Ron Moore: Battlestar was born on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Where was the Battlestar Galactica reboot born? According to writer/producer Ronald D. Moore, it would never have come about without the writers' room of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, trekmovie reported.

Moore, who wrote 60 Star Trek episodes, half of which were for Deep Space Nine, was a guest at the London MCM Expo this last weekend, where he was specifically asked about the connections between the two series.

Here's what he had to say:

I think a lot of Battlestar was born at Deep Space Nine in that Deep Space started as much more episodic because of the nature of the show, it became more a continuing serialised structure. I really liked that, and I discovered I really liked that style of storytelling, and also particularly when we got into the later years of Deep Space, and we started telling the Dominion War story (1997-99), we would sit and argue and fight with the powers that be at Trek about making it a more realistic war, about making it grittier, and ugly; adding more ambiguity to the characters, and roughing it up a little bit, and I kept bumping my head against the strictures at Trek.

What Star Trek is could not accommodate things that I wanted to do, so I started to have this sort of pent up frustration about "well if we were really going to do it right," these ideas would sit in the back of my head so when Battlestar came along, I could now do all of those things that I was never allowed to do at Deep Space.

So—no Star Trek: DS9, no Battlestar!