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In Reply to: RE: Whoa, what a great answer. We have a real physicist on AA! (nt) posted by 13th Duke of Wymbourne on October 10, 2023 at 19:52:05
I think it was this kind of specialized knowledge which led to Scott's being hired as part of the Star Trek - DS9 team (or was it Voyager?).
Voyager. And I did give the writers a fair amount of criticism when it came to the science part of their science fiction. They didn't care.
The science in Star Trek is pretty much garbage. At least it was on Voyager, DS9 and TNG.
I think it was during season 3 that Kate Mulgrew asked me if I thought it was a good idea for her to learn more about the science of Star Trek since I was the one person there who was actually interested. (to be fair Tim Russ is a science buff) I told her no. Don't do it. Why? Bob Picardo was our holographic doctor. Bob is an amazing actor. He also went to Yale as a pre-med and got his degree there. It was at Yale that he took up acting. He was the one cast member who was on the phone daily with the writers telling them what was wrong with their dialogue and having them change it. It was just soooooo wrong he couldn't say it. He knew. The others just said the lines and did their best to make them sound like they had meaning.
The writers listened to Bob and certainly would have listened to Kate. The makeup crew not so much.
It was during the last season when Brannon Braga had moved onto developing "Enterprise" that we saw the return of Ken Biller as a sort of show runner. He had the bad habit of trying to put his thumb print on everything including the makeup designs. At one point when he was giving me notes that were just stupid and clearly only for the purpose of putting his thumb print on the work I suggested to him that maybe he should focus more on writing good scripts and less on screwing up good makeups.
So it goes both ways with "consultants"
This episode of 'The Infinite Monkey Cage', hosted by comedian Robin Ince and physicist Brain Cox discusses science in Hollywood with science advisors and a bit of humor thrown in.
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