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Three Cheers For Snod

Wanted to take a moment here to congratulate my old friend, sometimes collarborator, co-editor, and general partner in crime MELINDA M. SNODGRASS on her new gig. Melinda is headed back to LA to head up the writing staff of STAR TREK: RENEGADES, a new fan-funded Trek web series that features Walter Koenig as Chekov. Melinda will be an executive producer.

Of course, Snod is no stranger to Trek. She was one of the writers on NEXT GENERATION, where she scripted, among other episodes, "Measure of a Man," still widely regarded as one of the best five Trek episodes of all team. She'll do a great job on this new show, I have no doubt.

You can read all about this on Melinda's own blog at:

((I know a lot of you Trek fans out there will be excited about this, and there will doubtless be lots of questions... that's the place to ask 'em, not here. Thanks.))

Also, here's the link to the Kickstarter page funding RENEGADES:

Sounds like a fun series. Go get 'em, Weeds.


Oct. 29th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! #WaitingForBookSixGOT
Oct. 29th, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
I was thrilled when I heard! Also if the readers of this not-a-blog aren't also following Melinda's blog, they're missing out.
Oct. 29th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
This sounds like an opportunity for another cameo George.
Oct. 30th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Wild cheers for Melinda!
John Nelson
Oct. 30th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
This is why I love your blog so much: I learn more about other authors and writers from you than any other source. In particular, female writers doing stuff of cultural relevance (script writing for Star Trek is of he highest cultural relevance). I'm going to proceed to promote the crap about this series now.
Oct. 30th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed 100%.

I read this blog regularly for both the insight and access to George - few other authors or famous people allow this type of interaction, and to be able to do so with brilliant author(s) is fantastic, and I treat it as a very fortunate privilege - because it is.

Measure of a Man is my favorite TNG episode, more so than the typical "Inner Light" which many others favor as their numero uno. Exceptionally well written and created, and IMO this put Brent Spiner on the radar as a force in terms of his ability. So much to like in that episode, I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone that has the ability to stream it on Netlix.

Snod joining the ranks of the Youtube/etc Star Trek endeavors is a landmark event IMO. They did well with their first effort out of the gate, but having her writing, vision, and drive with them now - great things will be coming, believe it.

I'm a large contributor to the Star Trek Axanar effort now. Check them out if you haven't, their pilot/prelude is stunning for how much they made it for.

It warms me to see former actors participating in these fan and community driven efforts - and now with writers with major horsepower joining in such as Snodgrass, the snowball effect will soon be knocking on the door of CBS/Paramount vis a vis ST IMO.

Edited at 2015-10-30 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
I've never seen any Star Trek... but judging by my experience with DOUBLE SOLITAIRE, I'd bet those episodes will be a great wild ride.
Oct. 30th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
This is interesting how it works with the rights and all. I looked it up and CBS owns the rights to Star Trek, do they give permission for them to do this?
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
It's complicated, but so far, at least with the Axanar effort which is similar to Renegades, CBS hasn't blocked them or anything.

THere is much discussion regarding this over at the Axanar group FB pages and elsewhere, you can find more accurate information there about CBS and whatnot.

I do know that the producer (also playing a starship Capt in Axanar) has spoken about fears and concerns of CBS lowering the boom someday.

IMO I think that Axanar will have a HUGE release, millions of views and possibly sensational BluRay sales as well. When $ starts rolling in, I could see CBS acting in some fashion. They would be wise to act in a fair manner however, as they could also stand to make $ in some form of partnership/rights deal on these independence/fan/etc efforts.

I'm completely in favor of companies, authors, entities, whatever, who own rights to material not being poached. I do also think there is room for co-operation. Example, CBS isn't putting a dime into Axanar's production, so if Axanar does become a success endeavor in terms or profit, why sue them when you could work WITH them in the future, and share in that success by giving permission as opposed to withholding it and filing lawsuits. It's a complicated issue, but again, I favor the laws on protecting work, and also favor positive co-op when there is room for it.

Oct. 30th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
Renegades 2 & 3
I really enjoyed the first Renegades and having Melinda on the next two can only make it better. If you are a fan of the classic Trek universe it's well worth it to kick in a few dollars to help get these made.


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