Ron Moore is one of the best-known STAR TREK writers. He worked for many years on THE NEXT GENERATION, moving to DEEP SPACE NINE after that, and even spending a short time on the VOYAGER staff. Along with Brannon Braga, Moore wrote the script for the feature film GENERATIONS as well as FIRST CONTACT. He has not penned a word of TREK since leaving VOYAGER. Although he did not write the upcoming ROSWELL episode which crosses over with the latest TREK series, ENTERPRISE, he did write the scene where TREK vets Jonathan Frakes and John Billingsley audition ROSWELL's Max (Jason Behr), with a nod to the original series episode, "Requiem for Methuselah."
"I wrote that little audition
The show is really about the further adventures of the ROSWELL characters. Like the other characters, Isabel is also going in her own direction, getting involved with a new character, attorney Jesse Ramirez, played by Adam Rodriguez.
"Isabel, we will discover in the first episode of the season, has been having a summer-long romance with a lawyer that works in her dad's firm," says Moore. "She's kept it very quiet, because he's like 26 and she's 18. He works for her dad, and she doesn't want anybody to know. They've been quietly seeing each other, and over the course of the first half dozen episodes the romance will come out into the open."
Michael also has a new path. His new attempts to root himself on this planet will go forward and be brought to the center in the second episode of the season. Called "Michael, the Guys, and the Great Snapple Caper," it is a comedy written by Moore.
"Michael looks around
Other changes come to the group. This season will feature more of both the Parker and Evans parents. The Valentis have switched roles, as the son Kyle (Nick Wechsler) is forced to take care of his now-unemployed father.
"After Valenti lost his job as sheriff, he hasn't gotten a new job yet," says Moore. "He's been sitting on the couch sleeping and watching TV all day. Kyle has had to go out and get a job. You see that Kyle is now the parent, and Valenti is now the son. That's also in the second episode. Kyle is getting sick of it, having trouble paying the bills, and telling dad to get off his ass and do something with his life."
Moore says the writing staff is
The writing staff this year includes Katims and Moore. Also returning are two writing teams - Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, plus Garret Lerner and Russel Friend. There are also writers new to ROSWELL.
"David Simkins is a new writer this year," says Moore. "He's a consulting producer. He used to be on FREAKYLINKS, and BRISCO COUNTY. Laura Burns and Melinda Metz are a new team that are onboard as staff writers. Melinda actually wrote the original ROSWELL books, and Laura was the editor. So they are from the genesis of the show."
Moore says that he feels the show is headed in the right direction.
"There was a general agreement among us all that where the show ended up last season, those last six episodes, is where we want to be," he explains. "Those are the kind of stories we want to tell, on that kind of scale, with the science fiction element in about that balance to the show, because it seemed like that was the most effective. We spent most of the second season trying to figure out how much science fiction the show could handle. WB wanted science fiction, and they wanted long, continuing, serialized storylines. We really pushed it in that direction, and it wasn't a comfortable match. We had to kind of pull back. Where we ended up in the last six was what we felt was the strongest. We feel good. It's like the show is in a good place creatively."
ROSWELL airs on UPN Tuesday nights at 9pm beginning October 9th.