Star Trek goes to the final frontier

The last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise is beaming down to viewers. After five incarnations, there are no plans for a new installment in the franchise.

Enterprise suffered from low ratings ever since it's premiere in 2001. Unlike previous incarnations, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: The Next Generation, which took place long after the original series, Star Trek: Enterprise told the story of Starfleet before the Federation of Planets and before the events of the original series.

Signs of "franchise fatigue" have been showing for a while, since the last big- screen Star Trek film, Star Trek: Nemesis, performed disappointingly at the box- office.

Some are saying Star Trek is dead. Others are saying it just needs a rest. Trek creator Eugene W. Roddenberry once said, "Star Trek will never die. It's a cash cow for Paramount."

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Star Trek: Enterprise is (was) one of the best in the series. I think the issue was that it was broadcast on a UHF station AND I did not have a DVR box at the time. I now record episodes on SYFY and HDTheater. This was a very good program and I thought both the caractures and actors/actresses were great. Oh well.
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All the franchise needs is a rest. I never understood why they started Deep Space Nine while The Next Generation was still on and why they started Voyager before DS9 finished. I mean, what's the rush? It's as if the world was about to end but they had to get all the Star Trek episodes aired first!

What they need to do is leave the franchise alone for a few years (3 or 4 years). Let it get to the stage where people start to really miss Star Trek and they really want it back. Then someone should slowly begin to propose a new series. Then I think it would be well-received coming back. Right now, everyone is severely over-dosed on Trek and it doesn't help that promising series like Enterprise were rushed into and ultimately botched up.
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Looking back, this episode and decision still makes me angry. >: It was a great show, just that season long arc killed it for most people.
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It's a sad irony that possibly the best series so far has been cut short so soon. The franchise fatigue phenomonon, whereby each program's viewing figures suffer because there's just so much Star Trek milling around at one time may have some weight to it.

Alternativly, perhaps Star Trek in the Roddenbury mold that worked until Enterprise just isn't appropriate for a modern audiance, with old fans of the previous series no longer tuning in to make up the short fall in new viewers.

However, with a lack of any real alternative in television today, it seems odd that Enterprise cannot exploit its monopoly position.

Time will tell.
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Star Trek will always, Live long and prosper!
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To end startrek:: enterprise would be a sad loss, it might of not had the ratings of it previous shows ie next generation, voyager or deep space nine. But it deserves just as much credit, as it gave us the whole concept of how it all begun.
If startrek:enterprise is to end, surly there is no need to end the saga of startrek, there are so many ways they could go, Like move forward to the period were startrek is in the far future long after voyager and see it several hundred years were ther can correct time lines. we have seen the future federation crop up a few times in difrent shows i.e. voyager and enterprise.
Startrek does not need to end, there is a future for startrek to go boldly on.
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The Star Trek Enterprise must go on..I love Star Trek Enterprise..I want more..

Thomas i Sweden.
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