Why Did Enterprise End?
We have dueling views on the reasons why Enterprise failed to find a long term audience. First up, Rick Berman believes there is too much Trek on TV, resulting in oversaturation and, thus, a loss of audience. He also believes that the last Trek film, Nemesis, was a ‘fine movie’. Berman also says, ‘And it’s become like a family. It’s a very rare thing in our business, and we’ve spent a lot of time working together and learning together…”. Well, speaking for me, I think that family became inbred and insular and couldn’t, or wouldn’t, reach out for an infusion of new thinking. We kept getting rehashes of previous stories and more technobabble. To me this is what killed Enterprise, the lame stories.
And Jolene Blalock, a lifelong ST fan, agrees with me. Sweet. I’ll let Pete know when I get her phone number. But, in looking at this second article, Manny Coto’s comments also bother me. He says, ‘It’s a genre that appeals to a certain type of individual, and there’s not a lot of them’. I’m sorry Manny, I know you’ve done a decent job making Enterprise a better show in its last season, but you are wrong here. Enterprise pulled in almost 13 millions viewers for its premeir. I believe ST:TNG pulled in more than that on a regular basis. This tells me the audience is there for ST. What wasn’t there was a compelling show. Enterprise could have done a lot with the birth of the Federation, instead we got more time travel, and as a show arc for crying out loud. That’s why people left in droves, crappy stories. As Ms. Blalock says, ‘The audience isn’t stupid’.
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