Silent Bob Rant – Why Enterprise can’t be saved.
I start this I want to make a statement. I think it is great that the
small group of fans who enjoy Enterprise want to save it. The fact that
they can pull together and do what they have done so far (The Full Page
Ad, the raising of funds, the networking, etc) is in my opinion, nothing
short of miraculous. I tip my hat to them and their dedication.
group of well meaning but sadly naive fans of the canceled show “Enterprise”
are attempting to convince the “Powers that Be” to give
the show a 5th season by paying for it themselves.
attempt is doomed.
1 – The show is simply not “Trek”.
In the 60’s fans of the original show staged a campaign to rescue
it from cancellation at the end of the second season. That worked. The
following year however, it did not. Star Trek was canceled after 3 seasons.
The spin off animated series is considered an embarrassment by many
fans and is not listed as “Official” by most standards.
The Original Series (TOS) set a standard which was picked up by it’s
children, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
and Star Trek: Voyager. Each of these children expanded the history
and vision of the original. When Enterprise was announced it was seen
by the fans as a chance to see the history which forged the legacy.
This was not to be. The first series to debut without the familiar “Star
Trek:” prefix, it was soon apparent just how “alternate
universe” it was.
contacts, whole relationships, and even the time line itself was altered
to fit the laziness of the writers, who could care less about writing
quality Trek, and more about so-called “get new fans” type
crap. When the lack of consistency with established Trek History is
mentioned, we are hit with “Fanon” and “Canon”
arguments. I’m sorry, but that is simply bull.
has bullied “Fanon” resources from the market over the last
decade. Fan sites are regularly hit with “Take-Down” notices.
Their goal is to be the only licensed source of Trek. Therefore, if
they are the only source, then it IS Canon. The Star Trek Encyclopedia,
published by Pocket Books, and assembled by Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda
and Debbie Mirek is the Official Source for Trek information. Why? Because.
Because it was written by 3 individuals who have been heavily involved
in writing the episodes and working with the production of the series
and films. It is published by the Official Publisher of all things Trek.
And, most importantly, it had the Paramount seal on it, indicating it’s
Official Product nature.
over the course of it’s first 3 years regularly ignored that guide.
Sadly, by the time it brought in a team that knew and loved the rich
Trek universe, it was too late. Ratings had dropped, advertisers were
increasingly hard to satisfy, and the series had been moved to the Friday
Night Death Slot.
2 – The Studio Doesn’t Care what the Fans want.
It is great that the fans want to fund the series. But, if the funds
are raised, what guarantee is there that the shows that are produced
are of any quality? What is in it for the studios? Will the storylines
continue to improve? Will it be placed in a timeslot that will allow
the fans to view it?
3 – The Fans Don’t Understand How This Really Works.
Say the money is raised. Now what?
- The actors have all been released. New contracts will have to be negotiated.
Several of them have new projects lined up. They may want more money.
Yes folks, more. Unlike the rabid fans, these actors are doing this
for a living. It’s just a job to them. They will want to be well
compensated for their work.
- Sets may have to be rebuilt, props recreated, etc. When a series is
canceled, often times the sets, clothes, props, etc are destroyed. It
may be too late to save some of them already.
- What is in it for the studio to broadcast it? They still need to promote
it, market it, find advertisers willing to spend money on it, and find
a spot in their broadcast schedule to fit it in. Regardless of what
it costs them to get it, if they can’t make money, and a lot of
it at that, on it, it is simply not in their best interests to bother
is a series that debuted with a great deal of potential, but sadly through
the greed and poor management of the parent and the producers failed.
It failed to meet it’s potential, it failed to meet it’s
marketing goals, it failed to meet it’s rating requirements and
more importantly, it failed to meet it’s legacy as the latest
member of the Star Trek Universe, having turned it’s back on that
legacy for the first 3/4th of it’s existence. It is better to
let it go out in a blaze of glory, rather than suffer through a mediocre
“just going through the motions” slow and painful death
of an unappreciated and unpromoted (by the network) 5th season.
Trek deserves better.
also known on various on-line forums as "Silent" Bob, and
just "Kaith", is a long time sci-fi fan. Currently head of
the I.K.V. Devisior,
an independant science fiction, anime and fantasy fan club, he has held
positions with numerous other groups. He has organized activities at
Media Play and Barnes & Nobel, worked con security, participated
in club challenges for charities, and participated in masquerades, art
shows and model shows at several Toronto conventions.
You can reach Bob at his website, http://rustaz.com