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Brannon Braga Inks New Deal At Fox March 15, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,ENT,TNG,VOY , trackback

Veteran Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga has just inked a lucrative deal with 20th Century Fox. Braga, who is currently working for Fox on the show 24, is expected to develop new shows for Fox, possibly including a new sci-fi series. More details below.

 

Braga entrenched at FOX

For the last couple of years Brannon Braga has been working with his former Star Trek Enterprise writing buddy Manny Coto on the heavily serialized Fox show 24. And it appears that Fox has been happy with his work. Variety reports that Braga has "sealed a hefty seven-figure overall deal with the studio." The new deal calls for Braga to develop projects for the studio, including working on a a new or existing Fox show for next season.

According to Variety, Fox is interested in Braga’s sci-fi genre pedigree. Braga began his career in 1990 writing on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He went on to Voyager (where he eventually became show-runner) and then on to co-create Star Trek Enterprise. Along the way he also co-wrote two Star Trek feature films (Generations and First Contact). Braga has 107 total Star Trek writing credits, more than any other writer. Since his time with Trek, Braga co-created the genre series Threshold and FlashForward and has been working as a writer and producer for Fox’s 24.

20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman says of Braga:

He’s known for his ability to write genre programming, and as a studio, we love that programming. It takes advantage of all the new opportunities the digital world gives you to connect with your rabid fanbase.

For his part Braga told Variety it was too soon to identify what kind of projects he is going to take on, but he did say he was interested in trying something new after two highly serialized TV shows (Threshold and 24).

The New Fox-Trek connection?

It seems that Fox has an affinity for writers and producers associated with Star Trek. Last year Fox picked up Ron Moore’s pilot Virtuality (which ran over the summer, but was not picked up as a series). Moore (who has the second most Trek writing credits behind Braga) is also currently writing the sequel to I, Robot for Fox. Just last month Fox inked a deal with Star Trek’s new writing overlords, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The Fox Network also airs the Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman genre show Fringe (which is produced by Warner Bros. TV). And the recently announced rebirth of the Gene Roddenberry series Questor (at Imagine TV) is being pitched to Fox.

Of course if there is ever going to be a new Star Trek TV series it would have to be produced by CBS Studios (who own all the rights to Trek on TV). But if CBS doesn’t think a new Trek show would fit on CBS or the CW, maybe Fox would be interested.

Comments

1. WGW - March 15, 2010

NO MORE BRAGA! 24 is not the same by any means, Jack is not as tough, and the quality is lacking, you can tell it is his writing!

2. Ensign RedShirt - March 15, 2010

24 hasn’t been interesting for years now….the storytelling convention that made the show so interesting in the first place has worn very thin. Besides, if 24 has fallen even further, then you have to blame Manny Coto too.

I’m not part of the Braga-bashing crowd; I hope the deal works out for him.

3. Commander Crooner - March 15, 2010

I rarely comment in such a manner on this forum, but go f*#% yourself, WGW! Let him have a chance to try again! Some of the best episodes of Trek were written by Braga!

4. Sebi - March 15, 2010

I’m not fond of Braga, but that guy did achieve something I also hope to accomplish:

Jery Ryan was his girlfriend.

5. WGW - March 15, 2010

Wow Crooner, might I say, Get a life! and you do that to your altar of Braga every night! LOL! JK! But, now to logic, His episodes have been a mixed bag, and those ‘good ones’ you refer to were also written by others, and you say, lets give him a chance again??? lets see, TNG, VOY, Ent, Generations, whats next??? Most are not spectacular outings, and those that were, are co-wrote by others and the real stinkers are him and Berman, For the record:

* TNG: (20)
o “Reunion” (teleplay with Thomas Perry, Jo Perry and Ronald D. Moore)
o “Identity Crisis” (teleplay)
o “The Game” (teleplay, story with Susan Sackett and Fred Bronson)
o “Power Play” (teleplay with Rene Balcer and Herbert J. Wright)
o “Cause and Effect”
o “Imaginary Friend” (teleplay with Edith Swensen)
o “Realm of Fear”
o “Schisms” (teleplay)
o “A Fistful of Datas” (teleplay with Robert Hewitt Wolfe)
o “Aquiel” (teleplay with Ronald D. Moore)
o “Birthright, Part I”
o “Frame of Mind”
o “Timescape”
o “Phantasms”
o “Parallels”
o “Sub Rosa” (teleplay)
o “Eye of the Beholder” (story)
o “Genesis”
o “Emergence” (story)
o “All Good Things…” (with Ronald D. Moore)
* VOY: (48)
o “Parallax” (teleplay)
o “Phage” (teleplay with Skye Dent)
o “The Cloud” (story)
o “Emanations”
o “Cathexis” (teleplay, story with Joe Menosky)
o “The 37′s” (with Jeri Taylor)
o “Projections”
o “Non Sequitur”
o “Cold Fire” (teleplay)
o “Threshold” (teleplay)
o “Deadlock”
o “Flashback”
o “Remember” (story with Joe Menosky)
o “Future’s End” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Future’s End, Part II” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Macrocosm”
o “Darkling” (story with Joe Menosky)
o “Rise” (teleplay)
o “Distant Origin” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Scorpion” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Scorpion, Part II” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Year of Hell” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Year of Hell, Part II” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Prey”
o “The Killing Game” (with Joe Menosky)
o “The Killing Game, Part II” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Living Witness” (teleplay with Bryan Fuller and Joe Menosky, story)
o “Hope and Fear” (teleplay with Joe Menosky, story with Rick Berman and Joe Menosky)
o “Night” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Drone” (with Bryan Fuller and Joe Menosky)
o “Timeless” (teleplay with Joe Menosky, story with Rick Berman and Joe Menosky)
o “Latent Image” (story with Eileen Connors and Joe Menosky)
o “Dark Frontier” (with Joe Menosky)
o “Think Tank” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Someone to Watch Over Me” (story)
o “11:59″ (story with Joe Menosky)
o “Warhead” (story)
o “Equinox” (teleplay with Joe Menosky, story with Rick Berman and Joe Menosky)
o “Equinox, Part II” (teleplay with Joe Menosky, story with Rick Berman and Joe Menosky)
o “Dragon’s Teeth” (with Michael Taylor and Joe Menosky)
o “Memorial” (story)
o “Fury” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Life Line” (teleplay with Robert Doherty and Raf Green)
o “Unimatrix Zero” (teleplay with Joe Menosky)
o “Unimatrix Zero, Part II” (teleplay with Joe Menosky, story with Mike Sussman and Joe Menosky)
o “Human Error” (teleplay with André Bormanis)
o “Author, Author” (story)
o “Endgame” (story with Rick Berman and Kenneth Biller)
* ENT: (37)
o “Broken Bow” (with Rick Berman)
o “Fight or Flight” (with Rick Berman)
o “Strange New World” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Unexpected” (with Rick Berman)
o “Terra Nova” (story with Rick Berman)
o “The Andorian Incident” (story with Rick Berman and Fred Dekker)
o “Shadows of P’Jem” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Fusion” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Shuttlepod One” (with Rick Berman)
o “Rogue Planet” (story with Rick Berman and Chris Black)
o “Acquisition” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Oasis” (story with Rick Berman and Stephen Beck)
o “Detained” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Vox Sola” (story with Rick Berman and Fred Dekker)
o “Fallen Hero” (with Rick Berman and Chris Black)
o “Desert Crossing” (story with Rick Berman and André Bormanis)
o “Two Days and Two Nights” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Shockwave” (with Rick Berman)
o “Shockwave, Part II” (with Rick Berman)
o “Carbon Creek” (story with Rick Berman and Dan O’Shannon)
o “A Night in Sickbay” (with Rick Berman)
o “Marauders” (story with Rick Berman)
o “The Seventh” (with Rick Berman)
o “The Communicator” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Vanishing Point” (with Rick Berman)
o “Precious Cargo” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Stigma” (with Rick Berman)
o “The Crossing” (teleplay with Rick Berman, story with Rick Berman and André Bormanis)
o “Cogenitor” (with Rick Berman)
o “Bounty” (story with Rick Berman)
o “The Expanse” (with Rick Berman)
o “The Xindi” (with Rick Berman)
o “Carpenter Street” (with Rick Berman)
o “Harbinger” (story with Rick Berman)
o “Azati Prime” (story with Rick Berman and Manny Coto)
o “Zero Hour” (with Rick Berman)
o “These Are the Voyages…” (with Rick Berman)
* Films: (2)
o Star Trek Generations (screenplay with Ronald D. Moore, story with Rick Berman and Ronald D. Moore)
o Star Trek: First Contact (screenplay with Ronald D. Moore, story with Rick Berman and Ronald D. Moore)

source: brannon braga star trek credits: http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Brannon_Braga

6. WGW - March 15, 2010

But, after this whole list all I need to say is the word Generations! need I say more?

7. cd - March 15, 2010

3- uhh, which best ones? The stupid temporal cold war episodes of Enterprise? The infamous warp 10 salamander episode of Voyager? The TNG episode where they de-evolve? The Enterprise episode where they give Porthos a chameleon pituitary gland? Please let us know which ‘best’ episodes Brannon Braga wrote? >|>{

8. Valar1 - March 15, 2010

ah yes, lets see what else he can steer into the dirt

9. cd - March 15, 2010

5,6-agreed!

10. MC1 Doug - March 15, 2010

#1: Nice. I just love it when a thread starts off on a positive note.

Personally, while not my favorites of the movies, I did like ‘Generations.’

Looking at the list above (in number 5), Brannan wrote a good number of my favorite episodes.

11. MC1 Doug - March 16, 2010

‘Questor’ is being pitched to Fox?

Now I am worried. Fox’s treatment of science fiction is about as bad as NBC’s.

oops (#10)

while not my favorite of the movies…. (it’s 4 a.m. and I’m tired… LOL)

12. Aceman67 - March 16, 2010

@7

I actually liked the devolution episode from TNG…

13. number6 - March 16, 2010

Good stuff!! Best wishes.

14. Hugh Hoyland - March 16, 2010

I think its obvious the guys got talent. But I also think although he wrote a lot of Star Trek, it was a bit of a hit and miss, some episodes I thought were good, others so-so. But you cant be on 100% of the time. I say good luck to him.

15. Hugh Hoyland - March 16, 2010

I will also say that after being reminded of his temporal arcs in Voyager and ENT I had to scrape my Star Trek fanfic story! :{ Dang and it had promise to, or not.

16. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

He is a much better writer than Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

I have met brannon twice and it was really cool to meet him. He co wrote one of my fav Trek movies, and I love his high concept ideas that he had for Trek.

Yes he wrote some terrible episodes, like Threshold. I really love how he naile the characters.

Ron Moore is another great writer.

They are both great and a lot better than the current writers of Trek. Moore is excellent at drama.

17. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

best of luck Brannon with the new deal

18. draderman - March 16, 2010

sweet!

brannon – come to the vegas con again this year !

19. Zebonka - March 16, 2010

I hope they’ve stocked up on crayons.

20. Steve - March 16, 2010

Exciting to hear that Moore is writing the “I, Robot” sequel. Can’t think of anybody more qualified!

21. Bobby - March 16, 2010

Braga wrote some good, some bad. I always liked the fact that, even when his episodes were bad, they were still bizarre and entertaining.

And I don’t get why people constantly bring up Generations (which was … not great) but then don’t give him credit for co-writing First Contact, which many people consider the best of the Trek movies. It’s definitely the best TNG movie – I still prefer The Wrath of Khan overall – but FC was better than the new movie, which was very good too, in my opinion.

When he took over Voyager and introduced the Borg, Voyager had become completely lifeless and dull. Sure he ran the Borg completely into the ground eventually, but he also gave the show a desperately needed shot of life and energy. That season (season 4 I believe) was one of Voyager’s best.

Threshold was interesting though a tad predictable. Hard to judge without seeing how it might have turned out though.

I’ll definitely agree with anyone who says he ran 24 and Enterprise into the ground though. :) I think in Enterprise’s case, he simply had been writing Trek too long. It’s hard to start a series that is a “fresh take” on Trek, yet using a writer who is clearly burned out from writing the show for too long.

And 24 was getting tired before he came along, so its not entirely his fault.

22. Josh - March 16, 2010

Does anyone know what happened to Rick Berman?

PS Ron Moore is my hero

23. Bobby - March 16, 2010

Followup to 21: I was referring to Threshold the series, not the Voyager episode. I still think its funny he named his first original series after the worst episode of Trek he ever wrote. :-)

24. rogue_alice - March 16, 2010

#7 – Hey now, Janeway, in that episode, was allowed to experience motherhood…uh…sort of. That has to count for something. BTW: did she have twins or triplets?

25. Kent Butabi - March 16, 2010

Is Berman still writing/having written his tell-all Trek book? If so, will Braga do the same some day?

26. P Technobabble - March 16, 2010

16. neill

While I have great respect for Mr. Braga, I do not think your comment that he is a better writer than Bob Orci or Alex Kurtzman is warranted. That is a completely subjective opinion. Braga, Orci, and Kurtzman have all achieved substantial success in the film and tv industry, and they have all been hired by the same company (Fox), and I doubt the company would agree with you, or else they’d never have hired Orci and Kurtzman. Braga wrote over 100 episodes of Star Trek, and 2 films…? He’s had his share of hits and misses. Orci and Kurtzman have written 1 Star Trek film, which you, seemingly, did not like. That’s fine. I’ll agree with you if you say Braga’s writing is different than Orci/Kurtzman’s, but to say he is a “better” writer is an opinion which cannot be proven to be a fact in the current history of tv and film.
As for Mr. Braga’s new deal, I wish him all the best for many years to come.

27. TrekkieJan - March 16, 2010

Nice to be known as “rabid.” Thanks, Fox. *switches off TV.*

28. Dennis Bailey - March 16, 2010

Good for Braga, and good luck to him. He was always one of the most interesting writers on Trek – in some ways, too interesting for the franchise.

Gotta laugh at the declaration that FOX is very interested in SF programming though; they seem most interested in cancelling it. LOL

29. jas_montreal - March 16, 2010

Regardless of all the bad blood Braga has attained with Trek fans in the past…. I wish him the best of luck in his journey. Hopefully he learns from past mistakes he made with the Trek Franchise.

30. bill hiro - March 16, 2010

Not my favorite person.

31. RK - March 16, 2010

Funny to read what kind of fans here post at trekmovie…..they don´t seem to like Braga, they hate on Berman and they don´t respect Ronald D Moore either. So what exactly do you guys like???? Apart from the sanctified TOS????? Its just extremly ridiculous that three of the most distinctive figures of Star Trek who where responsible for the best Star Trek moments are regularly dissed. I can´t take these kind of “fans” seriously…personally i prefer Ronald D. Moore to Braga simply because Braga was with Voyager and Moore with DS9 which was imo way better than Voyager…AND i have great respect for Berman. He respected Roddenberrys ideals and views, NOT like J.J.Lensflare i don´t like Star Trek but love Star Wars.

P.S. I enjoyed the new movie

32. John from Cincinnati - March 16, 2010

Television will continue to be the best medium for Star Trek. More episodes, more stories, more character development.

33. John from Cincinnati - March 16, 2010

I love Brannon Braga.

Ronald Moore almost single handedly destroyed the entire Trek franchise with DS9. He took it off course from it’s bright optimistic future which had to be reinstated by JJ Abrams. If moore wanted a dark universe, maybe he should’ve written an Aliens vs. Predator series, not Star Trek.

34. Rocket Scientist - March 16, 2010

In my view, DS9 *strengthened* Trek’s optimism by showing how its ideals persevered in the face of some extreme difficulties. It broke from Trek formula but stayed true to the spirit. DS9 rocks!

35. P Technobabble - March 16, 2010

What ever happened to “in all fairness to…?” Some Star Trek fans lacking a bit of compassion, hmm?
Mr. Braga was involved with Star Trek 24/7 for 14 years. Anyone who has ever worked at one job for 14 years knows — no matter how much you enjoy it — it can become grueling. Earlier, I stated Braga had his share of hits and misses, but he wasn’t always solely to blame. I’ve criticized him in the past, primarily because I, like others, felt the essence of what made Star Trek great was being lost. But I wouldn’t deny the man his due. And, regardless, even at its lowest points, Star Trek fans have always stood by Star Trek, which is a testament to the concept and the fans.
So, in all fairness to Mr. Braga, I think he did a decent job. Every fan has a rather specific image of what we think Star Trek should be… and some are more adamant about it than others. But, as I’ve said many times before, being a fan does not mean we are collaborators. A fan who bitches at the writer is like a dog who bites the hand that feeds him, IMO.

36. Tom - March 16, 2010

Maybe it’s just me but I like this season of 24.

37. DonDonP1 - March 16, 2010

According to a Wikipedia article, the last TV show that CBS Television Studios produced but aired on a different TV network owned by a different company rather than CBS is ‘The Cleaner’ which aired on A&E. With all respect to CBS TV Studios, the new ‘Star Trek’ TV series should air on either CBS or the CW. As for the Fox network, they should pick up a new live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series that takes place between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’. If that happens, then 20th Century Fox Television should co-produce a new S-Dub TV series with Lucasfilm.

38. DonDonP1 - March 16, 2010

Yes, we all know CBS owns ‘Star Trek’ while Lucasfilm owns ‘Star Wars’.

39. That One Guy - March 16, 2010

Oh no…. another Braga thread. And it looks like it’s going the way I thought it would.

Let’s see…. we’ve got “I love Braga but don’t like JJ,” “Ronald Moore sucks,” “GFY, Braga,” and “Why the frak are people still arguing about this?” kind of comments.

Just for the record, on that poll about Trek nitpicking a few weeks ago, I voted that it was the darker underside of Trek politics.

40. AJ - March 16, 2010

Let’s do a letter-writing campaign for a new “Trek” series.

Whom do I write to?

41. Horatio - March 16, 2010

He killed Kirk. Nuff said.

42. Nick Cook - March 16, 2010

Well done Mr Braga!

43. star trackie - March 16, 2010

#31 “….Its just extremly ridiculous that three of the most distinctive figures of Star Trek who where responsible for the best Star Trek moments are regularly dissed.”

Huh? When did anyone ever dis Gene Coon, DC Fontana and Gene Roddenberry?

44. star trackie - March 16, 2010

#35 “A fan who bitches at the writer is like a dog who bites the hand that feeds him, IMO.”

It all depends on what that hand is putting in the bowl.

45. P Technobabble - March 16, 2010

44. star trackie

“..It all depends on what that hand is putting in the bowl…

On the other hand, if the dog doesn’t like it, he’s apt to just walk away and not get into a debate with you about it…

46. Damian - March 16, 2010

I always get cracked up when there is an article about Berman, Braga or Moore. We get the: Braga sucks, Abrams rules–Braga rules, Moore was a idiot, Moore was the best–Berman should die over and over again, etc, etc, etc. You know, I loved all of the shows and movies. Yes, there were were some episodes that made me cringe like everyone else. Yes ST V was a disappointment. But you know what, when I was watching them, I could have cared less who was writing/making the episode. It was a fun ride. My thanks to Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman,Ronald Moore,Brannon Braga, Jeri Taylor, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer, JJ Abrams, Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and anyone else who was responsible for and made Star Trek, et al, the enjoyable and fun ride it has been and hopefully will be for years.

47. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 16, 2010

I miss Rick Berman!

48. Nick Cook - March 16, 2010

#46, Damian.

Well thats far too sensible. And I couldn’t agree more. ;)

49. Kyle Cawley - March 16, 2010

Well said Damian!!

50. That One Guy - March 16, 2010

46,
Someone saying something sensible on a Star Trek forum?!

51. denny cranium - March 16, 2010

I’m not defending Braga.
He did write some good ones and some stinkers.
But writing for episodic tv is a GRIND.
They have deadlines budgets to consider etc
Also writing for TV is decision by commitee as well.
Paramount probably drove a dumptruck full of money to his door and he accepted. (as I would have)
Now Fox is at his driveway with another dumptruck full of money.
He took it (as I would have)
I think he wrote Broken Bow the Enterprise pilot.
I really enjoyed it.
But really this whole love hate Braga thing is kind of like asking the lamp post what he thinks about the dog. I doesnt make a difference

52. denny cranium - March 16, 2010

Sorry, It doesnt make a difference.

And hey Im with the guy who wants a new Trek series.
If there is a bum ep you go so what next week will be better.
And if its a good one you say I cant wait for next week.

53. DarthMcWord - March 16, 2010

“…your rabid fanbase.” Thanks for the respect.

54. Horatio - March 16, 2010

OK, I’ll give Braga his due. He did do some great Trek.

He also f’d up Enterprise from the starting gate.

So i’ll give him a .500 batting average, which in the majors is superstardom.

55. P Technobabble - March 16, 2010

46. Damian

I also agree with you, 100%.

56. denny cranium - March 16, 2010

As a writer myself I understand where Braga may be coming from.
To even get a script purchased is like winning the lottery.
To get a staff job as writer is like being a pro athlete as far as a writer is concerned.
He probably learned the ropes and when to fight his battles.
Decision by committee is difficult for a writer with his script.
It’s like someone ripping up one of your babies.
So you roll with the punches and pick your battles.
Whether you like his stories or not he can crank out competent scripts that are on time and shootable on a production schedule.
I would love to have lunch with him and discuss our craft.

57. Hugh Hoyland - March 16, 2010

I think # 46 is on the mark, and thats the way I feel to, but I would add Gene Coon to that list as well. Now the Franchise (at least the motion picture side) is in the hands of JJ, Bob and Alex, and the reast of the SC. So far so good IMO.

58. Hugh Hoyland - March 16, 2010

rest*

59. Hugh Hoyland - March 16, 2010

#56 are you a professional writter?

60. Oztrek - March 16, 2010

Writing is art – you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I like a lot of hos work, Scorpion parts 1 & 2 is still my favorite Borg encounter.

61. Jim Nightshade - March 16, 2010

Yes Damien #46–perfectly said! Instead of saying screw Braga et al why not say screw all the nit picky fans that only like one kind of trek, say tos written by robert bloch,but only on alternate tuesdays cuz what he wrote the rest of the week sucked heh heh- etc, sheesh-i like all trek to varying degrees and i think we fans would have more of it more often if too many were not so damned picky-

62. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

You misunderstand me

I do like the new movie, I have it in my blu ray collection.

But in comparison to a lot of past Trek’s it not as well written and it did feel dumbed down from the way I like it.

Yes Braga ia a better writer in my eyes but I still enjoy the new movie.

63. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

I love the new movie but I have some problems with the film to enjoy it as the best.

64. Zebonka - March 16, 2010

@56
No offense but I hope you’re saving yourself when it comes to writing. What’s with the funky post? It looks like a poem.

65. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

am I wrong for not liking the new movie as the ultimate best ever Trek movie?

66. AJ - March 16, 2010

I have to disagree with ’24′-bashers. That is one piece of formula that just keeps on delivering for me. It’s forgettable and repetitive, but I always am drawn in by the depth, and twists and turns. Just let Jack Bauer use the toilet once or twice for true realism.

67. captain_neill - March 16, 2010

24 is a good show but I do think it has lost its way these days. I still enjoy it but I find myself rlling my eyes at the stuff Jack does now.

Sometimes 24 is great for a laugh.

Sorry if I seemed rude about Orci And Kurtzman, but I do feel that Braga is a much better writer.

68. Daoud - March 16, 2010

Bravo and bravura, 46!

Brannon’s energy for Star Trek kept it going for many years on the production side, period. He did a heck of a lot more than just write, lest everyone forget!!

I wish him the best with the development deal.

Since FOX had dibs on Firefly and Serenity… how about Firefly: The Next Generation? :)

69. brannon braga - March 16, 2010

Brannon here. Always fascinating to read all of your comments, good and bad. This is a superb website, and one of the best for fan feedback. To the haters: your comments are welcome and observed and never disregarded (no matter how brutal). To the lovers: loving you back. I’m not making television just for me, or a studio, but for you you guys too. Really it is for you, because if you ain’t watching, then what’s the point? I guess I’m saying thanks for even taking the time to even comment on this story.

- b.

70. Christine - March 16, 2010

Hello Mr. Braga, wonderful to see you here.

As for the comments, it’s inevitable. Every writer has good and bad plots… Believe me, I myself am a writer, and there have been things I’ve written that I just can’t believe I wrote. xD Most of the episodes I’ve seen that you wrote, as well as the awesomeness that is “24″ (Jack Bauerrr!!!) I’ve loved. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see more of your productions on TV and such.

71. ryanhuyton - March 16, 2010

Thanks for posting, Mr. Braga! Its always good to hear from Star Trek alumni like you, Rick Sternbach, Mike Okuda and others. And I’m wondering if you have met the new guys, Bob, Alex, and J.J?

I really thought you and Ron Moore did a spectacular job with “First Contact”. And while you wrote some clunker episodes like “Threshold” you also wrote some classics like “Scorpion” and “All Good Things…”

I wish you continued success and no ill will.

72. Kev - March 16, 2010

Brannon Bragas specialty is making stories that dont make sense (see
Voyager – Projections) hence why he was the wrong choice for taking over star trek, as soon as he took over it slowly went down hill.

hell the only reason why ds9 escaped this is because they’d make two scripts one that met Braggas requirments that they didnt use and the original which was the one given to the actors.

73. Rocket Scientist - March 16, 2010

Like Bob Orci, Mr. Braga should also get recognized as a class act for joining the discussion. I think he had a very good batting average, considering how *MUCH* Trek he’s written. While Enterprise wasn’t the show *I* would have made, I ended up liking it a lot. Not just the 4th season either. Welcome to “The Deep End”, sir!

74. Anthony Pascale - March 16, 2010

Brannon

Always a pleasure for you to drop by the site and glad we can provide a forum for fan feedback for yourself, from all sides.

congrats on your new FOX deal and look forward to any new shows. I am a big fan of Flash Forward and hope that tomorrow night and the rest of the season goes well and it gets picked up.

I would say, please do consider keeping scifi genre and serialized shows alive. The world does not need another procedural cop show or doctor show

75. Kev - March 16, 2010

if that is the real Brandon Bragga I just think that you put yourself way over your head with star trek.

and if you want to see someone in action who can really bash your work its
sfdebris on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCKXTOaZmx0&feature=related

76. Patrick Hall - March 16, 2010

@RK i concur!!

And I love how all the hardcore haters don’t have the balls to talk crap about Braga when he’s actually on here!

Berman, Moore, Braga and Michael Piller were all the reason TNG started to get good!

As for people still bashing Generations, seriously get over it! Generations was released what, 15 years ago? Seriously GET OVER IT!! Generations was a decent Trek movie, unlike Star Trek V. It;s bad enough Malcolm McDowell is still probably getting death threats like he was after the film came out cuz he’s the one the TOS fanboys think killed Capt. Kirk, when technically he fell off a mountain on a damn bridge!

This concludes my little rant. Have a good night

77. JoCor - March 16, 2010

Thank God he’s done with Star Trek, he could move on now create content for people that might appreciate it rather than a bunch of rabid Trekkie lunatics who would murder him if given the chance.

Look, he produced some really crappy Trek. He produced some really great Trek. It’s an old story now. His work got us the new movie, it worked out well for everyone.

Count your millions Braga wave them in the face of a bunch of ungrateful Trekkies, and enjoy your career. Good luck.

78. richpit - March 16, 2010

I’m not a fan of most of Braga-trek, but I wish him luck in his new Fox gig. I’m greatly enjoying FlashForward (watching the “recap” show right now) and hope it gets picked up for a second season.

79. Bobeug - March 16, 2010

I don’t comment on here regularly, but you people are mean. This man has produced some really good television over the last 20 years. I mean come on, you’d never say this to his face. Be courteous.

80. Kayla Iacovino - March 16, 2010

Brannon Braga, as evidenced by a list made earlier in the comments, has contributed SO MUCH to what is Star Trek. Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that his writing is an essential part of what is Trek.

81. TranswarpMe - March 16, 2010

Saw on Twitter that Braga was chatting with the fans and rushed over to see what was going on. As in the life of an individual or a company that spans decades things are said and done in response to very organic situations at the moment in time they are created. That Gene Roddenberry didn’t plot out every episode of every series for a hundred years out is the true tragedy of this franchise. (That is sarcasm in case you didn’t see it.) People change, moods change, life changes, bosses change. Over the history of Star Trek there are many instances where we can say, “What were they thinking?!” (i.e., “Spock’s Brain”). Did I like everything that came out during the Berman era? No. But sure as Antares I’m not going to hate on these very creative and savvy individuals who kept the series alive for US (for me!) by producing more hours of Star Trek than anyone else. There were some milestones too. As far as the death of Kirk, they very well knew that it didn’t have to be the end of the character. They had to show the transition of the “generations” and Kirk could have come back in any number of ways (a shadow in the Nexus, time travel, Q intervention). The fact that Shatner may even appear in the next movie with the new cast is proof of that. What about seeing Scotty again, Sarek, Spock, and the alternative universe, Klingon legacy? These came under that era also. So before you throw stones, take into account the bigger picture that spans time and space. God speed Mr. Braga… and Thank you.

82. Jim Nightshade - March 16, 2010

You have plenty of trek fans brannon n we appreciate much how you n berman n the rest took care of trek for us a.g.(after gene)-the facts that u guys did it sucessfully for so many years-sooner or later it had to be reduced in popularity-u guys did the best u could n thanks for keeping the faith these many years–an like anthony mentioned its great u continue to stress new scifi for tv-reality shows,csi shows way too many of them we need more trek,bg,outer limits twilight zone-all kins of imaginative adventures-thanx again from a long time 54 yr old lifetime scifi fan-nuff said-thanx also for saying hi here!

83. Vanguard Is Awesome - March 16, 2010

First of all, if that was really Mr. Braga, it was definitely very cool of him to drop by.

Like everyone said, there are ups and downs to his Trek work. But there’s no denying his late Trek work (as producer, mostly) was not the highlight of his time with Star Trek. Though we’ve seen some embarrassing denials online, we all know Enterprise had a massive leap in improvement with Manny Coto’s involvement.

And here’s the thing. I’m sorry, but the argument of how tired and sick of Trek he was in the final years is crap. Why? Because he could have left at any time. What, was he chained to his desk? Look, I understand that when you have a nice lucrative job you don’t want to leave, but then don’t whine that you’ve done it too long and you’re sick and tired of it. Besides, Braga & Berman could have easily given more leeway to another head writer, and taken a break from the much-vaunted burnout.

All that said, I’m a big fan of Threshold (the show, that is). And that’s what makes it more tragic. It shows Mr. Berman is perfectly capable of good work, and had he left Trek (or just handed over more leeway to others) after being so famously burned out, he could have gone onto doing other good work. But instead, he dragged Trek down into exhaustion with him.

This doesn’t take away from his achievements when he was a staff writer, of course. But like I said, if you’re sick and tired of something, leave it. There were no doubt plenty of others who would have given up several limbs to take over.

Good luck with FOX though. Like Dennis Bailey said up in 28, they really do lover to cancell and destroy Science Fiction. What’s your problem anyway, FOX? Well, just let me have Fringe and we’ll be ok.

84. Anthony Pascale - March 16, 2010

RE: is that Brannon

You can be assured, whenever you see a ‘real name’ here at TrekMovie it is verified. That is Brannon, just like when you see Bob Orci or Rick Sternbach or James Cawley or Mike Okuda or Alan Dean Foster (and other various Trek novelists), etc.

Anyone attempting to spoof a real person is quickly permabanned so it really isn’t worth it.

85. Commodore Kor'Tar - March 16, 2010

Thanks for dropping by Mr. Braga ! I certainly enjoyed your work despite what many of my peers have expressed. I hope your new deal with Fox works out well !

86. James Heaney - Wowbagger - March 16, 2010

I’ve dished out my share of criticism to Mr. Braga in the past, but WGW’s comments were not REMOTELY warranted, and I haven’t seen anyone else respond to his outrageous claim that Braga never wrote any of Trek’s best moments. So I’m going to give it a shot. Not hard. We’ll start with:

“All Good Things…” – inarguably one of the greatest episodes ever and, in my opinion, THE greatest, from any series.

Add “Birthright I” – the superior half of that two-parter

“Cause and Effect” – I saw this episode for the first time when I was only nine months old. My parents thought I just liked Star Trek for the flashing lights and colors, and had no idea what was going on. Then the Enterprise exploded in the teaser, and I started crying at gale-force. They were barely able to console me when it blew up AGAIN. By the end of the episode, I was beyond consolation and had to be put to bed early. That was when my parents knew I was a die-hard Trekkie

“Frame of Mind” – even today, whenever someone says, “James, you’re driving me crazy,” I immediately shout back, “YEAH? Well, I didn’t kill that man… and that’s what’s driving you crazy.” This tends to make them very uncomfortable. Brilliant episode.

“Parallels” – not only a well-loved hour, but a major inspiration for the new movie!

“Year of Hell” – in the second grade, I had been banned from watching Voyager thanks to its increasingly adult content. A girl in my class knew this and ran up to me the day after this episode aired and said, “You have to get back to Voyager. Janeway abandoned ship, James! And then EXPLODED IN ANNORAX’S SHIP!” She then started quoting. I didn’t manage to see it for another ten years, but Kirsten was right. I never forgot the look of excitement on her face that morning.

“Living Witness” – probably my favorite Voyager episode, although I am very partial to “Blink of an Eye” and “Critical Care” as well. (“Critical Care” being the only argument that has ever made me seriously question my conservative position on health care.)

“Equinox” – Voyager’s one great flirtation with the Galactica-style universe.

“Someone To Watch Over Me” – I have always wondered how Mr. Braga could first do the impossible by turning me into a D/7 ‘shipper — which he did with this episode — and then turn around and write C/7 (the worst relationship EVER) in the final few episodes.

“The Andorian Incident”/”Shadows of P’Jem” – clearly by the time we get to ENT, things are starting to go wrong, but episodes like the ones in the Andorian arc prove that Braga can still write great TV.

“Azati Prime” – a great story, plus the best battle sequence in any Trek ever.

“Cogenitor” – a thoughtful story that casts ENT characters in a TOS mold – one of the too-rare episodes when ENT seemed to know what it was all about, treated its characters consistently, and made its viewers think after the credits rolled.

Generations – a fine movie. A missed opportunity in many ways, but a good film nonetheless — and a fitting end for James T. Kirk. Interesting that nobody really started complaining about GEN until AbramsTrek was announced and suddenly the Kirk Resurrection movement changed from a handful to a huge following of angry people. Until then, GEN was pretty well-liked in the fanbase.

First Contact – actually, I think FC is overrated, but it’s nonetheless beloved by most fans.

“Reunion” – the scene between Scotty and Picard on the TOS bridge is one of the iconic moments of TNG.

Now, to be sure, there is also a lot of crap in there. “Precious Cargo” and “TATV” alone make me mildly nauseous, and, yes, I know that means I take this stuff WAY too seriously. But there is absolutely NO warrant for your wild Braga-hate, WGW. Braga has written a few stinkers, a lot of middling stuff, and some truly fantastic episodes — many of the latter without a credited co-writer. (Of course, NO episode of a TV series is EVER the responsibility of only one man, and Braga rightly deserves some credit and/or blame for every episode on the series where he was showrunner — I’m looking particularly at greats like “Similitude” and “Twilight”, which he midwifed to release in Season 3, before Coto really took over in S4.)

Congrats on the big deal, Mr. Braga. I haven’t seen FlashForward yet (I was out of the country, and haven’t had time to catch up), but I intend to give it a try. It sounds like it’s going better than “Threshold” did.

Another story: any time my sister and I encounter something totally bizarre and ridiculous, we turn to each other and shout at the top of our lungs, “IT’S A FOUR-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT ROTATING IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE!” Then we laugh uncontrollably for a while. It’s been, what, four years since the Threshold pilot?, and we still haven’t met anyone who knows what we’re talking about.

87. Jim Nightshade - March 16, 2010

haha james heaney-you reminded me that myself n my brothers would all visably groan when in any episode of any of the series tachyons were used as a story element–way overused but entertaining nonetheless–

88. Jim Nightshade - March 16, 2010

I am sure when the world ends in 2012 the presidents speech will blame tachyons!

89. Tanner Waterbury - March 16, 2010

Hi Brannon, great to see ya post!!! Just out of curiosity, are you still involved with the show FlashForward. I always tend to see you credited, yet each time there are interviews about the show, you never seem to appear for an interview. Anyways, I enjoyed alot of your work on the Trek and other shows.

90. brannon braga - March 16, 2010

Wow. Great comments. Thank you for taking the time. Yes, you’re right: I wrote some raging stinkers, and perhaps some good ones too. But over the course of 14 years, I guess that’s to be expected. Wish they could all have been top-notch. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Never once did I set out to write or co-write a lazy or crappy episode of Trek. I was passionate about the show, the franchise, Gene’s remarkable vision, and I always worked my ass off to put out the very best. But they don’t always turn out that way. For that, my humble apologies. Trek is in great hands now. I look forward to more of it with the rest of you…

- Brannon

91. brannon braga - March 16, 2010

Special thanks to Anthony, who runs this site. Keep it going, my man. This is a great place for Trek/sci-fi news, and an even better one for fan interaction. Much appreciated. And yes, I hope to do my small part to keep science fiction alive and well on television.

92. brannon braga - March 16, 2010

It’s 12:30 in the morning. What am I doing on here? Guess I need to “get a life”, as they say.

Thanks again to the good folks on Trekmovie. com!

93. P Technobabble - March 17, 2010

92. brannon braga

Thanks for posting and joining in… and graciously! Like another Trek writer who frequents here, you’ve taken a lot of nasty hits, which you don’t deserve. Your passion and love of Star Trek is not unappreciated by many, many people. It may not always be easy to ignore the genius critics, but then again, I doubt most (if not all) of them have ever, or could ever, walk in your shoes.
Good luck with the new deal.
Live long and prosper.

94. Jim Nightshade - March 17, 2010

nonsense themightybruce-imho brannon and the others helped to keep trek alive for a record breaking number of years-they werent perfect but no one is-Braga n everyone else associated with it did their best to honor trek,gr, and us fans-thats obvious-it didnt last 4ever-what does? I think if trek were in less creative hands back then that it would not have lasted a year past roddenberrys death-that it did and thrived is proof of their hard work,dedication n love for the franchise-what do they get from the fans in appreciation-kicked in the teeth by some, indifference by others-i loved the new movie and a fresh perspective was needed-but it will be a long time before jj and co can be compared favorably to berman,braga et al-i hope they can keep trek alive as long as they did-we will see-so while not wanting to speak for mr braga i bet he feels pretty good about his part in trek legacy n-thanx again mr braga–

95. Andy Patterson - March 17, 2010

Hey Brannon,

What are you thoughts on working on an Assignment: Earth project? I think I’d trust you to do it justice more than some others in Hollywood today.

http://www.supervisor194.com/blog/?p=588

96. captain_neill - March 17, 2010

Great to see you on here Brannon

Love your work and you do not deserve the negativity you get from the fans.

97. April Hebert - March 17, 2010

All I know is, thanks to Braga, Berman, Moore, Coto, et al, I got to “play Star Trek” every day for 11 wonderful years at the Experience. How could I hate on any of them? I am, and always will be, forever grateful. Keep writing sci-fi, Brannon!

98. captain_neill - March 17, 2010

Brannon

A lot of the time travel and high concept ideas you brought to Trek were fantastic.

A cool image I love from one of your stories was Deanna Troi as a cake in Phantasms.

I appreciate all the work you did on Star Trek and currently loving your work on 24.

99. RetroWarbird - March 17, 2010

Anyone who wrote the arcs which put Jeff Combs in the blue & antennae can be forgiven for writing most of the more ridiculous episodes of TNG (Oh, how we ought to have had ENT Season 5 with him as Archer’s new X.O. Fun is allowed in Star Trek, assuredly (Even though looking at that list I have to acknowledge that the “Klingon Episodes” and the rest of the truly amazing stuff, are practically all co-written by Ron “DS9″ Moore, and are the better offerings).

Anyway, congrats on the Fox deal, my sentiments echo the other “We need more, good one-hour sci-fi shows” posters. And more from Trek veterans in general, it’s always great to see a Trek name in a credits sequence (IE: 50% of Leverage episodes, 100% of Boston Legal, and so forth).

100. Falvoant - March 17, 2010

Maybe now you can BUY that Aston Martin .
Youve always wanted

Good .. luck in the Future.

101. draderman - March 17, 2010

@ # 92 – lol brannon

;)

this is awesome news bro. really happy for you, congrats. you deserve it.

-jay (Y#1F)

102. Daoud - March 17, 2010

Brannon, you certainly don’t need to get a life. But you do need to get some sleep. Or, do you do better writing while sleep-deprived? Hmmm, that could explain a lot in either direction! :)

Imagine a world where humans didn’t need to sleep… whatever would THAT be like!?!?

103. Mary Czerwinski - March 17, 2010

Thanks for joining us on here Brannon and congrats on your new deal. It’s easy for us to all get caught up in these useless arguments about “what is Star Trek?” “So and so ruined Star Trek,” etc. What people don’t realize is that for 40 + years we were allowed to watch the thing we love because of people like you. For better or worse Star Trek is thriving because of all the imaginative minds who’ve worked on it over the years. Making TV is a grind. You’ve got deadlines, budget restrictions, studio input etc. One person working on the franchise for 14 years is going to have hits and misses. Do you knock it out of the park everyday of your job? I seriously doubt the misses are because someone intentionally wanted to sabotage the franchise or was too lazy to write something better. Few of us can imagine what it’s like to have the pressures of working on network TV. It’s certainly the most extreme exampe of design by committee. I personally think it’s exciting to hear that FOX believes in someone with such a scifi calling card. It’s hopefully a sign that scifi is a marketable force to be reckoned with again. I hope FOX making such an investment will mean more genre television, which is a certainly something to be excited about.

104. Hugh Hoyland - March 17, 2010

I know this is a shot in the dark and I know your a very busy writter but….Mr Braga will you write a screen play for my Star Trek story?? When you find the time of course:}

105. RK - March 17, 2010

P.S. @WGM

I pity you. I wonder what you have achieved in your life….

106. damian - March 17, 2010

I love that the former and current powers that be come on and respond. Of all the prior players in the regime, it seems Braga gets the most grief. He was responsible for some great episodes. I was looking at the list another posted noted and they were some of my favorites. And of course some were clunkers. But unless you are God, noboby is perfect. The worse Star Trek is still better than most of the shows on today.

107. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 17, 2010

Branndon

Thank you for your time at Star Trek. Your eppisodes were some of the best i have ever watched. I might have done a few thigns differently but only in my own selfish view. You along with Rick Berman made star trek a big part of my life. Collectively i have watched over 7000 hours of Star Trek (conservative estimate watching TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and all 11 movies over and over again) You have had a positive impact on my life and i want to thank you for your time at Star Trek. I just got done watching the 40th anniversary tribute on youtube and it gave me tears thinging of all the memories.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80_HKdvNhgA&feature=related

Thanks again

108. David P - March 17, 2010

Brandon rules for scoring with 7 of 9

109. jonboc - March 17, 2010

#80- “Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that his writing is an essential part of what is Trek.”

Oh no I don’t! lol The new formula for 24th century Trek is too radically different from the Trek I like. Never did like it or watch it. 24, on the other hand, has kicked some ass since Braga signed on. The stuff last year with Almeda was great. Brannon, I hope your onboard for the rumored 24 feature film.

110. Cap'n Calhoun - March 17, 2010

Gotta love the Twitter link to this (the bit.ly part in particular):

Brannon Braga just dropped by the TrekMovie.com comments (which can get snarky) to interact with the Trekkies http://bit.ly/dbCrud

111. thebiggfrogg - March 17, 2010

I have to say I liked Generations, except for the execrable Picard Christmas scene. Couldn’t get any more mannered and stiff than that. So, if he wrote that bit he ought to be forced to swallow a couple fistfuls of mistletoe.

Other than that I liked the film [yes, EVEN Kirk's death scene--he died a hero and his final words were unexpected, underplayed (?!Shatner?!), and dare I say Takeiesque].

112. Andrew Goodman - March 18, 2010

#88 In regards to the Earth and all of Humanity coming to an end in late 2012, it is Not going to happen in our lifetime. The Earth’s Sun still over 5 Billion Years of life in it. Unless there is real evidence to the contrary I say ignore that prophesy when do make it to New Year’s Day of 2013.

Just in case you already have seen the movie “2012″ tell yourself “It’s Only A Movie”.

No further comments on that issue,

Have a great night.

(7of9A) out.

113. Lore - March 18, 2010

#65 Yes your very wrong. Your WRONG WRONG WRONG, WRONG I SAY!!!!!!! But your entitled to your own opinion.

114. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 18, 2010

#112 I agree but its supposed to be December 21st 2012 not 31st

115. captain_neill - March 19, 2010

113

Thanks makes me feel like an anomaly.

All I want to do is love my Star Trek.

116. Jim Nightshade - March 19, 2010

HAHA ANdrew Goodman…but but….what about the Tachyons??/ We have to blame something on the Tachyons and I think causing the end of the world as we know it is pretty good thing to blame them on haahah

117. Nick Cook - March 22, 2010

Mr Braga, if that really is you, just wanted to say thank you for the many years of entertainment both you and Mr Berman have given us. Yeah, there were stinkers in there but you entertained me, and did your best to keep Trek in the right vein. Thank you, and best of luck in your future endeavours.

118. Neville A. Ross - March 26, 2010

79. Bobeug – March 16, 2010

I don’t comment on here regularly, but you people are mean. This man has produced some really good television over the last 20 years. I mean come on, you’d never say this to his face. Be courteous.

Unfortunately, Bobeug, you’ve encountered the typical Trekfan! As it says in my sig at Trek Nation.com:

Star Trek Fandom (1966-1979)

The current generations are nothing but a bunch of whiny frakheads bitching from the anonymity of the Internet who can’t write a script to save their lives.

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