Thursday, February 10, 2005

To Boldly Go… Nowhere

If you haven’t heard, UPN has cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise! As a rabid fanboy I can categorically state that I feel… I feel… I don’t know how I feel. You see, the powers that be switched out the local UPN affiliate to Telemundo during the first season of ST: Ent. So the upshot is I never have seen enough episodes to form an opinion one way or another. At least I can now keep up con mis telenovelas.

I grew up with the original Star Trek, so I have fond memories. I found Star Trek: The Next Generation to be a good successor to the original series. The character development and the writing was, for the most part, solid. In the initial seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I must admit I was not impressed. But as the characters and the back stories progressed, I grew to like the series and felt it went out strong. Then came Star Trek: Voyager. I was underwhelmed to say the least. I liked it better when I was a kid and it was called LOST IN SPACE!

I had high hopes for ST: Ent.

But grumblings from the loyal fans started early, right from the opening theme, and didn’t stop. I have a friend who is a dyed-in-the-wool Trekker, who stopped watching the show because the creators where taking too many liberties with established Star Trek canon. Evidently the creators, Berman and Braga, had no problem rewriting whole sections of Federation history. C’mon people don’t fix it if its not broken. You don’t see anybody updating Shakespeare!

With the cancellation of ST:ENT, it will be the first time in 18 years that a Star Trek theme program hasn’t aired. Of course there are grassroots efforts to get UPN to reconsider its position. And there is a lot of chatter on the forums about what a new Star Trek show should be about. Some fans are trying to breath life into old ideas like Starfleet Academy and the adventures of the U.S.S. Excelsior.

I personally like R. K. Milholland’s idea for the next Star Trek franchise: Intergalactic Pole Dancers XXX.


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