With several years of perspective, “Star Trek: Enterprise” producer and writer, Brannon Braga admits that while he had good intentions for the “Enterprise” series finale, the final product didn’t “turn out as well as I hoped.”
The episode, intended by Braga and producer Rick Berman, to be a “love letter” to the fans, wasÂ heavily criticized by “Trek” fans. The finale, “These Are the Voyages…” is so derided in the fan community that even Pocket Books had come up with a ret-con for the current “Enterprise” range of novels that continue after the series left the air.
“I think that final, final episode, I may be understating it when I’m saying it didn’t turn out as well as I hoped,” Braga told iFMagaine. “I think the intentions behind it sent a valentine to all the “Star Trek” shows and a very genuine heartfelt one, because we knew “Star Trek” would be off television for a long, long time, but it was kind of a lackluster story.”
Looking back, Braga says he’s not sure exactly what the proper way to end “Enterprise” would have been.
“At the time I thought it was very cool, it was only when it came out, I realized, “this isn’t quite working.” That happens. I don’t know what I would have done honestly,” he said.
Had the series continued on, it would have done so without Braga. He had already signed on to work on CBS’s “Threshold,” and intended to leave the producting duties to fourth-season show runner, Manny Coto. That never happened due to UPN’s decision to put the series and franchise in mothballs.
Now, years later the two are working together again as producers on the seventh season of “24.”
As for the upcoming “Trek” movie, Braga says that he feels the time is right for the franchise to make a comeback, even if it feels a little strange for him not to be invovled in it.
“My analogy with ‘Star Trek’ is I divorced my wife, I love her dearly, she’s with a great guy, and I’m so happy for her,” he said. “At the same time, in the back of mind, someone else is with my wife. That’s how I feel. I can’t help but feel emotionally attached to ‘Star Trek’. But predominantly my feeling is it’s in great hands with J.J. Abrams and I can’t wait to see the movie.