Fatjo and Max Grodénchik
Lolita Fatjo works on the pre-production of Voyager
and she has worked on six seasons of 'The Next Generation', as well as DS9.
A question was put to her if there are any
plans to integrate characters from 'The Next Generation' and 'Deep Space Nine' into one
This is my personal opinion: I think what will happen is that there
will never be a 'Deep Space Nine' movie by itself. But I think that they will
continue to do 'The Next Generation' movies and hopefully they will integrate
I think that Rick Berman has been quoted as
saying in a trade paper that he hopes that he will be able to bring in characters from all
the series into one of the next movies. So hopefully that's the way that we see some
of these characters come back.
|On the State of Trek
I think the franchise itself is as strong as it's ever been. I thing
that there has been very much change over the past twelve years. Everybody loved
'The Next Generation'. And then it took people years to warm up to 'Deep Space
Nine'. And then 'Deep Space Nine' was so good in the last few years. It was
the same thing with 'Voyager'. It took people a while to get into 'Voyager'.
Now they are starting to really like 'Voyager'. And I think 'Voyager' has got a lot
There's a lot of people that think that we
should not do another series right away. They'd rather wait and have it a couple of
years from now. And there's also a lot of people that want two shows back on
air. And they want us to make another movie right away.
I understand both sides of the coin but I do
think that the franchise is stronger then it's ever been.
|The seven year itch?
Was it a conscious effort that 'The Next Generation', 'Deep Space Nine' and
'Voyager' all end after a seven year run?
seems to be the number that we have done in the past. There are many reasons for
those decisions. A lot of people don't realize that some of the actors in both 'The
Next Generation' and 'Deep Space Nine' were ready to move on. Especially in the
case of 'The Next Generation'. And I think the fear is that you don't want the show
to start loosing characters. Then it's kind of like ridiculous: how do you explain
that all of a sudden Captain Picard is not there, whatever?
We have a lot of shows in America that have
just gotten so bad because they lasted too long. And the writing gets bad, they
bring in all those new actors. And I think Star Trek and Rick Berman and Paramount
just want these shows to be so good that they don't want to risk having the quality go
So I think that's a lot of the reasons for
the seven year period. The truth of the matter is that most shows don't get past one
or two years. So we are really lucky that we've had this last thirteen years of
these shows. And I think it will keep going.
|How do the producers react to unexpected pregnancies?
It happens all the time. I don't think they can put in your
contract that you can't get pregnant. It was the writers idea to incorporate Nana
Visitor's (DS9) pregnancy into the show. When Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) was pregnant we
obviously didn't do this. Just Gate's dresses kept getting bigger and bigger.
Everybody knew she was pregnant, and we were
trying to cover it up. But I think to not cover up the pregnancy of Nana Visitor and
to incorporate it into the show was a great idea. So it was a combination of Rick
Berman and the writing staff and I'm sure they talked to Nana about it to see how she felt
it be better to have story arcs in Voyager?
Space Nine was very strong because of the way we kept the stories going. I think
that the last two seasons of DS9 were incredible. With Voyager, although we are now
very nearly at the end of the series, they are still trying to find the best way to
go. I'm not sure it was a mistake to stop the long story arcs. I don't really
know how I feel about that yet.
I think that you'll see at the end of the
fifth season and into the sixth season that there is a little bit more of an ongoing story
now. The stories are going a little bit forward and people are forming more
relationships. I hope you'll like it.
Why are the Races of Star Trek so humanoid in appearance?
much easier to get a human and put them in make-up and costume. Computer images are
very expensive to create. People used to say 'Why doesn't Odo morph more?'
And I used to say 'Do you know how expensive
it is every time he gets into that bucket?' It's true, all of those things are very
expensive. So, it's a lot cheaper to create Races that just require heads, some
make-up on their hands and that kind of thing.
close are the new Star Trek series to the original concept of Gene Roddenberry?
I think that Rick Berman has always tried to keep Gene's focus going throughout all
those years since Gene passed away. But I think they are trying to do new things.
So I'm sure that there are some
things that Gene would have done differently. But who knows? Gene may have
changed with the times, too. But I really do know that Rick pays very very much
attention to what Gene had laid out for us.
As in the case with the Klingons, an enemy is an enemy only until you get to know
him a bit better. Once you give that enemy some things to say and you start shooting
close-ups you learn about the enemy.
You understand more where they
are coming from and you have empathy with them. I think that happens a lot on our
shows. With the Ferengi, the Klingons, the Cardassians. I'm a 'Next
Generation' fan, but one thing I love about 'Deep Space Nine' is the way they wove all the
characters together and they are not afraid to feature any of the recurring characters on
I also think that part of what
Roddenberry was about is that he had this idea for a journey into the Galaxy but there was
also a journey within a character. The ship went on a journey and the character went
on a journey at the same time.
So someone like Rom (my
character) has developed incredibly over the years. I think that was the point of
the show. To see both an outward exploration of the Galaxy and an inward exploration
of the character. To see the character fulfill the potential that the character has.
introduction to the 'wisdom' of Armin Shimerman, by Max Grodénchik
When I first met Armin
Shimerman it was 1993 or 1992. We were at the audition for Deep Space Nine and I
read for the role of Quark. There where a lot of people there. I was very
nervous and didn't think I read very well. And I didn't think I'd ever hear from
them again after my reading, yet they called me back.
I went back to read again, also
very badly. There were very few people there. You could tell they were
beginning to make their choices. They had to finalize everything. So I went
out to the steps of the studio feeling very badly. And then Armin came out.
And I had never seen him before.
But he said 'What's up?'. And I said 'I just read for this television show
and Star Trek and I really screwed it up!' And he said 'I know! I saw you in
there! But here is the good news: it's between you and me for the role of
I was thinking of how he could
possibly know that. Because he must know the producer or the director or
something, so I said 'How do you know that?'. He said 'We were the only two short
|Any parallels between the 'Cheers' bar and Quark's bar?
think that 'Morn' was named after 'Norm' from Cheers.
They turned the letters around.
And aside from that I always wanted Morn to have the last word: at the end of the
series Quark would turn the bar over to Morn.
And Quark would say: 'Don't you have anything
to say?' And Morn would open his mouth and then they'd cut to the next scene.
But you would never hear him speak.
That was my idea. They didn't like it.
|Three Ferengi In A Jeep
It's that Aaron Eisenberg song
we did in an episode called 'Little Green Men'.
In it we had to do one shot in this Jeep.
Four of us, Armin, Aaron, Rene Auberjonois and myself were in this Jeep and the
camera was on a track. So the camera was moving like this on the track and the Jeep
comes around the corner, and we had no lines.
So, we had nothing to rehearse and nothing to
really to worry about. We just had this scene in the Jeep. But the
camera couldn't get the move right. Sometimes the track is not perfectly smooth and
there were other problems for example the light not being right.
So we did it over and over and over and over
again. And finally Aaron just started to hum to himself...
Under his breath he was singing:
Three Ferengi in a Jeep
Man, we are in trouble deep
get back to Deep Space Nine
Gotta get back to our own time
Sound off one
to 'Three Ferengi...'
I can do it clean, that was
cut from the show!
| A cut scene from 'The House Of Quark'
|Ron Moore wrote it, and I think it's a wonderful
The scene explained where Quark was and what he did while he was kidnapped by that
On the Klingon Homeworld:
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