Planning a timeline there, statichaos?
(I figure you missed my post because you were writing.) They simply don't have the writer's. The only POD to make Voyager work is fire Berman and Braga and most of the writing staff and bring in new people.
Actually...you want to make this work? Paramount is VERY unhappy with Brannon and Braga losing their lead actress so soon into a series, and strips away much of their authority in favor of...hmm. Who would be interesting?
But still, I highly doubt the circumstances would cause Paramount to kick Berman out of the franchise. Maybe Braga, but not Berman.
Ronald D. Moore. As much as BSG went downhill (and the ending was hilariously stupid) if Brannon is fired—him and RDM has a massive falling out, they used to be writing partners—and Moore winds up in charge for whatever reason there'd be a pretty jump in quality, and Star Trek: Voyager doesn't need long-term plotting or lots of religion so Moore's weak points are left out.
GAH!!!!! For fuck's sake, DO SOME RESEARCH, PEOPLE!Okay, Braga's out. Berman is still in, but his influence is much diminished per direction from the studio. Berman isn't happy about this, but he still has an Exec Producer credit, and some say over how things go.
I'd say that Piller just wants the show to go on, Braga leaves under pressure from Paramount, Moore essentially jumps into his place, and (as stated) Berman's actual role is diminished after a "come to Jesus" meeting with studio heads, something along the lines of when NBC sat down with Jay Leno and Helen Kushnick.
There's going to be a HUGE legal kerfuffle over contracts and the like, but that's why studios have lawyers on retainer. Braga could conceivably even be bribed to let it drop with a good development deal ("Hey, Brannon, you're wasting your talent on someone else's franchise. How about we help you develop your own, original ideas?"), especially if the alternative is an ugly legal battle that would end up involving a number of people he'd like to work with again someday.
You know who was in charge? Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor shared the showrunner position for the first season. Then Piller left, and Jeri Taylor remained the sole showrunner for the second, third and fourth seasons. If you want someone to blame for Voyager's intrinsic faults, blame Jeri Taylor. Or, hell -- blame Michael Piller as well, because if he'd wanted to do something about it he could have.
It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine.ColeMercury, we do appreciate your Devil's Advocacy, but please moderate your tone. The good people of this site already get plenty worked up over war and politics; we don't need the lightness and fun of popular culture tainted by that zealousness too
It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine.
I remember back in 2007 I happened across a message board post (can't remember where) complaining at length about how Berman and Braga were in the process of killing Star Trek. In 2007. A full year after Berman had officially resigned from Paramount, and three years after Braga had stepped down as showrunner of Enterprise.
Just so everyone knows, my timeline has been updated today, February 12th. link in the sig.
In fact, I would suggest that it might be a good idea for all the authors with a timeline indexed here to post when they have posted another update to their timeline.