Anonymous said: If there was one moment in tv history you'd want to rewrite to your own whims, damning the consequences and future events that may come, tv show would it be?
I tend to abandon shows if they really disappoint me (with the exception of Doctor Who, which I sort of feel like I ~have to~ watch), so I can’t really think of any that had a pivotal scene that I’d really wanted to change. Most TV shows are imperfect, and those imperfections can’t be healed with one single moment.
On the whole, if there WAS a specific moment I’d want to change, it wouldn’t be something with no consequences, it’d be something where the consequences were IMPORTANT, you know? Possibly with Hannibal I’d have killed off Zeller or Price instead of Beverley Katz last season. Or I’d have Sherlock actually explicitly state that he’s asexual in BBC Sherlock, although I’m sure Steven Moffat would just fuck that up by the end of the season anyway.
In Deep Space 9, I’d have made Garak and Bashir a canonically queer couple, which would have been hugely helpful to television in general because Star Trek is so high-profile and influential. It would have set a precedent for other shows in the future. (Xena would be another option in that context, and actually got a lot further than DS9 in terms of moving Xena/Gabrielle from subtext to text. But in the end I think Star Trek’s iconic nature would be slightly more useful.)
what pop culture thinks jim kirk is like: doesn’t remember the names of the thousands of ladies he’s slept with; must have fathered a zillion abandoned kids; constantly hitting on the women; eternally bang bang shebanging; nonstop love machine; womanizing dongpile; smarmy flirtmaster; smoochy powerstud
what jim kirk is actually like: nerdy feminist quoting shakespeare who likes to play dress-up; turned on by strong, intelligent women and the way spock touches walls
I remember when I very first played Garak, I played him gay! I thought this would be great! He sees this young man, this young, very attractive doctor on the station, he is lonely, he is the only Cardassian there, this doctor is curious about him, and if you remember, this was a great moment because Sid totally went with it! When he comes up and he puts his hand on his shoulder, Sid did this great thing, it was this sort of an electrical charge that went through him and so I played him totally gay in that episode.
Of course the producers did not actually tell me not to play him gay but then they started writing him a little more macho and more like a Cardassian. But I said, “Listen, one of the great things about Garak is that he is not Gul Dukat, he is not one of those macho, militaristic guys, he is your finesse Cardassian.” So we struck a compromise but I was always very clear. I did not get into it in the book. Quite frankly, I was going to go in that direction. I had written a whole thing about Garak’s sexuality because I felt that Garak was sort of - talk about bisexual, I think that he was multisexual, essentially that anything that moves is fair game for Garak. He has a voracious sexual appetite. Andrew J. Robinson, in this interview with TZN (via tinsnip)