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(Reuters)   Latest Star Trek series "Enterprise" given the Ol' Yeller treatment, to be disposed of behind barn by Pa   ( ) divider line 317
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2005-02-02 06:23:40 PM  
I worked on a show that was cancelled (Farscape), and I know how much of a blow this news is for the cast and crew.

That said, Enterprise blew chunks. I liked Trek once upon a time but when you're used to the adrenaline rush you get from watching a really good episode of Lost, 24, the new Galactica, Firefly, Buffy, Angel etc then you watch Enterprise; despite a talented cast the thing just felt old and stilted, and, well, lifeless.

I lay the blame squarely on Berman and Braga. Let the thing rest for a few years and bring it back with a new executive producer that understands and respects the genre and the show's history (the good parts of it, anyway)
2005-02-02 06:40:16 PM  
Good riddance. Enterprise was a bad show, despite good actors, and just a weekly reminder that Star Trek needs to be put on the shelf for a couple decades. Resurrect it with a good storyline in 15-20 years and maybe we'll have something again.
2005-02-02 06:43:32 PM  

Interesting quotes from comic book writer
Warren Ellis on Enterprise:

cancelled.  CREATIVELY cancelled.  They actually did the "spooky
aliens observe the human race and are shocked by the human capability for
compassion" story. Again.  I pick up an episode online every now and
then to see how it's surviving, because I have an acquaintance associated
with the show, but the sheer gall of the programme to be this bad was 
actually surprising.   They could have just put a title card up
for 44 minutes which read FARK YOU FOR WATCHING.  REGARDS, THE MGMNT."

And just today:

"Those who've been following my occasional pieces
on genre TV might be interested to learn that
ENTERPRISE was finally cancelled today.   Story's on AICN
right now.     I hope that the people involved with the
show who I occasionally heard from find new work soon.   And so
another Star Trek show descends into TV Hell.  I met someone last year
who'd been brought in to pitch a new Trek show: but, more than half a year
down the line, I haven't heard anything else.  So my suspicion is that
Star Trek is gone from our screens for a comfortingly long time. 

And, with the final Star Wars film on the way, 
it seems that by the end of the year the culture will feel peculiarly
cleansed.  As if the shackles were released from us in our cultural
basement, and we can finally take from our mouths the shattered antique
underpants used as gags and wash old men's s***n out of our bum crevices."

2005-02-02 06:56:43 PM  
I hope the last episode's last scene ends with the "Enterprise" program disappearing, having just been a (bad) holo-novel written by the EMH from Voyager

/nerd shut down in 3...2...1
2005-02-02 06:59:13 PM  
So making it "sexier" didn't bring in the ratings, huh?
2005-02-02 07:05:44 PM  
Thank God. The old girl was really starting to stink up the joint. Time to give her a decent funeral and say 'fare thee well'.
2005-02-02 07:06:17 PM  
All the trekkies should have known it was toast when they moved it to friday, the place TV shows go to die.
2005-02-02 07:06:51 PM  
Chrissakes, it would seem that it can't be that hard to find good writers. The world's probably jammed full of good writers. Half of them seem to be working on Galactica now.. maybe that's the problem.
2005-02-02 07:07:23 PM  
Good. This was a goddamn disgrace. I've believed for a while that they can only do one or two series a generation.
2005-02-02 07:07:39 PM  
Farscape sucked balls

That other show you Fark geeks talked about sucks too.
2005-02-02 07:08:36 PM  
It's all Berman's fault. They should fire him along with cancelling Enterprise. Ever since DS9 ended, Trek has really gone to crap (anyone go to see Nemesis?).
2005-02-02 07:09:00 PM  
We'll always have that intro song...
2005-02-02 07:09:40 PM  
It's funny how no one on "Enterprise" acts like a human being. Actually, it's usually the aliens who act human, while the humans act like noble cardboard cutouts.

Compare/contrast with Battlestar Galactica.
2005-02-02 07:11:35 PM  
Coming from a married couple where both my wife and I know which TNG episode it is by the first minute watch any episode, rented DS9 DVDs to watch the entire series, and sat through all the crap of Voyager for the good Doctor episodes, we stopped watching Enterprise at the Nazi time travelling cliffhanger. I consider it Godwin invoked.

However, the new Battlestar Galactica rocks the house...reminds me of ::sniffle:: Firefly.
2005-02-02 07:11:46 PM  
Well I will be in the minority, but I came to like the show, like voyager it started bad and got better, YEAH! IT GOT MUCH BETTER! . still, it will probably be best to let the whole francise lay dormant for a few years.
2005-02-02 07:12:39 PM  
i still watch the show, mostly out of inertia i suppose, but i have to agree that it was time for enterprise to go. i never really bought into the archer character. i thought the captain should have been more buttoned down and less prone to emotional outbursts.

anyone know if there is gonna be another movie?
2005-02-02 07:12:56 PM  
Actually it was Travis, not Pa, who shot Old Yeller.
2005-02-02 07:13:21 PM  
btw , the new Galactica has potential, but its starting out even worse than the last two treks.
/not that good yet
2005-02-02 07:13:24 PM  
Well, at least we can leave a little better than we came in.

I welcomed the show with a Jolene Blalock Boobie thread, you can do the GIS search on your own...

Adieu, Fairwell, So Long ST:E
F*ck You, Get Bent and Die Berman and Braga
2005-02-02 07:13:34 PM  
You mean they're finally gonna put it out of our misery?
2005-02-02 07:13:36 PM  
Well,if nothing else,the actors can comfortably live on the con circuit...
2005-02-02 07:13:51 PM  
Pa didn't shoot 'Ol Yeller. Travis did.

/didn't RTFA
2005-02-02 07:13:56 PM  
My biggest complaint about the star trek world is how the ships are so clean and tidy all the time. The battle sequences are always the same too. One ship fires and the other returns fire, there is absolutely no strategy involved. "Lock on to their engines and fire".

They should make a "star wars" show based on the Knights of the old republic, now that would be good to watch.

/bring on the jedi
2005-02-02 07:14:18 PM  

I hear ya. I've worked on a few things of that nature myself.

There's nothing so good that a producer, director or writer (that has slept with the producer and/or director) can't utterly fark up whenever they get their hands on a franchise.
2005-02-02 07:14:54 PM  
2005-02-02 07:15:06 PM  

You work on FS.. ooooodles of respect. Big Fan!

2005-02-02 07:15:10 PM  
Finally!! To damn bad it will live on and on and on in syndication.
2005-02-02 07:15:30 PM  
Sorry badmutha...I guess I type kinda slow.
2005-02-02 07:15:39 PM  
If I remember correctly, ENTERPRISE was one of 3 possible shows. The others were STARFLEET ACADEMY -- a sort of Star Trek meets 90210/Dawsons Creek -- and a show comprising of rescued former Borg (a la 7-of-9) who became an elite Navy SEAL-type faction of the Federation. That would have been cool, I think
2005-02-02 07:15:44 PM  
May the force be with you
2005-02-02 07:16:11 PM  
The Star Trek serieses started screwing up when they got arrogant enough to start throwing in reruns during the regular season - yep, the producers started the practice. Then, when the season ends with a cliffhanger, show the re-reruns. And since they only shot half a season of shows in the first place, then show the re-re-reruns. A better formula for making viewers bored with a show was never invented.
2005-02-02 07:16:23 PM  
Pa didnt shoot old yeller. The kid did.

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2005-02-02 07:16:30 PM  
Ok, step 1 for restoring good scifi to TV is complete. Now bring back Firefly and all will be well.
2005-02-02 07:16:57 PM  
Honestly, I still cannot believe that Voyager managed to make seven seasons. This show wasn't nearly as bad in concept, but Berman and Braga could kill anything. And as for all the good writers being on Galactica, perisoft, that is bull. While I love the show, it has been rife with statements that make little sense. Such as, in the pilot, when Adama says something to the effect of "we have incoming enemy craft coming towards us" which is so stupidly redundant. I love BSG, but the writing isn't THAT good. But, all things considered, if the ratings are bad, there is no point to keep the show around.
2005-02-02 07:17:08 PM  
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2005-02-02 07:17:19 PM  
I thought they had a chance of recovering when they blew up Florida, but then they went back into diplomacy weenie mode.
2005-02-02 07:18:19 PM  
Shoulda had a spoiler note for the Old Yeller thing. Ruined it for me.
2005-02-02 07:18:32 PM  
All your Enterprise are belong to us!
2005-02-02 07:18:53 PM  

I enjoyed watching enterprise in all it's suck glory. I thought the first 6 episodes this season were actually pretty good. Sure there's a lot of scifi shows I've enjoyed more (B5) but there really isn't that much new scifi coming out right now. Enterprise, Stargate (and it's atlantis bastard child), and Battlestar Galactica are the only ones I can think of. Unless you count crap like smallville.
2005-02-02 07:19:18 PM  
yeah, and i was out looking for an image of yeller in that shed. now im going to go cry and think of my first dog, toby. :(
2005-02-02 07:20:01 PM  
A terrible terrible show, like the other shows since STTNG
2005-02-02 07:20:43 PM  
And I was soooo mesmerized by the cliffhanger season finale where they warped back to World War II! Talk about creative! I wonder why no one has thought about using Nazis as bad guys before.

/sarcasm off.

If the screenwriters wanted conflict, have them warp back to the Civil War, where brother fought against brother. The evil aliens could try to help the South in order to break apart the U.S., with the resultant historical consequences. Sure, it's a bit cliched, but it doesn't suck nearly as much as the stereotypical "Nazi Villains" of the Matlock generation.

Damned Nazis must have tethered a singularity in Berlin considering all of the wormholes and time rips that occur there.
2005-02-02 07:20:43 PM  
What's a 'star trek' ???
2005-02-02 07:21:19 PM  
I have to confess... first series 'ok'... a warm up to something better in series 2? well... series 2... ehhh... slightly better... would've been more fun to see cap'n Archers dog put down in a bizarre alien ritual... series 3 - ooh.. went dark a bit, didn't it? I couldn't really follow it... it sort of lost it's own plot somewhere.
Series 4.... well... I just hope that Enterprise ends up sailing up the nub end of a black hole of it's own making and comes out the other side unscathed and full of people who can actually 'act'. Scott Bukakke doesn't cut it as a cap'n in my books and the rest of the crew seem fairly inept too.

heck, a shatner waxwork has more artistic merit than all the Enterprise series...

/phasers set to kill
2005-02-02 07:21:31 PM  
it didn't help that they aired on Friday nights. I gave the show a chance because there was nothing better on Wednesdays. But, Christ oh mightyl! If I had a choice of going out and drinking on Friday or staying at home and watching bad science ficition, I'll choose intoxication anyday.
2005-02-02 07:22:56 PM  
Damnit, now my girl will want foreplay again.
2005-02-02 07:23:44 PM  
A pre star trek was a great idea because it would be less organized and gritty than the others. Instead it came out boring crap. I gave up at the end of the second season and I watched voyager all the way through
2005-02-02 07:24:18 PM  
At the end of the final episode, the entire show will be revealed as a bad dream caused by a botched upgrade to Data's emotion chip, intended to generate erotic dreams in yet another stab at "understanding humanity".

Either that, or B+B will end the show with the signing of the Federation constitution in 2161, with Archer (insert random heroic cliche sacrifice here) while Tucker and T'Pol (insert porno sequence here).

Remember, you read it here first.
2005-02-02 07:24:31 PM  
Just for the record, I really liked the series. It was much better than Voyager. I do think that they need put the franchise on hold for awhile especially if Enterprise, as good as it was, can't make it in the ratings.

Oh well, now I don't have to worry about Enterprise conflicting with the new Dr.Who series.
2005-02-02 07:25:25 PM  

Damnit, now my girl will want foreplay again.

Riiiiight... if by girl you mean your mom, and if by foreplay you mean a pack of smokes. sure...
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