RIP Michael Piller

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  1. Bill Williams

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    For those who may not be familiar with the name, Michael Piller was involved with Star Trek: TNG in seasons 3-7, co-created Star Trek: DS9 and Star Trek: Voyager, and wrote the screenplay for Star Trek: Insurrection. He also created the UPN series Legend and the USA Network series The Dead Zone with his son Shawn Piller.

    He lost his long battle with head and neck cancer early this morning at the age of 57.

    http://trekweb.com/stories.php?aid=4...#4367aef1c40ac

    R.I.P., Mr. Piller. We will miss you indeed. [​IMG]
     
  2. Ivan Lindenfeld

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    Sorry to hear this. We just got back into The Dead Zone last season.

    R.I.P.
     
  3. Joseph Bolus

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    This is a tremendous loss to the Star Trek community.

    There is not much question that TNG and DS9 would not have evolved into the enjoyable series that we remember without his creative assistance.

    Our sincere condolences to his family.
     
  4. Jack Briggs

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    Sad.
     
  5. Jason Seaver

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    I had no idea he was sick; he seemed to be busy lately, working on The Dead Zone for USA and Wildfire for ABC Family. He was arguably the third-most important figure behind the scenes of the Trek franchise.
     
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    Very sad indeed.
     
  7. Paul McElligott

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    More than anybody, he was the guy who put Star Trek: TNG on the right track. He'll be missed.
     
  8. Sam Favate

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    Wow, stunning news. I never knew he was ill.

    Piller was a huge talent. His influence on Star Trek was one of the most positive in the show's history.

    Condolences to his family and friends.
     
  9. Adam Lenhardt

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    Damn. I only really watched The Dead Zone by him, but that was enough to recognize what a tremendous loss that is. 57 - damn that's scary. My dad's only a couple years away from that.
     
  10. JonZ

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. TravisR

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    That's very sad news. I've never seen a full episode of any Trek series but I enjoy The Dead Zone. Best wishes to his friends and family.
     
  12. Jason_V

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    I never knew he was sick, either, but in hindsight, his appearance in different interviews and whatnot should have been the tip-off. I just figured he wasn't the most photogenic person in the world; I never imagined he was sick. And I never thought we'd be hearing that name with RIP so soon. Way, way too young and talented.

    He gave us some great and thought provoking entertainment. I feel like parts of my childhood are being taken away piece by piece. [​IMG]
     
  13. CaptDS9E

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    Was very sad to see this news. I really enjoyed his work on DS9 and the Dead zone. he will be missed
     
  14. Lou Sytsma

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    Sad indeed. Cancer is so endemic now adays. It seems everyone knows a family member or friend that has been impacted by this disease.
     
  15. Parker Clack

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    Mr. Piller was a great tallent and a gift to all of us that love Trek. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of great loss. Like everyone else I was shocked to hear that he was even sick.

    Parker
     
  16. Ric Easton

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    Wow, somehow I missed this news until I read it in TV Guide this morning. I agree that Michael helped save the Trek franchise. Does anyone remember how weak those first two seasons of TNG were? He will be missed.

    Ric
     
  17. BridgetJZ

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    This is very sad news indeed.
     
  18. Ben J Loews

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    Very sad to hear this, have been a trekkie since I were about 12.
     
  19. Jonathan_Clarke

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    He SINGLE HANDEDLY saved Star Trek. 57 is too young.

    Posted a memorial at my signature.
     

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