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The End of Enterprise

Tonight the final two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise will be airing. Of course, Nomi and I won't be watching them until Saturday night, but that's what Mr. TiVo is for.

Back on February 6, I made this post, in which I said, "In short, I think that Viacom needs to let Trek lie fallow for a few years -- I'd go with five, although I've heard some people suggest ten. Give it a chance to renew itself, and more importantly, give the fans a chance to whet our appetites for more."

Now, it's one thing if I say it. On the other hand, it's another thing if "the author of several novels based on the series and the former editor of DC Comics' "Star Trek" series" says the same thing. Which he did. Publicly.

In this article from the Connecticut Post, "'Star Trek' beams up for last time" by Edward J. Crowder, my good friend bob_greenberger is quoted saying pretty much the same thing I did:


The show's viewership suffered under the weight of competition — including reruns of earlier "Star Trek" series, Greenberger said. And, he said, he thought the producers for the latest series were running the show on impulse engines rather than warp drive. "As a creative property — given the current people running it — it has definitely run dry and it needs to lay fallow for a few years," Greenberger said.


Amen.

Go click on the link to the article. There's a picture of Bob, looking like a deer caught in the headlights as he contemplates the (we hope temporary) end of a television franchise that has been for so long a part of his career.

And then go read a Star Trek novel or short story. Or write one. Because, as Ronald Moore said a while back, it belongs to us now.

Comments

I'd watch, if only I hadn't been burned by Enterprise every other time I'd watched it (episodes 1 and 2, the first Andorrian ep, and the Klingon "what happened to the head ridges?" ep [part 1]). Part of me wanted Manny Coto to resurrect it, because I loved Odyssey 5 so much, but I couldn't even bring myself to watch his season.
It's too bad you didn't watch this season. This was the season where it finally got good.
We did end up watching both hours tonight, although we were wary since we hadn't been impressed with the Klingon headridge episode (which was a Manny Coto ep). I'd only planned on watching the last ep, but then I saw that Peter Weller was on (gotta love the gratuitious Odyssey 5 reference they tossed in!) and I had to watch. It wasn't bad, but since we were lacking so much backstory, I'm sure we were missing a lot. I'm not quite sure why Jolene Blalock called the finale "appalling."
Assuming you watch it on UPN 38, you'll have to remember that there's baseball tonight, so no 8pm showing. Trek repeats on Saturday nights at 8pm (during baseball season) and 10pm (normally). Check your TV Guide, yadda yadda yadda....
But according to UPN's own webpage guide at http://upn38.com/guide/, the baseball game against the Mariners is scheduled to be broadcast at 10 PM. Where did you hear that there was no 8 PM showing of Enterprise tonight?
Yay, saved by a west coast game!
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