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kleinbl00  ·  619 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 3, 2022


When Paramount rebooted Star Trek and put soap opera people like Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes in it, they went similarly low-budget on everything, particularly the writing. Fortunately they managed to find a handful of pie-eyed dreamers who were so stoked to be working on STAR TREK, FFS, that they gave it their absolute all. Not that they could pull it off on their own, of course. Geordi LaForge's dialog, in particular, generally left the writer's room with a block of TECH where his lines would have been because one of the writers had a college buddy working on a Ph. D in electrical engineering at Cornell. They'd write something, he'd call up his buddy and get a bunch of tech nonsense, and it'd be Geordi's lines the next day.

The show did much better than anyone hoped, of course, and oddly enough the guy whose job it was to come up with TECH decided fukkit, let's head out to Hollywood and have a little fun before joining the rat race. The writer's name was Ron Moore and his college buddy was Naren Shankar.

Ron ended up doing pretty well, obviously, going from "fucktons of Star Trek" to rebooting Battlestar Galactica to Outlander to For All Mankind. Naren Shankar? Star Trek to Sea Quest to Outer Limits to Grimm to Almost Human to The Expanse before also ending up on For All Mankind, but not before making an absolute mountain of cash as an executive producer of a little franchise called CSI. So the next time you see a bunch of rubes chortling about stupid jargon?

Keep in mind that to write bullshit you have to speak bullshit fluently, and that the most fluent bullshit speakers are often making their jokes at your expense.