Enterprise has been cancelled!

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Was Enterprise cancelled too soon?

  • Yes -- It was just getting good!

    Votes: 11 73.3%
  • No -- It was time to put it out of it's misery.

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • Maybe -- I wasn't that big of a fan of it but watched sometimes.

    Votes: 2 13.3%
  • Don't know... I never watched it.

    Votes: 1 6.7%

  • Total voters
    15

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Ending weeks of speculation over the fate of Star Trek: Enterprise it has been announced today that the show has been cancelled! :eek:

Source: Scifi.com

UPN and Paramount Network Television jointly announced Feb. 2 that its low-rated Star Trek: Enterprise has been canceled after five seasons. "This will be the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN," the companies said. The series finale will air on May 13. When Star Trek: Enterprise ends its run, it will mark the first time since 1987 that no new Trek series will appear on the air.

Enterprise becomes the first Trek series to end prematurely since the original Star Trek aired on NBC in the 1960s. All previous Trek spinoff series, including The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, have completed seven-season runs.

This year, new executive producer Manny Coto re-energized Enterprise's storylines with episodes that hearkened back to the original series. Last year, the series attempted an ambitious season-long story arc centering on the hunt for the Xindi.

UPN said that the prequel series will have produced a total of 98 episodes. The early cancellation announcement presumably allows producers to write and produce a series finale.
 

Tim

Creative Writer
Let me put it this way :

there are scifi fans out there that will stay scifi fans till the day they die.

as these show producers cancel them off one by one, if they aren't creating new series just as fast, when the count of series available gets lower and lower, no matter how bad they are, they will see high ratings for the remaining shows, as they will be all that is available to watch on the box.

will the producers then think they are smug for creating good series or then decide to create more to cater to the fans clamouring for more?

and the cycle begins again


on my watching schedule, i have 5 episodes to watch to reach end of season 4. that will be end of march. whats this about 5 seasons? and may 13th for finale?
 

Tom

An Old Friend
Or Independants rating will start going thru the roof when they run series reruns

There should be a SciFi series rerun channel...oh yeah, there already is...SciFi Channel
LoL
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Another article from CNN......

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/03/television.startrek.reut/index.html

[img2=right]http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/03/television.startrek.reut/story.trek.jpg[/img2]LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- For the first time in 18 years, prime-time U.S. network television will be without a starship crew to "boldly go where no man has gone before."
"Star Trek: Enterprise," the latest incarnation of one of the most storied franchises in televised science-fiction history, will end its four-season run in May, broadcaster UPN said Wednesday.

UPN said the last original episode would air Friday, May 13, and its departure marks the first time in 18 years that the "Star Trek" franchise has been absent from prime-time network television.

The series, which debuted in September 2001 and starred Scott Bakula, generated 98 episodes over its run, although it struggled in the ratings.

The original 1960s "Star Trek" series gave rise to generations of fans who eagerly took in movies, books, and TV spinoffs like "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager."

"Star Trek: Enterprise" was positioned as a prequel to the original "Star Trek" series, which was set in the 23rd century and followed the adventures of a spacecraft whose five-year mission included the exploration of distant worlds and the shipment of supplies to Earth colonies in space.

Airing on NBC from 1966 to 1969, the original show starred William Shatner as starship Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as his Vulcan first officer, Mr. Spock.

Each episode opened with a voiceover by Shatner declaring that his crew's mission was "to boldly go where no man has gone before."

"Star Trek" returned to NBC as an animated Saturday morning series in the 1970s. But the franchise did not reappear on prime time until 1987 with the debut of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which starred Patrick Stewart as the captain of an updated starship in the 24th century.

I'm surprised that their writer mentioned TAS. Often TAS is missed because a lot of people don't even know about it.
 

Tom

An Old Friend





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AirdateStardateSeasonYearRatingTwilight3.2605 Nov 2003Unknown32153 Similitude3.36219 Nov 2003Unknown32153 Chosen Realm3.36414 Jan 2004Unknown32153 Azati Prime3.5703 Mar 2004Unknown32154 Zero Hour3.67626 May 200414 Feb 215432154
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Title : Zero Hour
Director :
Allan KroekerWriter(s) : Brannon Braga, Rick Berman
Plotline

Archer, Hoshi, Reed and the MACOs race through the vortex in Degra's ship in a desperate attempt to catch up with Dolim's ship and the weapon it is escorting to Earth. En route, Archer forces the still-injured Hoshi to work on the weapon schematics in order to find a way to destroy it when they finally do reach it.

Back on Enterprise, T'Pol takes the ship to Sphere 41 in order to fulfil Archer's promise to the Aquatics that he will destroy the spheres and so bring an end to the anomalies in the Expanse once and for all. Unfortunately, the Sphere Builders have created a huge super-anomaly around the sphere; Phlox manages to come up with a treatment which will allow the crew to survive inside for ten or fifteen minutes, but this is leaving them very little margin for error. With no other choice, the ship proceeds into the anomaly.

Degra's ship arrives as the weapon heads into firing range of Earth. Dolim has taken a little time out to go blow up a space station full of innocent scientists; they use the distraction to get closer, but Dolim returns. Luckily Shran arrives to lend a hand, and his interference gives Archer a chance to transport his team aboard the weapon. They begin eliminating the Reptilian crew and rigging it for self destruct while Shran and Dolim exchange fire.

The Sphere Builders, meanwhile, are getting a little worried. Their scans of the future timelines indicate that they have less and less chance of success as events unfold. They decide to take direct action; conditions inside the anomaly are sufficient to allow them to survive on board Enterprise, so several of the builders board the ship and begin to interfere with the equipment, draining power from the weapon Trip has rigged to destroy the sphere. Anybody who gets in the way is hit with a huge energy bolt the builders can throw, whilst the crew's own weapons just pass through the aliens harmlessly. The ship is almost out of time and things are looking grim.

Back on the weapon, Archer rigs the power systems according to Hoshi's instructions whilst the firefight goes on around them. Hoshi takes a couple of near misses, but holds it together and does her part. Several MACOs are lost, but finally all the Reptilians are killed. Archer sends Reed and Hoshi back to Degra's ship, staying behind to complete the process of rigging the weapon.

Unfortunately, Dolim beams aboard the weapon. Whilst a triumphant Shran finishes off Dolim's ship, it's time for some mano-a-repto action. Dolim effortlessly pummels Archer as the weapon begins to fall apart around them, but Archer proves too smart for the Xindi and managed to plant an explosive charge under his armour. At the touch of a button Dolim becomes a large red smear on the walls, and Archer sprints for the beam-out point as the weapon explodes.

Back in the Expanse, Phlox comes up with a way to modify the weapons to affect the Sphere Builders and they are driven back. With their time all gone, Trip demands one last second for his weapon - and the gigantic sphere collapses in on itself. A massive bolt of energy leaps through space, obliterating the next sphere - and sending a new bolt on to the next, and so on. The super-anomaly vanishes, killing all the Sphere Builders on the ship instantly.

Degra's ship returns with news of a bittersweet victory. The weapon is gone forever and there's no way the Xindi will ever build another, but Archer failed to make the beam out point and is presumed lost. The saddened crew hitch a ride home in an Aquatic ship, and a shuttle heads down for Starfleet. Amazingly, they find themselves under attack by some World War II vintage fighters!

Meanwhile, half a world away, a badly injured Archer lies in a German army hospital whilst an alien in a Nazi uniform looms menacingly above him…



Analysis

It's very difficult to separate this episode out from the ones that come before it; really the last three episodes of the season could be cut together to make a feature length episode (and no doubt that will indeed happen at some point for a special edition DVD release).

Zero Hour is, without question, the best "action" episode that Enterprise has ever done and one of the better ones that any Star Trek has ever done. Which is not to say that it's a perfect episode; there are way too many "happy accidents" for one thing. "We can't go into the anomaly!" - "well here's this medicine, we can now!" - "But ten minutes isn't enough..." - "okay, I'll change it to make it fifteen!" - "our weapons don't affect the sphere builders" - "well okay, just set them to this frequency!" - "We're no match for Dolim's ship" - "Here I come to save the DAAAAY! Shran and friends are on the WAAAAY!"

There's also the question or originality. Many have commented that there are more than a few parallels to Star Wars going on here, and I have to agree with that. But like I said in my "Vanishing Point" review, it's not so much an issue of whether you recycle but how well you do it. And whilst recycling from somebody else's franchise is rather more of a no-no than recycling from your own, as far as I'm concerned Zero Hour does indeed succeed in putting enough of a new and interesting spin on things that the similarities don't really jump out and smack you in the face.

In terms of how it engaged me, Zero Hour did better than any Enterprise episode ever. When Dolim turned up and started his big fight with Archer I was actually cheering. "This guy is so, so dead!" I shouted. It didn't matter that Dolim is six inches taller and five times stronger; he could have been fifty feet tall, you just know he's a dead man the second he takes Archer on.

And that is a measure of one of the best things about this last year of Enterprise. Many times before I've whined about Archer getting beaten up by every passing girl-scout that fancies a go. He was undoubtedly the weakest Star Trek captain ever - even the almost 70 year old Picard could take Klingons on in hand to hand combat and have a good chance of winning, but not so Archer. But season 3 saw a New and Improved Archer, and by the time Dolim took him on you could actually believe that Archer was going to find a way to win. And so he did, in a clever and amusing way (you aren't amused by seeing bad guys blown into little itty bitty bits? Well, I am!)

The battle with the Sphere Builders was a little less interesting; I have to say this wasn't staged all that well. In particular, once the Starfleet weapons were re-tuned, they didn't actually seem to do anything to the aliens; they just looked a little worried and slowly backed away whilst being shot, which looked odd and not especially effective. But the death of the spheres themselves were amazingly well done, and I loved it.

And now, here we go… the ending.

When we heard that Archer was dead, my first thought was that Daniels would have saved him and he would be returned, perhaps setting some temporal cold war arc into motion. By the ending, they really, really had me on the edge of believing that Archer was going to stay dead. And then... well to be honest I don't even want to write it, because "he wakes up in a Nazi hospital with an alien SS officer standing over him" is just such a stupid thing to write that I'm not sure I can make my fingers do it.

On one level, you can't fully judge this ending because we don't know where they are going with it. For all we know Daniels did save Archer, and this is the start of some new Temporal Cold War arc. Or maybe it's something completely different. Maybe it will turn out well, maybe not. Okay, probably not, but you've got to have a little faith.

However, it's a poor argument to say "hey, wait, you never know, this just possibly might not suck after all!" - the fact is that this ending, as things stand right now, does suck, and suck like a warp-driven vacuum cleaner. It's a measure of how much it sucked that after a bloody good, exciting hour of action, virtually all the discussion of the episode that I saw afterwards was centred purely on how awful the ending was. As far as I am concerned, "they woke up and found themselves facing alien Nazis" is about on a par with Vanishing Point's "and then she woke up on the transporter platform and it was all a dream".

And yet. It was only a few minutes of suckiness out of 45. Enterprise is a series where time travel and powerful people meddling with the past is a normal part of life. Within the parameters that the show has established, this twist is reasonable. So, weighing all that up, I deduct one shield from the episode for this bit of silliness. The report card reads "Good overall effort, but could do better. Four out of five."
 

Tom

An Old Friend
In Wake of Cancellation, Fans Fight For 'Enterprise'

By Michelle
February 2, 2005 - 11:11 PM

Within hours of the announcement that Star Trek: Enterprise had been cancelled by UPN and Paramount, fan organizations announced that they would continue to fight for continuation of the series.

Both SaveEnterprise.com and The Enterprise Project announced plans for ongoing campaigns to keep the show on the air, possibly on a network other than UPN, which fans have complained has never given the series proper promotion.

"Although the official word came down from UPN and Paramount today that Star Trek Enterprise was canceled, nothing has changed with the Save Enterprise campaign," wrote Tim Brazeal, the founder of SaveEnterprise.com. "Have the fans let the show down? Not in any way. The failure of Enterprise on UPN is because of UPN. You have to promote something in order to get it on the market and this is where UPN failed."

Brazeal quoted series star Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) as having said that Enterprise was "a weight around UPN's neck" and expressed hope that Paramount would shop the series to another network. "We have a campaign to collect funds to run ads in nationwide papers. This will continue on," he said, asking fans to continue to write to Viacom Co-President Leslie Moonves to tell him that fans want to see the series continue even if UPN will not broadcast it.

MJ Rogers of The Enterprise Project echoed similar sentiments. "To quote John Paul Jones, I have not yet begun to fight," she said, announcing that The Enterprise Project will now begin working on a "campaign to Bring Back the NX-01."

"We hear, 'Trek needs a break'...Trek does not need a break. Its current incarnation does not need a break," she insisted.

Information on fan efforts to keep Enterprise on the air can be found at SaveEnterprise.com and The Enterprise Project, which are currently running a joint fundraising campaign for national advertising.

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Find more episode info in the Episode Guide.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
The official press release is below. Note the part in bold -- the final episode will air May 13, 2005.

Source: http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/news/article/9469.html

Star Trek: Enterprise Cancelled!


After four seasons, Star Trek: Enterprise has reached the end of its mission ...
PRESS RELEASE

UPN and Paramount Network Television have jointly announced that this will be the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN. [Production will continue until the end of this season, which will finish shooting in March.] The series finale will air on Friday, May 13, 2005.

"Star Trek has been an important part of UPN's history, and Enterprise has carried on the tradition of its predecessors with great distinction," said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, UPN. "We'd like to thank Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and an incredibly talented cast for creating an engaging, new dimension to the Star Trek universe on UPN, and we look forward to working with them, and our partners at Paramount Network Television, on a send-off that salutes its contributions to The Network and satisfies its loyal viewers."

David Stapf, President of Paramount Network Television, said, "The creators, stars and crew of Star Trek: Enterprise ambitiously and proudly upheld the fine traditions of the Star Trek franchise. We are grateful for their contributions to the legacy of Trek and commend them on completing nearly 100 exciting, dramatic and visually stunning episodes. All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future."

A prequel to the original "Star Trek" series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE premiered on UPN on Sept. 26, 2001, and aired for its first three seasons on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT). On Oct. 8, 2004, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE moved into its current time on Fridays (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT). Through its four-year run, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE produced a total of 98 episodes and earned four Emmy Awards.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
From Julia Huoston at about scifi
http://scifi.about.com/blhail282.htm
STAR TREK

So, ENT's been canceled and will only go for four seasons.

UPN and Paramount Network Television have jointly announced that this will be the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN. Production will continue until the end of this season, which will finish shooting in March. The series finale will air on Friday, May 13, 2005.

"Star Trek has been an important part of UPN's history, and Enterprise has carried on the tradition of its predecessors with great distinction," said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, UPN. "We'd like to thank Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and an incredibly talented cast for creating an engaging, new dimension to the Star Trek universe on UPN, and we look forward to working with them, and our partners at Paramount Network Television, on a send-off that salutes its contributions to The Network and satisfies its loyal viewers."

David Stapf, President of Paramount Network Television, said, "The creators, stars and crew of Star Trek: Enterprise ambitiously and proudly upheld the fine traditions of the Star Trek franchise. We are grateful for their contributions to the legacy of Trek and commend them on completing nearly 100 exciting, dramatic and visually stunning episodes. All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future."

Rick Berman is proving again that denial ain't just a river in Egypt by holding out hopes that UPN will reverse its decision in the face of massive fan support and going on and on about how surprised he is. I mean, seriously. I would understand "saddened," but "surprised"? I don't think so. Even though Paramount will make money from the DVDs and things, the show's gone from about 13 million viewers for the pilot episode to about one and a half million, which is dismal even for UPN.

Nevertheless, Berman SCI FI Wire: "Nobody is more surprised about that than we are here." Ultimately, though, Berman blames the viewers: "That just might be ego speaking, but I think we've done a great job. If you look at the performance of [Star Trek] Nemesis, you see what I think was a terrific movie that did not perform anywhere near as expected. I think what's been happening with Enterprise....Whether you want to call it viewer apathy or franchise fatigue or any of the cute little titles that people have come up with I think it's the case." As Berman points out, it's been "624 hours of Star Trek over the last 18 years, and of those 18 seasons seven of them we did two shows simultaneously. It's a lot of television." As he says to USA Today,"There's a point at which you can reach a sense of overkill. It's probably good to lay fallow for a while to rejuvenate."

If you're interested in protesting the cancellation, try SaveEnterprise.com and/or The Enterprise Project

Last week's poll:

Are You Hoping for a Fifth Season for ENTERPRISE?

Absolutely! 53%
Sure, why not? 15%
No. 6%
Stick a fork in it. It's dead. 24%
 

Tom

An Old Friend
fvrc82b8" <ctr78327@centurytel.net> wrote in message
news:3o6dnYzDMs9QMZ7fRVn-hw@centurytel.net...
> For me, it seems that the broadcasters long slow death rattle is coming to
> an end:
>
> Enterprise - canceled
> Smallville - Clark/Lana/Chloe are all seniors and going to different
places
> (ending?)
> The West Wing - ending
> ER - ending?
> Andromeda - {syndicated first run} canceled?

Hopefully.

> Las Vegas - starting to repeat it's self, how much longer can it last?
> Charmed - ending?
> movies - please, DVD/PPV/pay networks killed that a long time ago.

Enterprise was killed by Paramount, and it was done at the beginning. After
the first three or so episodes, they ran reruns like crazy, turning
everybody off. No real effort was put into producing it, and they were
essentially just milking the Star Trek cow for the last few drops.

The Sci Fi channel is the only station left doing any interesting SF shows,
and unlike the big arrogant networks, they're actually putting as much
thought into them as money. Except, perhaps, Andromeda, which is so lame
it's painful to watch.

Like commercial radio, the big networks are getting hammered by cable/sat
broadcasters. Most folks I know are drawn to such things as the History
channel, Sci Fi channel, and Spike. Hopefully, the networks will go
bankrupt, and the fools that drove it there will be living in cardboard
boxes on the side of the freeway.

Pagan
newsgroup scifichannel
 

Tim

Creative Writer
the latest episode with the engineer and weapons officer stuck on the romulan drone, trying to stay alive and contact enterprise, with the andorans and tellurites bickering constantly as archer tries to pull them all together as friends, was good scifi!

with episodes made like this, it's hard to understand why they want to kill the series

the amount of key scifi points, leaning towards space opera action, was maybe rushed in some places, but was enough to satisfy the most hardcord scifi fans
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
SciFiChick said:
i need my trek :(
Not only is there no new Trek series proposed for a few more years but no new Trek movie is in the works and the next expected Trek game will be in 2007! I think it's time I either go back and start re-watching some of the TOS episodes or start going through some of the novels.
 

Tim

Creative Writer
the only modern series i watch now is Enterprise, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis, Numb3rs

maybe you should get hold of old scifi series and spend entire weekends watching the eps back to back
 
KW802 said:
Not only is there no new Trek series proposed for a new more years but no new Trek movie is in the works and the next expected Trek game will be in 2007! I think it's time I either go back and start re-watching some of the TOS episodes or start going through some of the novels.

yep... i'm an avid reader of the star trek novels... own hundreds of them.
it's just not the same.. but at least it's something new.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Enterprise possibly revived afterall? With Spike TV (formerly TNN) already showing TNG and DS9 adding ENT to their Trek programming block might make for some interesting ratings; a Trek fan could have a three-hour block of all Trek.

Personally I think ENT would fare better on the Sci-Fi Channel because those guys would promote it day & night but Spike might be the 2nd best choice.


Source: Scifi.com

Enterprise To Get Spiked?

The Boston Herald reported that cable network Spike TV may be mulling whether to pick up UPN's canceled Star Trek: Enterprise. "It would definitely be something we would look at, and we know how devoted the show's fans are," Spike TV spokeswoman Debra Fazio told the newspaper.

UPN has said the current fourth season will be Enterprise's last, with the series finale set to air in May. Production on the final episode was expected to wrap this month. A UPN spokesperson told the Herald that the network's decision to cancel Enterprise is final, and no other network has come forward with an offer to pick the show up.

But fans have been vocal about lobbying for someone to pick the show up for a fifth season, and have even raised funds to pay for it themselves, claiming more than $3 million in pledges toward an estimated $36 million goal.

Spike TV already holds the rights to reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
 
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