this letter from Ron Moore to the fans was originally published by TrekWeb
Well, folks it's true. I've left Voyager and Star
I know there's a lot of speculation out there as to the
how's and why's of my departure, but I'd really rather not get
into the details of what happened. (Dirty laundry and all that.)
What I will say is that I realized that it was time for me to
move on and that I left more out of sorrow than in anger. I have
no bitter feelings over what happened and I wish everyone associated
with Trek and with Voyager only the best.
I'd also like to clear up some odd rumors that have been
clogging the net: I did not leave because of the supposedly negative
reaction to my sole Voyager script, "Survival Instinct."
In fact, the teleplay was well-received by everyone and went
through a fairly modest rewrite. The same goes for "Barge
of the Dead," to which I contributed only a co-story and
was actually written by Bryan Fuller. I wanted to specifically
put both of these rumors to rest because I think leaving a show
over "bad script notes" would be incredibly unprofessional.
I've been aound the block a few times and I've had more than
my share of nasty notes and even had entire drafts thrown out.
It's not something that would make me head for the exits even
if it had occured (which it did not).
All I can tell you is that I felt that I had to leave and
that it wasn't an easy decision to make. Let's leave it at that.
So my personal Trek has come to an end. It's been a helluva
ride, let me tell you. I sold my first professional script to
Star Trek 10 years ago next week and it's been an amazing
experience ever since. I've often posted how much this show has
meant to me over the years, so I won't bore you with another
nostalgic paean to all things Trek. Let me just express
to you that my overwhelming feeling as I leave is one of gratitude.
Gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of something that
was an integral part of my childhood; for the chance to contribute
to a bit of Americana; for the professional rewards that come
with being part of an enormously successful series; for the education
in learning my craft; for the many, many friendships that I've
And gratitude to you -- the fans. You've been loyal and
passionate throughout the years and I'm continually amazed by
your thoughtfulness and generosity. Not fifteen minutes ago,
a very special package arrived on my doorstep. Inside was a beautifully
made scrapbook of thank yous and momentos from the regular users
of this board. To say that I was touched would be an understatement.
The fact that it arrived at this moment, after all that's happened
means a great deal to me and I will treasure it always. One last
My last day was Thursday, July 1 and I spent most of it
walking around the lot, saying good-bye to various members of
the cast and crew, some of whom I'd worked with for a decade.
It was a melancholy sort of task and I was eager to be done with
it and get outta there. So when Bryan pulled me aside and said
that my birthday gift had come in, my first reaction was to put
him off for another day, but then I relented and he walked into
my office with it hidden behind his back.
It was a bat'leth. A genuine, metal, leather-handled, sharp
as all hell, bat'leth. Made by our prop department, which is
as close as you can get to getting one from Kronos itself. I
was touched and I laughed, but it wasn't until I was on my way
home that I realized what Bryan had really given me: an ending
to my own Star Trek story. You see, ten years ago I walked
onto the Paramount lot for the first time with a script under
my arm and last week I walked off with a bat'leth. I left carrying
my sword. There's a certain poetry to that and it went a long
way toward making me feel as if I'd left with my head high and
my "honor" intact. Thank you, Bryan.
So that's it -- now I'm just another fan. Which is what
I was at the beginning, and what I'll probably be until I shuffle
off to StoVoKor (which better friggin' exist after all the time
I spent talking about it.)
Take care, and I wish you all well in your personal Treks.
Ronald D. Moore
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