mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Thoughts on Enterprise's cancellation

I noticed that last week, when Viacom announced the cancellation of Enterprise, a lot of people weighed in with their thoughts about the series. I've been watching the show since the beginning -- in fact, I have seen every hour of television and every movie made by Paramount that was part of a Star Trek series. So for those who are interested, here's my thoughts on the cancellation.

On the one hand, I'm a little bit disappointed. Those of us who have been watching the show can attest that this season it's improved quite a bit from all the previous seasons. In my opinion, they're finally exploring what they were meant to be exploring, which is the story of how the Federation came to be. We're in the middle of an arc right now that has shown us more about the Tellurite and Andorian races than the original series ever did, and they've even introduced the Romulans as an enemy in a way consistent with the original series episode "Balance of Terror." A few weeks ago they broadcast an episode called "Observer Effect" written by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens which had me enthralled from beginning to end -- and also turned out to have a connection to an important race we met in the original series.

But on the other hand...

On the other hand, ever since 1987 there has been a Star Trek series on television. Now, I'm not as old as the folks who watched the original series from 1966-1969, so I can't appreciate how empty the airwaves felt of Star Trek during that time. But I do know that what kept the new serieses fresh was the fact that there had been a dearth of Trek for so long. Going from The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine (the pinnacle) to Voyager (eh) to Enterprise without a breather of any sort in between -- well, you can only go to the well so many times before it runs dry.

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. It's not like we won't have other excellent genre television to turn to in the meantime. And when they're ready to launch a new Trek series, they ought to make sure they've got the whole thing worked out from beginning to end, putting a creator in charge who knows what he's going.

My suggestions? J. Michael Straczynski, Ira Steven Behr, or Joss Whedon.

Over to you.
Tags: science-fiction, television
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