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Ronald D. Moore

Birth name: Ronald Dowl Moore
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 5 July 1964
Place of birth: Chowchilla, California, USA
Awards for Trek: 1 Emmy Award nomination
1 Hugo Award, 3 nominations
1 Saturn Award
1 Universe Reader's Choice Award
Roles: Writer, Story Editor, Producer, Movie and DS9 performer
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Ron Moore in 2002

Ron Moore in 2002
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Moore (l) with 1992 TNG fellow writers (l to r) Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria and Naren Shankar

Moore (l) with 1992 TNG fellow writers (l to r) Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria and Naren Shankar
For the visual effects coordinator, please see Ronald B. Moore.

Ronald "Ron" Dowl Moore (born 5 July 1964; age 50) is a writer and producer of several Star Trek series and films, as well as several other science fiction and genre programs. Moore was recognized for his writing work on the Star Trek franchise with seven award nominations, winning two of them. In his post-Star Trek years, he greatly added to this list of laurels.

While residing in Los Angeles as a struggling and budding writer, Ron Moore started to date a woman who worked on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1989, Moore, an avid fan of the original Star Trek, convinced her to take him on a tour of the lot. He had written a script for the show, which the producers liked enough to actually film. It became "The Bonding", and Moore was soon hired as a staff writer.

He remained at that position until the end of the series. He co-wrote 27 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation including the series finale, "All Good Things..." for which he won the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction writing along with Brannon Braga. Moore and Braga also co-wrote two films featuring the Next Generation cast, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. As producer of TNG in 1994, Moore shared an Emmy Award nomination when the series was nominated as Outstanding Drama Series that year.

Ron Moore and Gene Roddenberry

Moore and Gene Roddenberry

After The Next Generation ended in 1994, Moore joined the writing staff of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a supervising producer, a post which he held from that show's third to fifth seasons. In 1997, he was promoted to co-executive producer. He is credited as writer or co-writer of thirty episodes of DS9. Moore is something of an innovator in fan interaction via the internet. He regularly ran online chats with fellow fans via AOL during his tenure on Deep Space Nine.

In 1999, after DS9 finished its run, Moore briefly joined the staff of Star Trek: Voyager and publicly suggested he might co-write with his one-time writing partner and Voyager Executive Producer Brannon Braga again. [1] Moore quickly became frustrated by the atmosphere in Voyager's writers' room and left the series after writing one episode and co-writing the story for another; as a result of this experience his relationship with Braga soured for a time. However, the two later recorded a commentary for the DVD release of Star Trek Generations together in which they indicated that any problems between them were now in the past.

Moore's love of the original series showed itself through a myriad of allusions to the show, presented in many of Moore's episodes, such as the mention of the Tholians in "Reunion" and the first appearance of Starfleet Academy in "The First Duty". It is perhaps because of this fondness that Moore was chosen to write "Relics" (after Braga turned down the writing chore, because he knew nothing of the Original Series), which featured Montgomery Scott and the bridge of the original USS Enterprise, and "Trials and Tribble-ations", set during an episode of the original series. His favorite TOS episode is "The Conscience of the King". (AOL chat, 1997) This inspired his first attempt at writing Star Trek, an unfinished novel that would have told the story of Tarsus IV. (AOL chat, 1998)

Moore's hand in "Sins of the Father" gave him the nickname of "the Klingon guy", and he went on to write nearly every Klingon-centric episode of TNG and DS9.

Over the years, a character named after Moore was mentioned in a few pieces of background artwork, such as starships' dedication plaques. On his role in the franchise, Moore has commented, "Personally, I think of myself and other writers as artists. I believe in a fairly loose definition of "art" as almost any creative form of expression and that writing (and screenwriting) certainly falls within that category." (AOL chat, 1997)

Due to the close similarity in names, Ron Moore was often confused with Visual Effects Supervisor Ronald B. Moore, already employed by the franchise in 1987, and the confusion was not restricted to outsiders only, as Ron B. Moore gleefully recalled, "When Ron D. started working on TNG I even got his first paycheck. I did give it back to him but pointed out that he should be careful, as I know I would have no problem cashing his checks. I never got another, but am still hoping I do." (Flying Starships, p. 78) The confusion even persisted as late as 1993, when Moore was given an unjustified visual effects credit for "Gambit, Part II", which was meant for Ron B. Moore.

In 2014, Moore mused on Star Trek that "[It] would be fun to return to one day, but hard to see how you get from here to there." However, he expressed enthusiasm for a future series being streamed via Netflix, as "it would be wonderful to see a show like Star Trek cast in that realm where they could literally go where no show has gone before." He also expressed interest in exploring a mirror universe for the rebooted films' timeline. [2]

Career outside Star TrekEdit

Ron Moore attended Cornell University through the US Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps program, intending to be commissioned as an officer in the Navy upon graduation, with his ultimate ambition to pilot the F-14 Tomcat. When he was later medically disqualified from flying, that career path was no longer possible. However, while at Cornell, Moore had enjoyed "writing on the side", as he put it, and joined a number of campus literary societies. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Moore decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a writer. His career was initially not doing well, but it was there that he began dating the woman, the event eventually leading up to his position on The Next Generation.

Upon leaving Voyager, Ron Moore endeavored to pursue other writing opportunities, including the series Roswell and Carnivàle and, most notably, the updated 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica.

Battlestar GalacticaEdit

Following the 2003 two-part pilot miniseries, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (BSG) franchise ran for a four-season television series, starting in 2004, complemented by two TV-movies, Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009), initially receiving accolades from fans of the original Galactica movie and series, as well as media outlets, critics, and fans in both the US and the UK (though they did become more critical of the later BSG spin-off productions, increasingly referring to the re-imagined franchise as "GINO"–Galactica In Name Only–, the acronym coined from the very start by die-hard fans of the original BSG series [3]). Remarkable also was the backing the re-imagined series received from original BSG staffer such as veteran actor Richard Hatch (who guest starred as a major character in several episodes), while the executive producer of the original series, Glen A. Larson, served as a consulting producer for the entire run of the renewed franchise. The series received a Peabody Award in 2006. Ron Moore won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for writing the first season's premiere episode, "33". It was the second Hugo Award that Moore has received to date, following up from "All Good Things..." In addition, Moore was nominated for a 2007 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series category for writing the "Occupation/Precipice" episode of BSG, his first Emmy nomination in thirteen years. Damon Lindelof was nominated in the same category for co-writing the season three finale of Lost, but both lost to David Chase, who won the award for writing the final episode of the hit HBO TV series, The Sopranos.

BSG proved to be so successful that the second season was announced just as the second week's episode of the first season was being aired. The Sci-Fi Channel had even ordered advance scripts for the first six episodes of the second season before it was officially renewed or had even aired in the United States. BSG's first season aired during the same time as Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season, and BSG received higher ratings even though it was on a cable channel and Enterprise was on a broadcast network.

Continuing his interest in fan interaction, Moore maintained a blog on Sci-Fi.com in which he answers a multitude of fan questions in unerring detail and attention. He also provided podcast audio commentaries for each episode in which he often mentions his involvement with Star Trek and criticisms of what he felt led to its decline. References to Star Trek occasionally appeared in BSG; for example, a hatchway on board the Galactica behind which vital plot movements take place is labeled "1701D".

The fourth and final season of Moore's BSG concluded in March 2009. Moore himself made his directorial debut on the fourth season episode, "A Disquiet Follows My Soul." He also went on to write and appear in the finale, "Daybreak." [4] The Sci-Fi Channel announced, already in late April 2006, near the end of the second season, that it was planning on producing a prequel BSG-based TV series named Caprica, detailing the initial creation and revolt of the Cylon robots, and that this new show would also be helmed by Moore, both as writer and executive producer. [5]. The series, indeed called Caprica, was eventually produced in 2009, but canceled after its first season in 2010.

Remarkable was that a multitude of Moore's former Star Trek colleagues, predominantly from the visual effects departments had joined him during his time on the BSG franchise, such as Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, joined at a later time by David Takemura, and including a host of former Foundation Imaging CGI artists such as Pierre Drolet, Koji Kuramura, Lee Stringer, Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, to name but a few. Most of them served on the whole run of the franchise.

Since then Ron Moore has somewhat distanced himself from the BSG franchise and has not been involved in the 2012 prequel spin-off television movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, though many of his former co-workers on the franchise, including those with the Star Trek pedigree, were. It was former co-worker David Eick who headed that outing into the franchise.

Post-Battlestar Galactica careerEdit

A two-hour TV pilot for a potential series entitled Virtuality, co-written by Moore and Michael Taylor, was greenlit by the FOX network in April, 2008. [6]. It was aired as a made-for-TV movie in June, 2009, though it was not picked up as a series. In 2011, Moore began work on a new supernatural police drama series titled 17th Precinct, which was to heavily feature many actors who had previously worked with Moore on Battlestar Galactica; this pilot was also not picked up for series, nor has it ever aired to the public.

He also had a cameo in the Trek-spoofing CSI episode "A Space Oddity," which was written by Naren Shankar and featured Liz Vassey, Wallace Langham, and Kate Vernon.

More recently, Moore worked as writer and executive producer on SyFy's science fiction series Helix, which premiered in January 2014. Among the Trek alumni who were working on this series are William O. Campbell, Jeri Ryan, and associate producer Stephen Welke. Outlander, a TV series based on Diana Gabaldon's novel, was written and produced by Moore, and started broadcasting in August 2014. Outlander reunited Moore with Ira Steven Behr.

Writing creditsEdit

Producing credits Edit

On-screen appearances Edit

Star Trek interviews Edit

  • TNG Season 4 DVD-special feature "Chronicles from the Final Frontier" ("Lt. Yar's Legacy Endures", "Writing for Klingons"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD-special feature, "Departmental Briefing Year Five" ("The First Duty"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD-special feature, "Memorable Missions Year Five" ("Disaster"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD-special feature, "Intergalactic Guest Stars" ("Crew Profile: Ensign Ro Laren", "Presidential Visit: Ronald Reagan"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD-special feature, "A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry" ("Gene's Final Voyage"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 6 DVD-special feature, "Mission Overview Year Six" (Main segment, "A Visit from Scotty", "Descent - Part 1 Featuring Stephen Hawking"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 6 DVD-special feature, "Departmental Briefing Year Six" ("Production", "Writing", "Special Crew Profile: Lt. Cmdr. Data"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, "Mission Overview Year Seven", interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, "Starfleet Moments & Memories Year Seven" ("A Unique Legacy"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, "The Making of "All Good Things..." Year Seven" ("Writing The Final Episode", "On Location"), interviewed on 14 March 2002
  • "Ronald D. Moore - Yesterday's Fan", Maurice Molyneaux, The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine Vol. 13, pp. 20-25

Star Trek awards Edit

For his work on Star Trek Ron D. Moore received the following awards and nominations in the various writing categories.

Emmy Award Edit

Moore received the following Emmy Award nomination in the category Outstanding Drama Series

Hugo Awards Edit

Moore received the following Hugo Award and nominations in the category Best Dramatic Presentation

Saturn Award Edit

Moore received the following Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Writer

  • 1997 for the episode "All Good Things...", shared with Brannon Braga

Universe Reader's Choice Award Edit

Moore received the following Universe Reader's Choice Award in the category Best Writing for a Genre Motion Picture

  • 1995 for Star Trek Generations, shared with Brannon Braga

See also Edit

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