Star Trek's D. C. Fontana, R.I.P.*

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  1. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member Thread Starter

  2. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Probably the most important individual in the Star Trek story next to Gene Coon. Although Roddenberry created it, Coon and Fontana built it and made it human. As many Star Trek movies as have been made, it's a total missed opportunity that none of them were scripted by D.C. Fontana.

  3. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    R.I.P. Dorothy
  4. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    That’s sad to hear about her passing.

    May she rest in peace.
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  5. Gaslight

    Gaslight Kokomo or My Ding-a-Ling : Shoulda been a poll

    Northeast USA
    Eighty years old. Not a bad run but of course RIP.
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  6. ggergm

    ggergm you can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd

    It's hard to imagine there would be the Star Trek franchise without DC Fontana.

    She was a writer both Roddenberry and the cast could trust. DC created characters that lived and breathed. Beyond writing and editing for both the original and animated series, she was an early guiding voice and story editor for Next Generation.

    Dorothy always had time for the fans. She became a sounding board and clearing house for Trekkies during the years in the wilderness, the ten years between the cancellation of the original series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    DC Fontana was the heart of Star Trek.

    You lived long and prospered, Dorothy. RIP
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  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    R.I.P....I was a fan.
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  8. sharedon

    sharedon Forum Zonophone

    RIP, a real pioneer.
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  9. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

  10. wayne66

    wayne66 Forum Resident

    Very important writer for Star Trek. I love the episodes that she wrote. R.I.P.
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  11. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

    Norfolk, UK
    I enjoyed her work.
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  12. RIP. Thank you so much for all you did for the ST Universe.
  13. sharedon

    sharedon Forum Zonophone

  14. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    An essential player in the cultural empire that became Star Trek.

  15. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
  16. Chee

    Chee Well-Known Member

    That 1975 Star Trek Convention in NYC was great.
  17. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Without Dorothy at the helm, behind the scenes, there would have never been a successful Star Trek universe.
  18. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Very sorry to hear this. I met Dorothy through my old pal David Gerrold on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1980s, and she was a sharp, cheerful lady with an amazing wit and a great sense of humor. I don't have to tell you she was also a superb writer: her work speaks for herself. She appeared at many SF conventions over the years and had many insightful stories about working in the industry (particularly her significant work on Star Trek, but she did a lot more than that). She will be very much missed.


    D.C. Fontana, 1939-2019
  19. Bryan Harris

    Bryan Harris Hipster Doofus

    RIP. She added so much to the lore of Star Trek. For example, how the ostensibly perfect philosophy of Vulcans has a nasty undercurrent of conformity.

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  20. Kiko1974

    Kiko1974 Forum Resident

    May she rests in peace. I enjoyed despite being campy her scripts for Logan's Run TV series.
  21. Spencer R

    Spencer R Forum Resident

    Pontotoc, MS
    I’m sorry to hear this sad news about a very talented writer. Ms. Fontana wrote my favorite episode of the series: The Enterprise Incident.

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  22. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Couldn't do the Logan's Run TV series. It was pure awful!
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  23. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    New Jersey
  24. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    I was there.
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  25. Kiko1974

    Kiko1974 Forum Resident

    I love these series, I know it's campy,but some episodes were nicely scripted and the character of Rem played by Donald Moffat was great, he added much fun to the series.
    A guilty pleasure I know but I like it. The Theatrical movie wasn't much better,it was campy too, looks very dated and there's a point in the middle of the movie where it gets boring, the end is nice 'though. It's surprising Logan's Run was made only one year earlier than Star Wars.

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