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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Geek/CounterGeek: Star Trek Enterprise: The Revenge

Our resident Star Trek freak, Vito, wrote of the long term prospects for Star Trek Enterprise a month ago. A lot of good it did, too. Now that it's been cancelled, he'll try to be objective about the future prospects for his beloved franchise. Here's this week's Geek/CounterGeek.

Geek: Save Enterprise

Now that the word has come down and Star Trek Enterprise has officially been cancelled, what's a self-respecting Trekker to do?

Well, they're not lying down and taking it. Already money has been collected, ads have been placed and rallies have been planned. Not only that, but they're attempting to raise $32.5 million to pay for the season outright! The attempt is admirable and unprecedented, and if it succeeds, it would be incredible.

Although I have reservations about raising that kind of money for a TV show (wouldn't a charity be more worthy?) the show is worth saving. Enterprise has shaped up and this is the best season ever.

CounterGeek: Star Trek Needs An Overhaul

Is the end of Enterprise the end of Star Trek? Probably not, but unless the show is "saved", 2006 will be the first time since 1987 that there is no Trek on TV.

The problem is, a long time ago Rick Berman and Brannon Braga took control of Star Trek and decided to play it safe. "Safe" quickly became repetitive and boring. Manny Coto, who created the under appreciated and very cancelled Odyssey 5, has reinvigorated Enterprise, but it's too little, too late. Star Trek can live on, but it would better to jettison Braga, Berman and Enterprise to let Coto develop his own series.

Another intriguing option would be to turn the reigns over to J. Michael Straczynski, who created and wrote almost every episode of Babylon 5. Straczynski is trying to hijack the "Save Enterprise" movement to support his version of the show, which he pitched to Paramount last year.

It will be interesting to see what happens, but if Star Trek survives in any form, they need an infusion of new, creative blood.

Vito's Geek/CounterGeek appears every Tuesday.

Where do you stand? Post a comment now! And vote in our "How To Save Enterprise" Idiot Box poll- in the right hand column!

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4 other geekspeak:

  • I for one, LOVE Enterprise. The past 2 seasons have been very exciting. This season has been shaping up to be a great one. Every Star Trek series has had to find it's voice. So, UPN, give it a chance.

    By Anonymous DeAnn, at 3:57 AM  

  • obviously i'm a big fan of the show. the last 2 seasons, as deann says, have been great. i loved the xindi arc and i like the mini-arcs this year. unfortunately much of the cast remains undeveloped and fans can't latch onto them like we could to the TNG and TOS crews. Maybe a year's rest before a new show, and some new blood, would help... but i hate seeing a show that's gone this far give up without fully developing itself. SAVE ENTERPRISE!

    By Blogger joevideo, at 11:56 AM  

  • I absolutely love Enterprise and I don't want it to be cancelled! This has been the best season yet, and I think that the show has definitely found its footing. There are so many great stories that can still be told and so much I'd still like to see. I'm going to continue participating in every "Save Enterprise" campaign I can. If you haven't done so already, visit Save Enterprise, The Enterprise Project and Trek United. Keep Enterprise on the air!

    By Anonymous Rusty, at 7:25 PM  

  • I've enjoyed all the Star Trek series but Star Trek: Enterprise is my absolute favorite. The series is going from strength to strength, drawing in even those who didn't like the earlier seasons.

    I don't want to see it die! There are still so many avenues to explore with this crew. I've just been reading the transcript of the chat with Manny Coto at Trek United. He has great ideas for what he would like to do if given the opportunity for a fifth season - and he is supportive of the Save Enterprise campaign.

    By Anonymous Nebula, at 7:45 AM  

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