Ouch! There's still definitely no love lost for the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale, even though it's been more than six years since it aired in May of 2005. Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes, who memorably guest-starred in the episode, goes so far as calling ''These Are the Voyages'' "an unpleasant memory."
The actor-director, who played Cmdr. William T. Riker on seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films (Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis), as well as a handful of appearances on Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine and that Enterprise finale, was in attendance at this year's Central Canada Comic-Con in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Star Trek's 45th anniversary was celebrated.
During a Q&A with the audience, the man who made Star Trek: First Contact one of the best Star Trek films of the series (it's up there with The Wrath of Khan in our book) opened up again on that whole Enterprise finale.
If you guys remember, it's the one where the episode actually takes place on the Enterprise-D's holodeck, where Riker, who needs to make a difficult personal decision, observes the final mission of the original Enterprise (the NX-01) under the command of Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) by playing—among others—the never-before-seen Chef. It also guest-starred Marina Sirtis, back in her role as Counsellor Deanna Troi, and the voice of Brent Spiner as Data.
This is what the guys over at Hi-Def Digest reported that Frakes said:
"Do you want to know the truth about that whole Enterprise thing as the show was called? Rick Berman, executive producer of all things Star Trek, called Marina and myself and said 'we'd like you to do the last episode of Enterprise' ... They said it would be a Valentine to the fans, but all of it ended up doing I think was hurting Scott Bakula's feelings. He was such a gentleman about it and I said to Scott this is weird for me to be on your show and your show is being taken off before it should be taken off and he was such a gentleman about it and said "no, glad you're here" so it was awkward on all accounts, except with working with Marina again which is always lovely. But I wasn't crazy about it. And it was so thinly connected, I thought too. Thanks for bringing up such an unpleasant memory"
There you have it.
But what about you? Do you think ''These Are the Voyages'' is really such an unpleasant memory and a Star Trek episode you'd rather soon forget? Or do you actually love how it sort of bookended Trek's continuous 18-year run (starting with The Next Generation in 1987 and sorta ending with them in 2005)?