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Interviews | Robert Duncan McNeill
Scene Stealers

Was it frustrating that the Aliens got better lines?

Picture Well, sometimes, honestly, over the years, I would hear, ‘Oh yeah, in four or five episodes, we’re going to have this story with Paris doing blah-blah-blah.’ Then the story would come along and they’d say, ‘Well, actually, we’ve changed it to Seven of Nine is doing blah-blah,’ and I’d be, ‘Why? Why, that was a great Paris story.’ ‘Well, it fits better.’ When you think about it, being the alien character going through that experience is much more Star Trekky and you can tell things metaphorically and symbolically. If Paris was going through it as a human, it’s a much more down-to-earth story. And so very often, I would see them switch stories from a human character handed off to a character that was more alien, either the doctor, Tuvoc, Seven of Nine, or Neelix, because it was more of that alien experience.

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