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Majel Roddenberry Talks TREK

Roddenberry on the franchise's longevity and ENTERPRISE.

By Frank Kurtz     August 17, 2001
Source: Inside Trek & Sci Fi


Majel Roddenberry as Dr. Julianne Belman on GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT
© 2001 Tribune Entertainment Company

Majel Roddenberry admits that she's surprised at how durable the STAR TREK franchise has been. While talking to Ian Spelling's synidicated Inside Trek & Sci Fi column, the actress/producer spoke of the franchise, saying, "It's totally incomprehensible. I cannot conceive of a phenomenon like this happening anywhere. It's kind of like having a miracle go on and on and on and on, where people see things that aren't really there, in religion and so forth.


"I think, 'Oh my God, where did it come from? Will it never go away?' I guess it's not going to go away. Of course, I'm delighted. My personal reaction is 'Bring 'em on!'"


Roddenberry also revealed that she hadn't been approached to provide her voice for the computer, if it needs one, in the upcoming ENTERPRISE. On this point, she says, "Remember, this is 100 years earlier, and they haven't invented the computer voice yet. I'd love to do a scene where I record the computer voice, but I don't know about being seen doing it because I'd eventually evolve into Nurse Chapel if you kept it chronologically correct."


Roddenberry adds, "If they did a scene of me recording the voice, I suppose you could shoot me from the back and go ahead and record it. But I don't think they're going to do that. They finally got rid of me, so why would they put me in again?'' 


She also relates what she knows about the coming program, saying, "From what I've heard from the writers, their endeavor is not to keep everything chronologically correct - that this is just taken out of time. They can jump forward. They can go back. They can do anything they want. That's where it really deviates from STAR TREK, because there was an almost military kind of thing where STAR TREK could be unbelievable, but it had to be believable.

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