The instant UPN cancelled the low-rated STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, the fans immediately began mounting the inevitable campaign to save the show. They’ve raised $35,000 so far and took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times. Their goal is to either get the series renewed… or raise the $35 million it will cost to make this dream come true:
I want you to sit down in front of your TV this October. To hear the
rising sounds of instruments beginning to play in harmony. To see the
vibrant colours of scenery fade into life. I want you all to see Enterprise‘s fifth season explode on to your TV screens in a magnificent blaze of sound and passion signifying everything.
Everything? They must have asked the folks at the Colonial Fan Force for help writing up their call-to-arms.
However, there are at least a couple people associated with the campaign who have dipped their toes in the real world: as part of their plans for a Feb. 25th rally outside the Paramount gates, the folks at SaveEnterprise.com are asking Trekkers to leave their Spock ears at home.
Although we think that coming in dress would be great, We also
think this would stereotype us all as "Hardcore" Trekkers and
would hurt more than help. Please wear your daily wear.
The frightening thing is, for some people the Star Trek uniform is their daily wear, like that nutcake who wore her Federation garb, complete with phaser and tricorder, to jury duty (and who still wears her halloween get-up in her day job at — where else?– Kinkos). The folks at Zap2it have another take on it:
People willing to donate $10,000 of their hard-earned money (mostly refundable
if they don’t reach their goals or Paramount shuns their overtures) for a
low-rated series don’t look desperate but, apparently, those same people in
They want to raise $35 million for a fifth season of a crappy TV show… and Trekkers wonder why people ridicule them.
Okay, I’ll tell them.
It was one thing when they were fighting to renew, and then resurrect, the original STAR TREK back in the 60s. It was a campaign that made sense, that people could get behind.
Wake up, Trekkers. It’s not 1969 anymore. You won that battle. STAR TREK isn’t the under-appreciated TV series that was treated so unfairly… it’s a multi-billion dollar industry.
It’s hard to work up any sympathy for your cause, or share your righteous
fury, when there’s so much STAR TREK out there. There have been five STAR TREK TV series, hundreds of novels, a dozen
movies… enough already. There have been 500 episodes of the show. There’s plenty of Star Trek out there. Too much, in fact. And now you want people to get all worked up over the fact that the fifth series is being canceled after their fourth season?
What the hell is the matter with you people?
It’s more obvious now, than ever, that Trekkers have absolutely no perspective. With so many worthy causes out there needing our time, money and attention, seeing people going to all this effort for a fifth season of a TV show in franchise that has already been milked to death for billions of consumer dollars is beyond pathetic, embarassing, and moronic…