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Smitty

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« on: 04-18-2003 14:13 »
« Last Edit on: 09-11-2005 00:00 »

My Trekkie friend just emailed these back to me, I thought I'd start a new topic to draw more attention. I reworded a couple of questions in the email so they weren't so long.

OK here goes:

Question: How difficult was it to write an episode with so many celebrity voices in it? Were there any funny lines you wanted to hear the ST crew say but didn't write into the episode?

DAG: It's very difficult to write for so many non-Futurama characters, but I was lucky in that a lot of the supporting characters in Futurama weren't in it. Before I started writing the script, I spent a lot of time with the other Futurama writers making sure there was something for everybody to do. Although my name was on the script, many of the jokes in it were pitched by the Futurama staff. In terms of lines not making it into the final script, I had a run in my first draft where, after Shatner delivered his log at the beginning, Koenig jumps in and says "Now here's what I wrote. "Dear log, what a crazy week..."

Question: Even though the Welshy jokes were hilarious, why didn't the episode feature James Doohan?

DAG: We approached James Doohan's agent, who said the Doohan's response to being in the episode was "No way." We don't know why we got such a strong response, but we assumed he thought he'd be working with Shatner. 

Question: How did William Shatner react to the character of Zapp Brannigan given that Zapp was supposed to be a mockery of Shatner? In fact what did the TOS cast think of the jokes about their characters/themself?


Question: Do any of the ST cast watch Futurama?

DAG: I had the sense that Walter Koenig did, but I'm not sure about the others.

Question: 5. How is producing a sci-fi cartoon series different from producing a normal sci-fi series?

DAG: There are too many to explain, but just to focus on the writing, the differences are really between writing a comedy and writing a drama. Writing a comedy is more collaborative in the sense that on most comedies every script is worked on by the whole staff; not just beating out the story, but also the staff pitches jokes that the writer puts in his script, and then after finishing the script the staff makes further contributions, depending on how the script was received by the head writer(s). On a drama, you spend time working out the story with the other writers, but then you're mostly on your own writing your outline and script, and then doing the rewrites, taking notes from the head writers. On a comedy also as a writer you're much more involved with the actors; on Futurama, when the actors recorded their lines, the writers are there giving a lot of direction, whereas on a drama, the writers are only occasionally on set.

Question: Did the TOS cast have any say in what their 2D aliases looked like?

DAG: No.

Question: Who's Matt's Futurama favourites..?

DAG: I don't know, but Matt was recently quoted in the L.A.Times saying that the highpoint of the series was reuniting the Star Trek cast. But in general, Futurama was Matt's baby; he loved working on it, and so it was always a lot of fun to work with him. A really great, talented guy.

Question: How much better of an episode would it have been had Deforest Kelly still been alive?

DAG I think that would've been amazing.

Question: Did anyone come up with any lines that DeForest Kelley could have said, had he still been alive and did anyone do any brainstorming on a possible Zoidberg-McCoy scene?

Early on we did talk about a Zoidberg-McCoy scene, but then we decided we didn't want to have someone imitate Kelley since that took away from the idea that we got the rest of the cast.

Question: How did you convince Shatner to do a spoken word version of "The Real Slim Shady" and how in the world did you get Eminem or whoever controls the rights to the song to allow it?

DAG: We paid the people for the rights to the song, and Shatner just did it. He was a real pro about it.

Question: Is there any chance you could reveal anymore about upcoming unaired episodes? ::hint hint::

CyberKnight

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« Reply #1 on: 04-18-2003 15:33 »

Thanks, Smitty. Really good answers. And that last spoiler reveals a couple of details about the finale.
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #2 on: 04-18-2003 18:08 »

Yay! My question got in at the start, I'm so happy! Thanks to Smitty and the very kind Mr Goodman for bringing some light into our dreary, futurama-empty, missing lives.
Teral

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« Reply #3 on: 04-19-2003 11:17 »

Excellent. Thanks Smitty. I always figured it was the old Doohan/Shatner enmity that kept Scotty out of it.

Kudos to them for dumping the Zoidy/Bones scenes, as I wouldn't want to see someone faking Kelly's voice. Although the could've made him roll his eyes at Zoidy's modern science gizmos, with Bones' 'small town doctor' mindset it would've been great.

Did the ST board ask any questions? And, if yes, is it possible to get a link to said board/thread?
Timo

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« Reply #4 on: 04-19-2003 11:20 »

Thanks to Smitty and Mr. Goodman.  I am very glad that they did not attempt to imitate DeForest Kelley's voice.  That would have been a huge mistake.

However, while I fully realize that it was never made, I was kind of hoping for some details on what the McCoy-Zoidberg scene would have been about.  The situation, potential lines, potential gags, that sort of thing.

Smitty, is there any possibility of following up on that?  I would really appreciate it.
Smitty

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« Reply #5 on: 04-19-2003 12:36 »

Yeah I'll find out what board it is and post a link. Doubt they'd accept me if I registered...I'm already banned from 3 different trek boards   laff
Teral

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« Reply #6 on: 04-19-2003 12:48 »

3 boards? I thought Trekkers were famous for their tolerance and openmindedness.
Gocad

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« Reply #7 on: 04-19-2003 12:58 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
3 boards? I thought Trekkers were famous for their tolerance and openmindedness.

That's a good one.
  evil laugh


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Smitty

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« Reply #8 on: 04-19-2003 12:59 »

Well it all happened last year when me and a couple of other people from another board went around a load of Trek boards posting topics about cheese in all the wrong forums. That led to our IP's being blocked.

They didn't even accept a topic I wrote entitled "Get the cheese to sickbay." Not very open-minded at all.
Teral

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« Reply #9 on: 04-19-2003 13:03 »

I guess I must be frequenting the wrong ST boards and sites then. Although the "cheese to sickbay" joke really grated on me too.

The only people I hate are people who state their favorite episodes are "Profit And lace" and "Threshold".

 
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Originally posted by Gocad:
 That's a good one.
   evil laugh


I'm very openminded and fair. Who said I wasn't!?

::kicks Gocad in the shins, hard and fast::
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #10 on: 04-19-2003 22:37 »

nice, good questions and good answers, and the final episode looks like a great ending.
The Knux Bender

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« Reply #11 on: 04-19-2003 23:41 »
« Last Edit on: 04-19-2003 23:41 by Nixorbo »

  Alright, I'll wait and see.
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #12 on: 04-20-2003 00:06 »

That was awesome.  Thanks to all for getting that off the ground  big grin
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #13 on: 04-20-2003 14:03 »
« Last Edit on: 04-20-2003 14:03 »

Cool interview, I really hope that deleted scene with Zapp and Shatner makes it to the Season 4 DVD's. That last part of the interview is especially awesome   cool
Chanukah Zombie

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« Reply #14 on: 04-25-2003 03:10 »

Is there any way to keep an ongoing dialogue open between PEEL and the Futurama creative staff?  I'd love it if we heard more from their team. 
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