Braga Discusses The Original Idea Behind ‘Enterprise’
The recent edition of SFX Magazine features a pretty big interview with former Star Trek: Enterprise and Voyager showrunner Brannon Braga, who speaks candidly about what he and Rick Berman hoped to present to viewers when making the short lived series.
When it came to developing Enterprise, both Braga and Berman wanted the series to be a little more darker than it ended up.
“Rick Berman and I had a little bit more of a raw conception of Enterprise than maybe the studio was comfortable with. It was actually set on Earth for a while – the building of the first starship, kind of like JJ’s. We wanted to do the launch of the first starship and take it maybe a little bit more retro, and we initially didn’t have the futuristic temporal cold war aspect of it.
“The studio was a little nervous about the prequel concept and they felt that Star Trek should be going forward, not backward. So we introduced this recurring element of a Star Trek far beyond Kirk’s time, or even Picard’s time, to satisfy their concerns, which I thought was interesting. But initially our concept of Enterprise was really raw and basic and ‘prequelly.’ I’m not saying it would’ve been better but it would’ve been a little bit different. It’s a collaboration – it’s a collaboration – it’s their franchise, it’s their money. We did the best we could to accommodate their notes.”
Braga who has been massively criticized by the fandom also talked a little about Star Trek: Voyager, and specifically how that series finale may have been improved upon if he was able to go back and redo it.
“It was my feeling that Seven Of Nine should have died. If you watch the episode ‘Human Error’ written by Andre Bormanis, it was not only a heart breaking episode in that Seven Of Nine learns, as she begins to explore her human emotions, that she can’t experience them. There’s a Borg chip inside her that will kill her if she tries to do so. First of all, that’s kind of an interesting ‘rape victim’ analogy or whatever you want to call it, about a damaged woman who can’t get past what happened to her, but I also always saw it as a crucial episode that would set up the finale.
“This was a woman who knew she was neither here nor there. She couldn’t go back to the Borg, nor would she want to, but she could never be fully human, so she was doomed. And I wanted to have her sacrifice herself to get her shipmates home.”
The complete version of this interview in which Braga also talks about receiving death threats after killing Captain Kirk in Generations can be read in issue 199 of SFX Magazine, which is out now.
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