Trinneer Says Writing Was On The Wall For 'Enterprise'By Christian
June 25, 2005 - 8:48 PM
Former Enterprise star Connor Trinneer ('Trip' Tucker) said recently that he saw the end of Enterprise coming more than a year in advance.
"[The] rumor mill began in our third year and I was pretty certain that we'd get our fourth year, and then I was pretty certain that that was gonna be it because if you were gonna go five, you'd go seven, cause there's no point in going five," Trinneer told Ian Berriman at the British SFX Magazine. "Y'know, you're in syndication and you're gonna make your money back. If you're not really behind it, that was my thought, they'd cancel it - and they did. We got a little excited because our new night on Friday gave us some better numbers, going digital cut costs, and there were a few things on our side that made people a little excited about the possibility of keeping their jobs, but at the end of the day I think the writing was on the wall at the end of our third year."
Even though Trinner obviously was said about his show ending, he added that he had learned a lot from Enterprise. "I'll leave Enterprise with full knowledge of my capabilities and confidence that, y'know, I don't care who I'm in front of, I'll be fine - and that's a great feeling. I feel as though I went through ‘acting for the camera' class for four years and I'm walking out of it with complete confidence that I know what I'm doing, and that's a good feeling because it frees you up to make choices that are interesting, ultimately. And on a personal note, I think I matured into a man over the course of the time of being on that show. My life is significantly different now. I'm married and expecting a child and at the time I first got the show my girlfriend of the time - who's now my wife - it was her and I in a one bedroom apartment in Hollywood... Yeah, I've seasoned!"
Having had such a good time on the show, it's no surprise that Trinneer said he'd miss the work, or the people he met on the set. In the interview, the actor praised not just his co-stars, but also last year's showrunner, Manny Coto. "I think Manny Coto is an extremely talented guy and he was also very committed to bringing forth some of his ideas to the show," he said. "And I think he was brought in for those very reasons. And I think, yeah, we had a momentum going with him that we hadn't previously had. Y'know, his attention to the show was great. And I think it freed up Brannon [Braga], specifically, to not have to feel he had to put his hand over everything I think Brannon was able to loosen up, be a DH [designated hitter – it's baseball talk, people] and do some really good stuff, without being required to baby-sit it."
For more from Trinneer, including his most favorite memory from Enterprise, head over to the full SFX interview with the Enterprise actor.