Thu 3 Feb, 2005 07:26 am
Star Trek: Enterprise, the latest TV incarnation of the sci-fi saga, is being axed by broadcaster UPN.
Its 98th and final episode will air in the US on 13 May, after a four-season run which struggled in the ratings.
Presented as a prequel to the original Star Trek television series, Enterprise made its debut in September 2001 starring Scott Bakula.
It followed earlier Star Trek spin-off series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
Set 100 years before Captain James T Kirk and his crew set off on their first mission, Enterprise made its UK debut on Sky One in 2002.
Its opening show featured former Quantum Leap star Bakula taking charge of a new crew and having a romantic liaison with a Vulcan sub-commander.
On its broadcast BBC correspondent Peter Bowes said: "Some fans may be disappointed by the emphasis on fast action rather than intellectual depth."
The series also received a mixed response from US critics and Star Trek fans.
With the original TV series first broadcast in 1969, Star Trek also spawned 10 movie spin-offs, the most recent being Nemesis in 2002.
DAMMIT!!!! It was just getting good! Deep Space 9 started off rocky too, but it picked up!
My understanding is that "Enterprise" actually died last year...the production company gave UPN an incredible deal, charging about half of the fee from the year before, in order to get the fifth year in the can. UPN, without many other hit shows on the air, could hardly refuse.
Five years is considered the magic number for syndication purposes, and "Enterprise" will be able to recoup its costs as Captain Archer and crew boldly sail into rerun land.
This show was overdue for axing. I stopped watching it the first season. They picked a horrible person to be captain. My dad has a friend who is a serious trekkie, dresses up and everything and HE didnt like it. They had this theory where the alien race that came back from the future was actually James T. Kirk in disguise trying to save history. They also think that Captain Archer started the Romulan War.
I stopped watching when it became serialized. You couldn't just watch one night without understanding the whole story, which apparantly lasted for months. What made Voyager and The Next Generation so good was that, though there was a direction, each episode was independent, and you didn't have to be in on a serialized story.
Voyager was sorta serialized, in that events before carried over and were mentioned.
I wonder if this marks the end of the "ST" franchise.
I've seen rumors of a series set at Starfleet Academy pop up on occasion.
Just what we need--A "Trek" for the "tweens'"
I liked "Enterprise" very much, and yet had somehow stopped watching a couple of years ago. Strange, since I never saw an episode I didn't like. Now and then I would have a stray thought, "I ought to watch "Enterprise" the next time it's on. I am sorry it got the axe, and know that I will eventually see all the episodes. Most probably I will buy the DVDs. It certainly was a fresh take on the franchise. I am glad that it will live on in "Star Trek" heaven, and that the actors will certainly have a perpetual opportunity to meet fans at conventions.
The problem I had with the series was that the actors just didnt fit in a star trek setting. Cpt Archer didnt look like a starfleet captain and niether did most of the crew. Well, maybe the british armory guy. He was cool.
i love star trek enterprise and when it got cancelled
i was so mad but i was cheered up when i heard
that there was a new series cumin out called star trek excellent