In our continuing
effort to pander to all forms of fanboys, we have
enlisted Star Trek fan and sometime wood elf Kevin Miller to provide
coverage of the upcoming series Enterprise. Today he introduces
himself with some preliminary thoughts before he actually gets to see
show. Now we'll never see Chekov make it to the 24th Century...
The Enterprise Docks at FanboyPlanet.com
By Kevin Miller
Will Enterprise boldly go where Voyager
Somewhere inside Federation Council Chambers…
Space is too small! We know everyone in
the Alpha Quadrant. There isn't enough galactic conflict. Shut down
the Enterprise, and commission Voyager… Forget about Deep Space Nine,
no one watches the Defiant anyway.
7 years later…
Weird. Why didn't the ratings shoot through
the roof? Voyager was zooming through space, discovering the unknown.
And when that wasn't enough we manufactured a pop-culture-sex-icon.
What went wrong?
I thought Sam couldn't
leap in to the future?
That probably never really happened, but
it sure felt that way. After Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's death the
executives who inherited The Next Generation quickly felt boxed in by
the universe of Star Trek. By the 24th century the Federation had become
pretty chummy with her neighbors, and human-to-human race relations
had become so good the writers couldn't inject conflict, the necessary
element for story telling. So Rick Berman and crew rotated the Next
Generation for the Next Next Generation.
They thought they knew everything about
creating a Trek spin-off as well as why some fans reacted negatively
to the central location of Deep Space Nine. And so Voyager was set to
be continually in motion, never looking back. But something was missing
from the show, and it never hit the mark set by The Next Generation.
Trekkers and Trekkies alike have become
very hip to the seven-year cycle of prime time to syndication. Generation
lasted seven years, as did Deep Space Nine. Somewhere around the middle
of year Voyager's sixth year, the internet became flooded with rumors
of the premise for the Next Next NEXT Generation.
A band of Renegade Marquis disgusted
with Captain Janeway's incompetence steal a shuttle craft and brave
the Delta quadrant free from Federation rules… and aid.
Seven Borg drones, accidentally disconnected
from the hive and unable to return to Earth or UniMatrix-Zero-Zero-One
search the galaxy for meaning.
The Federation commissions a special
squad to act like the Navy Seals of Star Fleet. Their mission: handle
emergency situations, and solve hotspots, either with or without Federation
Deep in the heart of San Francisco
the class of 2395 learn what it means to be a Star Fleet officer at
After uncovering an ancient artifact
a team of historians are able to travel back in time to Earth during
the start of the 21st century to assimilate UPN's biggest enemy… Buffy
the Vampire Slayer.
Eventually the Trek Execs chose…
The trendy power of a prequel propels
audiences two hundred years into the past, in order to refurbish a chocking
I was afraid for the Star Trek franchise
the first time I caught whiff of this awful rumor (since turned reality).
The creative minds controlling Voyager placed their stories 75 million
light years away from the original 25 year old rich mythos of Star Trek.
They created new characters, and whole new races each week. But they
still managed to botch the continuity of the Star Trek continuum. And
if the same group of people couldn't do it on the other side of the
galaxy, how could they create a show acting as the foundation for the
next two hundred years!? Four television shows, and nine movies (soon
to be ten) is a lot of homework. I don't think they can do it, without
every week writing something that conflicts with all already known pieces
of the universe. Thus making for a Trek that searches for a new audience,
instead of building on an already huge fan base. And further, angering
every Trekker and Trekkie.
This makes Kevin
Then why does the recent cover of TV Guide
make me giddy with excitement for this fall? Why can't I get the images
of the submarine-like Enterprise out of my head? Why can't I stop thinking
about this new race of people, and meeting the Klingons for the very
first time? Why do I want to collect every little tiny detail concerning
Perhaps this isn't a failed attempt to
connect with an audience. Perhaps the Enterprise will actually tap into
something they have forgotten while Janeway was at the helm.
Perhaps the true Star Trek fan can return
to Wednesday nights to enjoy good television, void of preachy plots,
and bad direction. Perhaps the execs actually looked around and thought,
"Gee, we have one of the biggest fan followings in the world. Maybe
we should do something that drips with effort."
Or perhaps this is just another failed
attempt to capitalize on a dream that died with its creator.
In either case, one thing is certain.
I was NEVER this excited about Voyager.
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