Enterprise Cancelled

Well folks, it’s official. After 98 episodes, Star Trek: Enterprise is done. Sci-Fi.com has a little more informtion as does StarTrek.com. The series finale will air May 13th (yep, Friday the 13th).

TheAngryMob Editorializes…

It doesn’t seem quite fair, now that the show has hit a decent stride. Sure it deserved cancellation after seasons one and two, but now?

I know I’m going to hear the same old tirade: Trek should go away or take a hiatus. I disagree. There’s nothing stale or dead about the Trek Universe, you just don’t get good Sci-Fi when designed by focus groups, marketing execs, and yes flaming morons. Catsuits and wrestler guest stars does not good Star Trek make.

Manny, you did your best and I applaude you. You turned the ship around and gave it a meaningful course. For that we won’t forget what you did.

Rick and Brannon, a little tip: Avoid conventions for awhile. Let’s just say you’re not welcome.

27 replies on “Enterprise Cancelled”

  1. theangrymob says:

    Press Release

    It seems StarTrek.com is getting overloaded (hmm, wonder why). Here’s the Press Release:

    After four seasons, Star Trek: Enterprise has reached the end of its mission …

    PRESS RELEASE

    UPN and Paramount Network Television have jointly announced that this will be the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN. [Production will continue until the end of this season, which will finish shooting in March.] The series finale will air on Friday, May 13, 2005.

    “Star Trek has been an important part of UPN’s history, and Enterprise has carried on the tradition of its predecessors with great distinction,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, UPN. “We’d like to thank Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and an incredibly talented cast for creating an engaging, new dimension to the Star Trek universe on UPN, and we look forward to working with them, and our partners at Paramount Network Television, on a send-off that salutes its contributions to The Network and satisfies its loyal viewers.”

    David Stapf, President of Paramount Network Television, said, “The creators, stars and crew of Star Trek: Enterprise ambitiously and proudly upheld the fine traditions of the Star Trek franchise. We are grateful for their contributions to the legacy of Trek and commend them on completing nearly 100 exciting, dramatic and visually stunning episodes. All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future.”

    A prequel to the original “Star Trek” series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE premiered on UPN on Sept. 26, 2001, and aired for its first three seasons on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT). On Oct. 8, 2004, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE moved into its current time on Fridays (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT). Through its four-year run, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE produced a total of 98 episodes and earned four Emmy Awards.

  2. UncleJam says:

    Only 98?

    Heh, does that mean we’ll be spared seeing this show in syndication?

    (Yes, I know the 100-episode rule isn’t hard and fast, but I can dream, can’t I?)

    • madpoet_one says:

      Re: Only 98?

      Heh, does that mean we’ll be spared seeing this show in syndication?

      (Yes, I know the 100-episode rule isn’t hard and fast, but I can dream, can’t I?)

      Dude… it’s Paramount… Who, at least when it comes to Trek, can’t help but beat a dead horse… Look for it in syndication soon.

  3. Grounded says:

    Hmm
    Enterprise gets binned after 4 seasons for being offensively mediocre, yet Andromeda is into its 5th even though its been clinically proven to cause actual physical pain. Conspiracy anyone?

    • fliptw says:

      Re: Hmm

      Enterprise gets binned after 4 seasons for being offensively mediocre, yet Andromeda is into its 5th even though its been clinically proven to cause actual physical pain. Conspiracy anyone?

      last time I checked, andromeda is canceled after its primary producer, Fireworks was shut down by canwest media in january of last year. I think the 5th season was already being produced at that time to meet an obligation to Sci-Fi channel for a exclusitivity deal.

      I doubt its going to see a sixth season.

      • TwistyHat says:

        Re: Hmm

        I doubt its going to see a sixth season.

        Since the contracts where for 5 years that seems likely…

  4. joe__gee says:

    On the bright side, maybe in 20 years …
    Sci Fi 3D starts running ads, “It will be born from the hopes of four species.” A flash. A ship. A captain. A familiar symbol.

    “From the executive producers of the Galactica saga, and from the director of the Serenity movies comes ‘Star Trek: Foundations’, an entirely fresh imagining of the legendary Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek.”

    Good production. Good directing. Good writing. Good characters. Good acting.

    Unfortunately I will be almost 60, but it might be worth the wait, if someone can keep B & B from any further incursions into Trekdom. Hey Paramount, give B & B their new sci fi show, keep them distracted, let them “prove themselves” yet again, so you can fire them, then bring in some *real* talent to breathe life back into Trek. :)

    And actually, the cast of Enterprise wasn’t bad. They had some great actors. I really liked Peter Billingsley and Jolene Blalock. It’s a shame that Blalock is only now getting to play a “real” Vulcan. She had half a season to shine. :(

    Maybe we’ll still get to see Porthos spaced. :)

    -Joe G.

    • Sprydle says:

      Re: On the bright side, maybe in 20 years …

      Maybe we’ll still get to see Porthos spaced. :)

      -Joe G.

      One of the best scenes in Babylon5 is when the Starfury comes across the bear…

  5. Dark Nexus says:

    Go away/hiatus
    I agree that Trek shouldn’t go away, but have to disagree about a hiatus. It’s become mostly stale over the past few years (I’d say ever since DS9 ended and Voyager failed to pick up speed among existing fans) with the exception of this season. I think it needs to take a relaxing vacation before returning to air or theaters, preferably one that’s long enough to get B&B out of the way completely (so not THAT long hopefully).

    As long as when Trek comes back, it’s brought back by the people largely responsible for this season, it should be good.

    • octa says:

      Re: Go away/hiatus
      I think they really had a good thing going with DS9’s format. I’d like to see them go back and possibly continue that storyline or at least take up the whole continuing storyline aspect.

      They can do better…

      • robertgadlen says:

        Re: Go away/hiatus
        I completely agree. I just recently started watching the DS9 repeats on Spike and I remebered how much I loved that show. The fact that there are 4 or 5 episodes where the Cardassians managed to take back the station shocked me at the time, it was a completely new direction for the series. I only hope that they look around at the other genre shows that are doing well and realize that they pretty much all have long running stories.

        –Hob

  6. GrimSean says:

    It doesn’t seem fair.. yet we can’t say we didn’t see it coming
    I know, I know – I continually rag on the show for not being that great, and I’m out here bitching the minute I find out that it’s cancelled…

    This is how I look at it, Enterprise ran for four years – the first two were, for the most part, absolute drek, the third alright, and the fourth was where they hit their stride… It seems to me that had they brought Coto on board a year earlier, this show might have been able to make it (the first two seasons of TNG had some great ideas, but they really weren’t that good overall, however the third and fourth were, well, the third and fourth) as he has been slowly fixing it to fit in with continuity – you know, on that note, it must drive B&B nuts to think that he could write good stories within continuity when they had to go outside of it in order to do what they considered ‘good’.

    Hopefully UPN has given them enough time that they can wrap it up and give us what we’ve been waiting for:

    Archer: I propose a united front against these Romulans. A… Federation of our planets to work together, in order to drive them back

    I’m going to miss Enterprise – right up until I watch some of those really bad episodes in syndication and wonder what the hell I was thinking.

    • UncleJam says:

      Re: It doesn’t seem fair.. yet we can’t say we didn’t see it coming

      Hopefully UPN has given them enough time that they can wrap it up and give us what we’ve been waiting for:

      Archer: I propose a united front against these Romulans. A… Federation of our planets to work together, in order to drive them back

      Wait… I fell asleep during the Tellarite episode and was a little annoyed when I later learned that they started laying the groundwork for a birth of the Federation arc, but that’s said groundwork?!? Gah, I’m glad now that I did fall asleep; at least I got more enjoyment from that 40 minute nap than all four seasons of Enterprise combined.

      • GrimSean says:

        Re: It doesn’t seem fair.. yet we can’t say we didn’t see it coming

        Hopefully UPN has given them enough time that they can wrap it up and give us what we’ve been waiting for:

        Archer: I propose a united front against these Romulans. A… Federation of our planets to work together, in order to drive them back

        Wait… I fell asleep during the Tellarite episode and was a little annoyed when I later learned that they started laying the groundwork for a birth of the Federation arc, but that’s said groundwork?!? Gah, I’m glad now that I did fall asleep; at least I got more enjoyment from that 40 minute nap than all four seasons of Enterprise combined.

        No man, that’s what I’m hoping for – my hack writing attempt is, well, a hack writing attempt.

        Still, it’s better dialogue than B&B could spit out, IM(not so)HO.

  7. is says:

    about time
    frankly, I’m cynical. As long as B&B are at the helm, trek will blow like a $3 ho. Those two must have contracts or something because they don’t ever seem to disappear.

    In 2-6 years when the new batch of pinheads running UPN come in, B&B will sell another trek series to them and begin another season of ruin.

    You’d think someone would keep a history of an employees success/failure ratio and refer back to it once in a while.

  8. Eldhrin says:

    It’s sad in a way, but really I’m pleased
    It’s sad because Enterprise had a lot of potential that it was just about to get to the point of being able to realise (not that I have much confidence that the evil twins would let that happen) but I’m also happy, because it’s been pretty dreadful. Look at Galactica. Look at Firefly. That’s the kind of treatment Trek needs. Give it a couple of years and there’ll be another series of Trek – let’s hope it’s better this time.

    • AceCaseOR says:

      Re: It’s sad in a way, but really I’m pleased

      It’s sad because Enterprise had a lot of potential that it was just about to get to the point of being able to realise (not that I have much confidence that the evil twins would let that happen) but I’m also happy, because it’s been pretty dreadful. Look at Galactica. Look at Firefly. That’s the kind of treatment Trek needs. Give it a couple of years and there’ll be another series of Trek – let’s hope it’s better this time.

      I’m kind of disappointed as well as, well, I don’t have cable, so all I’ve got is Andromeda (which I haven’t been watching for a while), Enterprise, and last season of SG-1 (which is currently airing on UPN) on Sunday nights.

    • valen1260 says:

      Re: It’s sad in a way, but really I’m pleased

      It’s sad because Enterprise had a lot of potential that it was just about to get to the point of being able to realise (not that I have much confidence that the evil twins would let that happen) but I’m also happy, because it’s been pretty dreadful.

      It’s like euthanizing your suffering dog.

  9. valen1260 says:

    sigh

    At least we have a “Mirror Universe” episode on the way.</sarcasm>

    • GrimSean says:

      Re: sigh

      At least we have a “Mirror Universe” episode on the way.

      Wow… That’s just a total shark jump.

      Have you ever sat around thinking, “Gee, I wonder what’s happening in the alternate universe? What is my evil counterpart doing right now?” Well, if you’ve ever wondered that in regard to Captain Archer and his squad, there’s a treat in store for you.

      Yeah, I’ve wondered that, but I’m not paid to write a television series – and I’d like to think that if I were, I’d come up with something better than that.

      They just lost me – even if they hadn’t been canceled, that would have been the final straw.

  10. SciFiMan says:

    Alas, poor Enterprise. I knew its hell (sorry Mr S)
    As much as I hate to sound mean; “Yay!”. I’ve gotten tired of a Trek Universe with inconsistancies in technological developement, a lack of continuity, homongenus cultures spread among a host of planets, plots that for the last two series have been redone, and formulaeic stories in which most results do not have ongoing repercusions or inovative endings. I would’ve liked to see at least a few more times where the ship learned its lesson after getting slapped down by a another power. Shows the heroes can have feet of clay and the Federation is not all powerful and can suffer setbacks in the pursuit of peaceful expansion.

    Enterprise was for me by far the worst. Klingons show up the very first episode along with a race not even mentioned in earlier Trek. Nearly instantaneous mastery of alien tech and languages occurs. Tech was seen that seemed equal or more advanced than the era suggested in the first trek. It established blatantly cheesy scenes to draw the young men in with eye candy. Then showed Vulcans that act like drama queens despite the established inscruitable calm and introversion the race was supposed to have (Thank you Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Russ). Finally, the multi seasonal ever repeating time travel, time travel, time travel (we got to save the federation or it is doomed) scenarious drove me away from watching any more. So much for exploration and developement stories of humankind with a skirmish or two as the Federation develops.

    I grew up with trek. I enjoyed it and hoped to experience continuing stories within a growing universe that Roddenberry first guided. I enjoyed Kirk, Picard, and Sisko’s series and heck even the earliest Janeway. Yes once in a while I was dissapointed in a story but thats only to be expected. We can’t be completely happy all the time.

    Still I think even the people at UPN have smelled the carcas of the horse that was being flogged under the direction of B&B. Too bad the change in guiding hands couldn’t have happened sooner. I’d been starting to hear of good things from this season.

    • yodapez18 says:

      Re: Alas, poor Enterprise. I knew its hell (sorry Mr S)
      I wsih people would stop looking for consistency, star trek has ner been consistent from episode to episode, or even withint the SAME epsiode, where do people get the idea that it ever will be.
      Sure enterprise screwed a lot of stuff up, but it was fun to watch so whatever, UPN should know better then to put enterprise up against battlestar galactica. is tillw atch it some saturday nights, but maybe scifi will rescue it the way they did SG-1 and andromida. Although seriously, WHAT is going on with andromida Trance has turned into Kosh, Dillon is officially god, Rodde went from being an out o work drummer to a reject from hercules, and sorbo added yet ANOTHER chick who wants him, they should Air enterprise riht after andromida taht way it looks better by comparison

  11. neuronbob says:

    Damn, just when it was getting good.
    Just when Manny Coto brought in good writing and the shows were getting good….the show is going to be cancelled.

    This season was what I was waiting for, after three years of mediocrity.

    I agree with the sentiment…get a rope for B&B.

    • strokerengine says:

      Re: Damn, just when it was getting good.

      Just when Manny Coto brought in good writing and the shows were getting good….the show is going to be cancelled.

      This season was what I was waiting for, after three years of mediocrity.

      I agree with the sentiment…get a rope for B&B.

    • strokerengine says:

      Re: Damn, just when it was getting good.

      Just when Manny Coto brought in good writing and the shows were getting good….the show is going to be cancelled.

      This season was what I was waiting for, after three years of mediocrity.

      I agree with the sentiment…get a rope for B&B.

      abc

      • strokerengine says:

        Re: Damn, just when it was getting good.

        Just when Manny Coto brought in good writing and the shows were getting good….the show is going to be cancelled.

        This season was what I was waiting for, after three years of mediocrity.

        I agree with the sentiment…get a rope for B&B.

        abc

        Over all I must say in response to what I have read here, what a bunch of piss ass whiners.
        I love watching Enterprise. Archer was full of conflict, Trip was really getting screw up, T’Pol was hot, and the Doc was always amusing and there were bad guys everywhere, life was full of danger.

        The show was getting more interesting all the time, and I was really looking forward to seeing the foundation to the Federation.
        Scifi has never been main stream. We don’t judge it by the same standards, we cut it some frellin slack. The better a scifi show is the more likely it is to be cancelled.
        Dark Skies. Crusader. Farscape. Some so brief I can’t even remember the titles. Even Star Trek was cancelled, remember! And my personal favor, although not quite scifi, The Nowhere Man, way to much thinking, never got out in front.
        If you have to think to hard about what’s going on, better change the channel.

        There are so many channels now, how can any edgy show survive.
        The average TV audience is brain dead, always have been, Gilligan’s Island.
        They like the crap that the networks feed, sitcoms, sex in the boardroom, and god forbid reality shows.

        Look I’ve seen my share of crappy scifi, and still enjoy it, maybe I’m too hard core, after all I like music they won’t play on the radio , but the whole spin on scifi is to be outside the mainstream.
        It a’nt reality, it is fantasy, taking humans and putting them in fascinating situations, after all we will never travel out side our solar system, hell there is no one else out there, (study real science you’ll find it is impossible), but science fiction is a dream, fantasy, pure entertainment.

        I for one will miss Enterprise, not because it was great writing, although I though it was pretty good,
        but because it was the dream that man could come together, build machines, master his environment, and push the envelop and do the impossible, master himself.

        To tell the true I’m more angry about the cancellation of maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope than Enterprise. We can’t push matter anywhere near the speed of light, but we can look at what is out there, or at lest we could.

        Some complain that space exploration is a waste of money that we could be spending it on feeding the poor. Take a look around, fully 80 percent of the worlds governments are bad guys screwing their own people over. The USA is hated by a jealous world because we apply our minds to building better technology, better conditions, and a more enjoyable life style. Sure we have our problems, but honest people, the majority, just want do their best at the job. The high tech people constantly astound us with their achievements, but that’s not good enough, “we should be wasting our time on the hopeless”.

        The appeal of Star Trek was that we were to become better than we are, but maybe that dream has been forgotten. At times I think we should get out of Iraq, let those losers kill themselves, but then I remember, if we are ever to become better than we are, we have to reach out a hand to those who are trying to climb up. Star Trek isn’t about space travel, its a entertaining metaphor about building ourselves up into a more noble people.

        By claiming to be a scifi fan, and complaining about the short coming of the Enterprise series, you are siding with those who don’t appreciate the efforts of those people behind it.
        You should be screaming bloody murder about this cancellation, not because it was great writing,
        but because was what you enjoy. You would not have been writing if you had not been watching, and if you were watching and not enjoying, then maybe Shatner was right, you need to get a life.

        I don’t really know why but I like science fiction, I find the many of the intelligent people I know also like scifi, not because is id brilliant, but because we are stirred by it’s imagination.
        Forget the short comings, embrace the strengths, and get pissed off the the godfather (after Forbidden Planet) of scifi tv has been cancelled.

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