The Woman Who Helped Shape Star Trek: D.C. Fontana #StarTrekDay
As it turns out, over 20% of the Star Trek, the original series were written by women. That’s a refreshing number for a series written in the 1960s. One writer, D.C. Fontana, wrote many of the most memorable episodes for both the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She conceived co-wrote the pilot episode, Encounter at Farpoint, with Gene Roddenberry, earning her a Hugo nomination. Here’s more from StarTrek.com:
The mind behind many great Star Trek episodes, Dorothy Fontana — who wrote under the name D.C. Fontana — delved into Vulcan and Romulan culture, explored AI, and even received a Hugo Award nomination for co-writing the series premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint” with Gene Roddenberry.
Perhaps Fontana’s most iconic episode, “Journey to Babel” focused on Spock’s family life as well as Federation politics. This episode introduces us to Sarek and Amanda, Spock’s parents. Sarek embodies the quintessential logical Vulcan, while Amanda is deeply human. They personify both sides of Spock’s personality, giving depth to the conflict in him that has driven many an episode.
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