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By: Steve Krutzler
Dept: Enterprise | www.stenterprise.com
In his latest interview, this time with Star Trek: The Magazine's June 2002 edition, co-creator/executive producer Brannon Braga reflects on the first season of his STAR TREK prequel and admits not all twenty-six episodes hit the high note.
"Out of 26 episodes I think we probably got 21 of them just right," he says. "'Broken
Bow, 'Fight or Flight', 'Unexpected', 'The Andorian Incident', 'Dear Doctor'
and 'Shuttlepod one' are standout shows; 'Detained' was a great Suliban
episode and I really liked 'Fusion'. 'Terra Nova' had some great stuff in
it, but wasn't a great show. And I personally feel 'Sleeping Dogs' could
have been better. And 'Oasis', I felt just wasn't very inspired."
The exec says overall he thinks the first season has been successful. "I Feel pretty good. Predominantly the feedback has been great. There are
episodes I wish could have been better, but then there are some shows we're
very proud of."
He reveals that even with a large writing staff, he and co-executive producer Rick Berman have re-penned almost every script this year. ""I think we've struggled to get the right writing staff together. Star Trek
is a hard enough show to write as is, and this show is a little different.
Basically I, or Rick and I, have rewritten every episode, and it's been a
lot of work," Braga explains.
Brannon also talks about how the various ENTERPRISE characters have unfolded throughout the season, noting that the Archer/Trip/T'Pol triumverate is deliberately modeled after Kirk/Spock/McCoy.
"We did it deliberately and we're very, very pleased with the way it's
turned out. We definitely see them as the triumvirate, and we always keep
that in mind whenever we come up with every story," he told the mag.
Anthony Montgomery's Travis Mayweather has been somewhat neglected as the season wore on, Braga concedes. "If there's one character that I think we could use a little more, it's
Mayweather; every season, one character comes up a little short. You kind of
get in a rhythm and then realize, 'Oh Shit, we need to pay more attention to
"We decided it was time to get him in situations where he could do different
things and not keep hitting the boomer note. I think we've definitely done
that in the second half of the season."
Continuing, he says, "Trip is a great character, and Connor Trinner is playing him to perfection
and beyond. And we love Reed; Dominic is great. Our only pitfall to avoid
with Reed was making him a clichéd British character. The same goes with
Trip - we didn't want to do southern clichés. We wanted to make them unique
characters and not stereotypes."
"The danger of Phlox was making him a Neelix. But I see Phlox as an
incredibly wise, open-minded character who embraces many different ideas
from different cultures to apply to his practice," he says. "I think if anything he's
more of a Guinan than he's a Neelix. We're thrilled with Phlox. I think John
Billingsley is a superb actor, and 'Dear Doctor' was probably my favorite
show of the year."
Linda Park's Hoshi Sato saw a minor change early-on in the season, when her "space-queasiness" was traded in pretty quickly after the premiere "Broken Bow." Of this decision Braga notes, "I think the only character that we made an adjustment to early on was
Hoshi; we intended her to remain a little more neurotic for a longer period
of time. But we realized that could get annoying very soon, so we decided to
give Hoshi her space legs a little more quickly."
All the characters are grounded, in Braga's mind, by a desire to return a TOS-style of wonder and excitement to STAR TREK: "We wanted more sense of camaraderie and the awe of exploration; a feeling
of true adventure. Those were the things that were offered us in the
original series that perhaps got diluted a little in subsequent series."
For more, check out the June 2002 issue of Star Trek: The Magazine and thanks to TrekWeb's 'Cyrus' for sending in this excerpts.
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