Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have been talking candidly about their hopes for the coming ENTERPRISE and revitalizing the STAR TREK franchise.
While talking to TV Guide for this week's ENTERPRISE cover story, Berman, spoke of TREK's past and its future, saying, "We needed to bring back the wonder and excitement and scariness of outer space. In the last two spinoffs, our characters were not where they wanted to be, and I think that lost us viewers. [DS9's] Captain Sisko and his colleagues weren't crazy about life on their space station, and [VOYAGER's] Captain Janeway was heading a vessel pointed in the wrong direction. But Captain Archer is dying to get into space. I think the viewers who stepped away when NEXT GENERATION went off the air will come back and want to go with him."
When Brannon Braga was asked if the powers that be at Paramount should have just replaced the him and Berman and got some new blood, the producer answers, "That's a totally fair question, and there's part of me that thinks Paramount should fire and replace me. But I think Rick and I are the perfect guys to deconstruct and reconceive STAR TREK, because we know exactly what the problems and frustrations have been all these years."
Meanwhile, Scott Bakula gave his take on the coming program and its ability to revive TREK, saying, "People are wondering if Berman and Paramount should have waited a while maybe laid low for a year before doing another spinoff, but I'm sensing a groundswell of excitement. I think the fans are very ready to reenlist."
The article in the coming issue (which has three covers) also features pictures of the crew in uniform as well as T'Pau standing in the ship's sick bay. Click on the thumbnails here and below to see the larger images.