A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever
On May 13, 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise ended its four-season run with the controversial two-part finale, “These Are the Voyages… ” The finale infamously brought in cast members from The Next Generation to tell the final chapter in Enterprise’s story, and it was viewed by some as a disrespectful and ignominious end to 18 almost-unbroken years of Trek on the small screen.
Generously put, many fans considered this a low point in the franchise’s history. With Enterprise, some fans blamed the anemic finale on the series’ often-uneven writing. Others blamed Rick Berman, who had been Star Trek’s Nerd-in-Chief since Gene Roddenberry’s passing in 1991. And still others blamed the rise of “darker” and more heavily serialized sci-fi fare like Battlestar Galactica (although BSG showrunner Ron Moore first dabbled in this style, largely successfully, in the latter seasons of Deep Space Nine).
You know, summer’s coming up, would it absolutely kill CBS to run (slightly edited for profanity/gore/nudity versions) the 15 episodes of Discovery six months after their online premiere?
Tag each one with an exclusive preview of production on season 2, now underway, and by golly, things might just happen for All Access.
But what the hell do I know? I just rearranged the schedule and the promotional theme for a struggling UPN station and suddenly turned it into one of the top ten fastest growing affiliates in the country 20 years ago.
One of my biggest frustrations in life is there’s common sense TV programming wisdom that neither the networks nor fandom can see.