DS9's Behr Consulted With 'Enterprise' ProducersBy Michelle
April 2, 2004 - 8:10 PM
Former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine executive producer Ira Steven Behr revealed that he had consulted with the producers of Star Trek: Enterprise, but they never followed up on the initial conversation.
A Chicago Tribune weblog by Maureen Ryan (in place of regular columnist Eric Zorn) to promote DS9's arrival on Spike TV next Monday, April 5th, quoted Behr from an interview Ryan conducted for an article on the state of genre television.
Much to Behr's surprise, reported Ryan, Enterprise executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga called Behr to ask his opinion on the show's faults.
"They sent me some episodes," Behr told her, admitting that he had not watched the series before that. "For about two hours, I gave them my opinion, and they said, 'Thanks, we'll be in touch.'"
Behr never heard from them again, despite having given them what he thought was "a very clearheaded critique of what the show needed to do to fulfill its premise."
He described the conversation as "very civil" but said that he was uncomfortable. He recommended deepening the characters, and added, "Obviously, what I said...they didn't agree with," because they adapted none of his suggestions.
Still, Behr said he takes no pleasure from fan dissatisfaction with Enterprise, believing that anything that hurts the Trek franchise wounds the legacy of DS9. "I gave eight years to that little pop culture phenomenon...it brings me no joy when I read about 'Star Trek' being talked of in a derogatory sense."