Star Trek Ends with a Whimper

[Commentary] | [Spoilers]

I have always been a fan of Star Trek. The first three series are wonderful. Then came Voyager. The series premiere was promising and then the series quickly tanked. I skipped most of it but decided to check out the finale. Horrible.

Then there was Enterprise. Started out promising and then quickly tanked…until this season, when they brought in new writers and remembered that the series was related to Star Trek. The last four or five episodes were quite entertaining, including the second-to-last episode with its alien/human pathos and emotional ending.

Enterprise should have ended there. Instead, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga created something horrible to spit on everyone around them, including the fans.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Problem 1 – The finale was not an Enterprise episode. It was a Next Generation episode.

Problem 2 – Same as number one, but instead of being a new Next Generation episode, it is filler for a season seven episode. Should Riker tell Picard about the cloaking experiment? Lets ask the Enterprise crew for advice!

Problem 3 – Riker and Troi do not look the same age at all! Nothing fit in!

Problem 4 – Data? Wow. That’s right, he use to be alive, before he was killed off (more horrible writing in Nemesis.) And as thanks we get a few lame jokes?

Problem 5 – Tucker dies. The brilliant engineer cannot come up with a different plan? And then, no one seems to be all that broken up about it. Oh, and for some reason it is important to know that after the death of their baby, T’Pol and Tucker dated for awhile, broke up, and now he is dead. WTF?

Anyway, I could go on and on but it just makes me more angry. Sure, the show was already horrible (until those last few episodes.) Sure writers can write whatever they please. But to piss on the fans in this way…I’m sure it comes out of anger that Berman and Braga had been demoted by Paramount, anger that the fans had turned away from their tripe long ago, anger that they were not getting the praise they use to get on Next Generation.

What a way to end such an incredible part of my life. It is funny…this is the year that both Star Trek and Star Wars come to an end. Maybe there will be future spin offs, but the core of both have come to an end. Both mean a lot to a lot of people, but I think it means something very special for those of us in our 30s, who were little kids when they were first exposed to both Star Trek and Star Wars, and now as adults get to watch them both end.

I really hope George Lucas treated Revenge of the Sith with more respect than Berman and Braga treated Star Trek.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.