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Thursday, February 03, 2005
So long, Captain Archer....
Enterprise is cancelled:
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- For the first in 18 years, prime-time U.S. network television will be without a starship crew to "boldly go where no man has gone before. Star Trek: Enterprise, the latest incarnation of one of the most storied franchises in televised science-fiction history, will end its four-season run in May, broadcaster UPN said Wednesday. UPN said the last original episode would air Friday, May 13, and its departure marks the first time in 18 years that the "Star Trek" franchise has been absent from prime-time network television.The series, which debuted in September 2001 and starred Scott Bakula, generated 98 episodes over its run, although it struggled in the ratings.
I am a former trek-nut of the highest order, and I stopped watching more than a year ago when the show became more UPN than Trek. In one of those "you know you're in trouble when the whole premise of the show changes" moments, Enterprise jumped the shark, I think, with their mission to find the superweapon, or whatever that was... We have enough of that at 6.30 with Dan Rather. Trek needs to be about an alternative vision, not the same grindingly bleak vision with better technology. Archer's obvious "we don't have the prime directive yet" moments were initially interesting but later repeatedly disappointing, as he did whatever needed to be done....
Posted at 1:44 PM by John.

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