Date: Wed, Apr 22, 1998 18:49 EDT
<<I see your point about the importance of slavery in the underlying
conflict. I prefer to say, and it is safe to say, that while slavery was a
necessary factor in the actual Civil War, it was not a sufficient one.
Secessionism, however, was both necessary and sufficient for the Civil War
I think we're close to agreement, however, I think that the slavery debate
drove the secessionist movement, not vice versa. Secessionism had come up
before, notably during the War of 1812 (and in New England of all places)
but absent the slavery question I find it hard to believe that any of the
southern states would've moved toward actual disunion.
<<Will the fall Betazed be followed up on in the future? >>
We will deal with it next year.
<<Is there any truth to the rumor that the producers, at least briefly,
considered bringing Scotty aboard DS9 following the ratings smash that was
Not that I'm aware of. I think this was something talked about by the fans,
but not seriously on the DS9 staff.
<<Any chance of seeing the Borg or Commander Seela before DS9 is over?>>
I don't think so.
<<Can you tease us a little about ep. 23 Profit and Lace? Is it true that
Zek will die and Brunt will become the new Nagus (something I read about on
Zek, Brunt and Moogie will all be in "Profit and Lace." And you'll get a
chance to see Quark... in a new way.
<<Did Peter Allan Fields do "In the Pale Moonlight" as a freelance writer,
or is he actually back working in the series? Is it also true that he left
DS9 because of a fight he got into with Ira Steven Behr?>>
Peter did the story as a freelancer. There is no truth to the rumor of a
fight between Peter and Ira.
<<Is there anything that would make the Dominion turn around and go back to
where they came from? Peacefully?>>
Possibly, but nothing that I can think of at the moment.
<<Ron, is it a possibility that we will see any resolution ONSCREEN to the
Betazed occupation? Or will it just vanish once the Dominion is defeated? >>
Won't know the answer to this until next season.
<<When does your hiatus start?>>
Today is the last day of filming on Season 6, so officially, hiatus begins
tomorrow. The writing staff will still be here, however, for a couple more
weeks and then we'll all be taking off the last three weeks of May for
vacation and recharge.
<<why the abscense of Jake Stories this year?>>
As I said in a previous post, "In the Pale Moonlight" was originally
designed as a Jake story. "Valiant" is a Jake & Nog story.
<<My southron friends tell me some of the Northern Generals favored slavery.
That Grant owned slaves and said if he felt the war was about Slavery he
wouldn't be fighting. True? False? Half Truth? I don't know. But my image of
the heroic north has been tarnished a bit, I'll tell you that.>>
I'm pretty sure that Grant didn't own slaves. I believe that Gen. Sherman
once declared that he wasn't interested in fighting for the freedom of
slaves at the beginning of the conflict, but even he continued the fight
after the Emancipation Proclamation. The Proclamation is what turned the
Civil War into a moral crusade and gave meaning to the bloodshed. Polish up
that image of the North again. They weren't perfect and they certainly
weren't pure in thought and deed, but thousands of men in blue died and
thousands more were maimed in the cause of freedom, while the brave men in
gray died defending the right to hold other men in shackles. As much as I
admire the tactical brilliance of the southern generals and courage and
honor of their soldiers, in the end their cause was not just and their
sacrifice was in vain.
<<So you used the Hells Angels as a template for the Klingons?
That explains a lot. That explains the debasement of Klingon women ever
since you took over their development in Next Gen.>>
<<What is the name of the five Galaxy class starships seen in Sacrifice of
I don't think we named them.
<<My second question is why did we not see any Sovereign class or Intrepid
class ships in the episode seeing that the Sovereign class ships are ment to
be starfleets most powerfull ships. I mean you could have used the
Enterprise model from First Contact.>>
The Sovereigns are the exclusive property of the Trek features and you won't
be seeing any of them on DS9. Likewise, the Intrepid-class belongs to
Voyager and you won't be seeing them either.
<<Now the the Romulans are getting more involved in The Dominion War, is
there a chance that Martha Hackett will resurface as "T'Rul" from "The
It's possible, but we have no plans to bring back T'Rul at the present.