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Ron Moore recalls seeing ‘Star Wars’

Ronald D. Moore is seen during the panel for the STARZ original series "Outlander" at San Diego Comic-Con.
Ronald D. Moore is seen during the panel for the STARZ original series "Outlander" at San Diego Comic-Con. Starz Entertainment

There have been few people working in the TV and film industry over the past two decades who have had more influence on the science fiction genre than Ronald D. Moore.

The Chowchilla native was a co-producer on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” created “Roswell”, re-launched “Battlestar Galactica” and wrote “Caprica.” It’s also been announced he will write the TV series “Star Wars: Underworld.”

A lot of his passion for the genre was sparked when he saw “Star Wars” for the first time.

“I vividly remember seeing it for the first time. I was 13 years old. I didn’t see it the opening weekend but probably a month or so into its run,” Moore says. “It was the first movie I got to see by myself.

“My mother drove me to Fresno. Dropped me at a movie theater on Blackstone.”

It was always his habit to sit in the second row. Moore found that spot in the middle of the theater. He sat there with a huge tub of popcorn as the Star Destroyer passed into frame above his head.

“It was a revelatory moment,” Moore says. “I watched it five or six times that summer.”

Moore was already a huge “Star Trek” fan but he says “Star Wars” blew his mind because he had never seen anything like it on the big screen.

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