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Ronald D. Moore On What It Was Like To Kill Kirk In Generations

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KirkDeathStar Trek: Generations definitely wasn’t the franchise’s finest hour, but it did have the major selling point of getting to see Kirk share an adventure with the Next Generation crew. Unfortunately for Kirk, that adventure ended with his death after he got a freaking bridge dropped on him. One of the two men responsible for writing that death scene was Ronald D. Moore, who went on to bring us the Battlestar Galactica reboot and Starz’s Outlander adaptation. In a new interview with Collider, Moore shares his thoughts about what it was like to be tasked with killing off a character he’d grown up idolizing.

Moore told Collider:

It was difficult, and yet I was very eager to do it. It was a really odd thing. I really wanted to do that story. I really wanted to write the death of Captain Kirk. I really wanted to do it in the movie. I remember writing the scene with Brannon [Braga], my writing partner, at the time. When I said, ‘And Kirk dies,’ I wept. It was very emotional and very strange, in the moment and all the way through the process. I’d read it in the script and I’d always be struck by what I’d just done and what we were doing, and that this was my childhood hero and I was writing his death. Even then, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. I was mystified by why I was doing it, why I was so driven to do it, and why it was affecting me like it was. I still don’t know what it means. It’s a strange singular experience. I don’t even know anyone to talk to about it because I don’t know anyone who’s had that experience.

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Ron Moore Bemoans Sci-Fi’s Devolution Into Pure Popcorn Entertainment

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MooreThere’s no denying that writer and producer Ronald D. Moore is a science fiction great. His work on Star Trek was important to the franchise, while his Battlestar Galactica reboot is considered some of the best television has to offer genre fans. So when Moore sounds off on the current state of science fiction, you know people are going to listen.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Ron Moore discussed his feelings about contemporary science fiction in movies and television. The 49-year-old geek icon feels that sci-fi today is content with being purely for entertainment purposes and is unwilling, at the moment, to evolve into something more mature and smart. He feels that his Syfy series Helix is trying to break that mold. Moore says:

‘I think science-fiction for the last 15 or 20 years — on television and in movies — has devolved to just popcorn,’ he says, citing Helix as one of the few examples of more ‘adult’ TV sci-fi. ‘To do something in this genre, it had to be just light and fluffy and silly and adventurous.

‘I think that science-fiction can be deeper, it can be meatier, it can be more adult. It can take itself a little more seriously and try to do something different. That’s certainly what we set out to do with Battlestar and I think that Helix is a good venue for that as well.’

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New Outlander Photo, Plus Ron Moore Talks Star Trek, Star Wars, And More

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OutlanderTonight sci-fi veteran Ronald D. Moore makes his long-awaited return to the small screen with his Antarctic outbreak story Helix on Syfy. But that’s apparently not enough to fill his time, because he also has an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels for Starz, which will premiere later this year. A time-jumping multi-period piece, there is a new old-timey Outlander photo for us to peruse. Moore has been busy on the promotional trail, hawking his wares, and has taken the time to talk about everything from his own shows, to Star Wars, Star Trek, and even Game of Thrones.

The story of Outlander follows a married 1940s combat nurse named Claire (Caitriona Balfe). On vacation with her husband (Tobias Menzies) in Scotland, she manages to tumble through some kind of portal into the 18th century. There she falls in love with a young warrior bro, played by Sam Heughan. As you can see, this photograph, which appeared in EW, is definitely from Claire’s pre-time travel days. She’s just hanging out in a field, having an awesome car with running boards, though I feel like having a convertible in Scotland has many of the same drawbacks as owning a similar automobile in Seattle. In the accompanying interview, Moore discusses what drew him to the project.

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Helix Offers Up The First 15 Minutes For Your Perusal

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We have a ton of good sci-fi television to look forward to in the new year. New entry Almost Human is coming back from a mid-season break, as is NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution. Not only are shows like Continuum and Orphan Black returning with new seasons in the coming months, there are newcomers like Believe and Intelligence on the horizon as well. Genre fans are also looking forward to Ron Moore’s return to the small screen. He hasn’t made much of an impact since Battlestar Galactica wrapped up, but he has two new programs on the way in 2014. In addition to an adaptation of Diana Gabalon’s popular Outlander series of novels, his biological horror show Helix will debut on Syfy in less than a week, and now you can check out the first 15-minutes of the premiere.

Helix is one we’ve been curious about. The concept is strong, and resembles John Carpenter’s The Thing, but what we’ve seen in the form of promos, clips, and teasers hasn’t exactly set our world’s on fire. Still, it’s Moore, and the man is something of a sci-fi guru, so we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. However, these 15-minutes, much like what’s come before, don’t inspire the greatest confidence.

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Helix’s Latest Trailer Still Isn’t Doing It For Us

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We’re less than a month away from the premiere of Syfy’s Helix, but the latest trailer still just looks like a greatest hits reel from other well-known science fiction properties. You’ve got the remote, snowy location of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The mysterious black ooze infecting people, just like in The X-Files. The biomedical trappings of any number of pandemic thrillers, and the angry infected riff on everything from Dr. Jekyll to zombies. I’m not saying Helix will be bad — I’ve heard some positive early buzz, and showrunner Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) still earns my optimism — but I keep waiting for the first trailer or clip that blows me away and looks like more than the sum of its overly familiar parts…but this ain’t it.

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Helix’s Season One Trailer Isn’t As Infectious As Its Central Threat

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Here’s what troubles me about Syfy’s upcoming thriller Helix: it looks like a better-than-average Syfy Original movie. I know in my head that this Yahoo! trailer is just giving us an extended look at where the season is going without actually taking us there, but I can’t completely get my brain to believe that it isn’t just a quick version of Ice-Gator vs. CDC-Quake or something like that. I believe it will be better and less generic than it looks, but I also used to believe that Columbus discovered America. Lessons get learned.

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