Bakula: 'Enterprise' Better Show With ArcsBy Michelle
December 10, 2004 - 9:38 PM
Scott Bakula said recently that he believes Star Trek: Enterprise "got off to a wonderful start this year" amd believes that doing episodes in arcs allows for more in-depth development of stories and characters, allowing the pacing to proceed more like a feature film than a weekly episodic series.
Speaking to TV Zone, Bakula, who plays Captain Archer, described the upcoming arc featuring the Andorians, Tellarites and Vulcans as "complicated and intense" as the show heads toward the events of the founding of the United Federation of Planets. "Tensions are running rather high with these different species going up against each other and Archer bringing some of them together in the same room," he said. "It's making for great drama, though, as well as great Star Trek history."
As Bakula explained, the story arc involving the original series aliens finds Archer negotiating with adversarial species to try to solve problems common to all of them. "There’s also a Romulan element that appears in this trilogy as well," he adds. "All this is, of course, part of the desire of our producers and writers to bring to the show some of the ideas that existed in the days of Kirk and Spock and the original Star Trek."
Bakula said he felt lucky to be working again with Jeffrey Combs, the popular guest star who played Brunt and Weyoun on Deep Space Nine and now appears as Shran on Enterprise. "Whenever we’re on-set together we end up laughing a lot...we’re all having a ball," he explained. Even so, he said, it sometimes feels odd to find himself on a set surrounded by Nazis: "It’s eerie when you’re shooting a piece that takes place in another era and you get into a situation that represents dark times for Humanity."
The original interview with Stephen Eramo may be found at TV Zone.