Braga Thinks Viewer Fatigue Doomed 'Enterprise'By Michelle
September 19, 2005 - 12:41 AM
Brannon Braga said that after many years on Star Trek, he is excited to be working in a more contemporary science fiction setting, though he still believes that Enterprise was producing solid episodes.
"I used to be asked why Star Trek was so popular and now I'm being asked why Star Trek is going away," the former Enterprise executive producer told Star Trek Magazine (via Sci Fi Pulse). "There are a lot of reasons that Star Trek was so popular for so long and there are a lot of reasons that itís off the air...maybe the shows are too similar. Maybe theyíre too familiar. I donít know. Its really tough to boil it down."
Though he feels viewer fatigue may have been the biggest factor in Enterprise's declining ratings, Braga pointed out that Deep Space Nine and Voyager also had very highly rated pilot episodes "and then the ratings steadily went down." He said that he had spoken to many fans who said that they loved The Next Generation but had not followed Star Trek since. "People only have so much time in their lives for Star Trek and, to be blunt, I think Star Trek wore out its welcome to some degree," he admitted.
His new series, Threshold on CBS, is "about a possible visitation of aliens, but it's also told from the point of view of a woman who works at a think tank as a contingency analyst. She basically theorises about what ifs?" because no one really expects an alien invasion.
The full interview is at Star Trek Magazine. These excerpts are from Sci Fi Pulse.