"

Maurice wrote: View Post
I suspect the real reason for shooting a clip show wasn't to to save costs in the manner of a bottle show, but to make a show that could be filmed in only a few days: it wasn't just about cast and costumes and sets, but days of costs associated with running the full crew.
Rob Bowman says as much in the book Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages.

It was Paramount saying, 'We gave you more money for "Elementary, Dear Data" and the Borg show. Now do us a favor and give us a three-day show.' So that's what you do. It's an accepted part of the medium.
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