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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old July 6 2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Outspoken Marina Sirtis Interview

The guys over at Mission Log Podcast (as part of their overview of TNG) have posted a new audio interview (conducted at Rod Roddenberry's house) with Marina Sirtis.

I haven't read that many interviews with her over the years but this one is a real standout. As TNG recedes farther and farther into the past, the actors (and writers) can speak much more frankly about what went on back then. Really amazing how a little perspective can change how one looks at things. Amazing to think that the TNG crew is now where TOS was in 1994 or so.

Her comments on social media, sexism and Rick Berman (and I'm not a hater) are particularly revealing.

http://www.missionlogpodcast.com/the...marina-sirtis/
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Old July 6 2015, 07:05 PM   #2
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Thanks for the link. Ill listen when I have more time!
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Old July 6 2015, 08:46 PM   #3
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Of the TNG cast, Marina is my favorite to listen to. She doesn't pull punches.
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Old July 7 2015, 01:33 AM   #4
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That was interesting. I've always felt Denise Crosby had some very legitimate reasons for leaving the show when she did, but I also think Marina has some good perspective in disagreeing with that.
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Old July 7 2015, 04:38 AM   #5
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I find her comments in regard to DEEP SPACE NINE interesting.

We were always led to believe Paramount intended to end TNG after 7 seasons due to syndication package numbers, cost, intent to move TNG into Features to replace the aging TOS cast, with their diminishing Box Office appeal.

Sirtis thinks DS9's original Nielsen Ratings gave the motive to end TNG, and removing TNG would only improve DS9's ratings? Interesting notion.

I agree with Sirtis that DS9 was not the success Paramount hoped, and you can't just slap the STAR TREK logo on a show and the nerds will watch.

Tho Sirtis thinks TNG should have gone 2 more seasons, I think they would have lost Patrick Stewart, and the show was getting creaky in Season 7.

Thanks for posting the link!
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Old July 7 2015, 06:50 AM   #6
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^You're welcome.

The Rick Berman anecdote she related during the press tour for 'First Contact' was pretty eye-opening.

Telling an actress (years later) that there was a time when she could have asked for anything and got it seems like kind of a dick move.

On the other hand, Berman did represent the studio and his job was to keep costs down.

That's showbiz, I guess.
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Old July 7 2015, 06:52 AM   #7
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Is there a transcript of the interview anywhere?
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Old July 7 2015, 06:57 AM   #8
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I adore Marina Sirtis. It's always fun to listen to her chat about the series. I find that her points about narcissism in our Twitter generation are brilliant, too.
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Old July 7 2015, 07:21 AM   #9
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^Her comments on social media are particularly telling.

She says she has to be more guarded about what she says now than in the old days due to the speed of social media. A comment to a roomful of convention goers could almost be considered a 'private' conversation by today's standards.
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Old July 7 2015, 07:24 AM   #10
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Juju Zombie wrote: View Post
Is there a transcript of the interview anywhere?
Why would you want to deprive yourself of her lovely voice?
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Old July 7 2015, 07:27 AM   #11
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True, and I get why she's so guarded. People like to make something from nothing, and I'm sure the last thing Marina needs is someone twisting her words and jeopardizing her career.
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Old July 7 2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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Re: Outspoken Marina Sirtis Interview

Very enjoyable, and interesting insights.

I never knew she was close to the Roddenberrys (Roddenberries?) in real life. Intriguing was her notion that had she been cast as Tasha Yar, and Denise Cosby Troi, that "the Security Officer role would have lasted seven years." I wonder about how that would have affected the series - particularly Worf, who took the security job all the way to DS9. What would his role have been?

I get that they were willing to portray women in powerful roles - something Roddenberry had intended from the pilot of the Cage with Majel as Number One - but I wonder what they would have done with Worf had Sirtis played the security officer, or had Crosby never left.

Also worth noting was that although Crosby had a legitimate complaint they underused her character - we learned more about her character's history in two minutes than we ever did of Deanna's throughout the series! Deanna stuck it out and it paid off.

Also - very gracious response to Whoopee Goldberg's Guinan "stealing" Troi's counseling thunder.

I love Sirtis' voice as the computer on Star Trek Continues and hope she continues to voice that role - and yes, with Troi's beautiful lilting accent. What a lovely homage to Majel - and a real valentine to the fans.
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Old July 7 2015, 01:21 PM   #13
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Re: Outspoken Marina Sirtis Interview

HaplessCrewman wrote: View Post
Juju Zombie wrote: View Post
Is there a transcript of the interview anywhere?
Why would you want to deprive yourself of her lovely voice?
Because some people prefer to read at their own pace instead of having to listen to somebody talking too fast/too slow?

Because in an audio interview you have to rewind if you don't understand something and that can get annoying?

Because some people find it unnerving to listen to somebody without seeing them? (yup its a real thing)

I'd prefer a transcript as well.
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Old July 7 2015, 06:26 PM   #14
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Orphalesion wrote: View Post
HaplessCrewman wrote: View Post
Juju Zombie wrote: View Post
Is there a transcript of the interview anywhere?
Why would you want to deprive yourself of her lovely voice?
Because some people prefer to read at their own pace instead of having to listen to somebody talking too fast/too slow?

Because in an audio interview you have to rewind if you don't understand something and that can get annoying?

Because some people find it unnerving to listen to somebody without seeing them? (yup its a real thing)

I'd prefer a transcript as well.
Let me put the word out for you. Would any fellow BBS member be willing to oblige Orphalesion with a transcript so that he/she may join in on this discusssion?
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Old July 7 2015, 07:37 PM   #15
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HaplessCrewman wrote: View Post
Let me put the word out for you. Would any fellow BBS member be willing to oblige Orphalesion with a transcript so that he/she may join in on this discusssion?
Thanks for the help, but I listened to the interview in the meantime (I never said I would not, I just gave reasons why someone might prefer a transcript ) However it still might be true to Juju Zombie.

I loved the part where she "chewed out" the interviewer for saying that Denise Crosby had nothing to do. And I agree with Marina that we should have known more about Troi's past and I actually didn't know some of the information like the Troi/Guinan thing.
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