The Chicago Sun-Times
provides further coverage of Tuesday's UPN presentation at the Television Critics Association, offering more quotes from producers Rick Berman
and Brannon Braga
and ENTERPRISE star Scott Bakula
"It's no secret that our numbers fell last year more than we expected them to," Berman admitted. "And obviously we, like any other responsible producers, wanted to do what we could to try to lure back some of our viewers."
UPN entertainment president Dawn Ostroff says they have taken fan criticisms to heart in revamping the STAR TREK prequel.
"We just were listening to the viewers, who were very clear about some of the things we could have been doing better, and those are the improvements that we made," she said.
In addition to his opinion that ENTERPRISE didn't do anything wrong creatively in its first two years, Braga added, "It can be debated whether there are problems with the show. There are many people that love the show. We're very proud of the show, but we did feel that after a couple of seasons, it was time to do something differently."
"Is the franchise waning? Probably somewhat, but it's been around a long time," Braga continued. "Is it going away? I, personally, don't think so. ... If you approach this thinking it's impossible [to bring in new fans and bring back old ones], you might as well pack your bags and go home."
Bakula told reporters that season three is anything but business as usual.
"There's nobody over here laying down just saying, 'Let's roll out another "Enterprise" season and go to the bank.' It's not about that. We're very vested in the show," he said.
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Meanwhile, the official STAR TREK web site has published even more remarks from the major players.
"We kind of have a master plan — it's the first time we've ever really known where a season was going," Braga said. "This is not just going to be a season of battling with these aliens trying to destroy Earth. There are going to be twists and turns and attempts at peace and all the kinds of things that we think STAR TREK viewers expect."
The exec also discussed the rumor of a new relationship between Jolene Blalock's 'T'Pol' and Connor Trinneer's 'Trip'.
"It's a little bit early in the season to answer [the romance] question, but one thing that's beginning to evolve is, [Tucker] suffered a great emotional loss and is having trouble dealing with it. And T'Pol's character has a lot of ability controlling emotion, and they begin to form a connection with one another dealing with that, that may or may not evolve into something a little more interesting."
Bakula revealed that his character will take some interesting turns early on.
"Some of the things I've done in the first three episodes [of Season 3] have shocked the other people on the ship, and I think that's all good," he said.
For much more from Bakula, Blalock, Trinneer and others, check out StarTrek.com's report.
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