The International Writers Magazine:Star Trek News
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS OF A BUDDHIST AMONG BAPTISTS
Reverend Father Antonio
Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
Founder of the Independent Order of American Buddhist Fathers
No Series Has Gone Before: "Star Trek Enterprise" Fourth
Though many will
not care and some will foam at the mouth, after a harsh few weeks, "Star
Trek Enterprise" fans can breathe easy: the UPN Network's show
will not be cancelled. Going into a fourth season this fall, "Enterprise"
will likely find its way into fifth and possibly sixth seasons- IF...
...The producers, who shall remain nameless like everyone else, shape
up th eir act.
This season, the third, has seen some of the best character development
and story arc. Personally I do not like a story arc to take up an entire
season: they could have done the Battle with the Xindi in six episodes
Still, it shows they are trying. This is something we haven't really
seen them do in three whole seasons. As I like to remind my readers,
"The Next Generation" also required about three seasons before
it really reached its full stride.
There are weaknesses that "Enterprise" can address: its dastardly
record can provide excellent "story resolution" ideas. Its
characters deserve more respect than they are getting now. More familiar
scenery is nice now and again: where is the episode with the visit to
Vulcan? "Enterprise" shouldn't ignore Vulcans just because
it's a tradition.
As to the character arcs, the show could use some more restful, humorous,
down-home plotlines. The characters deserve to have "flash-back"
episodes to help explain who they are and why they are in Starfleet.
Somehow, the future-conquering captain is just not cutting the mustard.
It also fell flat when we were treated to a flash-back episode with
two starship captain-contenders slapping each other about. These things
will not do!
The producers of "Enterprise" reminded me of President Clinton,
when they promised viewers a gay crew member at the shows inception.
Where is this gay crew member, now that viewers need it the most? There's
a rich story mine that could carry them through an entire season. In
fact, I suspect that if they gave fans a crack at it, they could have
more fantastic, quality storylines than any series in history.
This is the problem in the final analysis: the producers and WRITER
won't play nice. They don't seem to want really cool guest stars, they
reject sensible, thrilling story lines, and they absolutely refuse outside
writers. Why? Those people are not exactly the equivalents of Harlan
Ellison, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Those people are not even
equal to Diane Duane, who wrote some great "Next Generation"
episodes. GET SOME GOOD WRITERS IN THERE!
This fall, we shall see whether "Enterprise" begins to live
up to the incredible promise it inherently has. If it does not, then
it is a shameful squandering of a dream and a legacy- those of Gene
Rodenberry- and that is unworthy of any producer.
© Reverend Father Antonio Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
Rev Antonio Hernandez behind the wheel
A Peaceful Way To Go
Rev Antonio Hernandez
Knock On Wood
Rev Antonio Hernandez on luck
Rev Antonio Hernandez on autism
Rev Antonio Hernandez on God's law
all rights reserved