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TrekToday - 'Entertainment Tonight' Enterprise Segment Airs

'Entertainment Tonight' Enterprise Segment Airs

By Christian
July 11, 2001 - 12:45 AM

On Tuesday's edition of 'Entertainment Tonight,' Enterprise star Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) gave viewers a tour of the new Starship Enterprise, introducing them to the Bridge, Main Engineering, the Ready Room, corridors and more areas on the NX-01.

The segment, which aired in the United States this evening, was the first time the Enterprise sets were ever shown to the public. As a Paramount show, 'Entertainment Tonight' has often been able to land exclusive features on the various Star Trek series, which in turn has often given Star Trek extra exposure to millions of viewers. While not the main segment of the night, the feature did last for nearly two minutes, and included both Bakula giving viewers a tour around the set as well as his thoughts on the show.

"Captains William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew kept the Star Trek series alive for 35 years," host Mary Hart told viewers. "Tonight our Mark Steines joins the newest leader of the fleet, Scott Bakula, for an exclusive look at the next venture into space. [...] The preceding three Star Trek series each lasted for seven seasons, but Scott isn't looking quite that far ahead - he's just looking forward to his first."

The segment will still be airing in some parts of the United States, while several sites have also already placed downloadable copies online. For the benefit of those with a slower internet connection as well as for those who are unable to download the online versions, below you will be able to find a full transcript of the feature:

Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures [Scott Bakula and Mark Steines walk through what looks like Engineering.]
Steines: "You feel like a kid again."
Bakula: "Yeah, and it's all practical. Come on!"
[They climb on a platform next to the warp drive and bend over a console on the platform.]

SCOTT GAVE MARK THE FIRST-EVER LOOK AT THE NEW STARSHIP ENTERPRISE, STARTING, WHERE ELSE, THE BRIDGE

Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures [Steines sits down in the Captain's Chair, with Bakula looking on.]
Steines: "Oh, this is it. Here it is."
Bakula: "Yeah, huh?"
[Close-up on Bakula, standing in front of a console.]
Steines: "You're taking over the controls."
Bakula: "I am. I'm the first Captain of the first Starship to go out into space."
[Bakula sits down very comfortably in the Captain's Chair, his leg hanging over the arm rest.]
Bakula: "A lot of times I'll do this."

ENTERPRISE, THE NEW UPN SHOW AIRING THIS FALL, IS ACTUALLY A PREQUEL. IT FOLLOWS THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES OF THE SHIP'S VERY FIRST CREW, AND TAKES PLACE MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK SET OUT TO EXPLORE THE FINAL FRONTIER.

Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Bakula and Steines walk up a ladder, climbing up from below the Warp core to a walkway on the same level as the Warp Core.]
[Bakula opens a heavy door.]
[Bakula and Steines walk through a narrow passageway, pointing at monitors and flashing lights on the wall.]
[Clip of Captain Kirk from 'Star Trek: Generations,' on the bridge of the Enterprise-B.]
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Close-up on Bakula, standing in front of a console. The console features several raised monitors and status screens.]
Steines: "There's no 'Beam Me Up, Scotty' yet, is there?"
Bakula: "No, there won't be that for me ever, I don't think."
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Steines sitting in the helmsman's seat, Bakula leaning over him. Behind them we see the bridge, the Captain's Chair, and several monitors and consoles.]
Steines: "Sitting here, what would I hear from you? Is there anything, Captain?"
Bakula: "Get us out of here!"
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures [Bakula standing in front of a closed door, opening it.]
Bakula: "You've got to push a button, and then it opens for you."
[Bakula points through the doorway, and Steines looks through. It's a small room with another doorway at the other end.]

LIKE ALL THE CAPTAINS BEFORE HIM, SCOTT HAS LOTS OF TECHNO-BABBLE TO MASTER

Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Bakula and Steines walking along the raised walkway in Engineering.]
[Bakula and Steines standing in front of a console.]
Bakula: "'Ventral plating' versus 'venting ports.' We were all having - we were stumbling over that today. Because, you know the difference, of course."
Steines: "Well, you're amateurs at this."
Bakula: "I, I..."
Steines: "See, at Entertainment Tonight we talk about ventral plating all the time."
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Bakula and Steines in the ready room. ]
Bakula: "The best part of the ready room are these really cool seats."
[Bakula grabs a chair. It is black, has a low, curved back, and is on wheels.]
Steines: "Your mission, is...?"
Bakula: "Is peaceful exploration."
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Close-up of Bakula on the bridge, in front of the same console as before.]
Bakula: "We're out there peacefully exploring."
Steines: (off-screen) "Picking up litter as you go?"
Bakula: "Cleaning up."
Steines: (off-screen) "Kind of keeping the universe clean?"
Bakula: "Exactly."
[Bakula and Steines standing in the engine room's doorway.]
Bakula: "Come back and see us sir."
Steines: "I will, I will. See you in space...?"
Bakula: "In space."
Entertainment Tonight 'Enterprise' Set Visit - copyright Paramount Pictures[Bakula heaves the massive engine room door shut. At the front is a large latch.]
Bakula: "See you."
The segment already aired this evening in some parts of the East Coast, but still has to air on the West Coast, while some markets have also scheduled late-night repeats of 'Entertainment Tonight.' Exact airtimes for your local area can be found here on the official ET web site.

While only small parts of Mark Steines' interview with Scott Bakula were used on the television show, a much longer full transcript of that interview is still available on the official 'Entertainment Tonight' web site. Moreover, the site has a two-minute video showing more of Steines and Bakula on the bridge. Click here to access both features.

In addition, several web sites have put up digitised versions of the segment:

More mirrors and alternate formats are expected to go up over the day, while some of these mirrors are also expected to collapse due to the massive bandwidth they will require.

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