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By: Steve Krutzler
Dept: Enterprise | www.stenterprise.com
TrekWeb's west coast correspondent Lynda Foley had the opportunity to attend last night's cast and crew screening of the ENTERPRISE premiere, "Broken Bow", and sends in this report...
PRE-SCREENING PREMIERE OF ENTERPRISE 9/20/01 - NO SPOILERS
Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, I have been caught
up in the maelstrom of radio reports, television exclusives, newspaper
headlines, and patriotic discussions about those horrendous events.
But last night, for about 85 minutes, I forgot about the impending war, the
fear for my children, the sadness of my friends.
For 85 minutes, I was transported back to a world of optimism, exploration,
and unity, when I saw the Paramount pre-screening of the premiere of
This was NOT a press screening. It was a screening for cast and crew
members, the "suits" and the "labor." And all of them were jubilant and
proud when the credits rolled and the audience cheered. Besides Scott Bakula
and the rest of the "Enterprise" cast, many Trek alums attended: Brent
Spiner, LeVar Burton (who has directed one ENT episode with next week's "Fortunate Son" his second assignment), Garrett Wang, Roxann Dawson and Robbie McNeill to name
a few. Some of the production crew members attending were familiar names
from Voyager and Deep Space Nine: Merri Howard, Peter Lauritson, Marv Rush,
Ronald B. Moore, Ron Surma, Andre Bormanis and Michael Westmore.
Every cast and crew member stayed afterwards for dessert and coffee and
high-fives. High-ranking executives and day-players congratulated each
other, as off-site post production staff hugged fellow workers they hadn't
met before. And the pride in all their efforts was well founded.
"Enterprise" was a sweet, thoughtful, sexy, inspiring and action-packed show.
Perhaps part of the crowd's harmony was a carryover mood from recent events,
although no mention of the terrorist attack was made by Rick Berman and
Brannon Braga when they briefly introduced the premiere. And I believe
theirs' was the right decision. For it was the product, the culmination of
the loving labor of all these people, that spoke so eloquently in honor of
those who lost their lives, lost loved ones, or continue the fight to protect
our freedom and our country.
"Enterprise" carries the spirit of optimism and exploration that Roddenberry
originally crafted. "Enterprise" displays the comaraderie and pride of a
united Earth, working hard to live a free and moral life while learning not
to impose it's viewpoint on other life forms. It is a sometimes difficult
task for this new crew, but they learn and adapt. "Enterprise" combines the
arrogance of a free and secure people with the trepidation of a species that
is the "new kid in the galaxy."
For 85 minutes, I was caught up again in the glorious tapestry of a universe
waiting to be explored. I was cheering the good guys, unsure of who the
villains were, but proud of the actions of this new crew.
Yes, many analogies can be drawn between our current events and the journey
of "Enterprise." I heartily applaud the efforts of the many people who
created this incredible show. But I personally want to single out one person
who has often been vilified by the fans, yet has shown, with "Enterprise,"
that he has a greater understanding of the Trek Universe than previously
Thank you Brannon Braga. You surprised me, and I'm glad.
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