recently revealed to Star Trek Monthly why TREK's producers plan to change the direction of ENTERPRISE.
"I think it's motivated by our own desire to kind of kick-start the series a bit," he said. "We've been very pleased with the episodes from the last two seasons, but we feel it's time to make a course correction. It hasn't really come from any specific influence, like the fans or the network or the studio, but I think it's a good thing for the series and it's going to be a good thing for us. It's still going to be STAR TREK. It's still going to be ENTERPRISE. But we're going to heat things up a little bit."
Key to this change in direction is the season two finale "The Expanse". "It's not so much a cliffhanger as it is a tantalizing taste of what next season will bring," Berman revealed.
"Next season will deal with Enterprise being sent on a mission that may last many episodes, but it's not going to be a serialized arc. The stakes are the future of planet Earth. They're going to be sent on a mission that takes them to a part of space they've never seen before, a part of space the Vulcans warn is extremely dangerous. It's kind of our quadrant's Bermuda Triangle."
Berman added that "significant changes" are ahead. "There will be changes in a number of our characters. I don't mean that we're changing characters. But we're going to see changes as we go into a very ominous section of space, and try to find an alien race that we have reason to believe is going to do everything they can to destroy Earth's population. Our knowledge of all this will come from elements of what we've been referring to as the Temporal Cold War."
So the season finale will certainly be setting the scene for season three. "We're going to set up a lot in the final episode," Berman said. "We'll be setting up this new mission and setting up the section of space we'll be going into. We'll be meeting some recurring characters we haven't met before. And we're going to be involved in a rather ominous task. That's the direction we're interested in taking in season three, and the finale will set that up in a very dramatic way."
The full Q&A session with Berman can be found in issue 104 of Star Trek Monthly.
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