Braga & Paramount On 'These Are The Voyages...'By Christian
April 16, 2005 - 12:17 PM
See Also: 'These Are The Voyages' Episode Guide
Enterprise co-creator Brannon Braga admitted that not all cast members were happy with the story for their series finale, but defended "These Are The Voyages..." by saying it had to serve as more than just the end of Enterprise.
"[It's] the final episode of an 18-year run for Star Trek," Braga told the Canton Repository (via the Sci-Fi Universe. "This turned out to be very controversial. Some of the Enterprise cast members were very hurt that we would put Next Generation cast members on Enterprise. I think it's a pretty special episode. We're sending a valentine to all of Star Trek."
Besides some of the actors, a segment of the online fanbase has also been highly critical of the episode, even before seeing a single frame of footage from the Enterprise finale. "If you go on some of those fan sites, you'd think I was one of the worst war criminals," Braga told the paper. "And I make the mistake of reading this stuff every day. [...] They say that I killed Star Trek. That my work was so crappy that I got Enterprise cancelled. There's a small but vocal group of people who have been lambasting me ever since The Next Generation."
The fans will be able to properly judge Braga's final Trek work on the 13th of May, when "These Are The Voyages..." is set to air. Yesterday, Paramount already released additional story information the episode, which will be set six years after the rest of the series, when an an emotional Archer and the crew return to Earth to face the decommission of Enterprise and signing of the Federation charter. First, they must mount a daring rescue to save Andorian Commander's kidnapped daughter. Meanwhile, far in the future, Troi suggests that Riker recreate this moment in Trek history on the holodeck to search for some command insights.
The press release revealed several guest stars not previously known, besides Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Jasmine Anthony (Shran's daughter) and Solomon Burke Jr. (Ensign). Jonathan Schmock, the creator of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, who produced Frakes' former TV series The Lot, will be playing a character only identified as Lead Creepy Alien. In addition, an unknown actor named Jef Ayres will be playing a Med Tech.
The original "These Are The Voyages..." press release can be found here at the Sci-Fi Universe.