GR was a competent television writer who had a good grounding in literary science fiction. Some of his Have Gun scripts are excellent.
Now, when I say he was competent, that's saying a lot. He knew formal plot structure, characterization, and the myriad other things that used to go into a television script.
He also had a very interesting idea for a tv series.
He wasn't a visionary; he wasn't a genius; he wasn't a messianic figure. He had some talent, a lot of skill, and a lot of talented people around him, like Coon and Fontana. He also had the completely justifiable impulse to do what he had to do to make a buck.
Forgive me; I skipped most of this thread: has "sour owl poop
" been mentioned yet?