Martin Hornstein and Rick Berman.
Piller and Rick Berman with input from Patrick Stewart
effort to save Lt. Commander Data leads him to the Ba'ku planet,
where the Federation and their Son'a allies are conducting a cultural survey.
The Ba'ku seem at first to be a simple race of only six hundred people,
living in one
village on their isolated world.
But when Picard meets a Ba'ku woman, Anij
he gradually learns that there is more to her people than meets
She, like most of her fellow Ba'ku, is more than three hundred years old.
Picard also learns that the survey is only a cover --
for a plot to kidnap the Ba'ku en
masse and exile them from their world.
Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham), the Son'a leader,
has discovered that the planet is bathed in metaphasic radiation that reverses
What the Ba'ku have, the Son'a -- an aged, dying race --
Picard confronts his superior officer,
(Anthony Zerbe) with what he
has learned ...
only to find that Dougherty and the
top leaders of the Federation are part
of the scheme.
After all, says the admiral,
there are only six hundred Ba'ku.
Why should they stand in the way of progress? Captain Picard objects:
If a planetful of people can be forcibly removed from their world,
destroying their way
of life, where does it end?
There may be only six hundred Ba'ku, but how many would
it take to become
A thousand? Fifty thousand? A million? But Admiral
Dougherty will hear no
He gives Picard a direct order to withdraw and return
to his previous mission.
For Jean-Luc Picard, it is the time of decision. If he obeys Dougherty's order,
he would violate the principles of his Starfleet oath. Instead, he
By the time he is done, Picard will have risked everything -- and left
his career and ship to help the Ba'ku.
battle for Paradise has just begun ...
Rick Berman in
the Feb/Mar -98 Issue
of the Star Trek Communicator!
what's the latest update on the next feature film?
Jonathan Frakes and I are still working on the script.
dealing with revisions and preparations for the second draft.
Stewart is involved in this process as well.
Martin Hornstein back on board as our executive producer/unit
a member of the team for Star Trek: First Contact.
starting the process of getting location managers and location scouts to work.
out focus now is on the rewrite.
you begun the design process yet?
Yes, we have.
very preliminary areas of design work beginning with Herman Zimmerman.
will set this film apart from the last one?
Well, it has
a lot more humor and romance that the last film.
I also believe that this film will be more character-driven than the last
sounds like you will be doing some location shooting for this film?
great deal of this picture is going to take place on-location.
A lot of
this film is planet-based. In fact, it is a planet that we've never seen before.
are you scheduled to start shooting?
there any major guest-starring roles in the picture?
There are three
major guest-starring roles all yet to be cast- two male and one female.
of the whole process of making a feature film, which area is the ost enjoyable
It's a multi-facetted
process which takes a year-and-a-half.
different highlights to the job and it's hard to say that one is better than
have their ups and downs.
creative process of coming up with the story and working with the writers
most rewarding creatively, it is also the most difficult.
process and the preproduction process have good points and bad points.
process is always a lot of fun.
the finishing stages- the opticals, editing & sound work are very rewarding
you have what amounts to almost two years of work all coming together.
But I would
have to say, that if I picked the one thing that I get the most enjoyment
it would be the initial writing stages.
is Jonathan Frakes working on now?
He's just come
onboard and is now attending story and script meetings with
Michael and I.
to work on design elements and location elements
and he is involved in that.
the very early stages of this picture.
it easy to give the directing nod to Jonathan on this film after the success
of Star Trek: First Contact?
Even if First
Contact had not been successful, I would have still felt very
He is a
very talented guy. he did a wonderful job and
we have a great working relationship.
He is a
big part of what makes this whole
process enjoyable for me!