Trinneer Joins Chorus Unhappy With FinaleBy Michelle
May 17, 2005 - 8:57 PM
See Also: 'These Are The Voyages' Episode Guide
Connor Trinneer admitted that he was "shocked and a little miffed" when he read the script that killed off his Star Trek: Enterprise character, Trip Tucker, and brought the series to a conclusion.
"Selfishly, things worked out for me. I'm the only one who went out with a bang...I got the goodbye no one else did," the actor told TV Guide's Michael Logan in the newest issue (via the TrekBBS). Logan noted that series regulars were "cheated" out of farewell scenes "to make room for juicy, highly hyped guest stints by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.
Having the Star Trek: The Next Generation stars reprise their roles as Riker and Troi was scheduled before it was known that "These Are the Voyages..." would be the series finale, said executive producer Rick Berman. "If we hadn't gotten the ax, it still would have been our season finale," he said, noting that the six-year jump forward in time would have made it possible for Tucker to stay alive for the remainder of a seven-year television show.
This was small consolation to Trinneer, who added, "I wanted us all to have the big M*A*S*H moment - the really memorable farewell. Sadly, it just didn't happen. That's not where the writers and producers wanted to focus." The actor joins co-stars Scott Bakula (Archer) and Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) in having expressed disappointment with the conclusion of Enterprise.
But Trinneer takes heart from the fact that death on Star Trek often doesn't mean very much, so his character could still return. "Spock died in one Star Trek movie and was resurrected in the next. We're talking sci-fi here - anything can happen!"
There is a discussion and scan of the TV Guide interview at the TrekBBS.