Site ColumnsBy Michelle
September 10, 2003 - 2:54 AM
I wrote an editorial at the end of Enterprise's first season entitled "I've Lost Faith of the Heart", which enumerated all the things I felt the Trek franchise had frittered away. It wasn't that I hated Enterprise; it was that I didn't love it. I loved Deep Space Nine, as I have loved no television show before or since, not even the original series (which I watched in reruns in the '70s, not having been born when it premiered in 1966); I loved Voyager, or more specifically Janeway, until my frustration with their non-development grew so great that I couldn't enjoy either even at a superficial level.
I didn't want that to happen with Enterprise. I tried not to have personal expectations or desires for the series as I had with Voyager. So I spent most of the first season relatively unengaged, irked at the retro feel, unconvinced that I could ever like these irrational Vulcans or these jingoistic humans. And, indeed, I remained largely apathetic. In fact I intended to stop watching, but then this here site asked me to continue to review for them, and I said what the heck.
Last season my attitude was, "Let's sit back and enjoy the ride", and to my surprise, I did. I enjoyed it a lot. I read the increasingly vicious criticism of the series, the predictions of doom for the franchise, with puzzlement drifting toward annoyance. I mean, no, I don't think it's Emmy-winning drama, but I liked it a hell of a lot better than I liked Voyager the past two seasons (and before I get feminists screaming at me about the woman captain, let me state unequivocally that I would rather not have a woman captain than have a woman captain as awful as Janeway became).
Tonight marks the start of the third season of the newly re-dubbed Star Trek Enterprise...which may, in fact, lose "Faith of the Heart." I hope the Xindi arc works, and does not become a cheap attempt to draw parallels between Bush's America and Starfleet's Earth. I hope that if Trip and T'Pol end up dating, it's realistic and emotional rather than a hideous charade like all of Voyager's relationships. I hope T'Pol's scientific knowledge plays a greater role in mission successes, and that there's no more cheap womanizing for Reed or characters in heat. But mostly I hope that the writers can give it the chance it deserves.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Will Riker vs. Thomas Riker; should they have gotten rid of the one and kept the other?
-Anyone else sick of gratuitous sexual imagery in Enterprise promos?
-Bad scenes in good episodes, or, can you make a great show with some moments that stink?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from early September 2001:
- 'Voyager' Goes Home With Two Emmys
Jay Chattaway won Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore) for his work on "Endgame", which also won for Oustanding Special Visual Effects For A Series. Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry led the Emmy award-winning team, which also included Visual Effects Supervisors Mitch Suskin and Ron Moore, Visual Effects Coordinator Art Codron, Visual Effects Compositor Steve Fong, Matte Artist Eric Chauvin, CGI Supervisor Robert Bonchune, CGI Artist John Teska and Visual Effects Animator Greg Rainoff.
- Janeway Never Lost Her Heart, Says Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew wished the cast of Enterprise luck, particularly Scott Bakula whom she characterized as a sci-fi veteran, and said that she was happy with the ending of Voyager:
The pilot started it all and the finale embraced everything...I can see the through-line between the pilot and the finale. She was the same woman, but more mature and more experienced by the finale. She survived life's hard earned lessons, and that's why I think it was so moving. Janeway never lost her heart.
- Paramount Production Halted After U.S. Attacks
Paramount Pictures suspended filming on all of its productions, including Enterprise, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Latin Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards were postponed indefinitely, and most major studios closed their doors in the wake of the horror.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show Enterprise's third season premiere, "The Xindi". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew learn of a Xindi working at a mining colony, and set out to track him down and gain information about the mysterious antagonistic race.