Blalock Calls 'Enterprise' Finale AppallingBy Michelle
March 7, 2005 - 10:29 PM
Never one to be shy about her feelings about Star Trek: Enterprise and the development of her character, T'Pol, Jolene Blalock described the series finale as "appalling" in a recent interview.
Speaking to The Toronto Star, which noted that Blalock's 30th birthday was also her "last day in outer space", Blalock said that she believed most of the cast and crew were still in "active denial" about the show coming to an end, though she also described herself as happy with recent auditions.
"We started out with 13 million viewers on the pilot, and we somehow managed to drive 11 million of them away," noted Blalock of the decline in viewership for Enterprise - something of an exaggeration, and it is worth noting that both Deep Space Nine and Voyager lost several million viewers between their pilots and final seasons as well. Speaking of recent fan rallies in several countries to keep Enterprise on the air, she added, "I really am touched by their outpour of support, and their display of passion for the show. I was sort of caught off-guard. I didn't know that they were so adamant...but, you know, they really aren't saying anything new. They're just saying it louder."
Identifying herself as a fan of the original series, Blalock said that doing scripts that make so many references to the original series has been a "a treat, a joy to do" this season. "It was an unexpected surprise to have the scripts that we did...it was fun to come to work again." However, asked about the series finale, written by longtime executive producers Rick Berman & Brannon Braga, Blalock said, "I don't know where to begin with that one...the final episode is...appalling."
Blalock described herself as "very excited" about a recent audition, and said, "I love auditioning, the entire process, going out and meeting people in the industry. It's been four years since I've been out pounding the pavement, and I miss it. It's a place of the unknown, and a place of infinite possibilities. And I like that." She said that because of her makeup and Vulcan ears, she had no fears about being typecast.
The original article, which contains comments on science fiction fans by Bjo Trimble and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, may be found at The Toronto Star.