Spiner: This Is Gonna Be 'Enterprise's' YearBy Chriswales
October 25, 2004 - 2:26 PM
See Also: 'Borderland' Episode Guide
To date, it's probably one of the most hotly-anticipated events of Enterprise's current season thus far - Brent Spiner (Data, Dr. Noonien Soong) will be appearing this week in the episode "Borderland", as an ancestor of Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. But does Spiner think he'll affect Enterprise's flagging ratings?
"No. Surely they don’t expect I’m gonna increase the ratings, y’know?," he said in an interview with Starburst magazine's Paul Spragg. "But I hope there’s a little blip on the ratings meter, but I’m not expecting anything gigantic and I hope they’re not either."
Despite continuous Cassandra-like predictions of woe for the fourth Star Trek spinoff from various media sources, Spiner thinks that the show is ready to hit big time. "They’re really a very nice cast; I think they’re really talented, all of them," said Spiner. Referring to rumours of this season potentially being Enterprise's last, he added "I just think everybody needs more time, more opportunities. I think this is gonna be their year though."
Spiner added that he himself was a fan of the show - “I watch it religiously, every Sunday morning," he said. He also said that his experience on set was positive "I wouldn’t call it hero worship, I would say more like abuse," he joked. "No, no, they were perfectly wonderful."
For the full article, get a copy of Starburst magazine Issue 317 on sale now. Further excerpts including Spiner's relationship with Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) are available at the magazine's official site. "Borderland" will air on UPN this Friday at 8pm.