Sunday, April 13, 2014
Ron Moore, creator of the 2003 rebooted Battlestar Galactica.
Moore dropped out of college in his senior year after losing interest in his studies and mostly flunking out. In 1986, while visiting the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (then six months from airing), he brazenly passed a script he'd written to one of Gene Roddenberry's assistants. Months later, the script so impressed the producers that they bought it (it was the third season episode "The Bonding"). Asked to write a second script, he turned in a successful effort and was hired permanently as a script editor. Two years later, he was promoted to co-producer, then producer.
TNG went off the air in 1994, and Moore joined its spin-off, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as supervising producer in its second season. In 1998 and 1999, he was its co-executive producer. During this time, he co-wrote the script for the movies Star Trek: First Contact and Mission: Impossible II.
DSN went off the air in 1999, and Moore joined Star Trek: Voyager (then in its fourth season). He quit the show after just a few weeks, accusing writing partner Brannon Braga of joining with producer Rick Berman to freeze him out of the story editing process. He later wrote an infamous, long letter which appeared on the Internet in which he blasted Braga and Berman for "hijacking" Voyager and running the show into the ground with bad ideas, poor scripts, idiotic plot points, and more.
Moore worked briefly on the TV series Roswell, Good vs. Evil, and Carnivale. In 2002, producer David Eick asked him to help reboot Battlestar Galactica.
A four-hour miniseries aired on the Sci Fi Channel in 2003, and was a ratings explosion. A full television series, and two made-for-TV movies followed. BSG pioneered the "webisode" during its run, a device now used by a wide range of TV shows to keep interest high during periods of hiatus.
The rest is history.
Here's Moore with long hair, and looking very sexy.
Here he is, on the set.
Here he is, lounging against a Viper space-fighter.