Site ColumnsBy Kristine
August 19, 2004 - 7:42 PM
I have to raise a glass to Manny Coto. I really admire the guy's enthusiasm and optimism--it's nice to see that in Trek again.
Love or hate Star Trek: Enterprise, you have to agree that Coto is coming in at a disadvantage. The show's ratings are flagging, the prequel concept has been underutilized, and its just been shoved into one of those infamous deathslots on Friday night. Even the cast members are approaching this season as the last: both Jolene Blalock and Dominic Keating have made comments to that effect.
But Coto hasn't thrown his hands up in frustration and planned a safe but unambitious season. Instead, he's going after Trek stars such as Brent Spiner and William Shatner and tackling sacred Trek topics such as the Eugenics War, the Orion Syndicate, and the Vulcans. These are things Trekkers feel very passionately about; Coto is particularly brave to tackle them after seeing the kind of beatings fellow Enterprise co-excutive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have taken from the fans.
What I'd like to see is Trek fans give Coto a chance. First he has to resolve the cliffhanger from "Zero Hour"--some loved the surprise at the end, while others decidedly did not. And then, according to what he's said, he's going to deliver on Enterprise's promise and explore some of the prequel aspects fans have said they want more of. I for one am looking forward to it.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics about Enterprise's fourth season currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-If "Storm Front" is bad, will you keep watching?
-KIRK THEORY: Kirk Tells a Story about Archer?
-If Coto Can Give ENT back to The FANS...
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
Here are some of the news stories from TrekToday back in August 2002:
Nicole deBoer (Ezri Dax) talked to Trek Nation about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Dead Zone, and love trianges!
Star Trek: Enterprise co-creator Brannon Braga admitted that some of the episodes in the show's first season were "missteps," including "Sleeping Dogs" and "Acquisition".
Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) told SFX Magazine about the movie he was working on entitled Night Witches about a group of Russian women who trained to be fighter pilots during World War II.
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
Happy Birthday to Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) who turns 52 today and Diana Muldaur (Katherine Pulaski), who celebrates her 66th birthday today!
Today, August 19th, was also the birthday of Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's legendary creator.
Today's Television Listings
Two high-ranking Xindi offer to stop the launch of their superweapon if Archer can prove they've been manipulated. Meanwhile, the crew mourns their lost mates.