Why ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Nearly Fired Patrick Stewart

Can you imagine the show without Stewart as John Luc Picard?

Yesterday Buzzfeed dropped a bomb on Star Trek fans world wide. Apparently Stewart nearly walked off the show over an argument with Gene Roddenberry.

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Apparently Roddenberry’s hissy fits nearly destroyed the show and was responsible for some of its terrible early writing.

Stewart was given a line so terrible, he simply refused to say it.

According to Pike:

I say, ‘Patrick, let’s just cut through it. I do know that you’re creatively not being taxed. You’re going to have to bear with us for a couple more weeks, but we have already put the script in the works and we will write your character out,'” Pike said.

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Pike went on to say that it was a bluff over the line. Thankfully Stewart didn’t call him on it at the moment and ask for his walking papers.

I can’t imagine anyone else from that era executing his role as effectively as Stewart did. Do you think the show would’ve lasted without Patrick Stewart at the helm?

Christian is a member of the SNICK generation who misses the days of Pete and Pete and is a loyal advocate of backpack rap.
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