Scott Bakula Explores Star Trek: Enterprise's Legacy With Blu-Ray Release
Star Trek: Enterprise | Photo Credits: Courtesy of CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media Distribution
Season 1 of Enterprise, the fifth (and so far final) Star Trek TV series finally arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday. Besides all 25 episodes, the six-disc set is chock full of special features including an eight-part documentary including new cast and crew interviews about the launching of the space exploration prequel series and behind—the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, cast commentary, and a frank conversation with shows creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who admits his true feelings about Diane Warren's theme song. Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer, commander of the Enterprise NX-01, shares some memories and what else is in the stars for him.
TV Guide Magazine: Enterprise was perhaps the most polarizing Star Trek spinoff. Some loved its pre-Kirk early space exploration appeal but other Trekkers complained it wasn't really Star Trek, because it was before Starfleet and the exploration of lots of alien planets.
Scott Bakula: [Laughs] It always cracks me up. It reminds me of a letter we got on Quantum Leap from someone who seriously told us, "You're breaking all the rules of time travel." The rules were mostly the one set up by Mr. Spielberg in Back to the Future. In a funny way, I think our show, as time goes by, is going to resonate and we're going to enjoy it more. I hear it all the time. "I didn't give it a chance when it came out. I'm watching it now and I love it."
TV Guide Magazine: Why was there so much opposition?
Bakula: It was a challenge to do something 100 years before Kirk and Spock. Our world had so radically dramatically changed since 1966 when the original show was on. So we really couldn't use that technology that was available then. We had to make artistic choices that would seem balanced and appropriate. Some people took issue with that. I was very impressed with how the Enterprise crew managed to take the world today, what the near future would look like and blend them into a watchable show. I think they did a great job.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell the truth. Did you ever get that much maligned Enterprise theme song "Where My Heart Will Take Me" out of your head.
Bakula: Oh, no. [Laughs] That's a sign of a good theme song. It's very memorable and fans still ask me to sing it.
TV Guide Magazine: Why do you think Enterprise only lasted four years?
Bakula: The difference between our show and the other franchises was that we were not syndicated. Had we been syndicated and not on UPN, I believe we would have run at least another year, probably the full seven years that the other shows did.
TV Guide Magazine: Were you surprised that your show turned out to be the final frontier, at least on TV?
Bakula: I don't know if it's the last show in the franchise, though a good portion of the people who were big fans are not at Paramount any more. Also, the new Star Trek movie franchise is so incredibly successful that it takes the focus away from TV. Clearly Star Trek and Star Trek fans are not going away. If one thing's true in our business, people tend to repeat successful things as often as they can. So I won't say it's over.
TV Guide Magazine: Would you like to appear in a Star Trek movie?
Bakula: I would love to. I haven't been asked but my dog and I got a mention in one movie. That might have to do. But you never know.