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 Posted:   Dec 3, 2019 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

LINK: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-fontana-dead-pioneering-star-trek-writer-was-80-1259207

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2019 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

A great WOMAN writer who didn't need the SJW crowd to succeed in.a man's world!

Rip Dorothy

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2019 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Yes, R.I.P. to a remarkable writer.

Amazing that her output for ST:TOS was done while she was still under the age of 30!

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2019 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

Damn, this hurts. She's one of the first writers of any media I've ever noted in my youth.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Ms. Fontana had a knack for enhancing characters. In a period where everything was episodic, she still added to the evolution of Spock over the course of several quite distant episodes. She fleshed out the character as much as Nimoy and gave us amazing television moments that will live forever. When she left the series, it lost a very bright spark. While female screenwriters were not uncommon in the era (Daniel Boone and Bonanza had lots of them), she was one of the few at a very high staff level. As much as Roddenberry, Coon, Justman, etc. she made the series as great as it was.

Well done, Mr. Fontana. Very well done.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Sad to hear. Certainly was a pivotal writer for Star Trek. RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)


"It’s worth noting that Fontana helped blaze new trails for female writers. Star Trek has always had plenty of women shaping the stories told on-screen. TOS, produced in the 1960s, had 22.5% of the episodes written by women, a statistic that shines compared to series with very few women behind the scenes. Star Trek has always pushed for representation in front of and behind the camera, and Fontana is owed a debt of gratitude for breaking the glass ceiling for others to follow her."


source: startrek.com

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

Who were some of the other female scribes on TOS?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Who were some of the other female scribes on TOS?

Margaret Armen
Jean Lisette Areoste
Joyce Muskat
Shari Lewis

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2019 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

Who were some of the other female scribes on TOS?

Margaret Armen
Jean Lisette Areoste
Joyce Muskat



Shari Lewis

Lambchops Shari?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I loved Dorothy's accomplishments but want to add something about the Star Trek: TAS episode, Yesteryear. Another great script by her that pushed the envelope for Saturday morning TV. At that time, it was even more of a wasteland due to the overprotective censoring influence of Peggy Charren and ACT (Action for Children's Television). Dorothy wrote a moving story about the death of a pet and death with dignity. It's an animated Trek story that gets me every time, and Dorothy deserved every accolade for it. Just getting that on the air was an amazing achievement. If you've ever had to put a pet down, it really hits you.

One of Star Trek's shining lights who added so much to the lore and history of Star Trek, particularly in the case of Mr. Spock. R.I.P.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I loved Dorothy's accomplishments but want to add something about the Star Trek: TAS episode, Yesteryear. Another great script by her that pushed the envelope for Saturday morning TV. At that time, it was even more of a wasteland due to the overprotective censoring influence of Peggy Charren and ACT (Action for Children's Television). Dorothy wrote a moving story about the death of a pet and death with dignity. It's an animated Trek story that gets me every time, and Dorothy deserved every accolade for it. Just getting that on the air was an amazing achievement. If you've ever had to put a pet down, it really hits you.

One of Star Trek's shining lights who added so much to the lore and history of Star Trek, particularly in the case of Mr. Spock. R.I.P.

Greg Espinoza


Really shocking that got scripted, made and broadcast. Children's programing in the US is generally a giant wasteland of saccharine entertainment and juvenile humor.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Who were some of the other female scribes on TOS?

Margaret Armen
Jean Lisette Areoste
Joyce Muskat



Shari Lewis

Lambchops Shari?


Yup. She wrote The Lights of Zetar with the intention of performing in the lead. She didn't get cast, obviously.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

Who were some of the other female scribes on TOS?

Margaret Armen
Jean Lisette Areoste
Joyce Muskat



Shari Lewis

Lambchops Shari?


Yup. She wrote The Lights of Zetar with the intention of performing in the lead. She didn't get cast, obviously.


Wow!

Btw I think she was a relative of minesmile

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

I loved Dorothy's accomplishments but want to add something about the Star Trek: TAS episode, Yesteryear. Another great script by her that pushed the envelope for Saturday morning TV. At that time, it was even more of a wasteland due to the overprotective censoring influence of Peggy Charren and ACT (Action for Children's Television). Dorothy wrote a moving story about the death of a pet and death with dignity. It's an animated Trek story that gets me every time, and Dorothy deserved every accolade for it. Just getting that on the air was an amazing achievement. If you've ever had to put a pet down, it really hits you.

One of Star Trek's shining lights who added so much to the lore and history of Star Trek, particularly in the case of Mr. Spock. R.I.P.

Greg Espinoza


Really shocking that got scripted, made and broadcast. Children's programing in the US is generally a giant wasteland of saccharine entertainment and juvenile humor.


Iirc.wasnt that the FIRST episode?
I.remember how much I liked it-,and how disappointing the rest of the series.was. .One.great ep and then ....bupkisfrown

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2019 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Really shocking that got scripted, made and broadcast. Children's programing in the US is generally a giant wasteland of saccharine entertainment and juvenile humor.

Iirc.wasnt that the FIRST episode?

I remember how much I liked it, and how disappointing the rest of the series.was. One great ep and then....bupkisfrown

I believe Beyond The Farthest Star got a prime time airing before Yesteryear. I watched that.

Sam Peeples, who wrote that episode, gave Fontana her first shot at writing on his western show, the Tall Man (1960-61).

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2019 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

More Tribbles, More Troubles was the first episode in production order and Beyond the Farthest Star was the first aired.
I.remember how much I liked it-,and how disappointing the rest of the series.was. .One.great ep and then ....bupkisfrown

There were a number of very good episodes of the animated series.

Beyond the Farthest Star, Yesteryear, The Survivor, The Jihad, The Slaver Weapon, The Pirates or Orion, and so on.


 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2019 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I just came across this by pure coincidence last night on YouTube. Apparently DC Fontana was involved in the restoration of the original 50's Time Machine prop.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2019 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I loved Dorothy's accomplishments but want to add something about the Star Trek: TAS episode, Yesteryear. Another great script by her that pushed the envelope for Saturday morning TV. At that time, it was even more of a wasteland due to the overprotective censoring influence of Peggy Charren and ACT (Action for Children's Television). Dorothy wrote a moving story about the death of a pet and death with dignity. It's an animated Trek story that gets me every time, and Dorothy deserved every accolade for it. Just getting that on the air was an amazing achievement. If you've ever had to put a pet down, it really hits you.

One of Star Trek's shining lights who added so much to the lore and history of Star Trek, particularly in the case of Mr. Spock. R.I.P.

Greg Espinoza


Really shocking that got scripted, made and broadcast. Children's programing in the US is generally a giant wasteland of saccharine entertainment and juvenile humor.


Iirc.wasnt that the FIRST episode?
I.remember how much I liked it-,and how disappointing the rest of the series.was. .One.great ep and then ....bupkisfrown


Not by DC Fontana but would "The Magicks of Megas-tu" or "The Jihad" be made today? Hell even "Yesteryear" wouldn't.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2019 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

More Tribbles, More Troubles was the first episode in production order and Beyond the Farthest Star was the first aired.
I.remember how much I liked it-,and how disappointing the rest of the series.was. .One.great ep and then ....bupkisfrown

There were a number of very good episodes of the animated series.

Beyond the Farthest Star, Yesteryear, The Survivor, The Jihad, The Slaver Weapon, The Pirates or Orion, and so on.


I watched the series on laser disc.
The stories lacked sophistication and the music was 4 cues repeated endlessly
.

Wish I liked it as much as you did

 
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