Wednesday, February 02, 2005

 

It's been a long time...

TrekToday reports that 'Star Trek: Enterprise' is cancelled.

I'm unsurprised; when Battlestar Galactica scored higher ratings, I figured it was doomed. It's unfortunate, to some extent, as this was perhaps one of the better seasons of Star Trek, but at the same time, there have been 25 seasons of Star Trek over the last 18 or so years, and I think it has been clear for a while that there needs to be a rethink. I don't think the problem was Enterprise -- if anything, I think the problem started with the awful Voyager -- but I think the faith of many casual fans was lost, and that's difficult to regain.

It's exactly like what happened to Doctor Who in the 1980s -- it ran for so long, that really, the only way to refresh the franchise is to take a break. And the same thing happened with Galactica -- the revived series is fantastic. (And Galactica 1980 is one of the worst television series ever -- which destroyed any chance of a continuation, I feel.)

I don't believe that this is the end of Star Trek. Eventually, it'll be back. I've no doubt that Star Trek books will continue for a long time. But it should be a couple of years.

That said, I think this has been the best Star Trek season in a long time. But I think it was sadly too little, too late. And we've been able to take Star Trek for granted, so perhaps if it goes away for a while, we won't be able to.

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