I can't wait

Jolene Blalock on Enterprise:

"I mean, we started out with 13 million viewers on the pilot, and we somehow managed to drive 11 million of them away."

There is an awkward silence when the subject of the final episode is broached.

"I don't know where to begin with that one," she finally stammers. "The final episode is... appalling."


48 Responses:

  1. benediktus says:

    i hated this crap anyway. too much pathetic patriotism and sappy analogies to the current world politics (like the "al qaeda"-xindi-campaign). "tomorrows conflicts today"?

    says enough...

    • There's a funny bit on the Battlestar Galactica pilot DVD about how the makers went into a meeting with some execs, and the execs were really excited about playing up the Cylons-As-Al-Qaeda angle that they somehow saw in the script. What's really funny is that they've since delivered a show where the humans have a president who thinks she's getting messages from the gods.

      • benediktus says:

        "Just as the Federation comes to represent the "West" of 20th century earth, The Klingons seemingly come to represent America's staunchest adversary- the Soviet Union."quote

        business as usual...

  2. sim_james says:

       Well! That’s promising!

       I guess I shall continue to ignore the existence of Enterprise then.

  3. Ironically, things had improved dramatically - in terms of content, if not resultant ratings - in this fourth and final season, under the stewardship of producer and self-confessed Trek geek Manny Coto, who brought back a lot of the self-referencing retro continuity the hardcore fan just can't get enough of.

    "That was a treat, a joy to do," Blalock enthuses. "It was an unexpected surprise to have the scripts that we did (this season). And I am grateful and thankful for that. It was fun to come to work again.

    "And it was certainly much better than spending another season doing what we had been doing. It said a lot about the potential of the show."

    That final episode is the work of Berman and Braga. A cynical mind might almost think this was done to derail the good work Coto and friends have done this season.

    But for the reasons she outlines above, and with the recent developments over at Trek United, I'm quite interested in a season 5 over on Spike TV. Especially if Braga is going to be gone, completely, from the show.


    Luckly, if the story that was leaked is accurate, the damage can be undone. After all a holodeck simulation on the 1701-D IS just a holodeck simulation, no matter how many main characters you kill off.
  4. fengi says:

    I like how she says she's a big Star Trek geek herself. It may be some very canny self-marketing ("I'm smoking hot AND a big geek") but she certainly walks the walk by slagging her own show like she's on the TWoP boards. I now picture her on the set muttering "Worst episode ever." and "Shut up, Quantum."

  5. jkonrath says:

    I really hope that in the last episode, they reveal that the whole thing was a dream.

  6. "I am going to keep the ears."

    Somehow, I suspect her husband requested that one... damn Vulcan pr0n.

  7. whumpdotcom says:

    Where were the Soviet-era anti Star Trek posters?

  8. cyeh says:

    1) The temporal cold-war meta-plot was the most pathetic thing contrived. Whenever a sci-fi writer runs out of ideas, they bring out time travel.

    2) The entire two seasons wasted on the Xindi subplot.

    I've started watching the beginning of this season again because they've gone back to do doing what they should have done from the very beginning: writing fan-boy plots to fill in the gaps in the Trek universe we already know.

    • jwz says:

      You're wrong about #1. "How the Klingon got its bumps" was the most pathetic thing contrived.

      • cyeh says:

        Oh gawd. Please tell me you're kidding. I'm about 8 eps behind. I'm guessing it's one of the ones I haven't seen yet.

      • slanderous says:

        I don't watch Enterprise, because it sucks, but I do want to know just how contrived the answer to this question is! How did Klingons get their bumps?!

        • phoenixredux says:

          Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this, (and I know you will!) but as I understand it, there were "dark world" Klingons (the bumpy ones) and the "light world" Klingons, (the Early Trek ones), sort of two different but compatable species of Klingons, who shared the same rotationally-challenged planet. Due to one side of the planet being in constant total darkness, and the other side being in constant total daylight, they were at war with one another for centuries. Eventually, through war and environmental mishap, the Dark Side Bumpies won out, and hence, are the dominant Klingon race in Modern Trek.


          • jwz says:

            1) You should be ashamed of yourself for even discussing this.
            2) That's not the answer Enterprise gave.

            • phoenixredux says:

              1) I should be, but I'm not.

              2) There are a lot of things in the Star Trek universe that Enterprise gets wrong, Klingon history is only one of them. This series should have never been made in the first place, as it completely negates much of what comes "after" it. Rather than filling in some of the backstory of the Federation formation, Earth's First Contact, et cetera, Enterprise tries to remake the Star Trek world in its own image, and fails. Much on this period in Trek history has already been written, and none of it mentions Captain Archer or his crew. The legacy of this series will be as the bastard mutant step-child of Trek, the one who is never talked about. Once in a while we'll toss a bucket of fish heads into the basement to feed it, but it will never appear on the Christmas cards.