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
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!Back to TVGeekSpeak.com