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Old February 24 2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Eric Stillwell Talks Making 'Yesterday's Enterprise'

Eric Stillwell, co-writer of The Next Generations episode Yesterday's Enterprise, has penned a book on the popular episode describing what it was like to be involved in creating Yesterday's Enterprise.

As reported at Trekweb, it was fan comments at science fiction and public appearances that gave Stillwell the idea for his "The Making of Yesterday's Enterprise" book. "I am always asked what it was like to be involved in such a pivotal episode," he explained. "So a few years ago I decided I should dig out all my records and old files and put the entire behind-the-scenes story down on paper to share with other fans and young writers who might be inspired by the process."

Stillwell credits The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry with inspiring him. "It fueled my imagination and opened up a whole new universe for me, literally," he explained. "Eventually my interest in Star Trek led me to Hollywood and the position of script coordinator on Star Trek: The Next Generation."

When asked about the appearance of Sela, the daughter of Tasha Yar from the Enterprise C, in later The Next Generation episodes, Stillwater said "I thought it was a bit contrived, but it was an interesting way to bring Denise Crosby back to the series for a couple of guest appearances. It also cemented a place for "Yesterday's Enterprise"' in the annals of Star Trek history, because when you think about it, that Sela storyline proves that the events in "Yesterday's Enterprise" irrevocably altered the timeline of Star Trek forever!"

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Old February 24 2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Wow. I am SO going to have to get this book.

Yesterday's Enterprise is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Star Trek. Too bad its a concept that has been totally driven into the ground and reused (overused) on subsequent serieses. To the point that later on fans would groan and say "Not another altering the timeline episode."

The comments about Berman's management style are interesting. I had never heard anything about that before. I know the fans don't like him because he "ran Trek into the ground." And the DS9 producers always said their show turned out so good because Berman was busy on TNG / Voyager and left them alone. But I guess they were always tactful enough to not mention why that was such a good thing.
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Old February 25 2008, 03:03 AM   #3
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I have this book, and had the opportunity to talk with Eric about it and his memories of the episode. One of my favorite stories is about how we almost got Sarek in the episode. He would have gone back through the Guardian and become Surak. This, of course, was before the episode "Sarek" ever came about.

Anothing thing I discovered in this episode is that it almost didn't happen. It was the schedules for Denise Crosby and Whoopi Goldberg opening up, and a massive rewrite just days before filming (if I remember right, they were available for one week starting Monday, so the weekend before, the staff went home on Friday and each group wrote one act, with Eric tying them all together, they came in on Monday and started filming) allowed it to happen.

The book is fascinating, and well worth picking up.
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Old February 25 2008, 08:25 PM   #4
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That was an incredible episode …probably one of my top10. No matter how many times its shown on TV, time stops for me and I watch it again.
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Very interesting interview. I might have to look for the book. I will admit that I agree with Michael Piller's suggestion of using Guinan as the person who knows something is wrong, as opposed to Eric's original probe idea. The character relationships are certainly one of the episode's strengths.

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Old February 28 2008, 05:00 AM   #6
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Sounds interesting, but it's rather expensive for such a small book (especially with shipping). Quality over quantity I suppose, but I think I'll watch eBay rather than get it brand new...
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