In terms of why Brooks was chosen to direct this episode, Steve Oster explains, “Ira Steven Behr and I discussed the possibility of Avery directing, knowing that he was going to be in every frame of film. We don’t like that combination, because it’s very hard to direct yourself. However, this was a story about racism and prejudice and we felt very strongly that it would be wrong if it came from a bunch of people who didn’t necessarily know about that experience. We knew that it was imperative to the story and imperative to the integrity of television for it to be done right.
Memory Alpha, on “Far Beyond the Stars”