Producers Talk Season Three's 'Master Plan'

By Caillan
July 26, 2003 - 1:24 AM

Enterprise creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga this week told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that they have the show's third season all mapped out.

"We kind of have a master plan — it's the first time we've ever really known where a season was going," Braga said, according to a report at "This is not just going to be a season of battling with these aliens trying to destroy Earth. There are going to be twists and turns and attempts at peace and all the kinds of things that we think Star Trek viewers expect."

Enterprise set course on its new direction in season two's finale, "The Expanse", when a mysterious alien race known as the Xindi attacked Earth, killing millions. Season three will see the NX-01 enter a region known as the Delphic Expanse to track down the aggressors. "It's a very, very complex story we're going to be laying out that may very well last the entire season," Berman said.

The actors present at the press conference said they felt reenergised by the new story arc. "I feel like I'm being asked to be rebirthed," said Connor Trinneer (Charles 'Trip' Tucker), whose character lost his sister in the Xindi attack and will have to face his grief head-on next season in the search for the aliens. Meanwhile, Jolene Blalock said T'Pol's Vulcan logic will have "another dynamic, just because she's no longer back by the High Command".

Scott Bakula's Jonathan Archer will have "a drive underneath him" as he leads the crew on their mission. "Some of the things I've done in the first three episodes [this season] have shocked the other people on the ship, and I think that's all good," he said.

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