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After four seasons, the UPN series "Star Trek: Enterprise" will end its run, making it the shortest of the modern four Star Trek series, which excludes the original 1970's show. It had been announced a few months ago that the show would not be renewed for a fifth-season, after a long period of poor ratings. Since the cancellation was made public, however, ratings have increased.

 

The final episode on Friday, titled "These Are The Voyages...." will feature guest appearances by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis (who played Commander Riker and Counselor Troi respectively on Star Trek: The Next Generation). The story will focus on Captain Archer and his crew helping to found the United Federation of Planets, and the decommissioning of the NX-01 Enterprise. The episode is supposed to be simulated in the USS Enterprise-D's holodeck, which is why Riker and Troi are in the episode.

 

Producers are in the early stages of working on the 11th Star Trek movie. However, there are no future plans for another television series as of yet.

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Guest Juanky

I love TNG. I'll have to check this episode out.

 

I don't get the holodeck angle, that's a pretty cheap way to bring an old #1 and Counselor Troi into the show. Maybe gearing for another TNG movie.

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I think Enterprise is getting the shaft personally. I mean after three craptastic seasons, they finally bring in decent writers and the show has been great this past season. Sadly, we will not see a 5th and Star Trek will conclude for now.

 

 

I really can't wait for these last two episodes and see how Riker and Troi fit into all of this. :thumbup

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I love TNG. I'll have to check this episode out.

 

I don't get the holodeck angle, that's a pretty cheap way to bring an old #1 and Counselor Troi into the show. Maybe gearing for another TNG movie.

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No, I know for a fact that there won't be another movie with the TNG cast. Patrick Stewart, along with producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, have said this. I believe most of the other cast regulars have agreed with them.

 

Berman says that the next movie will have a completely different cast. I just hope it's not another prequel.

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Speaking of Jonathan Frakes, he's moving to my area. In fact, he came into the office I work to take out a Demo Phone to make sure it'll work at his new house.

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Besides playing Riker, he also directed most of the last several Star Trek movies.

 

What is your occupation, anyway?

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Speaking of Jonathan Frakes, he's moving to my area. In fact, he came into the office I work to take out a Demo Phone to make sure it'll work at his new house.

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Besides playing Riker, he also directed most of the last several Star Trek movies.

 

What is your occupation, anyway?

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I'm a sales agent for US Cellular.

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I didn't think it was bad, but certainly not the best way to go out. In case nobody caught it, it was basically interwoven into the Next Generation episode: The Pegasus, in which the U.S.S. Pegasus had been recently discovered after being thought lost for many years. Riker wonders whether he should tell Captain Picard about the secret surrounding this ship (and in case you forgot or don't know, it uses cloaking technology that was outlawed in the treaty between the Federation and the Romulans). So he decides to run a holodeck program about the last mission of Enterprise to try and solve his dilemma.

 

 

 

To me, this felt more like an extension of that episode rather than a season finale. The only part that I really enjoyed was at the very end when Captain Picard, Captain Kirk and Captain Archer all recited the preamble (Space, the final frontier...) as their respective Enterprises passed by. Other than that, it was :confused at best. I'll miss Star Trek for all it was and all it is, but the end of Star Trek falls on the shoulders of the two producers, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, and they are single handily reponsible for killing this wonderful franchise.

 

 

That's all from me.

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I agree with what you said. The episode basically turned into the prequel for the TNG episode "The Pegasus". The only important thing was the fact that Commander Tucker dies in the line of duty.

 

I had also been hoping to see Archer's speech, along with the founding of the Federation, which has never been seen before.

 

The montage of the three starships at the end gave me goosebumps, and the digital Enterprise-D looked great.

 

Clearly though, this barely qualifies as an "Enterprise" episode.

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I agree with what you said. The episode basically turned into the prequel for the TNG episode "The Pegasus". The only important thing was the fact that Commander Tucker dies in the line of duty.

 

I had also been hoping to see Archer's speech, along with the founding of the Federation, which has never been seen before.

 

The montage of the three starships at the end gave me goosebumps, and the digital Enterprise-D looked great.

 

Clearly though, this barely qualifies as an "Enterprise" episode.

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When Troi said that she had to memorize the speech in school, I was dying to see what he was going to say. But then Riker said "Computer, end program", it killed me. And I was really disappointed that they killed Tucker. I know he did it to save Archer (and another reason why I wanted to hear his speech because it was so damn important), but I didn't like it and was really hoping to see him and T'Pol come together one last time.

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Guest Juanky

Ugh the speech thing is still bugging me

 

I've been trying to find a way of 'previewing' this episode on the internet before it's released on DVD (I'm not going to buy an entire season just to watch the last episode, and if I haven't bought the TNG ones yet I'm definitely not buying the Enterprise ones), but no luck so far :(

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I hate to say goodbye to the franchise, always loved TNG and DS9 series.... not so much Voyager, but Enterprise had its moments.

 

Agreed though, Brannen & Braga really didn't help things. I thought for a while they were thinking about a Star Trek Academy series, but knowing them they'd turn it into Dawson's Creek in space... :confused

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I think they need to make a series about the Enterprise-J.

 

Voyager, though the general concept was lacking, it did give us some good stuff. The female captain thing really doesn't work for trekkies, not that the people who watch the show are machista, it's just that we're used to Captain Kirk and Captain Picard, and you don't really get that same effect from Janeway. To her defense, I didn't get that from Archer or Sisko either, Riker was much more intimidating than either of the three are, but whatever. We got to find out some stuff about the Delta Quadrant, which while cool for a while stopped being exciting. Voyager did however give us a closer look at The Borg, the best villains of all time in any form of entertainment period, and more importantly gave us pecies 8472. There's SO much potential for Species 8472 it's incredible.

 

There's alot of things wrong with these last two series (DS9's only problem really was that the problems had to come to them instead of being outside in space, however when they went out and adventured the episodes were good), but a few things stand out. Like I already mentioned, the lack of a strong Captain hurts the shows greatly. The show moves away from traditional enemies, which while maybe an interesting choice that provides spice to the shows, has been lackluster at best. The old species all have historical significance in Earth's history (the Borg as Soviets, Romulans as Romans, Klingons as the Mongols, etc). The new guys, they just seem artificial. They don't mean anything. Also, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation are philosophical shows that just happen to be in space. They give us a positive reason to want to be in space, they paint a nice picture for what the future could be, and they ask the questions that we find ourselves asking in our daily lives with a slightly different concept. The Enterprise and the Enterprise-D presented situations that would give us the satisfaction of phasers and torpedos being fired, but also would throw other situations where you would think and not even know it. The original two taught as well as entertained. The new ones not so much, they can't do it anymore. The crews aren't as interesting, they don't have the same relationships, and it seems they try to hard to bring big massive battles to please the young audience.

 

The Enterprise J, for those who don't know, is a ship that might not even exist in the current Star Trek timeline. It was shown to Archer fighting in a battle in the 26th century, however we don't know if Archer's choices in the past changed the future. If the ship does exist (well, they'd get to J eventually anyways), it would be a perfect place to start a new series. Maybe not the 26th century, but there are plenty of untold stories left to tell, and spaces left unexplored. Further touch on the Romulans, use the Borg as a strategic enemy instead of just someone that sends a few cubes and shoots torpedos, and use enemies that we can relate to. Take the initial hit against the young audience and make a great show rather than a show based on ratings. What happened to Wesley Crusher? Admiral Riker? What's Q up to these days? How did the Romulans recover? Whatever happened to the Cardassians, Klingons, Romulans/Vulcans, and Humans coming from the same seed? Why do the Klingons and Romulans get along, shouldn't they be at war?

 

Get back to the old intellectual/action mix, give us a strong captain, a crew that has characters that will be remembred (really, who do DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise offer of significance besides the heads? The coolest characters on those shows originated in another series or in a movie, for the most part), give us solid enemies/people to encounter that give us good issues instead of just shooting disruptors at the Enterprise. But please, don't let Star Trek die like this.

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Guest Juanky

That is one of the most poorly written things that have ever made their way out of my brain, I apologize to anyone who read it.

 

I did mean all of it, though.

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I'll agree with most of what you said, although I do disagree about Captain Sisko. Considering the position they were in in the universe and what transpired over the last few seasons with the Dominion War, I don't think there was anyone (yes even Kirk and Picard included) that could have done a better job at leading the war like he did. Just my opinion.

 

 

I will agree that Janeway wasn't the strong Captain that we were used to and Archer was...well considering he was the Captain of the first Warp 5 ship, should and could have been a little more badass. The problem with Star Trek is that the ideas that were great 10 years ago was constantly being recycled and things didn't seem as fresh anymore. The 26th Century idea sounds awesome, especially when you consider that most of the major events of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Centuries have already been covered by the five previous Star Trek series(although I do wish they would have gotten into the Romulan War a bit more which took place between the second to last and last episode of Enterprise since there is a 5-6 year gap between those two episodes).

 

 

I must have missed the episode with the Enterprise-J, but you definately have my interest piqued about it. Although I wouldn't put Berman or Braga any where near it and give Manny Coto the chance to do the series all his own considering the amazing job he did with Season 4 of Enterprise.

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