Been reading a lot of episode summaries on Memory Alpha lately. In a lot of cases the final product is a lot different from the original concept. Especially what we now see as the sub-par episodes. Some of the better ones:
Trombetta himself said it was extremely frustrating developing the story, "because there was this subplot of the racquetball game that they had wanted to put in a number of times and had not been able to, so they put it in this [episode] after I was gone because they felt it made the most sense since this was about games.
" He goes onto say, "I would have liked to have done more with the quantum-luck thing. I had the idea that if randomness could be managed, then you're in a lot of trouble. Basically, the universe is random; it's a mind boggling thing.
Might've improved the eppie. Not sure. It was already just so so. Wasn't Guinan supposed to be in this episode?
- Writer Morgan Gendel
's original pitch for this episode involved a Federation
team going to an alien civilization and demanding that they destroy their biogenic weaponry. However, the alien race encode the weapon into O'Brien's DNA
, meaning that if the Federation want to destroy the weapon, they must kill O'Brien.
I sort of like the idea. The quandary with O'Brien sounds good, but I don't like the typical Starfleet ethnocentrism demanding alien worlds to live a certain way.
Honor Among Thieves
- Philip Kim
's original idea for this episode was a comic story involving Jake
saving the life of the daughter of the Orion Syndicate
's leader, and, due to his actions, Jake is befriended by a number of high-ranking Syndicate members. At first, he loves it, with his new friends able to get him anything he wants whenever he wants. However, Jake and Nog
have a small argument on the promenade and the next day, Jake discovers that Nog is in the infirmary
after suffering a nasty beating. At this point, Jake realizes he's into something he can't control, and he goes to his father for help. The comic element of the story was to come from the fact that while Jake is trying to extricate himself from the Syndicate, Quark
is trying to work his way into it, so he decides to become Jake's new best friend.
I like the original version, but this story (if done seriously and not as a comedy) could be good. But Quark has proven he cares about Nog. If the Syndicate thugs beat him within an inch of his life, it's doubtful he'd still be trying to get with them.
- The original story idea revolved around Starfleet seeking to relieve Sisko of his post. As David Cohen recalls, "We had enjoyed
Deep Space Nine's pilot and the mythic overtones it suggested, as [Commander Sisko] was believed by an alien race to be the 'Emissary' from their gods, as prophesised in their scriptures. It occurred to us that Sisko's bosses couldn't be very comfortable with that. What if they pulled a Heart of Darkness on him and sent someone to extract him from this situation? The perfect chance to do so, we decided, was if there was some specific prophecy, that would, ipso facto, prove he's not the Emissary. We'd raise the stakes by having a pencil-pushing staff officer threaten to transfer him to another command if he doesn't end this 'Emissary' talk.
I like this idea a lot! I feel Starfleet kind of just gave up later on and didn't care about him being Emissary. A shame.
- In writer Jim Trombetta
's first draft of the teleplay, the A story was the protouniverse
story, with Dax
's storyline in secondary position. Michael Piller
rewrote the episode to place the Trill
storyline as the primary plot. Trombetta felt that this decision robbed the episode of its emotional balance and that the ethical problem of the protouniverse story is no longer felt on an emotional level.
Agreed. This would've been much better.
- Robert Hewitt Wolfe
's original idea for this episode revolved around O'Brien
discovering that he was a deep-cover Cardassian
operative who had replaced the 'real' O'Brien twenty years previously and had had O'Brien's real memories implanted into his own mind. This would have meant that the O'Brien we first met in "Encounter at Farpoint
" was actually a Cardassian spy.
Not a good idea. I had read that Kira was the one that was meant to be a Cardassian the entire time. Would've been pretty interesting, I think. A big risk.
- Robert Hewitt Wolfe
's original idea for this episode was to have Kira
addicted to battle stimulants ever since her days in the Bajoran Resistance
, but that idea was rejected because it would be difficult to do subsequent episodes with Kira without referencing the addiction and it was felt it could tarnish her character too much