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Sam Favate

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New coda to Generations? These days, this might be an after-credit sequence.

Brand new from the Roddenberry Archive

 

Wayne Klein

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It speaks to what a boys' club writing staffs still were in the late eighties. There's an argument to be made that Fontana was second only to Roddenberry when it came to shaping the original series. For her to be invited back and offered the same job title she had decades earlier was insulting on its own. If she had been a man, she would have been offered an executive producer credit on TNG without a second thought. As it was, she was essentially serving as both a writer and the story editor for the first season of TNG.

It speaks to how strong her case was that Paramount settled her WGA arbitration so quickly and so favorably to her.
I’d argue that was Gene L. Coon then Fontana.
 

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I’d argue that was Gene L. Coon then Fontana.
Coon was hugely influential, no doubt about it. His "Wagon Train" scripts influenced Roddenberry in the development of "Star Trek", he created the Klingons, gave us Khan when he polished Carey Wilber's teleplay for "Space Seed", and was the hands-on showrunner for the run of episodes where the character dynamics really took shape. The show got funnier when he came on board, in a good way.

I give Fontana the edge only because she was there from the beginning, and stuck around after he left.
 

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