Blalock Blasts 'Enterprise' ExecutivesBy Chris Wales
November 19, 2004 - 7:10 PM
Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) has been critical of many elements of latest Trek show Enterprise before, not least being the development of her own character (story). Yesterday she went a step further and forthrightly attacked the show's administration.
In an interview in the latest edition of the British SFX Magazine, Blalock noted that she was very pleased to have new showrunner Manny Coto at the helm. But when asked why he wasn't promoted sooner, Blalock launched into a scathing tirade on the Enterprise management, though she did not specify which individual(s) she was referring to.
“Because it’s the same in any industry... You have this head guy who's some kind of ancient old croaker with no concept of the real world outside, with his fine wine and his, er, crumpets," said Blalock. "And what are ya gonna tell them? ‘Give it up’? ‘Go home, be with your wife, go play golf’? No - then ya got no job! A powerful job is your identity. Give that up, and who are you? What the hell are you gonna do with all that time? You can’t tell people what to do anymore!”
Blalock also reiterated her displeasure with the way her character and the show in general has been taken, particularly over the past season, when intimate scenes were shown involving her and Connor Trineer's character Charles 'Trip' Tucker III. “You can’t substitute tits and ass for good storytelling. You can have both, but you can't substitute one for the other, because the audience is not stupid. You can’t just throw in frivolous, uncharacteristic... well, bull and think it's gonna help the ratings!"
Coto was recently promoted to co-executive producer alongside long-time Trek producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. On a number of occasions however, the latter two have indicated that they are stepping back somewhat in terms of the activeness of their roles, as they are reportedly working on another project (story).
The excerpts from the interview can be read at SFX Magazine's site. The full interview, including exclusive photos of Blalock, can be found in Issue 125, on sale from Wednesday November 24th.