Michael Piller recalled:
“Patrick rejected the first draft I wrote, and let me tell you, that was a very dark day. At the same time, and I say this in all honesty, it was the first story that he reacted to, not the script, and he was right. No writer likes to hear that, but I can say without hesitation that Patrick “And although he was right about the story, we had a huge disagreement about the direction we took from there. I felt like I had some winning points to make for the script to work.”
Initial ideas for “Rebellion” It featured a science fiction rendition of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”; Here, Picard would be sent on a dangerous mission to rescue a crazy soldier on the loose. Piller once stated that he, too, envisioned a story in which Picard killed Data (Brent Spinner) after android malfunctioned. This may be the last story Patrick Stewart disputes.
Eventually Piller, producer Rick Berman, and other filmmakers began focusing on a story based on political ethics. Would you help forcibly relocate 600 people if you were provided with technology that could save lives, cure diseases, and defy aging? Piller said:
“We’ve had long and difficult conversations, letters and meetings, and there’s no doubt that the script is much better as a result of this conflict. It’s absolutely important to recognize that when conflicts occur with people who really care about the material and are really smart, good results can come. I think the bottom line here is Picard “One of the most interesting roles ‘s ever had to play in a ‘Star Trek’ story.”
At least it can happen in the movies. Picard often faced similar challenges on the small screen.