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1) Upcoming TNG season 5 episodes
2) More upcoming TNG tidbits
3) How many seasons of TNG are we getting? (and TNG Movies)
4) Deep Space Nine (the next televised Star Trek series)
5) Upcoming DS9 Episodes
6) Moontrap II: The Pyramids of Mars
This entire article contains
***** S P O I L E R S *****
for upcoming movies, TNG episodes, books, etc. If you don't want to be
spoiled, don't read this!
1) ========== UPCOMING TNG SEASON 5 EPISODES:
"Time's Arrow" (6/15 - 6/21): In the final episode of the fifth season,
Data is sucked back in time to 19th century Earth. It may have some "wild
west" action and definitely features Mark Twain. It is another cliffhanger
(though it wasn't going to be) and the conclusion has not been written yet,
though it will most likely involve Q. Latest info: during renovation of
part of San Francisco, construction crews discover evidence of
extra-terrestrial visitations to Earth in late 19th century. Amongst the
artifacts is Data's head! Data must then confront his own mortality while
the Enterprise tries to figure out who was there and why. In the process,
Data gets sucked through a time warp and back into the 1890's, where he
meets Mark Twain (Jerry Hardin)... and a rather prominent San Francisco
socialite named Madame Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg). Other guest actors
include John M. Murdock and Milt Tarver. Directed by Les Landau. Story
by Joe Menosky.
"Conundrum" (repeat) (6/22 - 6/28)
"Power Play" (repeat) (6/29 - 7/5)
"Ethics" (repeat) (7/6 - 7/12)
"The Outcast" (repeat) (7/13 - 7/19)
"Cause and Effect" (repeat) (7/20 - 7/26)
"The First Duty" (repeat) (7/27 - 8/2)
"Cost of Living" (repeat) (8/3 - 8/9)
"The Perfect Mate" (repeat) (8/10 - 8/16)
"Imaginary Friend" (repeat) (8/17 - 8/23)
"I, Borg" (repeat) (8/24 - 8/30)
"The Next Phase" (repeat) (8/31 - 9/6)
"The Inner Light" (repeat) (9/7 - 9/13)
"Time's Arrow" (repeat) (9/14 - 9/20)
[ Filming for the entire fifth season completed 4/22/92 ]
========== UPCOMING TNG SEASON 6 EPISODES?:
"Time's Arrow, Part 2" (Season Premier) (9/21 - 9/27) This has not been
written yet, but is rumored to involve Guinan and possibly Q.
"Duelling Qs" (? - ?): Q is back (sans Vash), and is dueling (in some
sort of Olympiad) with another member of the Q continuum, played by William
Campbell (who played Trelane in "Squire of Gothos"). They haven't
mentioned whether this means that Trelane was a member of the Q continuum
or if this is a separate character. Our Q uses Enterprise crew for his
team. This one may be canceled due to cost overruns (Mostly due to Nimoy's
previous appearance, I'd guess). Whoopi Goldberg guest stars as Guinan!!
"Limits" (? - ?): Strange happenings aboard the Enterprise lead to a
discovery that warp engines are environmentally damaging the fabric of
space. Sounds like another bad attempt to relate Star Trek to today's
social issues. "The Way to Eden"? Strike One! "The Outcast"? Strike Two!
"Limits"? Most likely Strike Three!
"The Rivals" (? - ?): A study of the impact of competition in Geordi and
a rival who renew their relationship while the Enterprise tries to get rid
of an alien plane.
"Rascals" or "Undercover" (? - ?): Away team members are reduced to
children due to a transporter accident. I assume this means phsically,
rather than mentally.
"[?]" (? - ?): Barclay is back.
"[?]" (? - ?): The Borg are back! And they brought more ships with them
this time--but they have changed a little. They wre working with seven
different Borg costumes. [speculation: my guess is that we get to see
some other species that the Borg have stolen bodies from (Klingon, Romulan,
and/or Ferengi; I *hope* the change is not that they have gained compassion
2) ========== MORE UPCOMING TNG TIDBITS
We should be getting three more episodes with Guinan (Whoopi has confirmed
this AFTER her statements on Arsenio). Apparently, TNG is the *only* thing
she'll have to do with Paramount these days. The only reason she's been
seen so rarely is her hectic schedule shooting "Sarafina" in South Africa
and doing charity work.
We may have a "few" episodes with Wes coming home for "spring break" (Wil
is at UCLA; his character Wes is attending Star Fleet Academy).
They are looking for scripts (GOOD ones) to bring back Barclay, Lwaxana, Q,
They are thinking about a love interest between Bev and Picard.
Geordi MIGHT get married.
They are trying to find a good Lore story since Spiner loves playing the
Frakes is scheduled to direct around four episodes in season six. So far
he has done "The Offspring", "Reunion", "Drumhead", and "Cause and Effect".
Apparently, TPTB are as impressed with his work as the people in these
Gates McFadden wants to try her hand at directing. Brent Spiner was
offered the chance, but refused.
Stewart was given a second chance at directing as well. He directed "In
Theory" and "Hero Worship"--not two of the better episodes.
Denise Crosby will be seen in three episodes as a number of different
There were two Q episodes in development for season 5, but neither got to
the point where it could be filmed. Stilwell thinks they will both end up
on the screen next season, with the first one coming early in the season.
He denied the previous rumors about "Duelling Q's" and William Campbell,
saying that they had had no discussions with William Campbell about
appearing in a Q episode or any others.
Q MIGHT bring the Enterprise into the continuum if they use "Q and Order".
We will see a female member of the Q continuum.
TNG will try to stay away from so many sequel episodes in the future and
will try to get back on the track of more science fiction and new stuff
next season. Stilwell realizes that they may have done a few too many
socially conscious episodes this season and not enough real science
While Spiner would like to do Lore again, the producers do not want to
bring Lore back, amongst others, because of the sequel problem.
There will definitely be no more Data-Sherlock Holmes episodes due to
certain legal problems with the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Michael Dorn will play another character without the Worf makeup.
Ensign Ro will be more prominent in future episodes.
There is the possibility of Nichelle Nichols showing up in season five as
either Guinan's mother or daughter.
It is very unlikely that William Shatner will appear in TNG.
We are supposed to see one of the bathrooms on the Big E by the end of
Season six may have Robin Williams, John Goodman, and Elliott Gould (this
comes from the 3/6/92 issue of "Entertainment Weekly").
There is also a rumor that Bob Dylan is a Star Trek fan who asked to appear
on the show. The people at Paramount have never heard this. HOWEVER,
Eddie Rabbitt *is* a big Star Trek fan - both original and new. He can
apparently quote episode titles, so he's fairly serious. He is also a
friend of Johnathan Frakes, since (and I may be getting this wrong - my
notes aren't as clear as they should be) Frakes is a long-time friend of a
guy (I think his name is Tom Skyver, but I'm sure this is at least spelled
wrong, if not completely wrong) who has written a lot of stuff for Eddie.
Anyways, Eddie visited the ST:TNG lot recently (like a kid in a candy
store, I heard), and he and Frakes were joking about Eddie appearing in
ST:TNG as a holodeck simulation. It was *just* joking - there are no
actual plans to do this. I am pretty sure that this is the source of the
Bob Dylan rumor. (Sorry, I forgot whom to attribute this information to)
The secret of Picard's relationship with Guinan will be revealed before the
end of the sixth season.
(The following from Richard Arnold): Leonard Nimoy was presented with an
idea for a ST:TNG two-part episode which was given a working title of
"Return to Forever". The "official" word is that midway through
negotiations Nimoy's agent suddenly started asking for $1 million. Since,
at the time, the budget for an average week's episode was $1.4 million
(it's now $1.6 million), this was a clearly unreasonable demand. The
script with Spock is still supposedly floating around somewhere. But the
"official" word is that Leonard is simply more interested in working on
movies (mainly directing) than he is in making guest appearances on TV.
This was the news until late 1990. Nimoy told us himself in August 1991
that he would be in an episode or two of TNG during the November Sweeps,
but it won't be "return to Forever" (Guardian of Forever script?) or
"Broken Mirror" ("Mirror Mirror sequel?). It turned out to be "Unification
I" and "Unification II".
It now sounds like if they use the script they had for following up on the
bugs from "Conspiracy" it'll have to be pushed back to season six.
We won't see Data's interest in Sherlock Holmes further explored due to the
Conan-Doyle estate wanting to profit from it (Ferengi-Doyle estate? :-)
The BBC only owns the rights through the end of season three of TNG (plus
Best of Both Worlds II). They announced that they will be back in the
autumn of 1992 (presumably with season four episodes). With any luck, they
will probably be getting the stereo version.
CIC video are already releasing season four episodes in the UK. they
usually release three tapes a month with two episodes on each tape.
Sky One does NOT acquire the rights to this series until August 1992.
ST:TNG will be broadcast probably from October 1992. They will not cut the
"brutal" scenes that the BBC decided to cut. They claim they will
braodcast it in stereo as well. --R.I.Burns, General Manager of Sky One.
Stewart will be doing "A Christmas carol" again in 1992.
3) The cast of TNG have signed 6-year contracts and have the option of
another year. Currently, Paramount is planning on it going the full seven
(this has been verified by Rick Berman 2/92), but are having trouble
signing Stewart (who isn't really suited for television) and Spiner (who
really hates the "Data" makeup each morning) for the seventh year. We may
have "Captain Riker" for the final year.
At the end of May, 1992, Paramount confirmed that they would have a 7th
season of TNG, but will have to wait and see which actors actually stay on
for the seventh year.
After this, plans are to create TNG movies. They should be able to
convince the entire cast to participate (big bucks in movies) and have
Picard (as an admiral) visiting Riker's ship for the duration of the movie.
The 3/13/92 issue of "Video Business" (a video trade magazine) reports in
their "Hollywood Grapevine" section that "ST7: The Deadly Years" (working
title until they find a better name) is slated to start pre-production
4) ========== DEEP SPACE NINE (the next televised Star Trek series):
Rumors have been floating throughout 1991 of a third series, either another
generation *after* TNG, the years between TOS and TNG, the years before
TOS, or a space-station setting around TNG-times. It now appears that the
last of these will become a reality. Rumors of a Sulu-centered series
appear to be incorrect.
Paramount announced in December of 1991 that they were considering a
spinoff series centering around Worf and the Klingon race (since the
Klingon episodes seem to be the most popular). Personally, I think they'd
run into problems with funding and finding people who don't mind hours of
makeup each morning. We'll see...
Paramount Domestic Television this week will be offering stations two new
first run original hour programs: a spinoff of its successful Star Trek:
The Next Generation and a new series version of The Untouchables. The two
programs, which Paramount is expected to urge stations to air together as a
two hour block, are being offered for a January 1993 start. Paramount
officials declined to comment, but station executives, who asked not to be
named, said they had presentations scheduled this week. The Star Trek
spinoff, which was expected to be a pre-quel, will be set in the same time
as the existing first run series. --Electronic Media 1/6/92
Get ready for Star Trek: Two Generations Removed. A spinoff of the
successful syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation reportedly is being
shopped around to station representatives in anticipation of an
announcement in two weeks at the National Association of Television Program
Executives convention in New Orleans. No one at Paramount, home for the
Trek franchises, would comment, nor would Next Generation producers.
Electronic Media describes the project as a "prequel," and reports it may
be sold in tandem with a new Untouchables series with a January 1993
target. But there's no word if Trek's late creator Gene Roddenberry, who
died in October, had any hand in the development. And it's unclear if any
New Generation (sic) hands will be involved in the new Trek. --Peter
Johnson/USA Today (1/8/92)
Introducing the next generation of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" --a
spinoff series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," to premiere in syndication
in January 1993. "This show will have more of an edge to it," says Trek
co-executive producer Rick Berman. Deep Space Nine, unlike Next Generation
and the original Star Trek, won't take place on a starship streaking
through space. Instead, it'll follow the adventures of a team of Starfleet
officers on an alien space station that sits near a "worm-hole" -- a
shortcut to unexplored parts of the galaxy. "It will bring all kinds of
interest from alien life forms," says co-executive producer Michael Piller.
Deep Space may include stars from Next Generation. The lead character will
be a man of action -- a single parent raising a 12-year-old son. Another
character "in his natural form looks like a large bowl of Jell-O," Berman
says, and will take on humanoid forms. The creature, Piller says, "like
Spock and Data will give us a chance to reflect and comment on humanity."
Deep Space, being sold to local stations at this week's National
Association of Television Programming Executives convention in New Orleans,
is designed to keep Paramount's Star Trek franchise alive. While Next
Generation is the highest-rated non-network hour program, it won't air
forever. Now in its fifth year, the program was always designed to end
after seven. --Peter Johnson/USA Today (1/21/92)
Paramount is readying a spinoff of its hit series ST:TNG. Target stardate:
Jan '93. The hour-long show will be offered to stations in a two-hour
syndicated block with a new version of The Untouchables. No official
details are available, but buzz is that the new Trek will be a "prequel" to
Next Generation. No word on casting, or whether Trek creator Gene
Roddenberry, who died in October, was involved in the development.
Paramount czar Brandon Tartikoff, formerly NBC Entertainment chief, has
said he may use the two-hour block as the launch pad for a Fox-like network
of independent stations. --The Philadelphia Inquirer: Daily Magazine
Paramount Pictures announced Monday it will launch "Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine" television series early next year, a "Wild West"-style version of the
durable "Star Trek" series. "If, as (the late) Gene Roddenberry often
said, "Star Trek" is "Wagon Train" in space, then "Deep Space Nine" can be
compared to a wild west town on the edge of the frontier with all the
excitement and adventure that kind of locale can generate," said Michael
Piller, who is co-executive producer on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
and the new show. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" will revolve around a new
cast of Starfleet officers who take command of a remote alien space station
near a strategically located "wormhole," or a shortcut through space.
Paramount said "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" will begin airing next January
with a two-hour premiere movie, followed by 19 one-hour episodes. Shooting
will begin in June at Paramount's soundstages in Hollywood. As a result,
the new series will air concurrently with Paramount's "Star Trek: The Next
Generation," currently in its fifth year and consistently in the top three
of syndicated television shows. Both series are set in the 24th century.
"Setting 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' during the same time as 'Star Trek:
The Next Generation' will allow an exchange of characters and occasional
story lines between each show," said Rick Berman, Piller's co-executive
producer. "Star Trek," created by Roddenberry, first aired on network
television in 1966 and lasted three seasons before it was canceled by NBC
because of low ratings. But the original series attracted a core of loyal
fans and became a hit in re-runs of its 78 episodes. Not only is the
original series still being seen on reruns, it has also spawned six movies
featuring the original cast that have grossed nearly half a billion dollars
for Paramount. "Star Trek: the Next Generation" has one year left on its
contract after it completes the current season. Speculation has arisen the
characters from that show may then do a seventh "Star Trek" movie because
the stars of the previous movies have indicated that the sixth movie --
"Star Trek: the Undiscovered Country" would be their last. Paramount also
announced Monday it would launch an 18-episode version next year of "The
Untouchables," a popular TV show in the late 1950s and early 1960s. "The
Untouchables" also became a hit movie in 1987, with Kevin Costner, Robert
De Niro and Sean Connery, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actor. Kerry McCluggage, president of the Paramount Television Group, told
a news conference the two properties are Paramount's "crown jewels." The
studio is planning 26 episodes of both shows for the fall 1993 season.
"'The Untouchables' is one of the best crime-fighting franchises that
exists, while Star Trek redefined the science fiction genre and is arguably
the most visionary space drama ever conceived," McCluggage said. Paramount
said XETV in San Diego, KCPQ in Seattle and the Paramount's stations have
committed to carrying one or both of the new series. It said the it
expects to announce a significant number of deals shortly and predicted
that it would have a high percentage of the nation "cleared" for both
shows. "The Untouchables" will be set in Chicago in the 1930s and its
executive producer will be Christopher Crowe, who developed and produced
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" for NBC. --UPI (1/92)
Is the TV galaxy big enough for two "Star Treks"? Beam down and tell us,
Michael Piller. "The landscape of Gene Roddenberry's 24th century is
vast," says Piller, co-executive producer of Paramount's "Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine," a new spinoff of the studio's crown jewel, "Star Trek: The
Next Generation." "We won't be doing the same show twice. There are many
stories out there." Paramount announced yesterday that production on 20
syndicated episodes of "Deep Space" would begin in June for a January '93
launch. "Next Generation," in its fifth season, will continue with Piller
and his "Deep Space" partner, Rick Berman, at the helm. Contrary to
industry buzz, "Deep Space" won't be a "prequel" to "Next Generation,"
Piller says. Rather, it follows a brand-new team of Star Fleet officers
commanding a remote space station reclaimed from aliens. The crew's digs
will be the opposite of the plush Enterprise which gives "Deep Space" a
harder edge than "Next Generation." "The Enterprise has always been one of
the major characters in 'Star Trek;'" said Piller. "It's the most
comfortable facility in the history of science. Our people will be in a
space station that's always falling apart. It's the most uncomfortable
environment they've ever been in. That will bring up new conflicts."
Although Piller and Berman had been mulling a "Next Generation" spinoff for
a while, it wasn't until new Paramount boss Brandon Tartikoff began in July
that a new series was ordered, Piller says. (What took so long? "Next
Generation" is the highest-rated non-network drama on TV.) The two series
will share some story lines, says Piller, 43. No casting for "Deep Space"
yet. No weekly "Next Generation" regulars will be spun off to "Deep
Space." Only recurring characters--such as brilliant cadet Wesley Crusher
(Wil Wheaton)-will appear on both shows. --The San Diego Union (1/21/92)
Attention, Trekkies, there's another "Star Trek" series destined for
syndicated television early next January. This syndicated series, which
will run parallel to "Star Trek: The Next Generation," will be titled
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and will be a little different than its two
predecessors. "It's going to be darker and grittier than 'The Next
Generation,'" Rick Berman, executive producer of both shows, told
Entertainment Weekly. "The characters won't be squeaky clean." Indeed,
since the new series will be set on a decaying space station that features
a casino and a holographic brothel. The characters will include an
embittered Starfleet commander, a blob that can take the shape of any life
form it desires and a science officer who gets around in a warp-powered
wheelchair. The new series will take up the slack when "The Next
Generation" goes off the air, probably in 1994. "Every show has its
lifespan," Berman said. "And 'Next Generation's' was always foreseen at
seven years. That's why we're doing 'Deep Space Nine' -- to keep the 'Star
Trek' franchise alive after 'Next Generation' is gone." --UPI (2/2x/92)
Once, twice, three times a sensation. At least that's the idea behind Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine, yet another Trek series, planned for nationwide
syndication early next January. A sneak peek: "It's going to be darker
and grittier than The Next Generation," promises Rick Berman, executive
producer of both shows. "The characters won't be squeaky clean." Some
details: (TIME AND PLACE) The show will take place in the same time as
Next Generation, around A.D. 2360, but this time the setting will be a
decaying space station in orbit around a stripped mining planet. As a port
of call for visiting merchant ships, the station will feature the sort of
salty-dog amenities you'd never dream of on a Federation starship --
including a casino and a holographic brothel. The station's most important
feature is its proximity to a cosmic "wormhole," a tear in space that acts
as a shortcut to the unexplored other side of the galaxy. Boldly exploring
that wormhole, seeking out strange new worlds and civilizations (hmmm --
sounds kinda familiar) is pretty much what the new show will be all about.
(FACES) Deep Space Nine will have eight central characters, although none
has been cast or even named. The station's human captain will be an
embittered Starfleet commander who lost his wife during an attack by the
Borg (the same zombies who kidnaped and brainwashed Next Generation's
Captain Picard last season). The security officer will be a "shape
shifter" -- that is, a bloblike creature that can change into any form it
wants, including human (a similar character was introduced in the feature
film Star Trek VI). The science officer will be a female alien who spends
much of the first episode in a warp-powered wheelchair -- she's from a much
lighter planet and can't hack the station's heavier gravity. Other
characters are still in the works -- but expect plenty of visits from those
familiar faces over at Next Generation. Picard, Data, Worf, and the rest
of the gang will have plenty of time to do cameo appearances because...
(EXIT `NEXT') Deep Space Nine will probably nudge Next Generation off the
air sometime in 1994. "Every show has its lifespan," says Berman. "And
Next Generation's was always foreseen at seven years. That's why we're
doing Deep Space Nine -- to keep the Star Trek franchise alive even after
Next Generation is gone." Picard and friends will always be around in
reruns, though, along with the crew of the original 1966-69 Star Trek
series (which is still being broadcast on more than 200 stations across the
country). --Entertainment Weekly (3/6/92)
Paramount is NOT accepting scripts for DSN until after the series premiers
in January 1993. They will be returned. --Bjo Trimble (3/92)
.Captain Picard will steer his starship Enterprise into the two-hour
opening episode of DEEP SPACE, and Romulons and Klingons will regularly
cross over between both syndicated shows. Executive producers Michael
Piller and Rick Berman report that Whoopi Goldberg, who plays Guinan, the
friendly humanoid bartender in the Enterprise's lounge, may have a
recurring role in Deep Space Nine. Word is Whoopi will discover she has an
errant son confined in a space-station jail. --TV Guide (April 4-10)
For over 25 years, only one extraordinary legend has achieved success time
after time with audiences around the world. What began as Gene
Roddenberry's unique vision of the future, became one of the most popular
legends in the history of television and film. Shortly after the original
79 episodes aired on NBC, Star Trek found unprecedented success in
syndication, creating a loyal viewer following that launched a series of
six blockbuster motion pictures. Then, in 1987, history repeats itself.
Star Trek: The Next Generation debuts to critical and public acclaim. It
captures 3 Emmy awards and a coveted Peabody Award for the best of the
best. A second television phenomenon had begun. In 1988, in only its
second season, Star Trek: The Next Generation out-delivers 3 out of 4
prime time dramas in men 18-49. In 1989 the Next Generation moves up the
ranks to finish among the top five prime time hours in key male
demographics. In 1990 it beams up to the number two slot, consistently
outperforming top network hours. Then, in 1991, this series sets record
highs, taking the top spot among men across the board and blasting ahead of
such shows as Cheers, LA Law and the all time network heavyweight champion:
Monday Night Football. In addition the recent two- hour Star Trek: 25th
Anniversary Special drew in record numbers of viewers across the galaxy,
proving that anything Star Trek touches turns to gold. And now . . .
the next thrilling chapter of this remarkable legend is ready to beam
aboard the airwaves. A bold new series of adventures comes to the final
frontier. The time: the 24th century -- the era of the Next Generation.
The place: a remote space station manned by a new team of Federation
officers. Their mission: to restore peace to a land filled with hostile
alien cultures. Welcome to a very different part of the galaxy. A
mysterious world, once ruled by an evil empire. Where chilling memories of
the past collide with the future. Exotic pleasures are bought and sold by
greedy fortune hunters. And a thrilling outerspace gateway instantly
slingshots passengers lightyears across the galaxy. This is where
Starfleet's new team of deep space officers encounter new life forms and
alien civilizations, each possessing their own unique skills and unusual
abilities, destined for the most amazing adventures in uncharted space.
Imagine a voyage to the threshold of new discovery, featuring the same
tradition of legendary excitement that has captivated audiences for over 25
years. In a universe of new adventures -- where no one has gone before.
Imagine... Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: coming to your quadrant, January
1993. --Transciption of video given to prospective TV stations (4/92)
FILMING: Casting goes from April to June of 1992. Production is scheduled
to start in Spring (June or August) of 1992. The first airing (a two-hour
movie) will be in January 1993, followed by 18 (possibly 25) one-hour
episodes. Paramount may either offer it to the stations that are currently
airing TNG, or use it for a "Fox-like" Paramount network, or offer it to
the Sci-Fi Channel (if Paramount merges with the Sci-Fi Channel in order to
get it off the ground). Majel Barrett is rumored to be involved in the
PRODUCTION: Rick Berman & Michael Piller (exec. producers of TNG) will
continue to serve as exec. producers of BOTH shows, although Piller will
be concentrating most of his time and energy on DS9. Jeri Taylor, who has
been serving as a writer, story editor and co-producer this season, will be
promoted in the fall to fill some of Piller's gap on TNG.
FLAVOR: It will have more of the action of TOS (less "talking" their way
out of situations) but still have the special effects of TNG. Rick Berman,
executive producer of TNG, is heading the project along with Michael
LOCATION: The action will take place on a space station reclaimed from
aliens (next to a wormhole). Berman says it was a Ferengi-built station in
orbit around the planet Bajoran (Ro Larren's home world).
TIME: It will take place in the same time as TNG.
CHARACTERS: It will have some of the same actors playing roles as TNG.
Some of the rumors floating around are (from most to least believable):
One of these nine is the space station commander (tentatively named Cisco),
who has a "sour space for Captain Picard" (because he lost his wife during
the Borg attack at Wolf 359 thanks to Locutus) and is struggling to raise
his 12 year old son (Jake).
Colm Meaney as Chief Miles E. O'Brien (along with Keiko and daughter).
Colm Meaney has decided that he would like to switch shows. Keiko will not
deal well with the change of scenery and following her husband to this
hellhole in order to support his career. Look of more domestic strife. He
would receive a commission and would be "Chief Operating Officer" in this
Michelle Forbes as First Officer Lt Ro (she receives a promotion near the
start of season 6 of TNG).
[someone] as the science officer (a trill woman in her mid twenties). For
those that don't remember, the Trill is a species which forms a symbiotic
link with a humanoid life form...Dr. Crusher fell in love with one in "The
[someone] as the security chief (the character has come to be known
colloquially as "Jello Man"). He is a shapeshifter, much like Martia in
ST6. In order to keep the writers from using his shape-shifting ability to
constantly save the day, we find that his ability to assume ANY form is
very taxing and he must rest at the end of each day in his natural form,
rather like a bowl of Jello. He was there when the Feds took over the
station from the Cardassians.
Wil Wheaton as Wesley (now an officer).
[someone] as Zoldhei (a Benzite, who tends to do things on his own without
letting the rest of the crew know).
Majel Barrett as a cat-like alien (from the species seen in TAS).
Susie Plackson as Dr. Selar (the medical officer).
Eric Menyuk as The Traveller.
Denise Crosby as Sela (who seems to have defected).
One of the nine is also "gender-neutral", a humanoid which is supposed to
be very alluring to either sex.
[someone] as a female science officer from a planet with low gravity, who
is confined to a warp powered (?!) wheelchair.
The computer will be an onboard Artificial Intelligence unit with quite a
personality (it came with the space station, has a will of its own, and has
a secret purpose that will be made more and more clear throughout the
There will be two recurring Ferengi characters - one most likely being the
head Ferengi and the other a teen-aged Ferengi who is a constant bad
influence on Jake Cisco.
The producers plan to have Mrs. Troi fall for Jello Man. When Jello Man
tries to dissuade her, explaining how he reverts to this Jello shape every
night, her response might be something like "That's okay - I can swim."
Guinan will make occasional appearances on both TNG and DS9. TV Guide
reported that Guinan's son would be locked up in a jail on DS9, explaining
her visits. Stilwell didn't know anything about this Guinan's son bit, but
also admitted that TV Guide is notorious for getting true information out
even faster than the people producing these shows!
Cameos will be made occasionally by the TNG crew. Stewart will be in the
first episode as Captain Picard. The main enemies will be the Cardassians.
Stilwell reports that 70% of the stations carrying TNG now have picked up
DS9 (as well as other stations that are not currently carrying TNG).
Stilwell indicates that the darker feel on DS9 will allow the producers to
tell stories they have not been able to tell in TNG's happy crew format.
5) ========== UPCOMING STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE EPISODES:
"[episode name unknown]" (1/??/93 - 1/??/93): In the pilot episode (2-hour
movie), we will discover that the Cardassians, fed up with Bajoran
terrorist activities, decide to give up and withdraw from the Bajoran
system (home of Ensign Ro Laran). The Bajorans, suffering from internal
conflicts, will request that the Federation step in to keep the peace
during the transition period, so the Federation will send (via the USS
Enterprise) a team to take up residence on a space station left over in the
Bajoran system. Pretty quickly, our heroes will discover a stable wormhole
near the station and, wouldn't you know it, the Cardassians decide they
want the system back. Meanwhile, the Ferengi own the concessions (the
saloons, casinos, holodeck brothels and 7-11's) on the station. [This
comes from Eric Stilwell, via someone without a name in either their header
6) "Moontrap II: The Pyramids of Mars" began filming in December. Walter
said contract negotiations are still going on, but he's pretty sure he'll
be in it. "Moontrap" was a science-fiction thriller starring Koenig
released ONLY ON VIDEOTAPE in 1988. It did pretty well for a video-only
movie. "Moontrap II", however, will be released in the theaters.
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