Berman Says He's Very Proud of 'Enterprise'

By Michelle
July 23, 2005 - 2:40 PM

Star Trek: Enterprise will still resonate with viewers a decade from now, executive producer Rick Berman insisted, saying that he remains "extremely proud" of his work on the show.

"To quote Scott Bakula, 10 years from now there are going to be people watching Star Trek: Enterprise, whether it's on cable or in syndication or DVDs, and they won't be watching the other shows that are presently on the UPN network," Berman told Ian Spelling in Star Trek Magazine (courtesy Sci Fi Pulse). "I think that time will prove Star Trek: Enterprise to have been a terrific television series. I am extremely proud of the cast."

Berman said that the final days of shooting were very emotional for him, saying that he had been in a photograph of production team members who had been with Star Trek for the past 18 years. The photo included only people who had been with the show consistently since The Next Generation's "Encounter at Farpoint"; as Berman explained, Herman Zimmerman, for example, left for one year and came back. So he wasn't in the photo. There were 20 such people who'd been there the whole time and I was one of them."

He also admitted to taking sports-related souvenirs from the set. "I took Archer's water polo ball," he confessed. "I'd also taken Sisko's baseball at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." As for episodes he found particularly memorable, he chose among the episodes that he and Brannon Braga wrote the pilot, "Broken Bow", and "Shuttlepod One", and cited as another favourite Manny Coto's "Similitude", which he called "a lovely episode."

Berman also talked briefly about his early career, saying that he had been a writer as well as a producer for more than 10 years before moving to Los Angeles. "I'd been involved with numerous programmes on PBS and HBO as a writer and producer and director. Then I came to Los Angeles and I got a job as a studio executive at Paramount," he said.

The full interview with Berman is in issue 122 of Star Trek: Magazine. These excerpts are courtesy Sci Fi Pulse.

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