(written from a Production point of view)
Laurence Michael "Mike" Vejar (born 25 June 1943; age 74), sometimes credited as Michael Vejar or Mike Laurence Vejar, is a director, having experience on all four of the modern Star Trek series, as well as directing other cult series, such as Babylon 5, The Dead Zone, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Jeremiah. His last name is pronounced ve-HAR, and while working on Babylon 5 he acquired the nickname "Ve-harder and ve-harder" for his willingness to put in long hours shooting, which everyone else involved with the show having to stay on set along with him.
Mike was held in very high esteem among the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writing staff. When Ronald D. Moore was asked if he had a favorite director, he stated: "I'd like to single out Mike Vejar, who has directed three of my scripts ("Darkness and the Light", "Rocks and Shoals", and the upcoming "Valiant"). I really admire Mike's work and I've found working with him to be a wonderful experience. Each time I worked with him, I felt that he took my material and made it better than it was on the page – as a writer, I'm not sure what more I can ask for in a director." (AOL chat, 1998)
- TNG: "Coming of Age"