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Sunday, May 15, 2005
Enterprise Finale
I have not watched for a long time, since there was definitely shark-jumping happening with this show. I did, however, tune in for the finale. I wish I'd taken a nap instead.

I was going to write a rant about how weak and disappointing this show was, but hey, Mark Perigard's done it for me.
Set as a backdrop to "The Pegasus,'' a mediocre 1994 "Next Gen'' episode, Riker retreats to his Enterprise's holodeck to work out some personal issues and becomes embroiled in the re-creation of the original Enterprise's final days.
Archer and company are en route to decommission the ship and sign a historic treaty that will lead to the creation of the Federation when they receive a distress call from an Andorian (Jeffrey Combs) whose young daughter has been kidnapped.
A major character is killed, if for no other reason than the show's creators realized at least one dramatic thing had to happen in the hour. Typical of the blunders of this episode, the character's big scene is a flashback - with Riker.
Unfortunately, this generation of "Enterprise'' fans has been robbed. "Next Gen's'' Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) treats the holodeck re-creation of the original ship's bridge as a quaint museum piece. It's meant to be funny, but it comes off disrespectful. Archer's speech to the assembly of ambassadors is supposed to be so stirring that generations of schoolchildren across myriad worlds will have to memorize it. Too bad the show refrains from sharing it.
This was awful television. The writing of such a weak narrative in one of the richest and most dramatic fictional universes ever developed, and the trivialising of both a character's death & the birth of the Federation was a huge waste. This could have been a sweeping epic that took viewers from "Terra Prime" to the birth of the Federation in a grand hour of TV. Instead it was, as Jolene Blalock told TV Guide, a prime example of why the show got cancelled. Those producers, writers and "creative" minds need a rest, big time.

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Posted at 1:58 PM by John.

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