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Exploring Bryan Fuller's Trek Resume, Part 2

Not exactly memorable for the writer, but not bad either

Can you really judge a man based on what he did in the past? Well, in Hollywood, you can do almost anything. And in the case of Bryan Fuller, the new showrunner for the upcoming sixth Star Trek series, we have a vast resume of past Trek work to look at.

In fact, we've already looked at his first seven Trek episodes where he was a primary writer here, and now we'll take a look at the back-eight, as they would say in television production.

Thanks in advance to both the Internet Movie Database and Memory Alpha for lending a hand in filling in the blanks, since much of this was more than 15 years ago.

"Course: Oblivion"
Star Trek: Voyager
March 3, 1999

Whether you're a fan of "Star Trek: Voyager" or not, it's hard not to like this episode, which starts with some startling revelations (including a wedding and the fact that Voyager is just two years from Earth), but then makes you scratch your head and go, "What?"

Fuller worked with Nick Sagan for a second (the first being "Gravity" the year before), and actually continues the Demon Planet story in the May 1998 episode "Demon."

As we start to see the Voyager crew die, we begin to realize it's not really the Voyager crew, but biomimetic creatures that Voyager had discovered (and left behind) in "Demon."

Sagan wasn't actually a fan of "Demon," but loved the freedom he got working with Fuller on this particular episode.

"One of the great things about 'Course: Oblivion' [was] that you could do whatever you wanted to do, because they're not the real crew," he told TrekToday.

The episode, of course, was controversial to some fans, because it embodied the old Star Trek legend of "GNDN" ... you know, "goes nowhere, does nothing." But Sagan quickly put a lot of that to rest.

"But it really is the story about the poignancy of Voyager's journey," Sagan said. "There's something about trying really hard, and not being quite able to achieve it, which is a reality to a lot of people."

Star Trek: Voyager
April 26, 1999

This definitely was not an episode that Fuller likely included in his highlight reel.

Do you remember the Malon? No? Neither do we, even though they were featured in like three or four episodes of "Voyager," including this one, where the Voyager crew is up against a ticking clock to stop exposure to theta radiati-- who are we kidding. It doesn't matter.

Even Sagan, who once again teamed up with Fuller on this episode, was not very excited about "Juggernaut." In fact, it was one of only five episodes he wrote while story editor on the show that he didn't really like, saying more or less there were too many hands in the cookie jar on this one.

"Barge of the Dead"
Star Trek: Voyager
Oct. 6, 1999

So does Fuller have a thing about death and the after-life? You have seen "Dead Like Me," "Pushing Daisies" and the failed Munsters drama pilot "Mockingbird Lane," right?

Yep, it's another episode about death. And this time, it focuses on Roxann Dawson's character of B'Elanna Torres. She dies in a shuttle accident, and heads to the Klingon afterlife ... which is aptly named the Barge of the Dead.

But this episode is an interesting one when it comes to Star Trek. It was one of just two episodes Ronald D. Moore participated in as a writer for "Voyager" after leaving a very successful series in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and it also was the last episode he ever wrote.

While Fuller helped with the story and even wrote the teleplay, the idea of exploring Klingon hell was something Moore had hoped to do with Worf in DS9, but it just never panned out. So when Moore made it over on his brief stint to "Voyager," he changed Worf to Torres, and it all worked out in the end.

We always wondered what happened to Moore after he left Star Trek, bat'leth in hand ...

"Spirit Folk"
Star Trek: Voyager
Feb. 23, 2000

In this episode, Fuller brings Star Trek into the 21st century. OK, not really, since the 21st century actually began in 2001, not 2000. But then again, who's counting?

Put your hand down.

Anyway, why have a real town when you can have a holographic one?

There really isn't much to say about this episode except that it continues (and ends) the adventures of the fake town of Fair Haven, which was first explored just a couple months before in, well, "Fair Haven." That episode, however was not written by Fuller, but instead by Robin Burger, who contributed a few other scripts that people don't really remember much either.

"Flesh and Blood"/"Flesh and Blood, Part 2"
Star Trek: Voyager
Nov. 29, 2000

Another holodeck mishap? Must be Star Trek.

Although this particular episode had a bit of a different bent.

"Voyager" created its own version of the Jem'Hadar from DS9 through the Hirogen. The race had acquired Starfleet holographic technology, which allowed them to vent their warrior instincts and train young "hunters." But apparently somebody created a Moriarty, and suddenly the Hirogen couldn't defeat their holographic nemeses.

This was another sweeps "feature," this time for November sweeps in 2000. And it did pretty good. I mean, there is very little negative chatter about this particular episode among fans (if they even remember it), and it seemed to do well enough for "Voyager," which already was looking at its self-imposed endgame anyway.

Fuller wrote the teleplay for this episode based on a story he developed with Jack Monaco and Raf Green. Green had worked on a few other "Voyager" episodes, including the popular "Virtuoso," while this was the only Trek episode Monaco did.

Monaco later earned two Emmy nominations for his work on "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour."

"Workforce"/"Workforce, Part 2"
Star Trek: Voyager
Feb. 21, 2001

OK, now we're officially in the 21st century, and Fuller has returned in a primary writing role just in time for February sweeps. In fact, it would be the last February sweeps period for "Voyager," which by then was in its seventh and final season, with "Star Trek: Enterprise" waiting in the wings.

We get away from holodeck incidents and explorations of life after death, and instead go back to another popular Trek trope — kidnapping and memory erasing. This time, however, the crew is abducted so they can be put to work on a planet called Quarra. You know, like "quarry"?

Anyway, by now it seems fans were more looking forward to how "Voyager" was going to end in a few months, and what the new Trek series would bring. But this episode did earn two Emmy nominations: Outstanding Music Composition and Outstanding Special Visual Effects. The episode would lose out to another "Voyager" episode, "Endgame."

"Friendship One"
Star Trek: Voyager
April 25, 2001

This was Fuller's swan song from "Voyager," and it was an interesting one. Paying a bit of homage to "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," Voyager gets its first orders from Starfleet in years — track down the whereabouts of a warp-capable early probe, known as Friendship 1.

Voyager does find it, and of course it's wreaking havoc with some Delta Quadrant planet (maybe we should stop sending out probes?)

This was an interesting concept where the probe itself became, more or less, a violation of the Prime Directive. The Uxal had discovered the probe, found that it was powered by antimatter (which they had never discovered previously), and started developing it before they were ready to.

The results were catastrophic, and the survivors were ready to make Earth pay. Luckily for them, Voyager arrives, and the Uxal were willing to take it out on them.

Another interesting note about this episode, however, is that it does, a bit, indirectly tie with "Enterprise," which was coming in just a few months by then. While this was not directly from an episode, the time period was similar, and gave a little taste at what our fresh explorers in the NX-01 would be up against when "Enterprise" premiered the following September.

Source: Memory Alpha

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