Coto Envisions 'Enterprise's' EndingBy Caillan
November 26, 2004 - 7:36 AM
Although he hopes Enterprise will be on television screens for many years to come, executive producer Manny Coto said recently he has big plans for the conclusion of the series, whenever that may be.
"I have a final scene and a final episode in mind," Coto said in the latest issue of the Star Trek Magazine (via Sci-Fi Pulse). "I actually have an idea for a final season, and hope we get to do it because I think it would be great. My idea for how I would end the show involves the birth of the Federation. I want Archer to have a prominent role in the founding of the Federation. His character will end up in a very interesting place."
One of the major character arcs of the first three seasons dealt with the burgeoning relationship between Trip and T'Pol. The Vulcan officer may have married her betrothed in "Home" earlier this season, but that doesn't mean the story has reached its end. Coto said: "We also have a very interesting conclusion to Trip and T'Pol's relationship planned, and we may actually do it this season — it's very radical, and it's not been done before on Star Trek. And that's all I will say about that."
Other stories in the pipeline for this season include a series of episodes revolving around Colonel Green, a military leader during a genocidal war on Earth, who was originally part of the Augments arc before his character was rewritten to become Arik Soong. "I want to do a very harrowing Colonel Green arc. I'm determined to get Colonel Green into this show," Coto said. The producer also said he wants to revisit the Cloud City from the third-season Star Trek episode, "The Cloud Minders". "I do want to do one or two episodes that take place on the Cloud City of Stratos. I want to see early stages of that. I think it's a very fertile place for a story line."
But it is yet to be confirmed whether William Shatner (James T. Kirk) will step on board the good ship Enterprise again. Speaking in the same issue of the magazine, franchise overseer Rick Berman had this to say about a possible guest appearance by the Emmy Award-winning actor: "It's really hard to tell. It's a great idea and it's something he would like to do and something we would like to do. And it's caught up in financial negotiations, which I can happily say I'm not involved with."
To read the complete interviews with Coto and Berman, in which they also talk about the Augments and Vulcan Reformation arcs, pick up the latest issue of the Star Trek Magazine. Excerpts from both articles can be found here and here at Sci-Fi Pulse.