An End to the Enterprise
Published: April 26, 2005 in the New York Times
By the middle of May, the "Star Trek" franchise will be no more, having died a death as long and lingering as -- well, insert your favorite Trekkie long-and-lingering-death simile here. UPN has decided to bring "Star Trek: Enterprise" - the latest version of the saga - to an end and to give the whole idea of "Star Trek" a creative rest. The producers of the show have rejected a hopeless last-ditch effort to raise funds directly from fans to continue production.
The original "Star Trek" series proved what a little imagination, a little patience and a lot of plywood and foam core could do for televised science fiction. It ran for only three seasons on NBC in the late 1960's but attracted a devoted following that seems, somehow, to have replicated itself by cloning. It also inspired four additional series, 10 "Star Trek" movies and a delightful parody called "Galaxy Quest," starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, which flirted momentarily with the nihilistic possibility that a television show about space might merely be a television show about space.
For "Star Trek" fans, a future with no "Star Trek" at all must seem as empty as one of those great space voids the ever-endangered starship Enterprise kept getting sucked into. But somewhere, a TV executive is undoubtedly repeating the slogan about going where no one has gone before - and wondering how to make that idea about direct fan-financing work.
Last night was the first night in almost three weeks that night-time erections did NOT awaken me with pain. Goes to figure that my sleep was interrupted at 2:45, 3:45 and 5:00 am from pages and calls from work!! If that's not bad enough, they complained that I wasn't replying to their pages promptly enough! I feel like I've been dragging my feet all day thanks to this.
From the "coming back to haunt you" department: A corporate loan from almost nine years ago, of which I was an officer of the company has once again come back to haunt me... Just when you think that all the skeletons from one of my former businesses had been resolved, BANG! They called me on my cell phone (I don't know where they go that number from!) and drilled me about the old debt from the corporation and seeking information on the other officers of the company! Oh, joy! Need I change my phone number? Do I challenge them? Who knows? *SIGH*
There is no pecker update today, as I have not removed the bandage yet... I need to go to the pharmacy and pick up yet another prescription for it, and it's topical -- so maybe I'll update it tonight.
It's a rainy, cloudy day here, which always makes me blue... So I need to cheer up.