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A man does not acquire the fame of Galileo simply by dying for his beliefs. He has to be right too.
How Harve Bennett helped 'Star Trek' live long and prosper [The Seattle Times]
If "Star Trek" isn't dead [...] it's critical. The 10th feature film, "Star Trek: Nemesis," performed so dismally, making less than half domestically than its $70 million budget, that it may have euthanized the big-screen series. Meanwhile, UPN's "Enterprise," the sixth "Star Trek" TV outing (don't forget to count the '70s animated one) has never clicked with audiences. Producers hope to energize its poor ratings with a major thematic overhaul in the new season. (They could start with its theme song , a ballad from 1998's "Patch Adams" so widely hated that the studio received a fan petition against it.)I've watched roughly two episodes of 'Enterprise' when you add it all up. It's just not that interesting, and the inconsistencies with the established continuity bug me just enough that I don't care what happens to these characters. Oh, and the theme music sucks. :) I also have yet to see Nemesis, so I'm part of the problem there.
Since they're apparently not doing any more of the theatrical films (No DS9 films? I thought those were a given!), maybe they could start making some new 'current' continuity without fear of messing up any plot points of A Future Motion Picture Starring The Enterprise Crew.
Star Trek: Generation 3, anyone? Or even The Federation, a West Wing-esque big-picture-SF series where you don't have to follow the rules of U.S. law in the 20th century? I imagine there are some very good writers who wouldn't mind a shot at moving forward with Trek, given enough freedom to write New Stuff. 5 comment(s)
The thing that has disappointed me the most about Enterprise (other than the music -- I really didn't think it could get any worse than DS9) is the complete lack of politics. Based on early descriptions of the show, I thought there would be much more inside baseball stuff about the Federation's early days.
No wonder the "Nemesis" DVD is at $14.95, while "Wrath of Kahn" is sitting at $18.88. (WalMart prices).
Well, K & I watch Enterprise and we both like it. I think you need to give it more than a couple episodes. We were probably four or five episodes into the first season before it started to click for us. Plus, all the Trek series seem to take a couple seasons before they hit their stride. Some of those Next Gen episodes from season 1 were pretty awful.
Actually, Nemesis is an interesting rental --- it probably does the best of the TNG movies (IMHO, of course) of capturing the *crew* aspect of the TV show, but when it's all over you realize not a whole lot happened...
I watched the first couple episodes of Enterprise, and what struck me most (even more than the theme music) was how stupid and ignorant the captain was. They have one spaceship and they put him in charge of it? Today's astronauts are far more capable. Even science fiction fans would do a better job. Has all science fiction (and imagination) been destroyed in the trek universe, leaving this lunkhead unprepared for anything remotely different? Sigh.Add a comment...
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